Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Book Awards

  3rd July 2018

The winners of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK's oldest children's book awards, were announced recently at a ceremony at The British Library in London. The Medals are unique as they are judged by children's librarians.

British writer Geraldine McCaughrean wins the CILIP Carnegie Medal for the second time with her novel Where the World Ends. This win comes 30 years after her first Carnegie Medal for A Pack of Lies in 1988. Inspired by an historical record from 18th century St Kilda, the book explores the fates of a group of men and boys who find themselves stranded on a remote and inhospitable sea stac after their return boat mysteriously fails to turn up. 

Canadian illustrator Sydney Smith wins the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for the first time for his illustrations in Joanne Schwartz's Town Is by the Sea. The picture book, which depicts a day in the life of a boy growing up in a coal mining town in the 1950s, contrasts a child's life of play with that of the adult world of work, with the bright world above ground juxtaposed with the perilous subterranean world of a mining pit.

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