Nominations published for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals 2020

Nominations have been published for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals. 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 162 books have been nominated for the 2020 Medals; 91 books are in contention for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and 71 for the Kate Greenaway Medal. This includes several titles that received nominations in both Medal categories. 

Alongside nominations from CILIP members, the list of 162 books includes nominations from eight external bodies: BookTrust, CLPE, CommonWord, English & Media Centre, IBBY, Inclusive Minds, National Literacy Trust and RNIB. These organisations were invited to nominate as an outcome of CILIP’s independent diversity review of the Awards (2017-18). CILIP invited nominations that met the criteria for the Medals and reflected the spirit of the Awards mission: 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 judging panel – which this year includes 14 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 2020 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.

2020 will see the second 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, blogs, artworks, videos, exploring human rights and taking part in visual literacy based 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 2020.

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.


Ahmed, Samira. Internment

Publisher: ATOM. ISBN: 9780349003344

Applebaum, Kirsty. The Middler

Publisher: Nosy Crow. ISBN: 9781788003452

Atta, Dean (author)Khullar, Anshika (illustrator). The Black Flamingo

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781444948585

Barr, Emily. The Girl Who Came Out of the Woods

Publisher: Penguin. ISBN: 9780241345221

Bates, Laura. The Burning

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781471170201

Bilan, Jasbinder. Asha & the Spirit Bird

Publisher: Chicken House. ISBN: 9781911490197

Blackman, Malorie. Crossfire

Publisher: Penguin. ISBN: 9780241388433

Boyce, Frank Cottrell (author)Lenton, Steven (illustrator). Runaway Robot

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781509851775

Brahmachari, Sita. Where The River Runs Gold

Publisher: Orion Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781510105416

Bruton, Catherine. No Ballet Shoes in Syria

Publisher: Nosy Crow. ISBN: 9781788004503

Bunzl, Peter. Skycircus

Publisher: Usborne Books. ISBN: 9781474940658

Burton, Jessie (author)Barrett, Angela (illustrator). The Restless Girls

Publisher: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781408886915

Bushby, Aisha. A Pocketful of Stars

Publisher: Egmont. ISBN: 9781405293198

Butterworth, Jess. Swimming Against the Storm

Publisher: Orion Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781510105485

Carroll, Sarah. The Words That Fly Between Us

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781471160646

Carthew, Natasha. Only The Ocean

Publisher: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781408868607

Coelho, Joseph (author) Judd, Kelly Louise (illustrator). A Year of Nature Poems

Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions. ISBN: 9781786035820

Collins, Orlagh. All the Invisible Things

Publisher: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781408888339

Crossan, Sarah. Toffee

Publisher: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781408868126

Darbon, Mel. Rosie Loves Jack

Publisher: Usborne Books. ISBN: 9781474937832

Dawson, Juno. Meat Market

Publisher: Quercus. ISBN: 9781786540386

de Waal, Kit. Becoming Dinah

Publisher: Orion Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781510105706

DiCamillo, Kate. Louisiana’s Way Home

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406384208

Dogar, Sharon. Monsters

Publisher: Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781783448029

Donnelly, Jennifer. Stepsister

Publisher: Hot Key Books. ISBN: 9781471407970

Drews, C.G.. The Boy Who Steals Houses

Publisher: Orchard. ISBN: 9781408349922

Durant, Alan. Clownfish

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406374629

Eagle, Judith (author) Geyer, Kim(illustrator).The Secret Starling

Publisher: Faber & Faber. ISBN: 9780571346301

Edge, Christopher. The Longest Night of Charlie Noon

Publisher: Nosy Crow. ISBN: 9781788004947

Fisher, Catherine. The Clockwork Crow

Publisher: Firefly Press. ISBN: 9781910080849

Foxlee, Karen. Lenny’s Book of Everything

Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781782692386

Gosling, Sharon. The Golden Butterfly

Publisher: Stripes. ISBN: 9781788950329

Green, Julia. The House of Light

Publisher: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780192771568

Green, Simon James. Alex in Wonderland

Publisher: Scholastic. ISBN: 9781407194240

Harrison, Michelle. A Pinch of Magic

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781471124297

Harrold, A.F. (author)Gravett, Emily (illustrator).The Afterwards

Publisher: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781408894316

Jackson, Holly. A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder

Publisher: Electric Monkey. ISBN: 9781405293181

Jackson, Sharna. High Rise Mystery

Publisher: Knights Of Media. ISBN: 9781999642518

Jacobs, Jaco (author)Geldenhuys, Kobus (translator). A Good Night For Shooting Zombies

