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The Carnegie Medal

Cick to see the Kate Greenaway Medal, for children's picture books, run in parallel with this award

The Carnegie MedalThe Carnegie Medal was first awarded in 1936, having been established in memory of Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-born industrialist and philanthropist. The winner receives a gold medal and £500 worth of books to donate to a school or public library of their choice.

Winners are chosen by a panel of 13 children's librarians, members of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), who take into account feedback from pupils at selected schools. CILIP also administers the Kate Greenaway Medal, which rewards illustrated children's books, and together these constitute the most prestigious British awards for children's books. They are announced each July, rewarding books published in the previous calendar year.

In 2015, it was announced that translated books would henceforth be eligible.

Ever since its inauguration when it was won by Arthur Ransome, the Medal has rewarded some of the most enduringly popular writers of children's and wider literature. Winners include Noel Streatfeild, Eleanor Farjeon, C S Lewis, Richard Adams, Philipa Pearce, Alan Garner, Robert Westall, Penelope Lively, Geraldine McCaughrean and Terry Pratchett.

Anne Fine, Margaret Mahy, Peter Dickinson and Patrick Ness are the only authors to have won the Medal twice. Ness is also the first author to have all three books in a trilogy shortlisted, although only the final book went on to win. On three occasions - in 1943, 1945 and 1966 - no book was considered sufficiently worthy of an award and so no Medal was presented.

To celebrate the prize's 70th anniversary in 2007, children's book experts, including former Chairs of the judging panel, selected their ten best winners of the Medal. A poll was then conducted to find the most popular winner; this was won by Philip Pullman's Northern Lights.

One of the top ten, Melvin Burgess' Junk, which also won the Guardian Award, provoked consternation in certain quarters for its frank depiction of heroin addiction, but the book has gone on to become his most critically and commercially acclaimed.

The 2014 winner was also controversial, as Kevin Brooks'  features its teenage protagonist being kidnapped and held in an underground bunker. Lorna Bradbury of the Daily Telegraph described it as a 'uniquely sickening book' .

The 2016 winner was Sarah Crossan for her verse novel, One. Read our exclusive interview with her here.

The 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal shortlist is dominated by novels of identity, friendship, love and survival, and includes previous medal winners Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth and Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff for Beck, Peet’s final novel finished by Rosoff. Read more about the shortlist here.

The shortlists for both the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 were announced on Thursday 16th March, and the winners will be revealed on Monday 19th June at a special daytime event at RIBA in central London.

 

 

2017 Carnegie Shortlist

Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
(Paperback)
Frank Cottrell Boyce; Steven Lenton
 
The Blythes are a big, warm, rambunctious family who live on a small farm and sometimes foster children. Now Prez has come to live with them. But, though he...
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The Bone Sparrow: shortlisted for the...
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Zana Fraillon
 
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017.Perfect for fans of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS. A deeply moving story about a refugee boy...
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The Smell of Other People's Houses
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Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
 
Ruth wants to be remembered by her grieving mother. Dora wishes she was invisible to her abusive father. Alyce is staying at home to please her parents. Hank is running...
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The Stars at Oktober Bend
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Glenda Millard
 
A magnificent new novel from multi-award-winning author Glenda Millard. A story about the strength of the human spirit. Through her lyrical writing, Glenda reveals that people are always more than...
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Railhead: shortlisted for the CILIP...
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Philip Reeve
 
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017! Zen Starling is a petty thief. A nobody. Destined to ride the rails to nowhere special. That is until Raven, a strange and...
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Beck
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Mal Peet; Meg Rosoff
 
The final novel from Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet is a sweeping coming-of-age adventure, with all the characteristic beauty and strenth of his prose.
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Salt to the Sea
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Ruta Sepetys
 
It's early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land.
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Wolf Hollow
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Lauren Wolk
 
Annabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow all her life: a quiet place, still scarred by two world wars. But when cruel, manipulative Betty arrives in town, Annabelle's calm world is...
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2017 Carnegie Longlist

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot
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Horatio Clare
 
Aubrey's father, Jim, has fallen under an horrendous spell, which Aubrey is determined to break. Everyone says his task is impossible, but Aubrey will never give up and never surrender...
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Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth
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Frank Cottrell Boyce; Steven Lenton
 
