2022 CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals nominations announced

Find out which books are in the running for the UK's oldest children's book awards for writing and illustration.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded to a book written in English for children and young people that creates an outstanding reading experience through writing; while the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal recognises a book that creates an outstanding reading experience through illustration. ALCS has been in partnership with CILIP for more than a decade, working together to improve young people’s understanding of copyright.

A total of 148 books have been nominated for the 2022 Medals; 76 books are in contention for the Carnegie Medal and 72 for the Kate Greenaway Medal. This includes two titles that have received nominations in both Medal categories.

Read the full list of nominations for the 2022 CILIP Carnegie

Read the full list of nominations for the Kate Greenaway Medals

Alongside nominations from CILIP members, the list of 148 books includes nominations from external nominating bodies: BookTrust, CLPE, English & Media Centre, IBBY, Inclusive Minds CIC, National Literacy Trust, RNIB and the CILIP School Libraries Group. CILIP invited nominations that met the criteria for the Medals and reflected the spirit of the Awards mission: To champion librarians to inspire and empower the next generation to create a better world through books and reading.

The nominations list sees first-time nominations for independent publishers Caboodle Books, Everything With Words and Owlet Press, alongside community interest company Pop Up Projects.

What happens next?

Each nominated book is read by every member of the 2022  judging panel – which this year includes 13 experienced librarians from CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group − who volunteer their time as judges.

From these nominations, the judging panel will decide the long and shortlists and finally, the 2022 Medal winners.

The long and shortlists identify a range of outstanding books for children and young people of all ages and interests, celebrating world-class writing and illustration from new and established authors and illustrators.

All nominations published have received at least one nomination from a CILIP member or external body and have been checked and verified for their eligibility.

Key dates

Wednesday 16 February 2022

Longlist announcement

Wednesday 16 March 2022

Shortlist announcement and Shadowing begins

Thursday 16 June 2022

2022 Medal winners’ and Shadowers’ Choice announcement



The hugely successful CILIP CKG Shadowing Scheme reaches an estimated 100,000 children each year across the country. Participating children read the books shortlisted for the CKG Awards, discuss with each other which they think is the best, post reviews and vote for their favourite books before the official winners are announced. The CILIP CKG Shadowing Scheme is one of the UK’s major ‘reading for pleasure’ initiatives and is almost exclusively run as an extracurricular activity by English teachers and school librarians.