Publisher: Oneworld. ISBN: 9781786074508

James, Anna. Pages & Co (1): Tilly and the Bookwanderers

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books. ISBN: 9780008229863

James, Lauren. The Starlight Watchmaker

Publisher: Barrington Stoke. ISBN: 9781781128954

Jennings, Paul (author)Kelly, Geoff(illustrator). A Different Land

Publisher: Old Barn Books. ISBN: 9781910646496

Johnson, Catherine  (author)Hickey, Katie (illustrator). Race to the Frozen North  

Publisher: Barrington Stoke. ISBN: 9781781128404

Juckes, Sarah Ann. Outside

Publisher: Penguin. ISBN: 9780241330753

Kalhan, Savita. That Asian Kid

Publisher: Troika Books. ISBN: 9781909991972

Khan, Muhammad (author)Birdi, Amrit (illustrator). Kick the Moon  

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781509874071

Khan, Rehan. A Tudor Turk

Publisher: HopeRoad. ISBN: 9781908446978

Lake, Nick. Nowhere on Earth

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781444940459

Lawrence, Patrice. Rose, Interrupted

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781444940657

Leonardo, Cory. Call Me Alastair

Publisher: Scholastic. ISBN: 9781407186719

Lewis, Gill. The Closest Thing to Flying

Publisher: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780192749482

Littleson, Lindsay. Guardians of the Wild Unicorns

Publisher: Floris Books. ISBN: 9781782505556

MacDibble, Bren. The Dog Runner

Publisher: Old Barn Books. ISBN: 9781910646489

McCombie, Karen. Little Bird Flies

Publisher: Nosy Crow. ISBN: 9780857639103

McGowan, Anthony. Lark

Publisher: Barrington Stoke. ISBN: 9781781128435

McKay, Hilary. The Skylarks’ War

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781509894949

Millwood Hargrave, Kiran. The Way Past Winter

Publisher: Chicken House. ISBN: 9781911077930

Ness, Patrick (author)Cai, Rovina (illustrator). And the Ocean Was Our Sky  

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406383560

Newbery, Linda. The Key to Flambards

Publisher: David Fickling Books. ISBN: 9781788450041

Nielsen, Susin. No Fixed Address

Publisher: Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781783447213

Oppel, Kenneth. Inkling

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406380583

Owen, David. All the Lonely People

Publisher: ATOM. ISBN: 9780349003207

Palmer, Tom. Armistice Runner

Publisher: Barrington Stoke. ISBN: 9781781128251

Patrick, S.A.. A Darkness of Dragons

Publisher: Usborne Books. ISBN: 9781474945677

Peters, Helen. Anna at War

Publisher: Nosy Crow. ISBN: 9781788004718

Plummer, Rachel  (author)Boppert, Helene (illustrator). Wain

Publisher: The Emma Press. ISBN: 9781910139479

Pollock, Tom. Heartstream

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406378184

Rahman, Yasmin. All the Things We Never Said

Publisher: Hot Key Books. ISBN: 9781471408298

Rai, Bali. Now or Never: A Dunkirk Story

Publisher: Scholastic. ISBN: 9781407191362

Rees, Celia. Glass Town Wars

Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781782692225

Reid, Louisa. Gloves Off

Publisher: Guppy Books. ISBN: 9781913101008

Ribay, Randy. Patron Saints of Nothing

Publisher: Stripes. ISBN: 9781788951548

Rundell, Katherine. The Good Thieves

Publisher: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781408854891

Rundell, Katherine (author)Williams, Kristjana S. (illustrator). Into the Jungle  

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781509822317

Russo, Meredith. Birthday

Publisher: Usborne Books. ISBN: 9781474967419

Schaap, Annet (author)Watkinson, Laura (translator). Lampie and the Children of the Sea

Publisher: Pushkin Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781782692188

Schmidt, Gary D.. Pay Attention, Carter Jones

Publisher: Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781783448050

Scott, Libby & Westcott, Rebecca. Can You See Me?

Publisher: Scholastic. ISBN: 9781407195674

Sedgwick, Marcus (author) Sedgwick, Julian (author) Deacon, Alexis (illustrator). Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406357929

Shukla, Nikesh. The Boxer

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781444940695

Strange, Lucy. Our Castle by the Sea

Publisher: Chicken House. ISBN: 9781911077831

Sutcliffe, William. The Gifted, the Talented and Me

Publisher: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781408890219

Talley, Robin. Pulp

Publisher: HQ Young Adult. ISBN: 9781848457126

Taylor, Thomas. Malamander

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406386288

Thomas, Angie. On The Come Up

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406372168

Vick, Chris. Girl. Boy. Sea.

