Author Anne Fine is in the running to win the CILIP Carnegie medal for a third time, with novel Blood Family (Doubleday) included on the shortlist [full details below]. Meanwhile US illustrator Jon Klassen has two titles shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal [also listed below].
If Fine wins the CILIP Carnegie with Blood Family, about a boy who is rescued from his mother’s abusive partner, she will be the first author to win the Carnegie three times, following previous wins with Flour Babies and Goggle-Eyes.
The shortlist also comprises books from Templar, Puffin, David Fickling Books, Bodley Head, Faber, Andersen Press and Bloomsbury, many of which deal with the themes of kidnap and captivity.
Helen Thompson, chair of the CILIP Carnegie Kate Greenaway judging panel, said: “The recent debate about gender bias and children’s books is wholly absent from our CILIP Carnegie list, with all of the books holding great appeal for both boys and girls – placing fantastic storytelling at their heart. Books that tackle dark themes, such as kidnap, war and orphaned children, but which do so with humanity, sensitivity and, in places, lyricism.”
On the CILIP Kate Greenaway shortlist, US illustrator Jon Klassen has two nominations; The Dark, his collaboration with author Lemony Snicket (Orchard), and This Is Not My Hat (Walker Books), which he both wrote and illustrated.
Two other titles from Walker are on the Greenaway shortlist, Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf by Dave McKean (illustrator) and David Almond (author), and Oliver by Birgitta Sif, along with books from Macmillan Children’s Books, Templar and HarperCollins Children’s Books.
The winners for both medals will be announced on 23rd June 2014 at a ceremony at the Unicorn Theatre in London. The winners will each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library and the golden medals.
Since 2000, the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal has also been awarded the £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize.
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2014 shortlist:
All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry (Templar)
The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks (Puffin)
The Child’s Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston (David Fickling Books)
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper (Bodley Head)
Blood Family by Anne Fine (Double Day)
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (Faber & Faber)
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead (Andersen Press)
The Wall by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury)
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 shortlist:
The Paper Dolls by Rebecca Cobb (illustrator) and Julia Donaldson (author) (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Where My Wellies Take Me by Olivia Gill (illustrator) and Michael Morpurgo and Clare Morpurgo (authors) (Templar)
The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers (illustrator) and Drew Daywalt (author) (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (Walker Books)
The Dark by Jon Klassen (illustrator) and Lemony Snicket (author) (Orchard Books)
Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf by Dave McKean (illustrator) and David Almond (author) (Walker Books)
Oliver by Birgitta Sif (Walker Books)