Carnegie & Kate Greenaway shortlist 2020

The shortlist for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals were announced today. There were 8 books selected for each category. It is particularly exciting that a translated book has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. This is the first time that this has happened.

Dean Atta has been shortlisted for the first time for his novel The Black Famingo, as has Beth Waters for The Child of St Kilda.

The importance of community, friendships and family bonds for overcoming challenging moments form the themes of many of the books.

The winners will be announced on the 17th June at an event in the British Library. Here are the shortlisted books. How many have you read?

2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal 

  1. The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, illustrated by Anshika Khullar
  2. Nowhere on Earth by Nick Lake 
  3. Lark by Anthony McGowan 
  4. Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay 
  5. Lampie written and illustratedby Annet Schaap and translated by Laura Watkinson 
  6. Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black by Marcus Sedgwick and Julian Sedgwick, illustrated by Alexis Deacon
  7. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  8. Girl. Boy. Sea. by Chris Vick 

2020 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 

  1. You’re Snug with Me illustrated by Poonam Mistry and written by Chitra Soundar
  2. The Iron Man illustrated by Chris Mould and written by Ted Hughes
  3. The Suitcase written and illustrated by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros 
  4. The Undefeated illustrated by Kadir Nelson and written by Kwame Alexander
  5. The Dam illustrated by Levi Pinfold and written by David Almond
  6. Mary and Frankenstein illustrated by Júlia Sardà and written by Linda Bailey
  7. Tales from the Inner City written and illustrated by Shaun Tan
  8. Child of St Kilda written and illustrated by Beth Waters 


Given the unique situation at the moment, shadowing the awards is being made available as a digital experience. There are lots of online resources  available on CILIP’s website.

cover for Carnegie







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