The shortlists for the 2016 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals were announced on Tuesday evening and what an interesting bunch they are! One of our librarians, Harriet, shares her thoughts.
There is always a bit of a Frisson of Excitement around the announcement of the shortlist of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards. What will make the grade; will it be the novels we have enjoyed, will it include authors we don’t know, will it – we hope – introduce us to new and wonderful works? Well, the answer is always Yes to all those questions, and this year is no different. The Carnegie shortlist includes well known authors such as Patrick Ness, new authors such as Robin Talley, and all sound intriguing and very varied. With the exception of Kate Saunders’ Five On the Western Front which could be enjoyed by upper KS2 pupils, all are suitable for KS3 and above.
The Kate Greenaway shortlist is just as varied, with ‘veteran’ illustrators such as Helen Oxenbury featured, as well as new illustrators like Sydney Smith who has created a lovely wordless picture book called Footpath Flowers.
So now the Shadowing groups can really get reading, and the national winners will be announced on Monday June 20th.
The CKG shadowing website is great and we recommend you visit to see what young people are saying about the award-worthy books they’re reading. We’ll also be periodically sharing our thoughts of the books as we make our way through them, so make sure you keep an eye on this blog!