This year’s winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals—the UK’s Newbery and Caldecott equivalents—were announced yesterday. The awards are presented by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), and this year’s choices are unprecedented, with the medals going to the author and illustrator of the same work.
From CILIP’s press release:
Not only is this the second consecutive Carnegie Medal for Patrick Ness (a feat only achieved once before, in 1979 and 1980 by Peter Dickinson); but for the first time ever, the same book has also won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal—sister award to the Carnegie Medal—with Jim Kay taking the prize for his haunting illustrations for A Monster Calls.
Congratulations to Patrick Ness, Jim Kay, Walker Books, and Candlewick Press (the book’s U.S. publisher)! Read The Horn Book Magazine review here.