Carnegie Medal (literary award)

The Carnegie Medal is a British literary award that annually recognises one outstanding new English-language book for children or young adults. It is conferred upon the author by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP).[1] CILIP calls it "the UK's oldest and most prestigious book award for children's writing".[2]

The Medal is named after the Scottish-born American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919), who founded more than 2,800 libraries in the English-speaking world, including at least one in more than half of British library authorities.[1] It was established in 1936 by the British Library Association, to celebrate the centenary of Carnegie's birth[1][3] and inaugurated in 1937 with the award to Arthur Ransome for Pigeon Post (1936) and the identification of two 'commended' books. The first Medal was dated 1936, but since 2007 the Medal has been dated by its year of presentation, which is now one or two years after publication.[4]

In 1955, the Kate Greenaway Medal was established as a companion to the Carnegie Medal. The Kate Greenaway Medal recognises "distinguished illustration in a book for children".[5] Both awards were established and administered by the Library Association, until it was succeeded by CILIP in 2002.[3]

Nominated books must be written in English and first published in the UK during the preceding school year (September to August).[6] Until 1969, the award was limited to books by British authors first published in England.[7] The first non-British medalist was Australian author Ivan Southall for Josh (1972). The original rules also prohibited winning authors from future consideration.[7] The first author to win a second Carnegie Medal was Peter Dickinson in 1981, who won consecutively for Tulku and City of Gold. There were eight repeat winners to 2018.

The winner is awarded a gold medal and £500 worth of books donated to the winner's chosen library. In addition, since 2016 the winner has received a £5,000 cash prize from the Colin Mears bequest.[1][8]

Latest rendition

Elizabeth Acevedo won the 2019 Carnegie Medal for The Poet X, a verse novel about a young Dominican poet in Harlem.[9] It is her debut novel and has also received the Michael L. Printz Award and the Pura Belpré Award.

There were eight books on the 2019 shortlist, each published September 2017 to August 2018. The official website provides bibliographic data, front cover images, capsules, annotations for the public by the judging panel.[10] The other books were:

Recommended ages have ranged from 8+ to 14+ for books on the shortlist since 2001.

Process

CILIP members may nominate books each September and October, with the full list of valid nominations published in November.[11] The longlist, chosen by the judges from the nominated books, is published in February. The judging panel comprises 12 children's librarians, all of whom are members of CILIP's Youth Libraries Group (YLG). The shortlist is announced in March and the winner in June.[11]

According to CILIP, "all categories of books, including poetry, non-fiction and graphic novels, in print or ebook format, for children and young people are eligible".[6] However, titles must be English-language works first published in the UK during the preceding year (1 September to 31 August). Multiple-author anthologies are excluded, however co-authored single works are eligible.[6]

Young people from across the UK take part in shadowing groups organised by secondary schools and public libraries, to read and discuss the shortlisted books.[11]

CILIP instructs the judging panel to consider plot, characterisation, and style "where appropriate".[6] Furthermore, it states that "the book that wins the Carnegie Medal should be a book of outstanding literary quality. The whole work should provide pleasure, not merely from the surface enjoyment of a good read, but also the deeper subconscious satisfaction of having gone through a vicarious, but at the time of reading, a real experience that is retained afterwards".[6]

Winners

Up to 2018 there have been 79 Medals awarded over 82 years, spanning the period from 1936 to 2017. No eligible book published in 1943, 1945, or 1966 was considered suitable by the judging panel.[4]

From 2007 onward, the medals are dated by the year of presentation. Prior to this, they were dated by the calendar year of their British publication.[4]

Forty winning books were illustrated in their first editions, including every one during the first three decades. Six from 1936 to 1953 were illustrated or co-illustrated by their authors; none since then.

