Blog The Yoto Carnegie Medals 2023
What are the Carnegie Medals?
The Carnegie Medals recognise outstanding reading experiences. They are awarded once a year to a new English-language book and are judged solely by librarians. The Carnegie Medal was established in 1936 by the British Library Association and was named after Andrew Carnegie, an American philanthropist who was born in Scotland. He founded more than 2,800 libraries in the English-speaking world. The first award went to Arthur Ransome for ‘Pigeon Post’.
There are two categories – the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing, and the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration (formerly known as the Kate Greenaway Medal).
Previous winners include:
For writing: C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Sally Gardner and last year’s winner Katya Balen for her novel ‘October, October’.
For illustration: Quentin Blake, Janet Ahlberg, Chris Riddell, Lauren Child and last year’s winner Danica Novgorodoff for her illustrated edition of Jason Reynold’s ‘Long Way Down’.
Yoto Carnegie Shadowing Scheme
Created as a reading for pleasure initiative, the Shadowing Scheme engages children and young people in reading the books on the shortlists via reading groups in schools and libraries. Those who take part in the scheme can then vote for their favourite book to win the Shadowers’ Choice Awards, which are announced alongside the medal winners. Find out more about getting involved here.
The Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing
The Light In Everything – Katya Balen
When Shadows Fall – Sita Brahmachari
Medusa – Jessie Burton
The Eternal Return of Clara Hart – Louise Finch
Needle – Patrice Lawrence
I Must Betray You – Ruta Sepetys
The Blue Book of Nebo – Manon Steffan Ros
The Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration
Rescuing Titanic – Flora Delargy
Alte Zachen: Old Things – Benjamin Phillips
The Worlds We Leave Behind – A.F. Harrold & Levi Pinfold
The Comet – Joe Todd-Stanton
The Visible Sounds – Yu Rong & Yin Jianling
Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear – Jeet Zdung
The winners will be announced on 21st June 2023.
Get In Touch
Have you read any of the shortlisted books? Who do you think should win this year? Share your thoughts with us on social media, or write a book review and send it to us at [email protected] and you could feature on this blog!Published: Mon 29th May 2023