Nominations announced for the 2023 Yoto Carnegies

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Monday 7 November 2022: Nominations have been announced for the 2023 Yoto Carnegies, the UK’s longest running and best-loved children’s book awards.

A total of 125 books have been nominated for the 2023 Medals. 67 books are in contention for the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing which is awarded to a book written in English for children and young people that sparks an outstanding reading experience and 58 books for the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration, which celebrates an outstanding reading experience through illustration. This includes 6 titles that have received nominations in both Medal categories.

Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing Nominated Titles 2023

Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration Nominated Titles 2023

Uniquely judged by librarians, the Yoto Carnegies invite nominations from CILIP members, as well as external bodies: BookTrust, CLPE, English & Media Centre, IBBY, Inclusive Minds CIC, National Literacy Trust, RNIB and the CILIP School Libraries Group. CILIP accepted nominations that met the criteria for the Medals and reflected the spirit of the Awards mission: To champion librarians to inspire and empower the next generation to create a better world through books and reading.

What happens next?

Each nominated book is read by every member of the 2023 judging panel – which this year includes 12 experienced librarians from CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group − who volunteer their time as judges.

From these nominations, the judging panel will decide the long and shortlists and finally, the 2023 Medal winners, based on the official criteria for the Medals for Writing and Illustration. The long and shortlists identify a range of outstanding books for children and young people of all ages and interests, celebrating world-class writing and illustration from new and established authors and illustrators.

2023 will also see the continuation of the Shadowers’ Choice Awards voted for by children and young people who take part in the Awards shadowing scheme – a reading for pleasure initiative that engages thousands of children and young people in schools and libraries in the UK and overseas through ‘shadowing’ reading groups. Young people read and engage with the shortlists critically and creatively, through group participation and digitally: posting online reviews, artworks, videos and taking part in creative activities and online events. Taking on the role of judges, the groups will vote for their favourite books to receive the Shadowers’ Choice Award at the winners’ ceremony in June 2023.

All nominations published have received at least one nomination from a CILIP member or external body and have been checked and verified for their eligibility.


Wednesday 15 February 2023: Longlist announced

Friday 17 March 2023: Shortlist announced and Shadowing begins

June 2023: Yoto Carnegie Winners announced

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