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The 2019 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals

The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children.

The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

The winner of the 2019 Carnegie Medal is The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. 

The winner of the 2019 Kate Greenaway Medal is The Lost Words illustrated by Jackie Morris, written by Robert Macfarlane.


There were eight books on the Carnegie Medal shortlist:

– The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Electric Monkey); 
Rebound by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile (Andersen Press);
– The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli(Usborne Books);
– Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay (David Fickling Books;
– A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books);
– Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (Andersen Press);
– Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Chris Priestley (Faber & Faber);
– The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders (Faber & Faber)

There were eight books on the Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist:

– The Day War Came illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, written by Nicola Davies (Walker Books);
– Ocean Meets Sky illustrated and written by Eric Fan and Terry Fan (Lincoln Children’s Books);
– Beyond the Fence illustrated and written by Maria Gulemetova (Child’s Play Library);
– The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett (Walker Books);
– Julian is a Mermaid
 illustrated and written by Jessica Love (Walker Books);
– You’re Safe With Me illustrated by Poonam Mistry, written by Chitra Soundar (Lantana Publishing);
– The Lost Words illustrated by Jackie Morris, written by Robert Macfarlane (Hamish Hamilton);
– Suffragette: The Battle for Equality illustrated and written by David Roberts (Two Hoots)

The 2019 Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize

Onjali Q. Raúf’s The Boy at the Back of the Class is the winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019.

Separated from his family, Syrian refugee Ahmet is alone in a new school and a new country; to those around him he is just the boy at the back of the class.  When a group of children set out to befriend him and learn about his story, they embark on an unexpected, whirlwind adventure.

Bursting with charm, humour and compassion, and featuring wonderful illustrations from Pippa Curnick, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a moving, timely story about under-standing and showing kindness to those around us.

The 2018 Costa Book Awards

The winner of the children’s category was ‘The Skylark’s War’ by Hilary McKay.

The Waterstone’s website says: This is an affecting and heart-filled tale of lives overshadowed by the First World War and saved by the enduring consolation of family and friendship.

Brought up in an austere and cold London house in the haphazard care of their largely absent father and a short-tempered housekeeper, Peter and Clarry long for each summer when they can escape to their grandparent’s house in Cornwall. Here they and their kind and charismatic cousin Rupert taste true freedom and a kindling of mutual kindness and understanding.

Yet beyond their Skylark summers, forces are pulling them apart, with Peter sent to boarding school and Clary left at home. When the Great War breaks out and Rupert enlists, it seems that their lives will be forever changed.

The 2018 Laugh Out Loud Awards

The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards (The Lollies) is a celebration of the very best and funniest books for children, voted for by children themselves!

The 2018 Lollies shortlist featured 12 books.  Children were able to vote for their favourite by downloading PopJam – a moderated and curated app where kids can create art (using drawing tools and stickers), play games and find everything they love in a safe, creative community. It’s free to download and there are no in-app purchases.  PopJam is FREE from the App Store or Google Play.

The winners – who were celebrated at a special awards ceremony at Park Primary School in London – were triumphant in three categories.

Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book went to Mr Bunny’s Chocolate Factory by Elys Dolan, while Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6-8s was won by Emer Stamp for The Big, Fat, Totally Bonkers Diary of Pig.  And hit author Liz Pichon was honoured in the Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9-13s category, winning for Tom Gates: Epic Adventure (Kind Of).

The 2018 Carnegie Medal

British writer Geraldine McCaughrean won this year’s the Carnegie Medal for the second time with her middle-grade novel Where the World Ends.

McCaughrean is the most shortlisted author in the history of the prize, and her win comes 30 years after her first Carnegie Medal for A Pack of Lies in 1988.

Inspired by an historical record from 18th century St Kilda, the book explores the fates of a group of men and boys who find themselves stranded on a remote and inhospitable sea stac after their return boat mysteriously fails to turn up.

The 2018 Kate Greenaway Medal

Canadian illustrator Sydney Smith won the Kate Greenaway Medal for the first time for his illustrations in Joanne Schwartz’s Town Is by the Sea.

The picture book, which depicts a day in the life of a boy growing up in a coal mining town in the 1950s, contrasts a child’s life of play with that of the adult world of work, with the bright world above ground juxtaposed with the perilous subterranean world of a mining pit.

Smith visited a miner’s museum in Cape Breton’s Glace Bay, where the story is set, and took inspiration for his expressive brush work from Impressionist artists such as J.M.W. Turner.

