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Excitement about book awards is building

Excitement is building amongst our keen readers who are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the Carnegie book awards shortlist. 

Excitement is building amongst our keen readers who are eagerly awaiting the announcement of the Carnegie book awards shortlist.

Our three weekly Book Clubs have been busy reading and discussing the nominations for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards since October.

The clubs are currently examining the books on the longlist, which was published last month, and are waiting to find out if they have picked the same titles for the shortlist as the judges they have been shadowing.

Our Librarian Amy McKay, who is also the National Co-ordinator of the 2015 Awards, said: “Most schools don’t tend to get involved with the shadowing scheme until the awards reach the longlist stage at the beginning of February.

“Our students began reading the books last October when the full list of nominations was published and even before that they had been telling me which books they thought should be nominated.

“They were quite happy with what made it through to the longlist although they weren’t pleased that James Dawson didn’t make it through as he is their favourite author in the world.

“The students are really excited about the shortlist coming out.

“These awards highlight contemporary, high quality literature and the shadowing scheme is a good way of getting the students to read the books and to form opinions on what they have read.”

The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday.

(Pictured is a group of our students meeting author Saly Nicholls, who has made it on to the longlist, at the end of 2013)


The books longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal are:

My Brother’s Shadow by Tom Avery (Andersen Press)

Us Minus Mum by Heather Butler (Little Brown, Young Readers)

When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)

The Company of Ghosts by Berlie Doherty (Andersen Press)

The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)

Tinder by Sally Gardner (author) and David Roberts (illustrator) (Orion Children’s Books)

Monkey and Me by David Gilman (Templar)

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books)

The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan Children's Books)

Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman (Walker Books)

Scarlet Ibis by Gill Lewis (Oxford University Press)

The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean (Usborne Books)

Hello Darkness by Anthony McGowan (Walker Books)

More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)

Close Your Pretty Eyes by Sally Nicholls (Marion Lloyd Books)

Trouble by Non Pratt (Walker Books)

Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff (Penguin Books)

Smart: a Mysterious Crime, a Different Detective by Kim Slater (Macmillan Children's Books)

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith (Electric Monkey)


The books longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal are:

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown (Macmillan Children's Books)

What If? by Anthony Browne (Doubleday Children's Books)

The Promise by Laura Carlin (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author) (Walker Books)

The Something by Rebecca Cobb (Macmillan Children's Books)

On Sudden Hill by Benji Davies (illustrator) and Linda Sarah (author) (Simon & Schuster Children's Books)

Jim's Lion by Alexis Deacon (illustrator) and Russell Hoban (author) (Walker Books)

Hermelin: the Detective Mouse by Mini Grey (Jonathan Cape)

Shackleton's Journey by William Grill (Flying Eye Books)

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton (Walker Books)

Dark Satanic Mills by John Higgins and Marc Olivent (illustrators) and Julian Sedgwick and Marcus Sedgwick (authors) (Walker Books)

The Great War: an Anthology of Stories Inspired by Objects from the First World War by Jim Kay (illustrator) and various (authors) (Walker Books)

Wayland by John Lawrence (illustrator) and Tony Mitton (author) (David Fickling Books, Penguin Random House)

Smelly Louie by Catherine Rayner (Macmillan Children's Books)

Fortunately, the Milk... by Chris Riddell (illustrator) and Neil Gaiman (author) (Bloomsbury)

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell (Macmillan Children's Books)

Tinder by David Roberts (illustrator) and Sally Gardner (author) (Orion Children’s Books)

The Pilot and the Little Prince by Peter Sís (Pushkin Children's Books)

Tiny: the Invisible World of Microbes by Emily Sutton (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author) (Walker Books)

The Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan (Hodder Children’s Books)

Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner (Andersen Press)