Longlists Announced For 2021 CILIP Carnegie And Kate Greenaway Medals

The longlists 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 February 18. CILIP is the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. Selected by volunteer Youth Librarians from a total of 152 nominations, with longlists of 20 books per Medal, these titles reflect the very best in children’s writing and illustration published in the UK.

The 2021 longlists are as follows. The works of genre interest are flagged with their book covers.

The shortlists for both the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2021 will be announced on March 18, with the winners announced on June 16.

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.

Now in its third year, the Shadowers’ Choice Award – voted for and awarded by the children and young people who shadow the Medals – will be announced alongside the two Medal winners in June 2021. This award has evolved out of CILIP’s Diversity Review, which identified opportunities to empower and celebrate the young people involved in the Medals through the shadowing scheme.

The 2021 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are sponsored by Peters and ALCS, and funded by Carnegie UK Trust.

2021 CILIP Carnegie Medal longlist (alphabetical by author surname):

  1. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (Hot Key Books)
  2. The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson, illustrated by Kathrin Honesta (Usborne)
  3. The Space We’re In by Katya Balen, illustrated by Laura Carlin (Bloomsbury)
  4. The Short Knife by Elen Caldecott (Andersen Press)
  5. The Girl Who Became A Tree by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Kate Milner (Otter-Barry Books)
  6. Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo (Walker Books)
  7. Furious Thing by Jenny Downham (David Fickling Books)
  8. Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (Faber)
  9. On Midnight Beach by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (Faber)
  10. Deeplight by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  11. And The Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando (Simon & Schuster)
  12. In The Key Of Code by Aimee Lucido (Walker Books)
  13. Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann (Penguin Random House Children’s)
  14. The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Orion)
  15. Burn by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)
  16. After The War by Tom Palmer (Barrington Stoke)
  17. Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds (Knights Of)
  18. The Fountains Of Silence by Ruta Sepetys (Penguin Random House Children’s)
  19. Somebody Give This Heart A Pen by Sophia Thakur (Walker Books)
  20. Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk (Penguin Random House Children’s)

2021 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal longlist (alphabetical by illustrator surname):

  1. Just Because illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, written by Mac Barnett(Walker Books)
  2. The Wind In The Wall illustrated by Rovina Cai, written by Sally Gardner(Hot Key Books)
  3. The Misadventures Of Frederick illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, written by Ben Manley (Two Hoots)
  4. My Nana’s Garden illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, written by Dawn Casey(Templar)
  5. Tibble And Grandpa illustrated by Daniel Egneus, written by Wendy Meddour(Oxford University Press)
  6. Where Happiness Begins illustrated and written by Eva Eland (Andersen Press)
  7.  The Fate Of Fausto illustrated and written by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  8. The Child Of Dreams illustrated by Richard Jones, written by Irena Brignull(Walker Books)
  9. Starbird illustrated and written by Sharon King-Chai (Two Hoots)
  10. Lights On Cotton Rock illustrated and written by David Litchfield (Frances Lincoln)
  11. The Bird Within Me illustrated by Sara Lundberg and translated by B. J. Epstein (Book Island)
  12.  It’s A No-Money Day illustrated and written by Kate Milner (Barrington Stoke)
  13. The Girl Who Became A Tree illustrated by Kate Milner, written by Joseph Coelho (Otter-Barry Books)
  14. How The Stars Came To Be illustrated and written by Poonam Mistry (Tate Publishing)
  15. Hike illustrated and written by Pete Oswald (Walker Books)
  16. I Go Quiet illustrated and written by David Ouimet (Canongate)
  17. Arlo The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep illustrated and written by Catherine Rayner (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  18. Hidden Planet illustrated and written by Ben Rothery (Ladybird)
  19. Small In The City illustrated and written by Sydney Smith (Walker Books)
  20. Dandelion’s Dream illustrated and written by Yoko Tanaka (Walker Books)