Carnegie Medal winners[4]
YearAuthorTitlePublisher
2019 Elizabeth Acevedo[12] The Poet X HarperTeen
2018Geraldine McCaughrean
illustrated by Jane Milloy
Where the World EndsUsborne Publishing
2017Ruta SepetysSalt to the SeaPenguin Books
2016Sarah CrossanOneBloomsbury Children's
2015Tanya LandmanBuffalo SoldierWalker Books
2014Kevin BrooksThe Bunker DiaryPenguin Books
2013Sally GardnerMaggot MoonHot Key Books
2012Patrick Ness
illustrated by Jim Kay
A Monster CallsWalker Books
2011Patrick NessMonsters of MenWalker Books
2010Neil Gaiman
two illustrators[lower-alpha 1]
The Graveyard BookBloomsbury
2009Siobhan DowdBog ChildDavid Fickling
2008Philip ReeveHere Lies ArthurScholastic
2007Meg RosoffJust in CasePenguin
2006  The award date is the year of publication before 2006, the year of presentation after 2006.
2005Mal PeetTamarWalker Books
2004Frank Cottrell BoyceMillionsMacmillan
2003 *Jennifer DonnellyA Gathering LightBloomsbury
2002Sharon CreechRuby HollerBloomsbury
2001Terry PratchettThe Amazing Maurice and his Educated RodentsDoubleday
2000Beverley NaidooThe Other Side of TruthPuffin
1999Aidan ChambersPostcards from No Man's LandThe Bodley Head
1998 *David Almond
illus. Adam Fisher
SkelligHodder & Stoughton
1997Tim BowlerRiver BoyOxford University Press
1996 *Melvin BurgessJunkAndersen Press
1995 *Philip PullmanNorthern LightsScholastic
1994Theresa BreslinWhispers in the GraveyardMethuen
1993Robert SwindellsStone ColdHamish Hamilton
1992Anne FineFlour BabiesHamish Hamilton
1991Berlie DohertyDear NobodyHamish Hamilton
1990Gillian CrossWolfOxford University Press
1989Anne FineGoggle-EyesHamish Hamilton
1988Geraldine McCaughreanA Pack of LiesOxford University Press
1987Susan PriceThe Ghost DrumFaber
1986Berlie DohertyGranny Was a Buffer GirlMethuen
1985 *Kevin Crossley-Holland
illus. Alan Marks
StormHeinemann
1984Margaret MahyThe ChangeoverJ. M. Dent
1983Jan MarkHandlesKestrel
1982Margaret MahyThe HauntingJ.M. Dent
1981Robert WestallThe ScarecrowsChatto & Windus
1980Peter Dickinson
illus. Michael Foreman
City of Gold and other stories from the Old TestamentGollancz
1979Peter DickinsonTulkuGollancz
1978David ReesThe Exeter BlitzHamish Hamilton
1977Gene KempThe Turbulent Term of Tyke TilerFaber
1976Jan MarkThunder and LightningsKestrel
1975 *Robert WestallThe Machine GunnersMacmillan
1974Mollie HunterThe StrongholdHamish Hamilton
1973Penelope LivelyThe Ghost of Thomas KempeHeinemann
1972Richard AdamsWatership DownRex Collings
1971Ivan SouthallJoshAngus & Robertson
1970Leon Garfield and Edward Blishen 
illustrated by Charles Keeping
The God Beneath the SeaLongman
1969K. M. PeytonThe Edge of the CloudOxford University Press
1968Rosemary HarrisThe Moon in the CloudFaber
1967 *Alan GarnerThe Owl ServiceCollins
1966 — Prize withheld as no book considered suitable[lower-alpha 2]
1965Philip TurnerThe Grange at High ForceOxford University Press
1964Sheena PorterNordy BankOxford University Press
1963Hester BurtonTime of TrialOxford University Press
1962Pauline ClarkeThe Twelve and the GeniiFaber
1961Lucy M. BostonA Stranger at Green KnoweFaber
1960Ian Wolfran Cornwall
illus. Marjorie Maitland Howard
The Making of ManPhoenix House
1959Rosemary SutcliffThe Lantern BearersOxford University Press
1958 *Philippa PearceTom's Midnight GardenOxford University Press
1957William MayneA Grass RopeOxford University Press
1956C. S. LewisThe Last BattleThe Bodley Head
1955Eleanor FarjeonThe Little BookroomOxford University Press
1954Ronald Welch (Felton Ronald Oliver)Knight CrusaderOxford University Press
1953Edward Osmond
illus. by the author[lower-alpha 3]
A Valley Grows UpOxford University Press
1952 *Mary NortonThe BorrowersJ. M. Dent
1951Cynthia Harnett
illus. by the author[lower-alpha 3]
The Wool-PackMethuen
1950Elfrida VipontThe Lark on the WingOxford University Press
1949Agnes Allen
illus. Agnes and Jack Allen[lower-alpha 3]
The Story of Your HomeFaber
1948Richard ArmstrongSea ChangeJ. M. Dent
1947Walter de la MareCollected Stories for ChildrenFaber
1946Elizabeth GoudgeThe Little White HorseUniversity of London
1945 — Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1944Eric LinklaterThe Wind on the MoonMacmillan
1943 — Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1942BB (D. J. Watkins-Pitchford)
illus. by the author[lower-alpha 3]
The Little Grey MenEyre & Spottiswoode
1941Mary TreadgoldWe Couldn't Leave DinahJonathan Cape
1940Kitty BarneVisitors from LondonJ. M. Dent
1939Eleanor DoorlyThe Radium WomanHeinemann
1938Noel StreatfeildThe Circus Is ComingJ. M. Dent
1937 *Eve GarnettThe Family from One End StreetFrederick Muller
1936Arthur RansomePigeon PostJonathan Cape
* named to the 70th Anniversary Top Ten in 2007.[13]

Winners of multiple awards

Eight authors have won two Carnegie Medals, which was prohibited for many years.

