Patrick Ness is in the running to become the first author to win three CILIP Carnegie medals, whilst Chris Riddell, Anthony Browne and Helen Oxenbury are all up for their third CILIP Kate Greenaway award, according to the shortlists announced today (15th March).
Ness is shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie medal for his YA novel The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Walker Books) along with seven other authors, including The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge, the winner of the 2016 Costa Prize, and The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick (Indigo), which was shortlisted for the 2015 YA Book Prize.
The other YA books shortlisted for the Carnegie are One by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury Children’s Books), There Will be Lies by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury Children’s Books), Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (MiraInk) and Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine (HarperCollins Children’s Books). The only book for younger readers on the shortlist is Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders (Faber Children’s).
For the 2016 Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration, children’s laureate Chris Riddell is shortlisted for The Sleeper and the Spindle, written by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury), whilst Helen Oxenbury is in the running for Captain Jack and the Pirates, written by Peter Bently (Puffin). Anthony Browne, who like Riddell and Oxenbury could also win his third medal, is shortlisted for Willys’ Stories (Walker Books).
The other titles on the Kate Greenaway shortlist are: There’s a Bear on My Chair illustrated and written by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow); Once Upon an Alphabet illustrated and written by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins); Sam & Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett (Walker Books); Something About a Bear illustrated and written by Jackie Morris (Frances Lincoln); and Footpath Flowers illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by JonArno Lawson (Walker Books).
Dawn Finch, president of CILIP, said: “We are without doubt in a golden age of children’s books. From stories set in Victorian times and World War One to a modern day library, from fantasy worlds to the future, these shortlists showcase the enormous talent and unlimited imagination currently to be found in children’s storytelling. There are characters to fall in love and go on adventures with and journeys and discoveries to be made. Each and every one of the books on the shortlists could be a worthy winner and all of them are truly deserving of a global audience.”
Sioned Jacques, chair of the judging panel, added: “These exceptionally strong shortlists reflect the huge range of writing and illustrating talent in children’s publishing at the moment… Our shortlisted writers and illustrators don’t shy away from difficult or big ideas but skilfully introduce them to young readers in ways that are gripping, moving, entertaining but always, without exception, page-turning.”
The winners of both medals will be announced 20th June at a ceremony at the British Library. For the first time, the winner of the Carnegie will receive a £5,000 cash prize, as well as the winner of the Kate Greenaway.