Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Carnegie / Greenaway shortlists

The shortlists for these two awards have just been announced, and I'm pleased to say we have nearly all the books already, and will soon have the rest in stock. The Carnegie is for the writer of an outstanding children's book and this year's shortlist raises the prospect that the same author could win two years in a row. Patrick Ness won last year for Monsters of men and is nominated again for A monster calls. This has only happened once before since the award started in 1936 - Peter Dickinson won for Tulku in 1979 and City of Gold in 1980. Even more intriguing, A monster calls could win both medals because the illustrator, Jim Kay, is on the shortlist for the Greenaway which rewards distinguished illustration in a book for children. I've been right through the lists of previous winners and this has never happened before, so the book could make history if it wins twice.

There's also a shadowing site where you can read and post reviews, watch videos of the nominated authors etc, and one of this year's judges has blogged about the experience for Booktrust. Susan Elkin has blogged in the Independent, which is fine if you can fogive the spelling mistake in the heading, and Books for Keeps also has a piece online. No doubt there will be many more articles in the run-up to the awards being announced on 14th June.

PS 2 hours after posting this - already more from the Guardian. Greenaway in pictures and an article on Carnegie.

The slideshows below are of the shortlists - the Carnegie is the top one.

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