  • Peter Dickinson 1979, 1980
  • Berlie Doherty 1986, 1991
  • Anne Fine 1989, 1992
  • Geraldine McCaughrean 1988, 2018
  • Margaret Mahy 1982, 1984
  • Jan Mark 1976, 1983
  • Patrick Ness 2011, 2012 [14]
  • Robert Westall 1975, 1981

For many years, some runners-up books were designated Highly Commended, at least 29 in 24 years from 1979 to 2002 and three previously. Among the authors who won two Medals, Anne Fine was highly commended runner-up three times (1989, 1996, 2002) and Robert Westall twice (1990, 1992). The others were highly commended once each, except for Ness who postdates the distinction,[3]

Six books have won both the Carnegie Medal and the annual Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, which was inaugurated 1967. (Dates are years of U.K. publication, and Carnegie award dates before 2006.)

  • Alan Garner, The Owl Service (1967)
  • Richard Adams, Watership Down (1972)
  • Geraldine McCaughrean, A Pack of Lies (1988)
  • Anne Fine, Goggle-Eyes (1989)
  • Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials 1: Northern Lights (1995)
  • Melvin Burgess, Junk (1996)

Only A Monster Calls, written by Patrick Ness and illustrated by Jim Kay, has won both the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals (2012).

Only The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2009) has won both the Carnegie Medal and the equivalent American award, the Newbery Medal.[15]

Author Sharon Creech, who won the Carnegie for Ruby Holler (2002), previously won the Newbery and two U.K. awards for Walk Two Moons (1994).[16]

Four writers have won both the Carnegie and the US Michael L. Printz Award. The Printz Award is an American Library Association literary award that annually recognises the "best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit". The four writers are David Almond, Aidan Chambers, Geraldine McCaughrean, and Meg Rosoff. Chambers alone has won both for the same book, the 1999 Carnegie and 2003 Printz for the novel Postcards from No Man's Land.[4][17][18]

In its scope, books for children or young adults, the British Carnegie corresponds to the American Newbery and Printz awards.

Carnegie of Carnegies

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Carnegie Medal in 2007, CILIP created a 'Living Archive' on the Carnegie Medal website with information about each of the winning books and conducted a poll to identify the nation's favourite Carnegie Medal winner, to be named the "Carnegie of Carnegies". The winner, announced on 21 June 2007 at the British Library,[13] was Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (1995). It was the expected winner, garnering 40% of the votes in the UK, and 36% worldwide.[19]

70th Anniversary Top Ten

Northern Lights, with 40% of the public vote, was followed by 16% for Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce and 8% for Skellig by David Almond. As those three books had won the 70-year-old Medal in its year 60, year 23, and year 63, some commentary observed that Tom's Midnight Garden had passed a test of time that the others had not yet faced.[20]

Shortlists

Date is year of publication before 2006.[4] Selections were announced and medals presented early in the next year.

1936 to 1993

From 1936 to 1993, there were 55 Medals awarded in 58 years. CCSU library listings for that period include one Special Commendation, 23 Highly Commended books (from 1966, mainly from 1979), and about 130 Commended books. Except for the inaugural year 1936, only the 24 Special and Highly Commended books are listed here.[3]

1936, the inaugural publication year

Medalist:

Arthur Ransome, Pigeon Post (Jonathan Cape) — the sixth of 12 Swallows and Amazons novels

Commended:[3]

Howard Spring, Sampson's Circus (Faber and Faber)
Noel Streatfeild, Ballet Shoes (J. M. Dent & Sons) — the first of 11 Shoes novels

CCSU listings for 1954 include six commendations, the first since 1936. Beginning 1966 there were some "high commendations" and those were approximately annual by 1979.[3] Only the high commendations are listed here (through 1993).

