Alex Wheatle, Katya Balen and Phil Earle have been shortlisted for the Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards for the first time.
They are joined on the shortlists by four top children’s authors, with Sue Divin up for the Carnegie and George Butler, Danica Novgorodoff and Peter Van den Ende on Kate Greenaway’s shortlist.
Second novels by 2021 Carnegie Shadowers’ Choice winner Manjeet Mann and 2017 Carnegie shortlisted author Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock also secured a spot, while two-time Medal winners Kate Greenaway Sydney Smith (2018 and 2021 ) and Emily Gravett (2005 and 2008) have a shot at a third.
On Kate Greenaway’s list, Walker Books leads the way again, with Drawn beyond borders illustrated and written by George Butler, The Midnight Fair illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorgio and written by Gideon Sterer, and I talk like a river illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by Jordan Scott.
Andersen Press claims two titles on the eight-title Carnegie List, along with Earle’s When the sky is falling and Wheatle cane warriors.
The awards celebrate outstanding achievement in children’s writing and illustration, respectively, and are unique in that they are judged by children’s and young people’s librarians, with the Shadowers’ Choice Award being voted on by children and young readers. The long list was chosen by a team of volunteer judges, including 14 librarians from the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals’ Youth Libraries Group, based across the UK.
The winners will be announced June 16 at a lunchtime ceremony at the British Library, hosted by award-winning poet and novelist Dean Atta, who won the Carnegie Shadowers’ Choice for The black flamingo (Hachette Children) in 2020.
“My fellow judges and I are proud of our shortlist of 16 books for the Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards, which we hope will excite, move and empower the young readers who choose them, including the thousands who follow the this year’s award,” President Jennifer Horan said. “On a personal level, having a research interest in the connection between children’s literature and empathy, I’m thrilled that our Yoto Carnegie shortlist shows how friendship can help young people find the strength to break through. a path through difficult times.
“We are also thrilled to celebrate the power of images, not only on the Yoto Kate Greenaway list, but also in a few Carnegie titles. Many of our shortlisted books remind us that art can help us communicate and connect with people. young people when words sometimes fail us… The observation groups and our young readers now share the difficult task of the judges to choose two winners from this rich pool of talent.
Selection of Kate Greenaway:
Drawn beyond borders illustrated and written by George Butler (Walker Books)
The Midnight Fair illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorgio, written by Gideon Sterer (Walker Books)
Too many things illustrated and written by Emily Gravett (Two Hoots, Macmillan Children’s Books)
Long way down illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff, written by Jason Reynolds (Faber)
Milo imagines the world illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Pena (Two Hoots, Macmillan Children’s Books)
Shu Lin’s grandfather illustrated by Yu Rong, written by Matt Goodfellow (Otter-Barry Books)
I talk like a river illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by Jordan Scott (Walker Books)
The Vagabond illustrated and written by Peter Van den Ende (Pushkin Children’s Books)
Yoto Carnegie Shortlist:
october, october by Katya Balen, illustrated by Angela Harding (Bloomsbury)
keep your heart by Sue Divine (Macmillan Children’s Books)
When the sky is falling by Phil Earle (Andersen Press)
everyone dies famous In a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (Faber)
The passage by Manjeet Mann (Penguin Children’s Books)
Tsunami Girl by Julian Sedgwick, illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada (Guppy Books)
cane warriors by Alex Wheatle (Andersen Press)
hit the air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam (HarperCollins Children’s Books)