Nominations announced for the 2022 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals

Nominations have been published for the 2022 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals for writing and illustration. The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded to a book written in English for children and young people that creates an outstanding reading experience through writing; while the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal recognises a book that creates an outstanding reading experience through illustration.

A total of 148 books have been nominated for the 2022 Medals; 76 books are in contention for the Carnegie Medal and 72 for the Kate Greenaway Medal. This includes two titles that have received nominations in both Medal categories.

Alongside nominations from CILIP members, the list of 148 books includes nominations from external nominating bodies: BookTrust, CLPE, English & Media Centre, IBBY, Inclusive Minds CIC, National Literacy Trust RNIB and the CILIP School Libraries Group. CILIP invited 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.

The nominations list sees first time nominations for independent publishers Caboodle Books, Everything With Words and Owlet Press, alongside community interest company Pop Up Projects.

What happens next?

Each nominated book is read by every member of the 2022 judging panel – which this year includes 13 children’s and youth 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 2022 Medal winners, based on the official Medals criteria. 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.

2022 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. 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 2022.

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.

CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominated Titles 2022

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Nominated Titles 2022

Explore this year’s Carnegie nominated titles visually here.

Explore this year’s Kate Greenaway nominated titles visually here.

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Key Dates

Wednesday 16 February 2022

Longlist announcement

Wednesday 16 March 2022

Shortlist announcement and Shadowing begins

Thursday 16 June 2022

2022 Medal winners’ and Shadowers’ Choice announcement


About the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Awards and Shadowing Scheme

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to a children’s book author whose writing creates an outstanding reading experience. It was established in 1936 in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). The Kate Greenaway Medal, established in 1955, is named after the popular nineteenth century artist, known for her beautiful children’s illustrations and designs. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually to a children’s book illustrator whose artwork creates an outstanding reading experience.

Each year thousands of reading groups in schools and libraries in the UK and overseas get involved in the Awards, with children and young people ‘shadowing’ the judging process. They read, discuss and review the books on the shortlists, get involved in reading related activity in groups and vote for their favourite books to win the Shadowers’ Choice Awards.

About CILIP: the library and information association

CILIP is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. Our goal is to put information and library skills and professional values at the heart of a democratic, equal and prosperous society. CILIP is a registered charity, no. 313014. The Youth Libraries Group (YLG) is a special interest group of CILIP who work to preserve and influence the provision of quality literature and library services for children and young people, both in public libraries and school library services.