The Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Award Longlist is announced

What makes this award so unique?

The awards themselves are judged by children’s librarians, with the Shadower’s Choice Award voted for by children and young people. The Judging Panel consists of 14 children’s and youth librarians from CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group.

The Process

Books that made it on to the longlist have been chosen from a total of 148 nominated titles by the judging panel. There are 33 books that have been selected for the longlist, which consists of 18 for the Yolo Carnegie Greenway Medal, and 15 for the Yolo Kate Greenway Medal. This years books selected for the longlist feature themes of Community and Connection, shared Humanity and Friendship.

The Yoto Carnegie Medal Longlist for 2022

  • October, October by Katya Balen, illustrated by Angela Harding (Bloomsbury)
  • Musical Truth by Jeffrey Boakye, illustrated by Ngadi Smart (Faber)
  • We Were Wolves by Jason Cockcroft (Andersen Press)
  • Guard Your Heart by Sue Divin (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • When the Sky Falls by Phil Earle (Andersen Press)
  • When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten (Pushkin Children’s Books)
  • The Climbers by Keith Gray (Barrington Stoke)
  • Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (Faber)
  • The Wolf Road by Richard Lambert (Everything With Words)
  • Rat by Patrice Lawrence (Oxford University Press)
  • The Crossing by Manjeet Mann (Penguin Children’s Books)
  • Grow by Luke Palmer (Firefly Press)
  • The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr (Bloomsbury)
  • Tsunami Girl by Julian Sedgwick, illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada (Guppy Books)
  • Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)
  • Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle (Andersen Press)
  • In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner (Andersen Press)
  • Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

The Yoto Kate Greenway Medal Longlist for 2022

  • While You’re Sleeping illustrated by John Broadley, written by Mick Jackson (Pavilion Books)
  • Drawn Across Borders illustrated and written by George Butler (Walker Books)
  • The Midnight Fair illustrated by Mariachiara Di Giorgio, written by Gideon Sterer (Walker Books)
  • Wild Child illustrated by Barry Falls, written by Dara McAnulty (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • A Cat Called Waverley illustrated and written by Debi Gliori (Otter-Barry Books)
  • Too Much Stuff illustrated and written by Emily Gravett (Two Hoots)
  • Diamonds illustrated and written by Armin Greder (Allen & Unwin Children’s Books)
  • Over the Shop illustrated by Qin Leng, written by JonArno Lawson (Walker Books)
  • Long Way Down illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff, written by Jason Reynolds (Faber)
  • The Invisible illustrated and written by Tom Percival (Simon & Schuster)
  • Milo Imagines the World illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Pena (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Shu Lin’s Grandpa illustrated by Yu Rong, written by Matt Goodfellow (Otter-Barry Books)
  • I Talk Like a River illustrated by Sydney Smith, written by Jordan Scott (Walker Books)
  • The House by the Lake illustrated by Britta Teckentrup, written by Thomas Harding (Walker Books)
  • The Wanderer illustrated and written by Peter Van den Ende (Pushkin Children’s Books)

Things of note in the Longlist

There are an amazing 9 debut titles that have been chosen, and it is always fantastic to see them getting recognition, something we are extremely proud to advocate here on the BookBound blog. One of those debuts is The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr, and you can read this debut in my blog here.

Two previous Carnegie Winners – Manjeet Mann, and Angie Thomas – feature on the 2022 longlist.

Two previous Kate Greenaway Winners – Sydney Smith, and Emily Gravett – feature on the 2022 longlist.

What I Love about the titles that have been chosen

Looking through the books that feature on the longlist that was announced today it is obvious that there is such a huge variety of content for readers to choose from on offer. All age ranges are catered for, and this is an incredible selection to pick future reads from, especially as the overall vibe is that of coming together, which is something we all have so much more appreciation for following the difficult times we have had these past two years, and the lack of social interaction is something we all miss. Stories offer invaluable escapism for readers, and the most incredible journeys are offered to us through choosing the books we then enjoy, and to have those books collated into a list for us to consider from by those that are best informed through their roles as librarians – something I have had the pleasure of calling my profession for five years, and the book knowledge becomes second to none in that role alongside having insight into what will be popular with the intended audience too.

I have always loved the way that the books for these awards are chosen, and will definitely be reading more of the titles from this list, and look forward to the shortlist being announced, and of course the winners too.

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