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2015 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal nominations announced.


There’s great excitement this morning as the nominations lists for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been released. The process was changed last year, bringing three lists stages – nominations then longlist then shortlist.

Today’s press release states:

91 books have been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and 71 nominated for the Kate Greenaway medal. The official long and shortlists identify a range of outstanding books for children and young people of all ages and interests and enable the 100,000 pupils in our 5,000 shadowing groups to engage with world-class literature and illustration from new and established authors and illustrators.

I’m not going to duplicate the lists here – that’s a combined 162 books (well, not quite as a couple are nominated for both awards) which would make for a very long post. Instead here is the link to the CILIP Carnegie Medal nominations and here is the link to the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal nominations.

What I will list is the books from the lists I’ve reviewed – this isn’t to say they’re necessarily my favourite, just that they’re books I’ve shared my opinions on. From the Carnegie nominations:

Black, Holly. The Coldest Girl In Coldtown

Carroll. Emma. The Girl Who Walked On Air

Hall, Tim. Shadow of the Wolf

Robinson, Hilary. Where the Poppies Now Grow

Sharpe, Tess. Far From You

And from the Kate Greenaway nominations:

Browne, Anthony. What If…?

Impey, Martin (illustrator) Robinson, Hilary (author) Where the Poppies Now Grow

The next stage in the process is the announcement of the longlists on 10th February 2015, then the announcement of the shortlist on 17th March 2015. The winners will be announced at the ceremony in June, the exact date is still to be confirmed.

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A New YA Book Prize for the UK and Ireland.


Last week a brand new prize for Young Adult books in the UK and Ireland has been announced. The YA Book Prize has been launched by The Bookseller in association with story publishing site Movellas. The official press release states:

The prize is the first in the UK and Ireland to specifically focus on fiction for young adults and addresses an important unmet need for a prize in the growing YA and teen market. Open to any young adult novel published in the UK or Ireland between 1st January and 31st December 2014, the prize will celebrate great books for teenagers and young adults and aims to get more teens reading and buying books.

The judging panel, led by Eyre, comprises leading industry figures such as World Book Day director Kirsten Grant, Waterstones children’s buyer Melissa Cox, vlogger Rosianna Halse Rojas and freelance journalist Imogen Russell Williams.

Teen readers themselves will be involved in the judging process and five from across the UK and Ireland will be asked to vote for their top titles.

The adult judges will also pick their top three titles. Votes will be added up and the winner will be chosen out of the top three most popular books.

Submissions are now open and close on 31st October 2014. An internal panel will then choose the shortlist, which will be announced 1st December.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 19th March 2015.

This sounds like a really great development, there has been much discussion about the lack of a prize focused on young adult literature written by authors from the UK and Ireland so it’s great that The Bookseller has stepped up and launched this prize in response. More information can be found at the award website.

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The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal nominations.

It’s that time of year again, today the nominations for the Carnegie Medal (list here) and Kate Greenaway Medal (list here) have been released. This year things are being done a little differently – the judges will meet to decide, based on the medal criteria, the longlists which will be announced on 4th February 2014. Following this the shortlists will be decided upon and announced on 18th March 2014 with the winners being announced at the ceremony in June. This year the lists of books nominated are once more the longest ever with 76 books nominated for the Carnegie medal and 61 books for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Both lists are chock full with exciting books, I’m thrilled to see books on the lists that I’ve heard loads about and books on the lists that I’ve never heard about – I think these lists are always such a great education, every book is on the list because at least one librarian felt passionately enough about it to nominate it.

Last year I watched as school librarian Caroline Fielding read her way through the entire 2013 Carnegie longlist before the shortlist was announced, and became increasingly inspired by her commitment. So in a moment of rashness I decided that I would like to try and match her efforts. The combination of the new process and the extremely long list of nominations means that whilst I definitely want to do some sort of reading based on the lit I think I need to rejig my plans for this year. I’ve actually only read the following 7 of the nominated 76 books so far:

Cousins, Dave. Waiting for Gonzo (Oxford University Press) [my review]
Dockrill, Laura. Darcy Burdock (Corgi Children’s Books)
Kessler, Liz. North of Nowhere (Orion Children’s Books) [my review]
Murdoch, Emily. If You Find Me (Indigo)
Pitcher, Annabelle. Ketchup Clouds (Indigo) [my review]
Smale, Holly. Geek Girl (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Syson, Lydia. A World Between Us (Hot Key Books)

I’d very much like to read my way through the other 69 books, but I think doing this by 18th March is a challenge bigger than I can manage – I have my degree to finish in the same time period, and I’m sat writing this whilst looking at my “to be read” bookcase that is stuffed full of exciting books (sadly few of them are on the list of nominated books).

