Nominations Announced for the 2024 Yoto Carnegies

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Monday 6 November 2023: Nominations have been announced for the 2024 Yoto Carnegies, the UK’s longest-running and best-loved children’s book awards.

A grand total of 129 books have been nominated for the 2024 Medals. 69 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 60 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 Illustration Nominated Titles 2024

Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing Nominated Titles 2024

Uniquely judged by librarians, the Yoto Carnegies invite nominations from CILIP members, as well as external bodies: Amnesty International, BookTrust, CLPE, Commonword, English & Media Centre, IBBY, National Literacy Trust, RNIB, The Reading Agency, 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 2024 judging panel – which this year includes 12 experienced librarians from CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group (YLG) − who volunteer their time as judges.

From these nominations, the judging panel will decide the long and shortlists and finally, the 2024 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.

2024 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 2024.

Registration for shadowing groups is now open and group leaders can opt in to receive a free publicity pack when the shortlists are announced in March.

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.

The 2024 Yoto Carnegies promise to be an exciting journey through outstanding reading experiences. Stay tuned for further updates as we embark on another year of celebrating the power of storytelling to captivate young hearts and minds. It starts with a spark.


Tuesday 13 February 2024: Longlists announced

Wednesday 13 March 2024: Shortlists announced and Shadowing begins

Thursday 20 June 2024: Yoto Carnegie Medal Winners announced

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For further information on The Yoto Carnegies 2024 please visit: www.yotocarnegies.co.uk    

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