The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest
and most prestigious children's book awards. They are awarded
annually by children's librarians for an outstanding book written
in English for children and young people (The CILIP
Carnegie Medal) and for an outstanding book in terms of
illustration for children and young people (The CILIP Kate
Nominations are made by members of CILIP, the library and
information association. Up to 2 titles can be nominated for one or
both awards by CILIP members. The books are judged
solely by librarians but in one of the main national reading for
pleasure initiatives, the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards
Shadowing scheme engages thousands of children and young people in
reading the books on the shortlist.
The Medals are awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute
of Library and Information Professionals, with a longlist
announced in February, shortlists in March and the medal winners
announced at a June ceremony.
In 2016, CILIP and Amnesty International UK launched the
inaugural Amnesty CILIP Honour. The Amnesty CILIP
Honour is judged by a separate panel of judges convened by Amnesty
The call for nominations is in September. For more about the
awards, see the Carnegie Greenaway website.
The Poet X by Elizabeth
Acevedo (Electric Monkey) is the winner of the 2019 Carnegie Medal for writing.
The Lost Words illustrated
by Jackie Morris and written by Robert Macfarlane
(Hamish Hamilton) is the winner of the 2019 Kate Greenaway Medal for
The longlists were published on 15 February and the shortlists
on 15 March. Rook by Anthony McGowan, published by
Edinburgh-based Barrington Stoke, was one of the shortlisted
The winners were announced at a ceremony on 18 June.