I think therefore that this year I will pledge to read more of the nominated books, and that I will absolutely definitely read the shortlisted books. I’ll also make a concerted effort to read more new releases so that when it comes to this time next year and the nominations for the 2015 medal I’ll be in a great place to take on and complete the challenge of reading every nominated book (and I’ll have no pesky degree competing for my reading attention!)

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Booktrust’s 100 Best Books: 12-14 year olds.

In this final look at the Booktrust’s list of 100 books children should read before they turn 14 the books are aimed at 12 – 14 year olds, the cut off point imposed by Booktrust as “beyond that, children tend to progress to more adult literature”. I may come back to this idea in a later post, but for now will concentrate on the list.

This is the full list, with the books I’ve read made bold.

Watership Down by Richard Adams
NoughtsCrossesNoughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
Forever by Judy Blume
– The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
– Junk by Melvin Burgess
Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
MaggotMoonMaggot Moon by Sally Gardner
– The Owl Service by Alan Garner
– Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
– The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
– Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
WitchChild– Witch Child by Celia Rees
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
– Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien

For this final list I have read 17 out of the 25, similarly to yesterday’s 9-11 years list there are 4 books that have been on my need to read list for some time. There are a couple of books I’ve never heard of, ones I must definitely investigate.

It’s interesting that in comparison to the three other sections of the list this is the one with more modern and recent releases than the other lists. There are only a small handful of books that were already relatively old when I was a child, compared with much bigger portions of previous lists. I read some of the books on this list when I was in the target demographic but have read far more of them since, some due to their publication dates and some because they just weren’t in my awareness.

Like all of the lists there are books I’m surprised to see, and books I’m surprised not to see. I think this is the list I am probably most curious to see the voting results for, once the public have chosen a favourite. I think it’s probably the hardest to predict out of all four lists.

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Booktrust’s 100 Best Books: 9-11 year olds.

In this third post looking at Booktrust’s list of the 100 books children should read before they’re 14 the focus moves to books aimed at 9-11 year olds, a book demographic I particularly enjoy.

Here’s the list in full, books in bold are the ones I’ve read.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
SkelligSkellig by David Almond
Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden
– Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
– Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
The Witches by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake
Matilda by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake
Flour Babies by Anne Fine
– Once by Morris Gleizman
The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé
– Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
StigStig of the Dump by Clive King
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
– Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Jim Kay
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
TruckersTruckers by Terry Pratchett
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling
Holes by Louis Sachar
– The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield
The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

With 18 out of 25 books read from this list, this is the list I’m most familiar with (just). Of the 7 books I haven’t read 4 have been high on my radar for quite some time – I just haven’t got to them yet. Of the books I have read there are some titles that were real favourites when I was young, 6 or 7 of them would appear on my most re-read books list. I’m very pleased to see some far more recent “classics” appear on the list, and thrilled that last year’s Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals winner A Monster Calls has a very justified inclusion.

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Booktrust’s 100 Best Books: 6-8 year olds.

Today my attention is shifted to the 25 books aimed at 6-8 year olds that Booktrust have included on their list of 100 books children should read before they’re 14.

Again, here’s the list in full with the books I’ve read in bold type.

EnchantedWoodThe Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton
Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond and Peggy Fortnum
The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook by Joyce Lankester Brisley
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown and Scott Nash
– Clarice Bean, That’s Me by Lauren Child
– That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton
The BFG by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake
– The Story of Babar by Jean De Brunhoff
My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards and Shirley Hughes
Asterix the Gaul by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo
AmazingGrace– Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch
Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson (translated by Elizabeth Portch)
The Queen’s Nose by Dick King-Smith
The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith and Mike Terry
– Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (translated by Tina Nunnally)
Winnie-the-Pooh by A A Milne and E H Shepherd
The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
– The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
– Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross
TheArrivalThe Arrival by Shaun Tan
– Charlotte’s Web by E B White and Garth Williams
– Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
– Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake

This time I’ve read 15 out of the 25, and of the ones I’ve read virtually all of them were books I read myself as a child – the notable expection being Shaun Tan’s excellent The Arrival which I’ve only recently read. Of the books I have read there are a few that I read repeatedly as a child – I re-read most books by Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl a fair few times, and my mom became so fed up of my repeated borrowing of Milly-Molly-Mandy from the library that she bought me my own copy.