The 2017 Costa Children’s Book Award Winner

‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell:

After crashing hundreds of miles from civilisation in the Amazon rainforest, Fred, Con, Lila and Max are utterly alone and in grave danger.

They have no food, no water and no chance of being rescued. But they are alive and they have hope.

As they negotiate the wild jungle they begin to find signs that something – someone – has been there before them.

Could there possibly be a way out after all?

The 2017 Laugh Out Loud Awards (The Lollies)

The shortlist for the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Awards (The Lollies) was announced in June.  The Lollies were created especially to celebrate the very funniest and most engaging books in children’s fiction.

There are three award categories: Best Laugh Out Loud Picture Book, Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 6 to 8 year olds and Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9 to 13 year olds. The winning book from each category were announced at a ceremony on January 18th (2018).

Picture Book Winner:  ‘Oi, Dog!’ by Kes Gray and Jim Field

6 to 8 Year Old Category Winner:‘Future Ratboy and the Invasion of the Nom Noms’ by Jim Smith

9 to 13 Year Old Category Winner: ‘The Best Medicine’ by Christine Hamill

Picture Books Shortlist: ‘Oi, Dog!’ by Kes Gray and Jim Field;  ‘Eat Your People’ by Lou Kuenzler and David Wojtowycz;  ‘Prince of Pants’ by Alan Macdonald and Sarah McIntyre;  ‘Danny McGee Drinks the Sea’ by Andy Stanton and Neal Layton.

6 to 8 Year Old Category: ‘Thimble Monkey Superstar’ by Jon Blake and Martin Chatterton;  ‘Hamish and the Neverpeople’ by Danny Wallace and Jamie Littler;  ‘Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-Up’ by Simon Cherry;  ‘Future Ratboy and the Invasion of the Nom Noms’ by Jim Smith.

9 to 13 Year Old Category: ‘I Don’t Like Poetry’ by Joshua Seigal;  ‘The Best Medicine’ by Christine Hamill;  ‘My Gym Teacher is an Alien Overlord’ by David Solomons and Laura Ellen Anderson; ‘AniMalcolm’ by David Baddiel and Jim Field.

The 2017 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals

The winners of the 2017 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals were announced in June.

The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children.

The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.


Carnegie Medal Winner 2017

‘Salt to the Sea’ by Ruta Sepetys: 

It’s early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land.  Four young people, each haunted by their own dark secret, narrate their unforgettable stories.  This inspirational novel is based on a true story from the Second World War.  When the German ship the Wilhelm Gustloff was sunk in port in early 1945 it had over 9000 civilian refugees, including children, on board.  Nearly all were drowned.  Sepetys brilliantly imagines their story.

Kate Greenaway Medal Winner 2017

‘There is a Tribe of Kids’ by Lane Smith:  At variants with its title, this is a subtle story of a lonely child searching for a place in the world, somewhere it is possible to belong.  The reader accompanies the child on a journey through different habitats, meeting different groups of animals.  A measured change from past to present tense and from loneliness to togetherness signal a change.

Please go to the ‘Children’s Reviews’ section of our website to see what Aliyyah, Ryan and Grace R. said about this book.

Waterstone’s 2017 Children’s Book Prize

‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’ by Kiran Millwood Hargrave was the overall winner of the Waterstone’s 2017 Children’s Book Prize.  Waterstone’s website says:

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is a significant new talent.  Her debut, ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’, is a fantasy achieved with such impassioned assurance that she emerged as the natural victor of both the Younger Fiction category and as our Overall Winner.

The disappearance of her closest friend compels Isabella to journey into the monster-filled interior of Joya, the land her father had mapped long ago. As a cartographer’s daughter, Isabella is uniquely-placed to navigate its forgotten realms, burning with the loyal need to find her friend who means so much.

As she and the search party she guides worm ever deeper into the unknown, Isabella will be forced to draw on courage of the purest kind as she is forced to confront forces of dark and demonic power.

The book was published on 5/5/16 and the website says it is for age 11+.  However, the book could easily be read by Y5 and Y6 children.

The Branford Boase Award

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This first novel award was created in memory of the novelist Henrietta Branford and Wendy Boase (ex-Editorial Director of Walker Books).

The award is an annual prize for an outstanding first novel from a first-time writer.  It also marks the important contribution of editors in identifying new talent.