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Unbecoming
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Jenny Downham
 
A new and truly powerful novel from internationally bestselling Jenny Downham, author of Before I Die.
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The Bone Sparrow: shortlisted for the...
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Zana Fraillon
 
Shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017.Perfect for fans of THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PYJAMAS. A deeply moving story about a refugee boy...
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How Not to Disappear
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Clare Furniss
 
A secret past. An uncertain future. An unforgettable journey that will reveal them both.
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The Smell of Other People's Houses
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Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
 
Ruth wants to be remembered by her grieving mother. Dora wishes she was invisible to her abusive father. Alyce is staying at home to please her parents. Hank is running...
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Whisper to Me
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Nick Lake
 
'I love you. I'm sorry for what I did to you. I'm going to write it all down, explain everything that happened, why I broke your heart, and then I'm...
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Beetle Boy
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M. G. Leonard
 
Darkus's dad has disappeared - but his new friend, a giant beetle called Baxter, is some consolation. Together, boy and beetle set out to solve the mystery of his father's...
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The Stars at Oktober Bend
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Glenda Millard
 
A magnificent new novel from multi-award-winning author Glenda Millard. A story about the strength of the human spirit. Through her lyrical writing, Glenda reveals that people are always more than...
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Pax
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Sara Pennypacker; Jon Klassen
 
A moving story of the extraordinary friendship between a boy and his fox, and their epic journey to be reunited. Beautifully illustrated by multi-award winner, Jon Klassen.
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Railhead: shortlisted for the CILIP...
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Philip Reeve
 
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017! Zen Starling is a petty thief. A nobody. Destined to ride the rails to nowhere special. That is until Raven, a strange and...
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Beck
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Mal Peet; Meg Rosoff
 
The final novel from Carnegie Medal-winning author Mal Peet is a sweeping coming-of-age adventure, with all the characteristic beauty and strenth of his prose.
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Orbiting Jupiter
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Gary D. Schmidt
 
Joseph is misunderstood. He was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Or so the rumours say. But Jack and his family see something others in town don't want to...
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The Marvels
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Brian Selznick
 
The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story...
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Salt to the Sea
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Ruta Sepetys
 
It's early 1945 and a group of people trek across Germany, bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the war-ravaged land.
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Island
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Nicky Singer; Chris Riddell
 
Urban teenager Cameron arrives on an uninhabited Arctic Island. He's prepared for ice and storms and, stripped of his smart technology, possibly boredom. But he's not prepared for 24-hour daylight...
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Dreaming the Bear
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Mimi Thebo
 
Darcy feels alone in the vast snowy wilderness of Yellowstone National Park, until she comes across a wounded grizzly bear. Their unexpected, yet warm friendship gives Darcy a new lease...
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Time Travelling with a Hamster
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Ross Welford
 
For readers who loved Wonder and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time this extraordinary debut will make you laugh and cry.A story that crosses time and generations...
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Wolf Hollow
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Lauren Wolk
 
Annabelle has lived in Wolf Hollow all her life: a quiet place, still scarred by two world wars. But when cruel, manipulative Betty arrives in town, Annabelle's calm world is...
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The Serpent King
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Jeff Zentner
 
Dill's father is in jail for an unspeakable crime. Shunned by the neighbours in their small religious Tennessee town, Dill and his mother try to make ends meet. Dill's only...
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Recent winners

 

2016 One by Sarah Crossan

2015 Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman

2014 The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

2013 Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

2012 A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

2011 Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

2010 The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

2009 Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

2008 Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve

2007 Just in Case by Meg Rosoff

2006 No award, due to switch in timing

2005 Tamar by Mal Peet

2004 Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

2003 A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly

2002 Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech

2001 The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

2000 The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo

1999 Postcards From No Man's Land by Aidan Chambers

1998 Skellig by David Almond

1997 River Boy by Tim Bowler

1996 Junk by Melvin Burgess

1995 Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

1994 Whispers in the Graveyard by Theresa Breslin

1993 Stone Cold by Robert Swindells

1992 Flour Babies by Anne Fine

1991 Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty

1990 Wolf by Gillian Cross

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