2021 CILIP Carnegie & Greenaway Longlists

The longlists for the 2021 CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Awards have been announced. The Carnegie Medal is the UK’s oldest book award. Judged by children’s librarians, the award recognizes “outstanding achievement in children’s writing.” The longlist for the Kate Greenaway medal was also announced, an award that recognizes the best illustrations in a book for children. Here are the longlisted titles:


After the War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside

After the War by Tom Palmer

And The Stars Were Burning Brightly (And The Stars Were Burning Brightly, #1)

And the Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando

Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo

Burn by Patrick Ness

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Deathless Girls

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

Furious Thing by Jenny Downham

The Girl Who Became a Tree by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Kate Milner

The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson

In the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido (American title is slightly different)

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

On Midnight Beach

On Midnight Beach by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

Run, Rebel

Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann

The Short Knife

The Short Knife by Elen Caldecott

Somebody Give This Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur

The Space We’re In by Katya Balen, illustrated by Laura Carlin


Arlo the Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep by Catherine Rayner

The Bird Within Me

The Bird Within Me, illustrated by Sara Lundberg and translated by BJ Epstein

The Child of Dreams

The Child of Dreams, illustrated by Richard Jones, written by Irena Brignull

Dandelion’s Dream by Yoko Tanaka

The Fate of Fausto by Oliver Jeffers

The Girl Who Became a Tree. illustrated by Kate Milner. written by Joseph Coelho

Hidden Planet by Ben Rothery

Hike by Pete Oswald

How the Stars Came To Be

How the Stars Came to Be by Poonam Mistry

I Go Quiet by David Ouimet

It's a no-money day

It’s a No-Money Day by Kate Milner

Just Because, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, written by Mac Barnett

Lights on Wonder Rock

Lights on Cotton Rock by David Litchfield (American title is slightly different)

The Misadventures of Frederick

The Misadventures of Frederick, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, written by Ben Manley

My Nana’s Garden, illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, written by Dawn Casey

Small in the City by Sydney Smith


Starbird by Sharon King-Chai

Tibble and Grandpa

Tibble and Grandpa, illustrated by Daniel Egneus, written by Wendy Meddour

Where Happiness Begins by Eva Eland

The Wind in the Wall

The Wind in the Wall, illustrated by Rovena Cai, written by Sally Gardner

Stella’s Stellar Hair by Yesenia Moises

Stella’s Stellar Hair by Yesenia Moises (9781250261779)

Stella’s hair was not doing what she wanted at all. It was the day of the Big Star Little Gala, so Stella wanted her hair to be special. Her mother suggested that Stella visit her Aunt Ofelia who lived on Mercury for a special style. So Stella hopped onto her hoverboard and headed over. Aunt Ofelia gave her a soft and elegant style, but Stella wasn’t sure it worked for her. Next she visited Aunt Alma on Venus, who created a straight lion’s mane style that took up too much space. Then she tried Aunt Rubi on Mars who gave her a crown of hair that was a bit too much for Stella. Auntie Cielo on Jupiter splashed around while Aunt Iris on Saturn gave Stella space buns. On Uranus, her twin aunts, twisted and braided. Neptune’s visit got her waves. Finally, Stella ended up with her Aunt Solana near the sun, who encouraged her to see her wild hair as a positive. Stella finally incorporated all of the elements of her aunt’s styles into her own plus some of her very own curls too.

Full of positivity, this book celebrates the many, many ways that Black hair can be styled with real flair. It’s great to see a science fiction picture book that focuses on a Black girl exploring the universe and visiting Black women for support. The ending with a focus on individuality and self-expression sets just the right tone of encouragement too. Turn to the back of the book for some information on the different planets in our solar system.

The art is bright and vibrant with the various Black women characters wearing their hair in all sorts of colors and styles. It’s great and funny to see them each style Stella in their own preferred style, until she reaches the final aunt who tells her to be herself.

Inclusive and vibrant, this book explains that we all need to simply be proud of who we are and what our hair does. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from e-galley provided by Macmillan.

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – Feb. 19


Children’s book author Matt de la Pena tells it like it is – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Diverse children’s books that aren’t about diversity – HuffPost

The most anticipated children’s and YA books of Spring 2021 – Publishers Weekly

Netflix to adapt Lupita Nyong’o children’s book ‘Sulwe’ into an animated musical – Deadline

PageTurners: children’s books guaranteed to make everyone smile – The Root

Utah parents complained after kids were read a story about a transgender boy. Now other diverse books are on hold. – The Salt Lake Tribune


9 young adult novels we’re excited about – Essence

18 epic fantasy books starring magical black leads – BuzzFeed

February 2021 YA book releases – The Nerd Daily