Yoto Carnegies Longlists Announced

A total of 31 books have been recognised, with 15 books selected for the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing longlist, and 18 for the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration – the stories range from intimate examinations of family life to sensitive introductions to societal issues impacting the world today, with many reflecting on past histories or looking to the future of our planet. Click here to read more about the fantastic books that have been chosen.

The lists include:

  • 25 books from 13 different independent publishers, including small presses Lantana, UCLan, Flying Eye Books, Child’s Play, Cicada, Otter-Barry Books, Little Island and Firefly Press.
  • Two books published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books longlisted in both Medal categories – a dazzling feminist retelling of the Greek myth, Medusa by Jessie Burton, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill, andThe Worlds We Leave Behind, written by A. F. Harrold and hauntingly illustrated by Levi Pinfold. Pinfold is a previous winner of the Carnegie Medal for Illustration, formerly known as the Kate Greenaway, for Black Dog in 2013; Lomenech Gill was shortlisted in 2014 for Where My Wellies Take Me.
  • Katya Balen, who was awarded the Carnegie Medal for Writing and Shadowers’ Choice Award last year for October, October– her third novel, The Light in Everything is a moving story of blended families and embracing change.
  • 2017 Carnegie winner Ruta Sepetys for I Must Betray You, a YA thriller closely based on the real events of the Romanian Revolution of 1989.
  • Multi-shortlisted author Marcus Sedgwick, who has been longlisted posthumously forWrath – his first book for small independent publisher Barrington Stoke, who create books for dyslexic and reluctant readers.

Janet Noble, Chair of Judges for The Yoto Carnegies 2023, said:

“It is a great honour to be chairing the judging panel during another outstanding year for children’s publishing. We were taken on amazing reading journeys by haunting prose and powerful poetry and found delight in the evocative worlds of stunning illustration, and were able to explore an incredible variety of themes including belonging, friendship and the climate crisis. I commend all the authors and illustrators on their wonderful work, which will bring young readers so much joy and hope in these challenging times.”

The 2023 Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing longlist is (alphabetical by author surname):

·         The Light in Everything by Katya Balen (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

·         When Shadows Fall by Sita Brahmachari, illustrated by Natalie Sirett (Little Tiger)

·         Medusa by Jessie Burton, illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

·         The Blackthorn Branch by Elen Caldecott (Andersen Press)

·         Running with Horses by Jason Cockcroft (Andersen Press)

·         The Eternal Return of Clara Hart by Louise Finch (Little Island)

·         The Worlds We Leave Behind by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Levi Pinfold (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

·         Green Rising by Lauren James (Walker Books)

·         When Our Worlds Collided by Danielle Jawando (Simon & Schuster Children’s)

·         Needle by Patrice Lawrence (Barrington Stoke)

·         Julia and the Shark by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, illustrated by Tom de Freston (Orion Children’s Books)

·         Wrath by Marcus Sedgwick (Barrington Stoke)

·         I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys (Hodder Children’s Books)

·         The Silver Chain by Jion Sheibani (Hot Key Books)

·         The Blue Book of Nebo by Manon Steffan Ros (Firefly Press) 

The 2023 Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration longlist is (alphabetical by illustrator surname):

·         John Agard’s Windrush Child illustrated by Sophie Bass, written by John Agard (Walker Books)

·         Rescuing Titanic illustrated and written by Flora Delargy (Wide Eyed Editions)

·         Flooded illustrated and written by Mariajo Illustrajo (Frances Lincoln)

·         Journey to the Last River illustrated by Teddy Keen, written by The Unknown Adventurer (Frances Lincoln)

·         Medusa illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill, written by Jessie Burton (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

·         The Fog Catcher’s Daughter illustrated by Alan Marks, written by Marianne McShane (Walker Books)

·         Once Upon a Tune illustrated and written by James Mayhew (Otter-Barry Books)

·         Dadaji’s Paintbrush illustrated by Ruchi Mhasane, written by Rashmi Sirdeshpande (Andersen Press)

·         Alte Zachen: Old Things illustrated by Benjamin Phillips, written by Ziggy Hanaor (Circada Books)

·         The Worlds We Leave Behind illustrated by Levi Pinfold, written by A. F. Harrold (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

·         The Visible Sounds illustrated by Yu Rong, written by Yin Jianling (UCLan Publishing)

·         Choices illustrated and written by Roozeboos (Child’s Play)

·         The Queen in the Cave illustrated and written by Júlia Sardà (Walker Studio)

·         Saving the Butterfly illustrated by Gill Smith, written by Helen Cooper (Walker Books)

·         The Comet illustrated and written by Joe Todd-Stanton (Flying Eye Books)

·         The Queen on our Corner illustrated by Nia Tudor, written by Lucy Christopher (Lantana)

·         The Baker by the Sea illustrated and written by Paula White (Templar Books)

· Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bearillustrated by Jeet Zdung, written by Trang Nguyen (Kingfisher)

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