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Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals announced

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.

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.



  1. It’s a wonderful book, full of such emotion that I’m not sure everyone is ready for it, but should read it anyway. It touches on so much in our lives, whether a loss or possible loss, it shows some support for those who face personal challenges. And the illustrations help soothe the imagination, which can be terrifying. Congratulatlions for both awards!

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