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The children's books vying to win the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals in 2021




Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes about the magic of storytelling...

Dear Reader. The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest and best-loved children's book awards, recognising outstanding reading experiences created through writing and illustration in books for children and young people.

Here are this year's longlist nominations:

The 2021 Carnegie longlist:

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (44487646)
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (44487646)

The Space We're in by Katya Balen, illustrated by Laura Carlin

The Short Knife by Elen Caldecott

The Girl Who Became a Tree by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Kate Milner

Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo

The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson (44485948)
The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson (44485948)

Furious Thing by Jenny Downham

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi

On Midnight Beach by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

Furious Thing by Jenny Downham (44485952)
Furious Thing by Jenny Downham (44485952)

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

And The Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando

In the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (44485950)
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (44485950)

Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Burn by Patrick Ness

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (44487637)
The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (44487637)

After the War by Tom Palmer

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

After the War by Tom Palmer (44485979)
After the War by Tom Palmer (44485979)

Somebody Give This Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

The Kate Greenaway longlist:

Just Because, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, written by Mac Barnett

The Wind in the Wall, illustrated by Rovena Cai, written by Sally Gardner

The Misadventures of Frederick, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, written by Ben Manley

The Misadventures of Frederick, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, written by Ben Manley (44485946)
The Misadventures of Frederick, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, written by Ben Manley (44485946)

My Nana's Garden, illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, written by Dawn Casey

Tibble And Grandpa, illustrated by Daniel Egneus, written by Wendy Meddour

Where Happiness Begins, illustrated and written by Eva Eland

Starbird, illustrated and written by Sharon King-Chai (44487639)
Starbird, illustrated and written by Sharon King-Chai (44487639)

The Fate of Fausto, illustrated and written by Oliver Jeffers

The Child of Dreams, illustrated by Richard Jones, written by Irena Brignull

Starbird, illustrated and written by Sharon King-Chai

Lights on Cotton Rock, illustrated and written by David Litchfield

Lights on Cotton Rock, illustrated and written by David Litchfield (44485944)
Lights on Cotton Rock, illustrated and written by David Litchfield (44485944)

The Bird Within Me, illustrated by Sara Lundberg and translated by BJ Epstein

It's a No-Money Day, illustrated and written by Kate Milner

The Girl Who Became a Tree, illustrated by Kate Milner, written by Joseph Coelho

Arlo The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep, illustrated and written by Catherine Rayner (44485940)
Arlo The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep, illustrated and written by Catherine Rayner (44485940)

How the Stars Came to Be, illustrated and written by Poonam Mistry

Hike, illustrated and written by Pete Oswald

I Go Quiet, illustrated and written by David Ouimet

Arlo the Lion Who Couldn't Sleep, illustrated and written by Catherine Rayner

Hidden Planet, illustrated and written by Ben Rothery

Hidden Planet, illustrated and written by Ben Rothery (44487644)
Hidden Planet, illustrated and written by Ben Rothery (44487644)

Small in the City, illustrated and written by Sydney Smith

Dandelion's Dream, illustrated and written by Yoko Tanaka



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