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Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal Winners announced

18 June 2020 Share

Two books exploring survival and our relationship with nature through short stories win UK’s most prestigious book awards for children and young people.

On Wednesday 17th June 2020, the winners of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s oldest book awards for children and young people, were revealed as:

Lark by Anthony McGowan for the Carnegie Medal for writing.

Tales from the Inner City written and illustrated by Shaun Tan takes the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration. 

The winning books were chosen by Librarians, from a total of 162 nominations this year, as the very best in children’s writing and illustration published in the UK. 

There will be a (delayed) Shadowers’ Choice Award – voted for and awarded by the children and young people who shadow the Medals – on 9th October 2020, during National Libraries Week.

This is the first time both McGowan and Tan have won a Medal in either category. Australian author and illustrator Tan, who is of Australian, Chinese and Malay heritage, is the first illustrator of colour to win the Kate Greenaway Medal, although he was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honouring his contribution to international children’s literature in 2011.

This is the first Medal win for small independent publisher, Barrington Stoke, while for Walker Books the 12th winner.

More details can be found here 

The winning announcement was made on the BBC Front Row programme 05.45 minutes in.