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One of the most exciting things about working in a School Library is getting the chance to shadow some wonderful book awards. Out of the hundreds of book awards that take place during in any given year the one that I have begun to most look forward to is the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children's Book Award. Last year was my first time taking part with a shadowing group at school and I adored every single second. What Librarian doesn't love an excuse to sit around talking about books?!

What makes this award extra special is that it is School Librarians who create the nominations list and then it is a panel of School Librarians who eventually decide who the winner is. As the CKG award is an award based around books for children and young people I think it is only right that School Librarians are at the heart of it (to read more about the awards process click here). So it is safe to say that I have been waiting with baited breath for the nominations list to be released.


Both the nominations list for the Carnegie and the Kate Greenaway medals were released earlier this morning. Now, as I work in a Secondary School, my main focus is on the Carnegie Medal list and it is an amazing list this year!! I am a little shamed to say I have only read two from the list but I do own six more of them that I can't wait to get stuck into!

Here is my little collection of titles that are on the Carnegie nomination list:

'Am I Normal Yet' by Holly Bourne (which I've read and loved)
'Five Children on the Western Front' by Kate Sanders
'All the Bright Places' by Jennifer Niven
'The Sin Eater's Daughter' by Melinda Salisbury
'There Will Be Lies' by Nick Lake
'The Last Summer of Us' by Maggie Harcourt
'The Rest of Us Just Live Here' by Patrick Ness

I have also read 'Remix' by Non Pratt (borrowed from the library) which I also really enjoyed. I am so glad there are so many YA titles on the list this year. Some of the books included are sure to ruffle a few feathers but then it would be boring otherwise wouldn't it?!

I can't wait to share the list with my students are work, they are going to love it!

I am planning on blogging my progress with the list. reviewing each book as I read them. I don't know if I will manage to get through them all by the time the Longlist gets announced in February but I am going to have fun trying!

Are there any books on this years list that you love? have surprised you? have you already picked your winner? Let me know in the comments!!


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Lucy Powrie
26 October 2015 at 11:01 delete

Isn't the longlist amazing this year?! Both The Sin Eater's Daughter and Am I Normal Yet? are brilliant books. Think you'll love them!

Callie Limb
26 October 2015 at 14:27 delete

There are so many amazing books on the list! I have read Am I Normal Yet? and I adored it. I've also heard so many good things about The Sin Eater's Daughter, I can't wait to read it!