Walker Books is the most prominent publisher on the shortlists for this year’s CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals, with three in the running for the Kate Greenaway and two for the Carnegie.
Vying for a Carnegie medal is Patrick Ness’s Release, a coming-of-age story about growing up gay, and Angie Thomas’s debut YA novel The Hate U Give, both of which are published by Walker.
The indie press is also responsible for the Kate Greenaway shortlisted King of the Sky (illustrated by Laura Carlin and written by Nicola Davies), A First Book of Animals (illustrated by Petr Horáček and also written by Davies), and Town is by the Sea (illustrated by Sydney Smith and written by Joanne Schwartz).
The other four books shortlisted for the Greenaway medal are Thornhill by Pam Smy (David Fickling Books), Under the Same Sky by Britta Teckentrup (Little Tiger), The Song from Somewhere Else (illustrated by Levi Pinfold and written by AF Harrold, published by Bloomsbury) and Night Shift by Debi Gliori (Hot Key Books).
The other titles shortlisted for the Carnegie medal are: Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans (David Fickling Books). After the Fire by Will Hill (Usborne), Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean (Usborne), Rook by Anthony McGowan (Barrington Stoke), Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick (Orion) and Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk (Corgi).
Jake Hope, chair of the 2018 judging panel, said: “The books on the shortlists offer moments of breathtaking poignancy and insight for all readers, young or old. The scope is truly global, stretching from forests to seas, traversing continents and cultures as well as time.
“Verve and vibrancy radiate memorably from the impressive range of styles in writing and illustration on offer in these books, making the lists perfect for stimulating personal connections and conversation.”
The combined shortlists of 15 books were chosen from two longlists of 40 titles.
The winners will be announced on Monday 18th June at an event at the British Library. They will receive a £5,000 cash prize each, a gold medal and £500 worth of books to donate to their British Library.
At the ceremony one title from each shortlist will be given the Amnesty CILIP Honour, awarded to books which illuminate, uphold or celebrate human rights.
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