Publisher: Head of Zeus. ISBN: 9781789541373

Wheatle, Alex. Kerb Stain Boys

Publisher: Barrington Stoke. ISBN: 9781781128091

Williams, Marcia. Cloud Boy

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406381214

Williamson, Lisa. Paper Avalanche

Publisher: David Fickling Books. ISBN: 9781910989968

Winter, Tamsin. Jemima Small Versus the Universe

Publisher: Usborne Books. ISBN: 9781474927284

Wormell, Chris. The Magic Place

Publisher: David Fickling Books. ISBN: 9781788450157


Anderson, Laura Ellen.  I Don’t Want to be Small

Publisher: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781408894071

Antony, Steve.  Amazing

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781444944709

Arsenault, Isabelle (Illustrator) de Fombelle, Timothee (Author) Gordon, Sam (Translator).

Captain Rosalie

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406377101

Baker Smith, Grahame (Illustrator) Fraillon, Zana (Author). Wisp: A Story of Hope

Publisher: Orchard Books. ISBN: 9781408350102

Barrett, Angela (Illustrator) Burton, Jessie (Author). The Restless Girls

Publisher: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781408886915

Beardshaw, Rosalind (Illustrator) McQuinn, Anna (Author). Lulu’s First Day

Publisher: Alanna Max. ISBN: 9781907825217

Blankenaar, Dale (Illustrator) Durant, Alan (Author). Quill Soup

Publisher: Tiny Owl. ISBN: 9781910328408

Brooksbank, Angela (Illustrator) Atinuke (Author). B is for Baby

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406371086

Browne, Anthony.  Little Frida

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406381221

Cai, Rovina (Illustrator) Ness, Patrick (Author). And the Ocean Was Our Sky

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406383560

Collins, Ross (Illustrator) Newson, Karl (Author). I am a Tiger

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781509855148

Collins, Ross.  This is a Dog

Publisher: Nosy Crow. ISBN: 9781788005159

Davey, Owen.  Fanatical About Frogs

Publisher: Flying Eye Books. ISBN: 9781912497058

de Moraes, Thiago.  Myth Atlas

Publisher: Alison Green Books. ISBN: 9781407178134

de Moraes, Thiago (Illustrator) de Moraes, Ana (Author). The Night Bear

Publisher: Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781783447145

Deacon, Alexis (Illustrator) Sedgwick, Marcus (Author) Sedgwick, Julian (Author).

Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406357929

Egneus, Daniel (Illustrator) Meddour, Wendy (Author). Lubna and Pebble

Publisher: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780192771940

Eland, Eva.  When Sadness Comes to Call

Publisher: Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781783447183

Field, Jim (Illustrator) Rachel Bright (Author). The Way Home For Wolf

Publisher: Orchard Books. ISBN: 9781408349205

Foreman, Michael (Illustrator) Morpurgo, Michael (Author). Poppy Field

Publisher: Scholastic. ISBN: 9781407181424

Gravett, Emily (Illustrator) Harrold, A.F. (Author). The Afterwards

Publisher: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781408894316

Haworth-Booth, Emily.  The King Who Banned the Dark

Publisher: Pavilion Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781843653974

Hodgson, Jesse (Illustrator) Hofmeyr, Dianne (Author). Tiger Walk

Publisher: Otter-Barry Books. ISBN: 9781910959411

Hood, Morag.  Brenda is a Sheep

Publisher: Two Hoots. ISBN: 9781509842964

Horacek, Petr (Illustrator) Dunbar, Joyce (Author). Grumpy Duck

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406378245

Impey, Martin (Illustrator) Riley, Christopher (Author). Where Once We Stood

Publisher: Harbour Moon Publishing. ISBN: 9781916062504

Khullar, Anshika (Illustrator) Atta, Dean (Author). The Black Flamingo

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781444948585

Kitamura, Satoshi.  Hat Tricks

Publisher: Scallywag Press. ISBN: 9781912650026

Kuo, Fifi.  I Can Fly

Publisher: Boxer Books. ISBN: 9781910716434

Lai, Remy.  Pie in the Sky

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406389616

Leiper, Kate (Illustrator) Breslin, Theresa (Author). An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Castle Legends

