CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019

Carnegie Winner 2019

The winner of this year’s Carnegie Book Award is ‘The Poet X’ by  Elizabeth Acevedo

You can watch her inspirational acceptance speech here

The 2018 Carnegie Book Award Shortlist has been announced!

What will you be reading first?

The Carnegie and Greenaway Medal nominations have been announced for the 2018 prize. Visit the website for an impressive list of great reading.

The timings of the prize are given below:


2017 Anniversary Year

Activity for 80th Anniversary of the CILIP Carnegie Medal and 60th Anniversary of the Kate Greenaway Medal continues throughout the year – until December 2017. See how you can get involved

2018 Timetable

6 November 2017

Nominations published

15 February 2018

Longlist announcement

15 March 2018

Shortlist announcement (evening)

16 March 2018

Start of Shadowing:

  • Book deliveries: shortlist preorders from our official book supplier
  • Publicity packs will delivered to UK shadowing groups and available to download


  • Shadowing group reading, reviews & shadowing activity
  • 2018 shortlist book, author & illustrator information, our judges’ comments and other materials
  • 2018 reading resources and visual literacy resources from CILIP CKG and Amnesty UK will be available to download
  • Watch, Listen and Read: read profiles and watch videos interviews of the 2018 authors and illustrators
  • Weekly email bulletins to shadowing group leaders
  • 2018 shadowing competitions from our sponsors Regular updates from our judges via the CKG Judges’ Blog

18 June 2018

2018 Medal winners’ announcement and Amnesty CILIP Honour commendations – starting at midday


2017 Prize


The 2017 CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway medal shortlists have been announced! These two prizes are the oldest book awards for children and young people. The Carnegie Medal is for outstanding writing for children and young people, while the Greenaway Medal is for book illustrations for children and young people. We have copies of all of the books on both shortlists and are looking forward to reading some over the Easter holidays. The winner is announced at the end of June, so there’s time to try and read all of the shortlist if you want! Which one will be your favourite?

The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist (alphabetically by author surname):

  1. Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Pan Macmillan)
  2. The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon (Orion Children’s Books)
  3. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (Faber & Faber)
  4. The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard (Old Barn Books)
  5. Railhead by Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press)
  6. Beck by Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff (Walker Books)
  7. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Puffin
  8. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk (Corgi)

Carnegie Book Award 2016

Carnegie group 2016

The Carnegie Book Award Shortlist 2016 has landed and our Y9 shadowing group members have collected their first books to read over the Easter holidays. It’s a fantastic shortlist this year including ‘The Lie Tree’ by Frances Hardinge; Costa Book of the Year 2015 and much praised and recommended by both librarians here. I thought ‘One’ was amazing and Sarah Crossan’s trademark style of writing in blank verse works well with the subject matter. Tipi and Grace are conjoined teenage twins and each chapter conveys a poetic snapshot of their life.

Read more about the shortlists here  You can watch author and illustrator videos here

Guardian reviews of all the books can be found here

Having multiple copies of the shortlisted books enables a large group of students to read the books simultaneously and provokes heated discussions about the merits and drawbacks of all of them. After the award process is over they become useful sets of contemporary fiction which can be read by tutor groups.


The 8 shortlisted books are:

One by Sarah Crossan

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine






On 22nd June we had a lovely joint Carnegie Prize Announcement event with Eagle House Y8S. We did a quiz on the Carnegie shortlisted books with a few questions on our reading preferences including e-books and e-readers and voted using cool turning technology responseware devices. Our joint Shadowing groups voted for More than This by Patrick Ness closely followed by Buffalo Soldier. Sarah Crossan’s Apple and Rain was also very popular. We watched the results live as we tucked into great sandwiches and cookies.

I was really excited to see Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman was the winner this year. I thoroughly recommend this moving book to everyone – teens and adults alike.

2015 – 17th March – The shortlist is here!

  • Apple and rain by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
  • When Mr Dog bites by Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)
  • More than this by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
  • Buffalo soldier by Tanya Landman (Walker Books)
  • Tinder by Sally Gardner (Orion Children’s Books)
  • Cuckoo song by Frances Hardinge (Pan Macmillan)
  • The fastest boy in the world by Elizabeth Laird (Pan Macmillan)
  • The middle of nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean (Usborne Books)


This year’s beautifully colour-coordinated collection of shortlisted books have arrived! We discussed them with Book Chat club on Wednesday and they chose to start reading The Fastest Boy in the World and When Mr Dog Bites first. We have multiple copies of the books and are hoping to shadow the prize with a number of 3rd form tutor groups. 5 of the titles are also available as e-books. Are you up for the challenge of reading all 8 over the Easter holidays? If this is too much you have until 22nd June to read them and choose your winner!

The Carnegie shortlist the books arrived on 18th March. The Book Chat book club boys have chosen the books they’d like to read first. We’re starting with ‘The Fastest Boy in the World’ and ‘When Mr Dog Bites’



On Monday 23rd March the Y9 Scholars and Exhibitioners started their shadowing. They enthusiastically chose shortlisted titles to read over the Easter holidays.

carnegie 2015





This year rather than just nominations following by a shortlist in March a longlist has been introduced.

Have a look at the longlist and read some of the great books (available in the library)




Here’s a great page of video interviews with the shortlisted authors talking about their books.


The Carnegie Shortlist for 2013 was announced in April and reading is underway. Join in the book chat and pick up one of the 8 shortlisted titles from the Library today!

Click on the pinterest board to view the shortlisted books.

Mrs Lunnon’s 3rd form class are shadowing the prize and all read one of the books over the Easter holiday. They have named their group “Giveitsomewelly” and have started adding their reviews to the Shadowing page. Ms Williamson’s 4th form tutor group are about to embark on the books.

Join in the debate – which is your favourite? What do you think of the shortlist?

You can tweet your comments/feedback on the books using the hashtag #ckg13


Any 3rd form who would like to join a Library Shadowing group come to a meeting at morning break tomorrow (Friday 19th).

Biscuits and drinks provided!






Carnegie 2012

Here is the shortlist as a pinboard – cover image and brief blurb on the plot.

It would be great if we could all read “Trash” by Andy Mulligan first – a gripping thought-provoking book which reads like a thriller and it’s only 211 pages long!

Here’s a link to video book trailers for the shortlisted books.



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