Ruta Sepetys’ refugee story Salt to the Sea, a fictionalised account of the worst maritime disaster in history, takes 80th anniversary Carnegie Medal and illustrator Lane Smith credits British illustrators as his inspiration as he triumphs in the Kate Greenaway Medal category with picture book, There is a Tribe of Kids.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, originally published in 1964, tops the list of 20th century children’s books which are still being read today. The poll was commissioned by CILIP as part of the Medals’ Anniversary celebrations to see which books from the past 80 years had made the most impact on British families.
The Kate Greenaway Medal sees award-winning writer and illustrator Chris Riddell, the Children’s Laureate, in the running to win an unprecedented fourth Kate Greenaway Medal just a year after his hat-trick in 2016. While Mal Peet’s final novel Beck, co-authored by Meg Rosoff, could be the second book to win the Medal posthumously, following Siobhan Dowd’s Bog Child in 2009.
The 20-strong longlist for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, now in its 80th year, sees the late Mal Peet’s final novel Beck (completed by Meg Rosoff) competing against debut authors M.G. Leonard and Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock and previous Carnegie Medal winners Philip Reeve and Frank Cottrell Boyce. In its 60th anniversary year, the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal longlist, sees Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell in the running to win the Medal for the fourth time!