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CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway shortlists announced

18 March 2021 Share

Discover the outstanding titles on this year's Medals shortlists!

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK’s oldest and best-loved children’s book awards, recognising outstanding reading experiences created through writing and illustration in books for children and young people. 

This year,  the judges have praised the shortlist for “offering hope and escapism during lockdown” through its exploration of freedom, the great outdoors and journeys through the natural world. The female lens is also prominent, with 11 out of the 16 shortlisted authors and illustrators being women, and for the the very first time in the history of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist, all books have been illustrated and authored by the same creator.

The 2021 shortlists are as follows:


2021 CILIP Carnegie Medal shortlist

  1. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (Hot Key Books)
  2. The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson, illustrated by Kathrin Honesta (Usborne)
  3. The Girl Who Became A Tree by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Kate Milner (Otter-Barry Books)
  4. On Midnight Beach by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (Faber)
  5. Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann (Penguin Random House Children’s)
  6. Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds (Knights Of)
  7. The Fountains Of Silence by Ruta Sepetys (Penguin Random House Children’s)
  8. Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk (Penguin Random House Children's)


2021 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist

  1. Starbird illustrated and written by Sharon King-Chai (Two Hoots)
  2. The Bird Within Me illustrated by Sara Lundberg and translated by B. J. Epstein (Book Island)
  3. It’s A No-Money Day illustrated and written by Kate Milner (Barrington Stoke)
  4. How The Stars Came To Be illustrated and written by Poonam Mistry (Tate Publishing)
  5. Hike illustrated and written by Pete Oswald (Walker Books)
  6. I Go Quiet illustrated and written by David Ouimet (Canongate)
  7. Arlo The Lion Who Couldn’t Sleep illustrated and written by Catherine Rayner (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  8. Small In The City illustrated and written by Sydney Smith (Walker Books)


Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators who made the shortlists! Winners will be announced on 16th June.

To read more about the shortlist, click here.