CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Award long lists

We read books that span many years (hence Anne of Green Gables), not just ones that have only recently been published, but it’s hard not to get excited about a brand new book. I’m sure I’m not the only one in the book shop oo’ing over the beautiful covers of the latest releases and this new project has made me even more interested when a long list for an award is announced. So many more recommended books to get our teeth into.

It’s reassuring to see we have already read one from the Carnegie list, Beetle Boy by M.G. Leonard and I’m half way through Time Travelling with my Hamster by Ross Welford. Reading through the write ups (and trying to be realistic in what I can achieve in the short term) I’m adding to my list Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot by Horatio Clare and Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce, both of which look the right kind of age for my two. Plus Frank Cottrell Boyce has been recommended by a friend so this is an ideal opportunity to follow her advice.

Then there’s the Kate Greenaway Long list – the award that only celebrates illustration. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but it’s hard not to when they are this beautiful.

I’m a big Chris Riddell fan, having seen him drawing last year at the Children’s Media Conference, but there are many illustrators on the list that I’m not so familiar with. Dieter Braun’s Wild Animals of the North is stunning , and I have always liked Emily Gravett (we loved Meerkat Mail when the girls were small) so Tidy looks great. My eldest wouldn’t forgive me if I didn’t mention the illustrated Harry Potter books she is saving up for, illustrated by Jim Kay.

Sometimes life is a big bleurgh. Looking at and reading a children’s book for me makes everything just that little bit better and a love having new ones in my pile by the bed. I’d better get down to the library to order some from the list.

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