An “outstanding” longlist for the UK’s a lot of prestigious children’s books reward, the Carnegie medal, pits 3 previous winners against each other– Elizabeth Acevedo, Patrick Ness and Ruta Sepetys.
This year’s 20-book longlist teems with books exploring loss, sorrow and psychological wellbeing. Acevedo’s unique in verse, Clap When You Land, follows 2 women ravaged by the death of their dad. Manjeet Mann’s Run, Rebel, another verse novel, follows a lady trying to leave her claustrophobic house life. In, The Lady Who Ended Up Being a Tree, by efficiency poet Joseph Coelho and illustrator Kate Milner, a lady attempts to make sense of the loss of her father. In Jenny Downham’s Furious Thing, a 15-year-old woman handle psychological abuse from her mom’s fiance. And in Danielle Jawando’s And The Stars Were Burning Brightly, a teenage young boy’s world breaks down when his bro takes his own life.
” There were a great deal of books this year that pointed towards loss or grief or health and wellbeing in general. With the pandemic, it did strike a chord,” said Ellen Krajewski, chair of judges. “It was an especially strong showing this year … this is an outstanding longlist.”
The Carnegie medal, established in 1936, is the UK’s earliest book award and has been won in the past by Arthur Ransome, CS Lewis, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman and Sally Gardner. Evaluated by children’s librarians, it acknowledges “impressive accomplishment in children’s writing”, with the Kate Greenaway medal, whose longlist was likewise revealed on Thursday, going to the very best detailed kids’s book of the year.
Myth and legend are likewise abundant in the novels in the running for this year’s Carnegie. Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Deathless Girls tells the story of the bride-to-bes of Dracula; Sophie Anderson’s The Lady Who Speaks Bear draws motivation from Russian folk tales; Deeplight, by the Costa acclaimed author Frances Hardinge, sees the remains of dead gods ransacked by bold scavengers; and Burn, by two-time Carnegie winner Ness, is embeded in a variation of 1950s America where dragons exist.
America’s nationwide ambassador of youths’s literature, Jason Reynolds, is chosen for Appearance Both Ways, which follows numerous kids on their walk home from school. So too is the acclaimed author Akwaeke Emezi for their young adult debut, Animal, about a trans woman who befriends a beast.
Krajewski said that the range of storytelling on the longlist “has been a joy for all the judges to see”.
” The awards’ objective is to empower the next generation to form a better world through books and reading, which is certainly what this longlist assists to achieve, inviting children stuck indoors throughout lockdown to unlock to myriad fun and amazing places and be transported,” she said.
The shortlists for both medals will be announced on 18 March. The winners, who receive on 16 June.
The 2021 Carnegie longlist
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (Hot Secret Books).
The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson, illustrated by Kathrin Honesta (Usborne).
The Space We remain in by Katya Balen, illustrated by Laura Carlin (Bloomsbury).
The Brief Knife by Elen Caldecott (Andersen Press).
The Girl Who Ended Up Being a Tree by Joseph Coelho, highlighted by Kate Milner (Otter-Barry Books).
Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo ((Walker Books)..
Furious Thing by Jenny Downham (David Fickling Books).
Animal by Akwaeke Emezi (Faber).
On Midnight Beach by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (Faber).
Deeplight by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Kid’s Books).
And Destiny Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando (Simon & Schuster).
In the Secret of Code by Aimee Lucido (Walker Books).
Run, Rebel by Manjeet Mann (Penguin Random Home Children’s).
The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Orion).
Burn by Patrick Ness (Walker Books).
After the War by Tom Palmer (Barrington Stoke).
Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds (Knights Of).
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys (Penguin Random House Children’s).
Somebody Offer This Heart a Pen by Sophia Thakur (Walker Books).
Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk (Penguin Random Home Children’s).
The 2021 Kate Greenaway longlist
Even if, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, composed by Mac Barnett (Walker Books).
The Wind in the Wall, illustrated by Rovena Cai, written by Sally Gardner (Hot Key Books).
The Misadventures of Frederick, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, composed by Ben Manley (2 Hoots).
My Nana’s Garden, illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, written by Dawn Casey (Templar).
Tibble And Grandpa, highlighted by Daniel Egneus, written by Wendy Meddour (Oxford University Press).
Where Joy Begins, illustrated and written by Eva Eland (Andersen Press).
The Fate of Fausto, highlighted and composed by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books).
The Kid of Dreams, illustrated by Richard Jones, written by Irena Brignull (Walker Books).
Starbird, showed and composed by Sharon King-Chai (Two Hoots).
Lights on Cotton Rock, highlighted and written by David Litchfield (Frances Lincoln).
The Bird Within Me, highlighted by Sara Lundberg and equated by BJ Epstein (Book Island).
It’s a No-Money Day, highlighted and composed by Kate Milner (Barrington Stoke).
The Woman Who Became a Tree, illustrated by Kate Milner, written by Joseph Coelho (Otter-Barry Books).
How the Stars Came to Be, illustrated and written by Poonam Mistry (Tate Publishing).
Walking, illustrated and written by Pete Oswald (Walker Books).
I Go Quiet, illustrated and written by David Ouimet (Canongate).
Arlo the Lion Who Could not Sleep, detailed and composed by Catherine Rayner (Macmillan Kid’s Books).
Hidden World, illustrated and composed by Ben Rothery (Ladybird).
Small in the City, highlighted and composed by Sydney Smith (Walker Books).
Dandelion’s Dream, showed and written by Yoko Tanaka (Walker Books)