WATCH: Carnegie children's book award ceremony

Eight authors and eight illustrators have been shortlisted for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards

The winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway children's book awards will be announced today

The winners of the prestigious Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s oldest children’s book awards, are due to be announced today.

The ceremony is being held at the British Library in London. You can watch it live below from 12 noon.

Konnie Huq, broadcaster and writer, is due to host the ceremony – and the winners will be announced at around 1pm.

The Carnegie Medal, established in 1936, is given to the author of an outstanding book for children. Past winners include CS Lewis, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman and Sally Gardner.

Children's book awards

The Kate Greenaway medal is given for “distinguished illustration” in a children’s book. Past winners include Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes, Quentin Blake and Lauren Child.

Last year Geraldine McCaughrean won the Carnegie award for Where the World Ends and Sydney Smith won the Kate Greenaway award for his illustrations in Joanne Schwartz’s Town is by the Sea.

Eight people have been shortlisted for each award. The awards are organised by CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and they are judged by librarians.

The awards are “shadowed” by thousands of reading groups in schools and libraries. Children read, discuss and review the books on the shortlists and share their reviews on the Carnegie and Greenaway shadowing website. 

This year, there will also be a shadowers’ choice award, voted for by members of school reading groups.

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