I’m a little surprised that there are so few books published in the last decade or so on the list. I personally haven’t read many books in that time period aimed at the 6-8 year old reader, but my Beaver Scouts all bring exciting looking books with them to sleepovers so I’m aware they exist – I think I’d better start borrowing some of them so I can judge them myself.

Are there any books you’d have expected to see on this list?

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Booktrust’s 100 Best Books: 0-5 year olds.

Today I’m going to look at the 25 books for 0-5 year olds selected by Booktrust for their list of 100 books every child should read before they’re 14.

Here is the list in full, I’ve bolded all of the books I’ve read.

EachPeachPearPlumEach Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
The Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Gorilla by Anthony Browne
– Would You Rather? by John Burningham
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
IWillNotEverNeverI Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
– Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole
– Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
– Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury
– Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett
Where’s Spot by Eric Hill
Dogger by Shirley Hughes
– Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
– Not Now, Bernard by David McKee
MegAndMogMeg and Mog by Helen McNicholl and Jan Pienkowski
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
I Want My Potty! by Tony Ross
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
– The Elephant and the Bad Boy by Elfrida Vipont and Raymond Briggs

I’ve read 17 out of the 25, which is actually a few more than I’d expected. I think this reflects the relatively broad nature of the list – there are plenty of books here that were around when I was younger so I either read them as a young child myself, or to younger family friends. Of the books I haven’t read I had heard of most of them, I just haven’t come across them on one of my visits to the picture book section of the local library.

What do you think of the list? Are there any surprise inclusions or omissions?

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Booktrust’s 100 Best Books.

Today sees the start of Children’s Book Week 2013, the annual celebration of reading for pleasure for children. Booktrust have really kicked off the week well, they’ve announced their ultimate list of 100 books every child should read before they’re 14. They have split the books into four sections of 25 books, these are aimed at the age bands 0-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-11 years and 12-14 years.

This post about how they narrowed the list to 100 books is very interesting, and well worth reading. It puts the selection process into context and rightfully acknowledges that such a process is always a subjective one and any list is never going to garner universal agreement.

Booktrust are opening the debate to everyone, they’re inviting everyone to vote for their favourite book from the list for each of the four age bands. Voting closes on 15th November and they will announce “the nation’s top books” on 25th November.

For the rest of the week I’m going to focus on this list of 100 books. I will feature one section a day, listing the books in the section and my thoughts about them.

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CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Shortlists.


This morning the shortlists for the 2013 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals have been announced. The books that made the lists are:

CILIP Carnegie Medal

  • The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
  • A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle (Marion Lloyd Books)
  • Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (Hot Key Books)
  • In Darkness by Nick Lake (Bloomsbury)
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Bodley Head)
  • Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (Indigo)
  • A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton (David Fickling Books)
  • Codename Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Electric Monkey)

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

  • Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • AGAIN! by Emily Gravett (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Oh No George! by Chris Haughton (Walker Books)
  • I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (Walker Books)
  • Pirates ‘N’ Pistols by Chris Mould (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • King Jack and the Dragon by Helen Oxenbury (illustrator) and Peter Bently (author) (Puffin Books)
  • Black Dog by Levi Pinfold (Templar Publishing)
  • Just Ducks! by Salvatore Rubbino (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author) (Walker Books)

I have bolded the books that I’ve already read, there are three from each shortlist. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 19th June – I plan to read the remaining 10 books between now and then, once I’ve finished I shall blog my thoughts on each shortlist.

I read the shortlist for the Carnegie Medal last year and thoroughly enjoyed doing so, I briefly considered attempting to read this year’s longlist when it was announced but thought that was probably a step too far. I was wrong though, Caroline read the entire lot before today’s announcement – you can see her posts on the books here. I’ve been entirely inspired by this and have pledged to do the same when we get to the announcement of the 2014 longlist!