The 2016 prize was awarded to Horatio Clare (and his editor Penny Thomas) for ‘Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot’.

The website says: ‘Aubrey is the rambunctious young hero whose antics often land him in trouble. But when his father, Jim, falls under the horrendous spell of the Terrible Yoot, everything changes. Aubrey sets out to break the spell with the help of the woodland creatures of Rushing Wood. Everyone says his task is impossible, but Aubrey will never give up, even if he must fight the unkillable spirit of despair – The Terrible Yoot – himself !’

Illustrated by Jane Matthews.  Published in September 2015.  For age 9+

The 2016 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize was founded in 1967.  It is awarded annually to fiction written for children aged eight and above, and is the only children’s fiction award selected by fellow writers.

The 2016 winner was Alex Wheatle’s young adult (YA) novel ‘Crongton Knights’.  The website says: ‘Crongton Knights’ is a very funny, very moving story that shows that although life is testing, the lessons learned the hard way are the ones you’ll never forget. It is from the acclaimed author of Liccle Bit’.

It was published on 3/3/16 and as YA novel is suitable for children aged 13+.

Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals

CKG_RGB_portraitThe shortlists for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals were announced on Tuesday 15th March (2016).

The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children.

It was established by in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919).

First awarded to Arthur Ransome for ‘Pigeon Post’, the winner receives a golden medal and £500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choice.

The medal is awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. It is named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her fine children’s illustrations and designs.

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.  The winner receives a golden medal and £500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choice.

The winners of the 2016 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals were announced on Monday 20th June.

winner_greenaway_jp_2016The 2016 Kate Greenaway Medal was won (for a third time) by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell for his stunning illustrations in Neil Gaiman’s dark fairy tale ‘The Sleeper and the Spindle’.




one-sarah-crossanThe 2016 Carnegie Medal was won by Sarah Crossan for her young adult novel ‘One’.

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Waterstone’s 2016 Children’s Book Prize: 

waterstones2The 2016 Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize winners were announced in March.

The overall prize went to ‘My Brother Is A Superhero’ by David Solomons.  Mrs.Davies read this to her class in the autumn term of 2015.  The winner of the category for the Best Illustrated Book was ‘The Bear and the Piano’ by David Litchfield – which is featured in the ‘Reading Reviews’ section under the ‘Reading’ tab.  ‘The Art of Being Normal’ by Lisa Williamson won the Best Older Fiction category.

The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize


The shortlist for The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize was published on Monday 2nd November (2015).

The winner was announced on Thursday 19th November (2015).   The four books that were shortlisted are detailed below.

fiveFive Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders
E Nesbitt’s classic ‘Five Children and It’ gains an outstanding sequel, with the ingenious conceit of transposing the cosy Victorian setting for the eve of the First World War, yielding devastating results. Enthralling, witty and often very moving, an elegy to not only a lost generation but the first golden age of children’s literature.

ellaA Song for Ella Grey by David Almond
An intense, windswept re-working of Orpheus and Eurydice that reverberates with intensity and passion.  It is as beautifully presented as it is written. The transformative potential of art and the imagination radiates from every page of this book, which is as short, intense and all consuming as the love story it describes.

This is more of a teenage story – and is not really suitable for primary age children. ‘A Song for Ella Grey’ won The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.


lieThe Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
A compelling fantasy spun from one mesmerising idea: what if telling lies gave you the power to discover other people’s secrets ? This gothic yarn of Victorian fossil hunters gone bad features an unforgettable young heroine, who fearlessly takes on monsters of the present and the past to build herself a better life.


islandAn Island of our Own by Sally Nicholls
This is a joyful Treasure Island-style mystery for the Instagram generation. A loveable young pair don’t face pirates as they seek their late auntie’s buried hoard, but more contemporary devices – from crowdsourcing clues to metal detectors – winningly deployed in this funny and tender exploration of what makes a family.

(Book descriptions courtesy of The Guardian’s website.)

The Blue Peter Book Awards


Awarded in conjunction with Book Trust – there are two categories to the Blue Peter Book Awards: i) best story; ii) best book with facts.  The shortlists were published on 3rd December. The winners were announced on World Book Day – 3rd March 2016.

Best Book With Facts Short List
Winner: ‘The Epic Book of Epicness’ by Adam Frost

Best Story Short List
Winner:’The Nowhere Emporium’ by Ross MacKenzie

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