For the first time ever in the history of both the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, winners from the United States have triumphed in both categories announced today, Monday 19th June, at a ceremony at RIBA in London.
CILIP Carnegie Medal Award Winner
Ruta Sepetys wins the CILIP Carnegie Medal for the first time for Salt to the Sea (Puffin), a New York Times-bestselling novel that explores the events leading up to the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff.
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Award Winner
Lane Smith, acclaimed US artist and author, wins the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for his illustrations in There is a Tribe of Kids (Two Hoots), a picture book exploring the power of collective nouns and the importance of play and exploration.
In addition to the above, each year two special commendations, the Amnesty CILIP Honour, are awarded to the author and illustrator of two books; one from each shortlist, that most distinctively illuminates, communicates, or celebrates our personal rights and freedoms.
AMNESTY CILIP HONOURS – Carnegie
The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon (Orion Children’s Books), a beautiful, vivid and deeply moving story about a refugee boy who has spent his entire life living in a detention centre.
AMNESTY CILIP HONOURS – Kate Greenaway
The Journey illustrated and written by Francesca Sanna (Flying Eye Books), a thought provoking picture book covering the journey of a mother and her two children who are forced to move home, move country.
More information about the awards can be enjoyed on the official website.