CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, one of the UK’s oldest book awards for children, was announced today. Selected by volunteer Youth Librarians from a longlist of 20 books, these titles reflect the very best in children’s writing and illustration published in the UK. Two Canadian illustrators are among the finalists for this prestigious award.

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist Canadian Titles
  1. Ocean Meets Sky illustrated and written by Eric Fan and Terry Fan (Lincoln Children’s Books)
  2. The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett (Walker Books)

View the complete list here.

Jon Klassen is the only previous winner to appear on a 2019 Medal shortlist, having won the 2014 Kate Greenaway Medal with This Is Not My Hat.

Over 4,500 reading groups in schools across the UK will embark on the Medals’ shadowing scheme, which sees children and young people reading and debating the shortlisted books between now and the winner announcement in June 2018. In 2018, thousands of children read for pleasure as a result of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards.

The winner of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal 2019 will be announced on Tuesday 18th June 2019 at a special daytime event at The British Library hosted by Konnie Huq. The winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal will also be announced. 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.

The Shadowers’ Choice Award, voted for and awarded by the children and young people who shadow the Medals, will be announced alongside the Medal winners. This new award has evolved out of CILIP’s recent Diversity Review, which identified opportunities to empower and celebrate the young people involved in the Medals through the shadowing scheme by giving them a more significant voice and visible presence in the process and prize giving.

Amnesty International UK continues to support the Medals in partnership with CILIP, providing educational resources and training to raise awareness and understanding of the power of children’s books to explore human rights, encourage empathy and broaden horizons. Amnesty have produced human rights-based materials for all the shortlisted books to aid reflection and discussion in classrooms and libraries.

The 2019 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are sponsored by Peters and ALCS, and funded by Carnegie UK Trust.

For further information about the history of the Medals visit

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