Alongside the Carnegie Medal sits its sister prize the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. The nominations list for it has also been published today. The nominating and judging process is the same for the two awards and you can read about it in my previous blog.
Once again this list is varied and I’m delighted that many non-picture books are included. Having said that, I am probably most pleased to see When Sadness Comes to Call by Eva Eland on the list. I’ve written about it elsewhere. It’s a book about depression and anxiety for small children. That makes it sound heavy and forbidding but it’s not. It’s gentle and calming and reassuring.
An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Castles illustrated by Kate Leiper and published by Edinburgh’s Floris Books is possibly my pick of the rest. I love Kate’s style and use of colour and the way her illustrations work so well with Theresa Breslin’s text. (And she’s a Lossiemouth quine too! (Kate, that is.)
I had the pleasure of working with Emma Shoard at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival which makes me even happier to see her nominated for Good Boy published by Edinburgh-based Barrington Stoke and written by the late and lamented Mal Peet. Not even Emma or Mal’s wife Elspeth was quite sure how to read Good Boy (that’s one of its joys) so Emma was faced with having to interpret it in an open way. And she has succeeded stunningly.
And there’s The Dam by Levi Pinfold. His illustrations are so evocative that you almost don’t need David Almond’s words. But if you didn’t have them you’d be missing utter brilliance. They absolutely can’t be separated from each other, a case of the whole being more than the sum of its parts.
There are plenty of other great books on the list and you can see them here: https://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/press.php?release=pres_2020_nominations_greenaway.html
You have until June to decide what decision you think the judges should make.