'Books by authors and illustrators from across the globe'
The shortlists for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the most prestigious children's book prizes in the UK, have been announced.
The lists have been drawn up by a team of 14 volunteer youth librarians, selecting from 254 entries. Among the longlisted authors not to make it through to this round are David Almond, Sarah Crossan, Sally Gardner, and Philip Reeve (Carnegie); and JK Rowling/Olivia Lomenech, Mini Grey, and Eoin/Andrew Colfer (Greenaway).
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Electric Monkey)
Rebound by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile (Andersen)
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli (Usborne)
Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay (David Fickling)
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children's)
Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls (Andersen)
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Chris Priestley (Faber)
The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders (Faber)
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The Day the War Came by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb (Walker)
Ocean Meets Sky, written and illustrated by Eric Fan and Terry Fan (Frances Lincoln)
Beyond the Fence, written and illustrated by Maria Gulemetova (Child's Play)
The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Walker)
Julian Is a Mermaid, written and illustrated by Jessica Love (Walker)
You're Safe With Me by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Poonam Mistry (Lantana)
The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane, illustrated by Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton)
Suffragette: The Battle for Equality, written and illustrated by David Roberts (Two Hoots)
The winners will be announced at the British Library on Tuesday 18 June, at a ceremony hosted by Konnie Huq. Each winner receives £500 worth of books to donate to his or her local library, a specially commissioned golden medal, and a £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize. There is also a Shadowers' Choice Award, voted for by children in the 4,500 reading groups taking part in the Carnegie/Greenaway shadowing scheme.
Following a review carried out last year as a result of concerns about the 2017 Carnegie and Greenaway shortlists, an equality, diversity and inclusion advisory panel is to work alongside this year's judges "to help ensure diversity and inclusion are embedded throughout the awards process". The panel is chaired by Jake Hope (children's book consultant and YLG National Chair) and includes Darren Chetty (academic and writer); Nyandavoh Foday (poet); Pete Kalu (writer and co-director of Commonword); Melanie Ramdarshan Bold (academic and writer); Karen Sands-O'Connor (academic and writer); and Megan Quibell (blogger and Inclusive Minds ambassador). The shortlist announcement emphasised that the lists "comprise books by authors and illustrators from across the globe".
The medals are sponsored by Peters and ALCS, and funded by Carnegie UK Trust. Amnesty International UK no longer gives an honour commendation to a shortlisted title, but will produce materials designed to introduce human rights to the discussion of the contenders in classrooms and libraries.