While we were off enjoying half-term, the longlists for this year’s Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards were announced; though these will become shortlists in just a few week’s time (15th March!), we thought we’d share them here so you can see which brilliant books made the cut at this point.
The forty longlisted titles are below; if you’re interested in seeing which titles were nominated in the first place, you can find details over here.
Carnegie Medal longlist:
- The Tale of Angelino Brown by David Almond – illustrated by Alex T. Smith
- The Hypnotist by Laurence Anholt
- Overheard in a Tower Block by Joseph Coelho – illustrated by Kate Milner
- Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans
- The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
- The Song from Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold – illustrated by Levi Pinfold
- After the Fire by Will Hill
- Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird
- Out of Heart by Irfan Master
- A Berlin Love Song by Sarah Matthias
- Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
- Rook by Anthony McGowan
- Release by Patrick Ness
- The Call by Peadar O’Guilin
- Black Light Express by Philip Reeve
- The Explorer by Katherine Rundell – illustrated by Hannah Horn
- Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
- The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- Encounters by Jason Wallace
- Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
Kate Greenaway Medal longlist:
- Wild Animals of the South written and illustrated by Dieter Braun
- King of the Sky by Nicola Davies – illustrated by Laura Carlin
- The Pond by Nicola Davies – illustrated by Cathy Fisher
- Night Shift written and illustrated by Debi Gliori
- The Bad Bunnies’ Magic Show written and illustrated by Mini Grey
- A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies – illustrated by Petr Horácek
- A Child of Books written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston (co-creators)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling – illustrated by Jim Kay
- We Found a Hat written and illustrated by Jon Klassen
- The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd – illustrated by Levi Pinfold
- The Song from Somewhere Else written by A.F Harrold – illustrated by Levi Pinfold
- The Liszts written by Kyo Maclear – illustrated by Júlia Sardà
- The Pavee and the Buffer Girl written by Siobhan Dowd – illustrated by Emma Shoard
- Penguin Problems written by Jory John – illustrated by Lane Smith
- Town is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz – illustrated by Sydney Smith
- Thornhill written and illustrated by Pam Smy
- Lots: The Diversity of Life on Earth written by Nicola Davies – illustrated by Emily Sutton
- Storm Whale written by Sarah Brennan – illustrated by Jane Tanner
- Under the Same Sky written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
- The Secret of Black Rock written and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton
Shadowing for the final full shortlist begins on March 16th; if you’re unfamiliar with the process and want to get your school involved, why not take a look at the CKG website just here.
Below are our Friday Reads and don’t forget, you can find our archive here.
Apryl: Lots by Marc Martin
The opening end-papers of Lots begin with a vibrant map of the world, setting the tone for what is a colourful dive into what the blurb describes as ‘a book about everything for everyone’.
Martin’s wonderfully illustrations bring together what is a gathering of facts, figures and observations about this place we all call home- planet earth. For example, did you know there’s only one ATM on the whole of Antarctica? or that Hong Kong has more Rolls-Royces per person, than any other city? or that Moscow has an estimated 35,000 stray dogs, some of which ride trains in search food? OR that New York City has 109, 800 fire hydrants, 264,000 manhole covers and 2 million rats?!
Each double-page spread addresses a different geographic location, piled-high with illustrations which would keep anyone captivated. And- who knows- you might learn something too?
(Big Picture Press, £12.99 hardback, ISBN 9781783704651, find it at a Norfolk Library)
Harriet: The Noisy Classroom by Ieva Flamingo, (translated by Pasqualini et all) and illustrated by Vivianna Maria Stanislavska.
A beautifully produced little book of poetry translated from Latvian, and with sympathetic illustrations by Latvian artist Vivianna Maria Stanislavska.
The poems are thoughtful rather than funny, but they pick up on lots of issues which will really resonate with children. There are also some ‘bonus bits’ toward the back of the book featuring follow-up activities for poetry writing and simple Latvian phrases.
(Emma Press, £8.50 hardback, ISBN 9781910139820, find it at a Norfolk Library)
Zoë: The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech
This is an enchanting, moving story of a couple who wake up to find a young boy asleep on their porch. He’s been left by someone who is planning to come back.
John and Marta adapt their lives to welcome Jacob. A rapport develops slowly, mostly because Jacob does not speak. He uses other ways to communicate. The bonds between them strengthen as days turn into weeks which become months. How long before someone comes back to claim him?
This would be ideal for independent readers or as a class story.
(Anderson Press, £9.99 hardback, ISBN 9781849397728)