The 2012 Carnegie Medal Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2012 Carnegie Medal has been announced.  The UK Carnegie Medal is awarded each year for outstanding writing in a children’s book. 

Here are the titles on the shortlist:


Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Septys

Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness


The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett

My Name is Mina by David Almond

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher


Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans

Trash by Andy Mulligan

The 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal Shortlist

The Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist for 2012 has been announced.  The UK medal is awarded annually for outstanding illustration in books for children and young people.

Here are the titles:


Can We Save the Tiger? by Vicky White

The Gift by Rob Ryan, text by Carol Anne Duffy

A Monster Calls by Jim Kay, text by Patrick Ness


Puffin Peter by Petr Horáček

Slog’s Dad by Dave McKean, text by David Almond

Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner


There Are No Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz

Wolf Won’t Bite by Emily Gravett

Review: What We Wear by Maya Ajmera

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What We Wear: Dressing Up around the World by Maya Ajmera, Elise Hofer Derstine, and Cynthia Pon

This bright, colorful picture book shows cultural apparel from around the world.  The book revels in the unique colors, structure, beading and design.  Filled with images of children with smiling faces wearing their unique clothing, the book does contain some simple information on the clothes.  They are grouped in categories like dance and play, school clothing, and celebrating who we are.  The simple structure and basic information makes the book more appropriate for preschoolers than elementary students.

Because of the simplicity of the text, this book’s quality rests solely with the clarity of its images and the way they are presented.  Happily, the book has photographs of children of a variety of races, dressed in gorgeous colors and clothing.  They are shown on pages of equally bright colors that really add spice to the design. 

A very friendly look at costumes throughout the world, this book is a solid addition to preschool nonfiction collections.  It reminded me of looking through my mother’s Unicef calendars as a child.  Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from copy received from Charlesbridge Publishing.