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The shortlist for the Carnegie Medal in Children's Literature has been revealed.

The shortlist for the Carnegie Medal in Children’s Literature has been revealed.

This year’s Yoto Carnegie medals for children’s books have shortlisted various topics to be explored, including refugee experiences, county lines recruitment, and the second world war.

Joseph Coelho, Kwame Alexander, and Nicola Davies have been nominated for the awards that recognize exceptional writing and illustration for children. The judging panel, consisting of librarians, will determine the winners.

The chairperson of the judging panel, Maura Farrelly, stated that these books are intended to give young readers strength and confidence, and they may serve as a source of reassurance and shelter for others. The stories revolve around characters who display bravery and determination as they navigate challenging or perilous circumstances in order to discover their true identity and purpose in life.

The list of candidates selected as finalists included 16 individuals – 8 for illustrating and 8 for writing. This announcement was made at the London book fair. Among the finalists for the writing award, poetry was the dominating genre, with three novels written in verse and one poetry collection. One of the nominated works, Coelho’s book, “The Boy Lost in the Maze”, was illustrated by Kate Milner. In a review by Imogen Russell Williams for The Guardian, she describes the novel as a “strong retelling” of the Minotaur myth, woven together with the journey of a modern teenager, Theo, who is on a mission to find his father.

Russell Williams describes Alexander’s The Door of No Return as a contemporary Ghanaian verse novel that tells a gripping coming-of-age story. Tia Fisher’s debut, Crossing the Line, which delves into the topic of teenage involvement in criminal acts, is also written in verse and has been shortlisted for an award. Davies has also been recognized for her poetry collection, Choose Love, with illustrations by Petr Horáček, which tackles the challenges faced by refugees.

The recipients of the two awards will be revealed on June 20th and will be given a sum of £5,000 each. The recipients of the Shadowers’ medals, chosen by the votes of children, will receive a book donation worth £500 to be given to a library of their choosing.

Zillah Bethell’s The Song Walker, Sophie Cameron’s Away with Words, Hiba Noor Khan’s Safiyyah’s War, and Nathanael Lessore’s Steady for This were all finalists for the writing prize.

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Pages from April’s Garden by Isla McGuckin, illustrated by Catalina Echeverri.View image in fullscreen

The use of nature was a prevalent topic in the books nominated for the illustration award. In “April’s Garden,” illustrated by Catalina Echeverri, nature symbolizes rejuvenation and development; “The Tree and the River” by Aaron Becker, the sole wordless book in the shortlist, explores humanity’s influence on the environment; and “The Wilderness” by Steve McCarthy follows the journey of Oktober, who is reluctantly taken on a wilderness adventure by his outdoorsy family.

The final selection of illustrations includes To the Other Side, illustrated by Erika Meza; The Midnight Panther, illustrated by Poonam Mistry; The Bowerbird, illustrated by Catherine Rayner and written by Julia Donaldson; Lost, illustrated by Mariajo Ilustrajo; and The Search for the Giant Arctic Jellyfish, illustrated by Chloe Savage.

Authors who have been honored with the writing award in the past include Arthur Ransome, CS Lewis, Penelope Lively, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Eleanor Farjeon, and Philip Pullman. In the previous year, Welsh writer Manon Steffan Ros made history as the first translator to receive the writing award for her young adult novel The Blue Book of Nebo. Notable illustrators who have won in the past include Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes, and Quentin Blake.

Source: theguardian.com