Shortlist for the Prestigious Carnegie Children’s Book Award is Selected

By Oliver, 12 and Denis, 13, Jill Dando News

This month, the UK’s most loved and longest running book awards for children and teens, The Yoto Carnegies, publicised their 2023 shortlists.

Celebrating outstanding achievements in children’s literature and illustration, The Yoto Carnegies are being judged by children’s and youth librarians, with Shadowers’ Choice Medals, which are enthusiastically for by many children and young people.

A total of 13 books have been shortlisted for prestigious awards; seven for the Carnegie Medal for Writing and six for the Carnegie Medal for Illustration.

The 31 longlisted titles were meticulously evaluated by an expert judging panel, compromising 12 librarians from CLIP’s Youth Libraries Group, a renowned library and information association.

The shortlisted selections highlight the exceptional talent and creativity within the literary and illustration fields, with winners eagerly anticipated by fans and industry professionals alike.

This is the 2023 Medal for Writing shortlist (alphabetical by author surname):       

  • The Light in Everything by Katya Balen (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)       
  • When Shadows Fall by Sita Brahmachari, illustrated by Natalie Sirett (Little Tiger)       
  • Medusa by Jessie Burton, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)       
  • The Eternal Return of Clara Hart by Louise Finch (Little Island)       
  • Needle by Patrice Lawrence (Barrington Stoke)       
  • I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys (Hodder Children’s Books)       
  • The Blue Book of Nebo by Manon Steffan Ros (Firefly Press) 

The 2023 Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration shortlist is (alphabetical by illustrator surname):       

  • Rescuing Titanic illustrated and written by Flora Delargy (Wide Eyed Editions)       
  • Alte Zachen: Old Things illustrated by Benjamin Phillips, written by Ziggy Hanaor (Cicada Books)       
  • The Worlds We Leave Behind illustrated by Levi Pinfold, written by A. F. Harrold (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)       
  • The Visible Sounds illustrated by Yu Rong, written by Yin Jianling (UCLan Publishing)       
  • The Comet illustrated and written by Joe Todd-Stanton (Flying Eye Books)       
  • Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear illustrated by Jeet Zdung, written by Trang Nguyen (Kingfisher)

Chair of Judges for The Yoto Carnegies 2023, Janet Noble, said: “This year’s shortlists clearly demonstrate that authors, illustrators and publishers are continuing to create outstanding books for children and young people that represent a wide range of identities, helping to ensure the diversity of experiences across the UK is reflected. “

Stories of bravery, compassion and community are told authentically and sensitively in a range of distinctive written and illustrative styles, with fantastic debuts taking pride of place alongside well-known names. We’re sure shadowing groups across the country will share our excitement in reading and discussing these superb books in the coming months, and we wish them luck in choosing their winners – we know it’s not going to be an easy decision! The 2023 judges and I are immensely proud that these 13 books will become part of the distinguished legacy of The Yoto Carnegies.” 

On Wednesday 21st June, the winners will claim their victories and celebrate with the public at The Barbican where there will be a live and streamed lunchtime ceremony, hosted by Lauren Child CBE, the Children’s Laureate, who, in 2000 for her first Charlie and Lola book –  I Will Not Ever Never Eat A Tomato –  won the Carnegie Medal for Illustration – formerly known as the Kate Greenaway Medal. 

The prestigious awards have announced their shortlists, with 13 books in the running; seven for the Carnegie Medal for Writing and six for the Carnegie Medal for Illustration. A panel of 12 expert librarians from CLIP’s Youth Group carefully narrowed down the 31 longlisted titles. The winners, to be revealed at the awards ceremony, will receive £500 worth of books to donate to their chosen library, specially presented at the event. This year, following a brand refresh, the Shadowers; Choice winners will also receive a golden medal for the first time.

Scholastic, the official book supplier, are collaborating with CILIP to generously give away shortlist packages to 10 schools in unprivileged areas, allowing them to  participate in the shadowing, also spreading the engagement with the prestigious prizes. Applicants will need to send their response any time from the  24th – 31st March, with the packs to be distributed straight after to the chosen schools.

Scholastic is delighted to announce a 7 day period of events celebrating the shortlist for the 2021 Scholastic Children’s Book Awards.

From Monday 27th March, Scholastic Schools Live will host 30-minute events featuring shortlisted authors and illustrators, as well as a special behind-the-scenes event with the judges. Schools can sign up for free on the Scholastic website to take part in this exciting celebration of children’s literature.

(This story was found and written by Oliver and Denis, both aged 12, of Jill Dando News)

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