Poetry looms large on Carnegie and Kate Greenaway longlists

Poetry looms large on Carnegie and Kate Greenaway longlists

A number of poetry titles are in the running for this year’s CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards, with titles about Norse myths, suffragettes, mental health and human rights also on the longlists [see below for full listings].

The Carnegie longlist includes a number of verse novels, including The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Electric Monkey/Egmont) and Moonrise by 2016 Carnegie medal winner Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury), while The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane, illustrated by Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton) is longlisted for the Carnegie and the Kate Greenaway medals. Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki, an illustrated anthology of Norse myths written by Kevin Crossley-Holland and illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love (Walker Books), is also up for both medals.

Walker Books has several titles in the running across both lists, more than any other publisher, and Lantana and Child’s Play appear in the longlists for the first time.

On the Carnegie longlist, first-time contenders such as Kwame Alexander, Sophie Anderson, Hilary McKay and Jason Reynolds compete with previous winners and shortlistees David Almond, Crossan, Frances Hardinge, Sally Gardner and Philip Reeve. On the Kate Greenaway longlist,  2014 winner Jon Klassen and 2007 winner Mini Grey are joined by newcomers including Aaron Becker and James Mayhew.


The lists were selected from a total of 254 nominations by youth librarians from across the UK and Alison Brumwell, chair of the judging panel, said: “I am overwhelmed by the calibre of this year’s longlists. The authors and illustrators recognised this year for their outstanding achievements have produced works which entertain, challenge, inspire, and even outrage. The forty books selected by judges offer intimate insights into family life, superb world-building and thoughtful, incisive explorations of complex themes and issues. Young readers have the opportunity to encounter characters in a diverse range of narratives who both reflect their own experiences and build empathy for different ways of living.”

The shortlists for both medals will be announced on 19th March, and the winner will be revealed on 18th June at an event at The British Library. The winners will each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library, a specially commissioned golden medal and a £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize.

This year CILIP is also introducing ‘The Shadowers’ Choice Award’, which is voted for by the children and young people who shadow the medals and will be announced at the same time as the winners of the medals.

The longlists in full:

2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Electric Monkey)

Rebound by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile (Andersen Press)

The Colour of the Sun by David Almond (Hodder Children's Books)

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli (Usborne Books)

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)

Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki by Kevin Crossley-Holland, illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love (Walker Books)

My Side of the Diamond by Sally Gardner (Hot Key Books)

Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay (David Fickling Books)

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children's Books)

A Different Boy by Paul Jennings, illustrated by Geoff Kelly (Old Barn Books)

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane, illustrated by Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton)

Hilary McKay’s Fairy Tales by Hilary McKay, illustrated by Sarah Gibb (Macmillan Children's Books)

Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (Andersen Press)

The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan (Orion’s Children's Books)

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf (Orion’s Children's Books)

Station Zero by Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press)

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Chris Priestley (Faber & Faber)

The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders (Faber & Faber)

Mud by Emily Thomas (Andersen Press)


2019 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal longlist

A Stone for Sascha written and illustrated by Aaron Becker (Walker Books)

The Day the War Came by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb (Walker Books)

This Zoo is Not for You written and illustrated by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)

If All the World Were... by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Allison Colpoys (Frances Lincoln First Editions)

Bob's Blue Period written and illustrated by Marion Deuchars (Laurence King)

Ocean Meets Sky written and illustrated by Eric Fan and Terry Fan (Lincoln Children’s Books)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill (Bloomsbury)

The Last Wolf written and illustrated by Mini Grey (Jonathan Cape)

Beyond the Fence written and illustrated by Maria Gulemetova (Child's Play Library)

Mary's Monster written and illustrated by Lita Judge (Wren & Rook)

The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Walker Books)

Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki by Kevin Crossley-Holland, illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love (Walker Books)

Julian is a Mermaid written and illustrated by Jessica Love (Walker Books)

Mrs Noah's Pockets by Jackie Morris, illustrated by James Mayhew (Otter-Barry Books)

You're Safe With Me by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Poonam Mistry (Lantana Publishing)

The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane, illustrated by Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton)

Suffragette: The Battle for Equality written and illustrated by David Roberts (Two Hoots)

Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illustrated by Giovanni Rigano (Hodder Children’s Books)

Animals with Tiny Cat written and illustrated by Viviane Schwarz (Walker Books)

The Family Tree by Mal Peet, illustrated by Emma Shoard (Barrington Stoke)