I am bursting with pride and happiness to see The House with Chicken Legs on the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal Shortlist. The shortlist showcases an incredible selection of quality children’s literature. It includes some of my favourite writers and books from this year, so I feel truly honoured to see The House with Chicken Legs among them.
The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenway Medals are the UK’s oldest and most prestigious book awards, recognising outstanding writing and illustration in books for children and young people. They are judged solely by librarians, through an intensive and technical selection process that looks at literary quality, style, plot and characterisation.
Past winners of the Carnegie Medal include Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, David Almond, Noel Streatfeild, Sally Gardner, Patrick Ness, Geraldine McCaughrean, Penelope Lively and many other hugely talented writers, well practiced in their craft.
I still can’t quite believe The House with Chicken Legs has been shortlisted! I received a certificate of shortlisting in the post, along with the most wonderful letter of congratulations from Alison Brumwell, and I admit they brought tears to my eyes.
One of the most wonderful things about the Carnegie and Kate Greenway Awards is the way CILIP engages tens of thousands of children and young people in reading, appraising and enjoying the books on the shortlists via the shadowing scheme that works with thousands of reading groups in schools and public libraries across the UK and internationally.
I have been overwhelmed by the quality of resources produced for the shadowing groups. I particularly love the talking points chosen for The House with Chicken Legs and the author and illustrator videos.
This shortlisting means the world to me, so of course I want to give massive thanks to all the librarian judges who helped The House with Chicken Legs to get here. I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone involved and shortlisted in the awards at the ceremony in June!
You can find out more about the awards and explore the resources available at the CILIP Carnegie Greenway website.