2020 CILIP Carnegie & Greenaway Medal Shortlists

The shortlists for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced. Each shortlist has eight titles, selected by youth librarians in the UK from the longlists. The Carnegie Medal is given to the best writing for young readers while the Kate Greenaway Medal is for the best in illustration in children’s books. Here are the shortlisted titles:


The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

Girl. Boy. Sea.

Girl. Boy. Sea. by Chris Vick

Lampie and the Children of the Sea

Lampie by Annet Schaap


Lark by Anthony McGowan

Nowhere on Earth by Nick Lake

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black by Marcus Sedgwick and Julian Sedgwick, illustrated by Alexis Deacon



Child of St Kilda written and illustrated by Beth Waters

The Dam illustrated by Levi Pinfold and written by David Almond

The Iron Man

The Iron Man illustrated by Chris Mould and written by Ted Hughes

Mary and Frankenstein illustrated by Júlia Sardà and written by Linda Bailey

The Suitcase written and illustrated by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

Tales from the Inner City written and illustrated by Shaun Tan

The Undefeated illustrated by Kadir Nelson and written by Kwame Alexander

You’re Snug with Me illustrated by Poonam Mistry, written by Chitra Soundar




News to Wake Your Brain Cells, March 20

Hoping you are all safe and healthy. Here’s some book news from this week.


Doodle with children’s book author and illustrator Mo Willems – Lifehacker

Josh Gad is reading children’s books for families quarantined by coronavirus – Checkersaga

Kid Lit authors organize virtual book festival for May – SLJ

Sandra Boynton’s children’s books have sold 70 million copies. With 7 short words, she just gave some amazing career and life advice – Inc.

Scholastic launches first digital book fest for this Friday – Publishers Weekly

Suck at home with kids? Amy Adams and other celebrities will read you a story – Los Angeles Times


Chicago shuts down, but its public libraries are open. Librarians want them closed. – ProPublica

De Blasio was ‘furious’ as library heads planned to close for coronovirus – Politico


Disney+’s Stargirl is a completely new experience from the book – Refinery 29