The shortlists for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s oldest book awards for children and young people, were announced on March 18. CILIP is the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Sixteen titles have been shortlisted for the 2021 Medals (8 on each shortlist) selected from a total of 40 longlisted titles, read by an expert volunteer team of 15 librarians from across the UK. These titles reflect the very best in children’s writing and illustration published in the UK.
The winners will be announced on June 16. They 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 2021 shortlists are as follows. The works of genre interest are flagged with their book covers.
2021 CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist (alphabetical by author surname):
- Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (Hot Key Books)
- The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson, illustrated by Kathrin Honesta (Usborne)
- The Girl Who Became A Tree by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Kate Milner (Otter-Barry Books)
- On Midnight Beach by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (Faber)
- Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann (Penguin Random House Children’s)
- Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds (Knights Of)
- The Fountains Of Silence by Ruta Sepetys (Penguin Random House Children’s)
- Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk (Penguin Random House Children’s)
2021 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist (alphabetical by illustrator surname):
- Starbird illustrated and written by Sharon King-Chai (Two Hoots)
- The Bird Within Me illustrated by Sara Lundberg and translated by B. J. Epstein (Book Island)
- It’s A No-Money Day illustrated and written by Kate Milner (Barrington Stoke)
- How The Stars Came To Be illustrated and written by Poonam Mistry (Tate Publishing)
- Hike illustrated and written by Pete Oswald (Walker Books)
- I Go Quiet illustrated and written by David Ouimet (Canongate)
- Arlo The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep illustrated and written by Catherine Rayner (Macmillan Children’s Books)
- Small In The City illustrated and written by Sydney Smith (Walker Books)