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Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards 2022

Celebrating the best in children’s writing and illustration respectively, the Medals are unique in being judged by children’s librarians, while the Shadowers’ Choice Award, recently added to the Awards ceremony celebrations, is voted for by children and young people who shadow the Medals.

16th February 2022

Longlist Announced

16th March 2022

Shortlist Announced

16th June 2022

Winners Announced

CARNEGIE WINNER

October, October

Balen, Katya ISBN: 9781526601933
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"A timeless, lyrical treasure that sees a girl who’s at one with the wild struggle with the world beyond her woods"

Raw, lingering and stirringly lyrical, October, October had me hooked from opening to end. 

Conjured in language that crackles and smoulders like an autumn bonfire, this is a book of bones and bark, of frost and flame, captivating in the manner of Skellig or Stig of the Dump as it undulates towards a wondrous homecoming of the heart.

“We live in the woods and we are wild… Just us. A pocket of people in a pocket of the world that’s small as a marble. We are tiny and we are everything and we are wild.” October has everything she wants living in the woods in the house her father built. Her mother left when October was four and she’s adamant that, “I don’t want her. She’s not wild like we are.”  

This year October’s euphoria at the onset of autumn is sullied when she discovers a dead owl and a motherless baby owl: “my heart won’t stop bruising my ribs.” So, she rescues the baby, names it Stig and declares it her first ever friend. Calamity strikes when the woman “who calls herself my mother” arrives as a birthday surprise - her beloved dad breaks his spine after falling from a tree and October must stay with this woman – her mother – in London while he recuperates. In the chaotic city, October is a bird with clipped wings. Torn from her wild world, she implodes, becomes a “firework of fury”, until she strikes up a bond with a boy named Yusef and discovers mudlarking, which makes her once more “a wild animal skulking and prowling for food”, “a pirate hunting for treasure.”

An unforgettable story, an unforgettable heroine – it’s no exaggeration to hail this a future classic.

October, October was also lucky enough to win the Carnegie Shadower's Choice Award.

- Joanne Owen (LoveReading Editorial Expert)

KATE GREENAWAY WINNER

Long way down : the graphic novel

Reynolds, Jason ISBN: 9780571366019
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"Exceptional graphic novel adaptation of a ground-breaking novel-in-verse about gun violence, grief and breaking free"

Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019, Jason Reynolds’s original Long Way Down novel-in-verse (stunningly illustrated by Chris Priestley) has here been adapted into a glorious graphic novel. The story is as gripping and moving as ever, its atmosphere perhaps even more poignant courtesy of Danica Novgorodoff’s impactful watercolour illustrations. It’s an incredibly poignant story about breaking the cycles of brutal gang culture that will surely now find an even bigger audience.

Two days ago fifteen-year-old Will witnessed the fatal shooting of his big brother. The initial smart of his grief is evoked with characteristic cut-to-the-point lyricism, hauntingly portrayed in a murky, lilac-hued street scene: “When bad things happen, we can usually look up and see the moon, big and bright, shining over us. But when Shawn died, the moon was off.”  Tragically, Will knows the drill in these situations - no crying, no snitching, take revenge. “The Rules weren’t meant to be broken. They were meant for the broken to follow,” so Will gets his brother’s gun and heads into the elevator to exact revenge on Shawn’s murderer. But at each level Will encounters figures from his past, among them his friend Buck who died last year, Dani who was shot in a playground, his Uncle Mark, his father. So many lives lost to violence, and their reappearance causes Will to think; to question his plans and question the rules.

The winner of the Kate Greenaway Shadower's Choice Award was Midnight Fair, click here to find out more.

- Joanne Owen (LoveReading Editorial Expert)

Carnegie Shortlist 2022

Carnegie Shortlist 2022

The Yoto Carnegie Medal awarded by children's librarians celebrates outstanding books written in English for children and young people.

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Kate Greenaway Shortlist 2022

Awarded annually, the Kate Greenaway Medal is the only prize in the UK to solely reward outstanding illustration in a children's book.

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Kate Greenaway Shortlist 2022
Carnegie Longlist 2022

Carnegie Longlist 2022

The Yoto Carnegie Medal awarded by children's librarians celebrates outstanding books written in English for children and young people.

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Kate Greenaway Longlist 2022

Awarded annually, the Kate Greenaway Medal is the only prize in the UK to solely reward outstanding illustration in a children's book.

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Kate Greenaway Longlist 2022
Carnegie Nominations 2022

Carnegie Nominations 2022

The Yoto Carnegie Medal awarded by children's librarians celebrates outstanding books written in English for children and young people.

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Kate Greenaway Nominations 2022

Awarded annually, the Kate Greenaway Medal is the only prize in the UK to solely reward outstanding illustration in a children's book.

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Kate Greenaway Nominations 2022