CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Shortlists 2017

PrintIf you’re a regular reader of our blog then you’ll know that over the last few weeks, we’ve been waiting with baited breath to find out which books have made their way onto the final shortlists for this year’s CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards.

Last night, our patience was rewarded with the announcement of the sixteen titles in the running for this year’s prizes. Some are new to us and some are familiar titles we’ve encountered over the past year but either way, we can’t wait to read them all as we begin our own shadowing within the office- will you be doing the same?

The lists are below; have you read any? Let us know!

Carnegie Medal shortlist:


  1. Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  2. The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
  3. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
  4. The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard
  5. Railhead by Philip Reeve
  6. Beck by Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff
  7. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  8. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist:


  1. Wild Animals of the North illustrated and written by Dieter Braun, translated by Jen Calleja
  2. Tidy illustrated and written by Emily Gravett
  3. The Wolves of Currumpaw illustrated and written by William Grill
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated by Jim Kay, written by J.K. Rowling
  5. A Great Big Cuddle illustrated by Chris Riddell and written by Michael Rosen
  6. The Journey illustrated and written by Francesca Sanna
  7. The Marvels by Brian Selznick
  8. There is a Tribe of Kids illustrated and written by Lane Smith

If you haven’t already, take a look at the official CKG website; it’s packed full of useful news and resources, including details of how you can set up a shadowing group for your school.

Friday Reads are below; you can find the archive of our past recommendations just here.

Harriet: The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

9781407170992Funny, sad, intriguing – this is a great read, and would appeal to confident readers who like a mystery but with serious family and relationship issues.

Our hero suffers from OCD, and as adult readers we quickly realise why, and wish he could just tell the adults around him. But as he gradually makes friends with two local children – one of whom he was guilty of bullying in the past – he eventually finds the strength to begin to recover. Suitable for upper KS2/KS3.

Zoë: Fortunately the Milk… by Neil Gaiman

Fortunately the milk front coverI had been hoping to read this book ever since I started at ELS but our copies have always been out. The title is so curious: Fortunately the milk… what?

Now I know! This is a story of incredible pace and imagination. Mum has gone away, leaving instructions for dad on household matters, but the brother and sister (their children) are unable to have breakfast as there is no milk. Who wants to eat dry Toastios? Thus begins the incredible tale as dad pops out to the corner shop, just around the corner. But buying a pint of milk shouldn’t take THAT long, surely?

Dad is quizzed upon his return, so he recounts his astonishing story: pirates, aliens, intergalactic police, volcano gods, even a dinosaur professor features. Along with striking illustrations from Chris Riddell, this marvellous story romps along at eye-watering pace. Neil Gaiman’s story would be suitable either as a class read or for (newly) independent readers.


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