CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, today (20th October) announced its nominations for the 2015 Carnegie and Kate Greenawaymedals.
The institute nominated 91 books for the Carnegie, with last year’s winner Kevin Brooks in the running once more for The Ultimate Truth: Travis Delaney Investigates (Macmillan Children's Books). Also nominated are established authors such as Neil Gaiman (Fortunately, the Milk, Bloomsbury) and Sally Gardner (Tinder, Orion Children’s Books), and debut writers like Non Pratt (Trouble, Walker Books).
Books by American authors that are on the list include This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (Macmillan Children’s Books) and Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.
For the CILIP Kate Greenaway media, the institute has nominated 71 titles, including None the Number by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books), Song of the Golden Hare by Jackie Morris (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books), Use Your Imagination by Nicola O’Bryne (Nosy Crow) and The Great War: An Anthology of Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War, illustrated by Jim Kay (Walker Books).
A CILIP judging panel will now meet to discuss the nominations and will announce a longlist on the 10th February 2015. The shortlists will be announced on the 17th March, and the two winners on the 22nd June.
The winners of the 2014 awards were Kevin Brooks, whose book The Bunker Diary (Puffin) won the CILIP Carnegie medal, and Jon Klassen, who picked up the Kate Greenaway medal for This is Not My Hat (Walker Books)
However, some journalists criticised the decision to give the award to Brooks, saying the book was too dark and depressing.