The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2019
Today, Tuesday 18 June, the winners of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2019 were announced at a ceremony at The British Library.
The Kate Greenaway Medal is given for distinguished illustration in a book for children. This years' winner is Jackie Morris for her work in the book, The Lost Words, written by Robert MacFarlane. The Lost Words is described as a 'spell-book' that conjures a nearly-lost magic, beauty and strangeness to be found in nature. It is inspired by 20 of the words recently removed from the Oxford Childrens Dictionary; all words having to do with the natural world. Each word becomes a poem; a spell that is cast to conjure the image back to the world and give us all a space and time to explore and name the natural world once again, as well as give us a moment to reflect on the meaning of the loss of the word. Morris' illustrations are exquisite, naturalistic and simply beautiful. Young or old, this is one that should be on your shelf and be opened daily.
It is also quite remarkable to add that, as well as receiving these two prestigious, time-honoured accolades, both Acevedo and Morris received the Shadowers' Choice Awards. This award is voted for and awarded by members of 4500 school reading groups, whose task it is to 'shadow' the Medals. Awarded by children of various age groups, this adds even more meaning to the awards.
Heart-felt congratulations go out to both Elizabeth Acevedo and Jackie Morris on receiving the Medals.
Here's another glimpse at the extremely strong shortlist for both Medals, as a reminder.