Publisher: Floris Books. ISBN: 9781782505952

Lewis, Emma.  Two Kings

Publisher: Tate Publishing. ISBN: 9781849765961

Litchfield, David (Illustrator) Almond, David (Author). War Is Over

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781444946574

McKean, Dave (Illustrator) Almond, David (Author). Joe Quinn’s Poltergeist

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406363197

Melville, Elena Arevalo.  Umbrella

Publisher: Scallywag Press. ISBN: 9781912650019

Meserve, Jessica.  What Clara Saw

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781509866595

Mistry, Poonam (Illustrator) Soundar, Chitra (Author). You’re Snug With Me

Publisher: Lantana Publishing. ISBN: 9781911373476

Mould, Chris (Illustrator) Hughes, Ted (Author). The Iron Man

Publisher: Faber & Faber. ISBN: 9780571348862

Naylor-Ballesteros, Chris.  The Suitcase

Publisher: Nosy Crow. ISBN: 9781788004473

Nelson, Kadir (Illustrator) Alexander, Kwame (Author). Undefeated

Publisher: Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781783449286

Nomoco (Illustrator) Carter, James (Author). Once Upon A Raindrop

Publisher: Caterpillar Books. ISBN: 9781848577145

Packer, Neil (Illustrator) Frankopan, Peter (Author). The Silk Roads

Publisher: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781408889930

Percival, Tom.  The Sea Saw

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781471172441

Perkin, Jayde.  Mum’s Jumper

Publisher: Book Island. ISBN: 9781911496137

Pinfold, Levi (Illustrator) Almond, David (Author). The Dam

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406304879

Preston-Gannon, Frann (Illustrator) Waters, Fiona (compiled by) (Author).

I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree – A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year

Publisher: Nosy Crow in partnership with the National Trust. ISBN: 9780857637703

Radeva, Sabina.  On the Origin of Species

Publisher: Puffin. ISBN: 9780141388502

Ray, Jane (Illustrator) Davies, Nicola (Author). Hummingbird

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406379273

Rayner, Catherine (Illustrator) Donaldson, Julia (Author). The Go-Away Bird

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781509843589

Renon, Delphine (Illustrator) Hottois, Karen (Author). Emmett and Caleb

Publisher: Book Island. ISBN: 9781911496106

Riddell, Chris (Illustrator) Rowling, J.K. (Author). The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Publisher: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781408898673

Ross, Tony.  An Anty-War Story

Publisher: Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781783446100

Sanna, Francesca.  Me and my Fear

Publisher: Flying Eye Books. ISBN: 9781911171539

Sarda, Julia (Illustrator) Bailey, Linda (Author). Mary and Frankenstein

Publisher: Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781783447633

Schwarz, Viviane.  How to be on the Moon

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406379921

Sharif, Amin Hassanzadeh (Illustrator) Clayton, Sally Pomme (Author). The Phoenix of Persia

Publisher: Tiny Owl. ISBN: 9781910328439

Shoard, Emma (Illustrator) Peet, Mal (Author). Good Boy

Publisher: Barrington Stoke. ISBN: 9781781128527

Siemensma, Hanneke (Illustrator) Van der Hammen, Gijs (Author) Watkinson, Laura (Translator). Little Wise Wolf

Publisher: Book Island. ISBN: 9781911496120

Smith, Lane (Illustrator) John, Jory (Author). Giraffe Problems

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406383164

Tan, Shaun.  Tales from the Inner City

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406383843

Todd-Stanton, Joe.  A Mouse Called Julian

Publisher: Flying Eye Books. ISBN: 9781912497065

Trukhan, Ekaterina (Illustrator) Deutsch, Georgiana (Author). Perfectly Polite Penguins

Publisher: Little Tiger Press. ISBN: 9781788811279

Voigt, Marie.  Red and the City

Publisher: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780192767745

Waters, Beth.  Child of St Kilda

Publisher: Child’s Play. ISBN: 9781786281876

Willmore, Alex (Illustrator) Poskitt, Kjartan (Author). The Runaway Pea

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books. ISBN: 9781471175251

Wilson-Max, Ken.  Astro Girl

Publisher: Otter-Barry Books. ISBN: 9781910959213

Woolf, Julia.  Duck and Penguin Are Not Friends

Publisher: Andersen Press. ISBN: 9781783447831

Wormell, Chris.  The Magic Place

Publisher: David Fickling Books. ISBN: 9781788450157

Wormell, Chris (Illustrator) Raman, Prinja (Author). Planetarium

Publisher: Big Picture Press. ISBN: 9781787411579

Yankey, Lindsey (Illustrator) Javaherbin, Mina (Author). My Grandma and Me

Publisher: Walker Books. ISBN: 9781406384949

Zommer, Yuval.  The Big Book of Birds

Publisher: Thames & Hudson. ISBN: 9780500651513

Key dates

20 February 2020
Longlist announcement

19 March 2020
Shortlist announcement and Shadowing begins

1 – 10 June 2020
Shadowers’ Choice Awards voting open

17 June 2020
2020 Medal winners’ and Shadowers’ Choice announcement 


About the CILIP Carnegie Medal

The Carnegie Medal, awarded annually, was established in 1936, in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835−1919). A self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA, Carnegie’s experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that “If ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries.” He set up more than 2,800 libraries across the English speaking world and, by the time of his death, over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries.

About the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. Named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her beautiful children’s illustrations and designs, the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

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) of CILIP works in a ‘pressure group’ role 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.