Mal Peet shortlisted posthumously; Chris Riddell in running for record fourth Medal; first translated book in the hunt, Dieter Braun's Wild Animals of the North; illustrated Harry Potter on the list
The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist is:
- Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Pan Macmillan)
- The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon (Orion Children’s Books)
- The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (Faber & Faber)
- The Stars at Oktober Bend by Glenda Millard (Old Barn Books)
- Railhead by Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press)
- Beck by Mal Peet with Meg Rosoff (Walker Books)
- Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Puffin)
- Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk (Corgi)
The Carnegie Medal, which celebrates outstanding writing for children and young people, sees a range of YA and Middle Grade books make the shortlist. Mal Peet’s final novel Beck, co-authored by Meg Rosoff, could be the second book to win the Medal posthumously, following Siobhan Dowd’s Bog Child in 2009. Peet and Rosoff are joined on the list by fellow former Carnegie Medal winners Frank Cottrell Boyce and Philip Reeve, previously shortlisted author Ruta Sepetys, debut authors Lauren Wolk and Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock and first-time Carnegie-shortlisted authors Zana Fraillon, Glenda Millard and Lauren Wolk.
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 shortlist:
- Wild Animals of the North illustrated and written by Dieter Braun (Flying Eye Books)
- TIDY illustrated and written by Emily Gravett (Two Hoots)
- The Wolves of Currumpaw illustrated and written by William Grill (Flying Eye Books)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone illustrated by Jim Kay, written by J.K. Rowling (Bloomsbury)
- A Great Big Cuddle illustrated by Chris Riddell and written by Michael Rosen (Walker Books)
- The Journey illustrated and written by Francesca Sanna (Flying Eye Books)
- The Marvels illustrated and written by Brian Selznick (Scholastic)
- There is a Tribe of Kids illustrated and written by Lane Smith (Two Hoots)
The Kate Greenaway Medal, which celebrates illustration in children’s books, sees Riddell, the Children’s Laureate, in the running to win an unprecedented fourth Kate Greenaway Medal just a year after his hat-trick in 2016. Riddell is joined by another potential record-breaker in the form of Dieter Braun’s Wild Animals of the North. Originally published in German, this is the first ever translated title to make the Kate Greenaway shortlist following the Medals opening up to translated works in English in 2015. They are joined by former Kate Greenaway Medal winners Emily Gravett, William Grill and Jim Kay and first-time Kate Greenaway-shortlisted authors Francesca Sanna, Brian Selznick and Lane Smith.
Tricia Adams, Chair of judges, said: "Both of these shortlists celebrate the wonderful talent on offer, from established names to debut authors and illustrators making a real impact with their first books. Questions of identity, friendship and responsibility, both to others and to the natural world, are key themes this year. It is also hugely heartening to see our shortlisted writers and illustrators tackling potentially difficult and big ideas whilst introducing them to younger readers in a wide range of page-turning yet different ways."
Kate Arnold, President of CILIP, said: "From stories set in futuristic fantasy worlds to the Second World War, from modern day refugee camps in Australia to Depression-era America, both shortlists celebrate the huge imagination of some of the finest storytellers and artists today. There are journeys to be made, friendships to discover, characters to fall in love with and worlds to truly immerse oneself in."
The winners for both the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal will be announced on 19 June at a lunchtime ceremony at RIBA in central London.
Pictured: Meg Rosoff, William Grill and Emily Gravett celebrate being shortlisted for 2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals at Amnesty International's London headquarters (credit Rolf Marriott)