1954, Special Commendation
Harold Jones, illustrator Lavender's Blue: A Book of Nursery Rhymes, compiled by Kathleen Lines – collection named for "Lavender's Blue"

The special commendation to Harold Jones in 1955 for his 1954 illustration of Lavender's Blue was "a major reason" for the Library Association to establish the Kate Greenaway Medal that year.[3] No 1955 work was judged worthy in 1956, so that Medal was actually inaugurated one year later.

1966 (no Medal awarded)
+ Norman Denny and Josephine Filmer-Sankey, The Bayeux Tapestry: The Story of the Norman Conquest, 1066 — about the Bayeux Tapestry
1967
+ Henry Treece, The Dream Time

1974
+ Ian Ribbons, The Battle of Gettysburg, 1–3 July 1963 (Oxford)

1979
+ Sheila Sancha, The Castle Story — about Hearthstone Castle
1980
+ Jan Mark, Nothing To Be Afraid Of
1981
+ Jane Gardam, The Hollow Land
1982
+ Gillian Cross, The Dark Behind the Curtain
1983
+ James Watson, Talking in Whispers — depicting repression in Chile
1984
+ Robert Swindells, Brother in the Land (Oxford)
1985
+ Janni Howker, Nature of the Beast
1986
+ Janni Howker, Isaac Campion
1987
+ Margaret Mahy, Memory
1988
+ Gillian Cross, A Map of Nowhere
+ Peter Dickinson, Eva (Gollancz)
+ Elizabeth Laird, Red Sky in the Morning
1989
+ Carole Lloyd, The Charlie Barber Treatment
+ Anne Fine, Bill's New Frock, illus. Philippe Dupasquier (Egmont)
1990
+ Melvin Burgess, The Cry of the Wolf (Andersen)
+ Robert Westall, The Kingdom by the Sea
1991
+ Jacqueline Wilson, The Story of Tracy Beaker, illus. Nick Sharratt (Doubleday) — first of four Tracy Beaker novels
1992
+ Robert Westall, Gulf
1993

1994 to 2002

Through 2002 some runners-up were Commended, including some Highly Commended.[3][lower-alpha 4] Where the entire shortlist is given here (back to 1994), boldface and asterisk (*) marks the winner, plus (+) marks the highly commended books, and dash (–) marks the commended books.[3]

1994 (8)

1995 (8)[21]

1996 (8)[22]

1997 (7)[23]

1998 (5)[24]

1999 (8)

2000 (8)

2001 (8)[25]

2002 (7)[25]

2003 to date

Runners-up within the shortlist are not distinguished since 2002.

2003 (6)[25]

2004 (6)[25]

2005 (5)[25]

Date is year of presentation after 2006.[4] The publication year is approximately the preceding school year; for 2012 example, September 2010 to August 2011.

2007 (6)[25][26]

2008 (7)[25][27]

2009 (7)[25][28]

2010 (10)[25][29]

2011 (6)[25][30]

2012 (8)[31][25]

2013 (8)[25][32]

2014 (8)[25][33]

The award to Brooks roused some controversy because of the bleak nature of the novel.[34]

2015 (8)[35]

2016 (8)[36]

2017 (8)[37]

The Bone Sparrow received an Amnesty CILIP Honour commendation.[38]

2018 (8)[39]

The Hate U Give received an Amnesty CILIP Honour commendation.[40]

2019[41]

See also

Notes

  1. Dave McKean illustrated the UK Adult edition and the US edition of The Graveyard Book, while Chris Riddell illustrated the UK Children's edition, all published in October 2008. Riddell was shortlisted for the companion Kate Greenaway Medal, recognising the year's best illustration.
  2. For 1966, the last time no medal was awarded, CCSU lists a "Highly Commended" book for the first time: Norman Denny and Josephine Filmer-Sankey, The Bayeux Tapestry: The Story of the Norman Conquest, 1066.
  3. The first two Medal-winning books were illustrated by their authors, as were four others to 1953 (six of the first sixteen winners), but none since then.
  4. CCSU lists Medal winners, "Highly Commended" books, and "Commended" books: about 135 Commended (for 1936 only and from 1954), commonly at least five prior to the first High Commendation (1966).

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Citations
  • Marcus Crouch and Alec Ellis, Chosen for children: an account of the books which have been awarded the Library Association Carnegie Medal, 1936–1975, Third edition, London: Library Association, 1977. ISBN 9780853653493. — The second, 1967 edition by Crouch covers the first three decades. The third edition by Crouch and Alec Ellis comprises the second, except a new introduction by Ellis, plus coverage of the fourth decade by Ellis.
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