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The 2015 Carnegie Medal Shortlist Announced

17 Mar

The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK’s oldest and most prestigious children’s book awards. Often described by authors and illustrators as ‘the one they want to win’ – they are the gold standard in children’s literature.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book for children and young people. 

So, without further ado, here are the shortlistees for this year’s Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals, the award chosen by librarians and famed for being the medal that authors and illustrators most want to win.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal 2015 shortlist

When Mr. Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury).


Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)



Tinder by Sally Gardner (author) and David Roberts (illustrator) (Orion Children’s Books).


 Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books).


The Fastest Boy in the World by Elizabeth Laird (Macmillan Children’s Books).



Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman (Walker Books).

Buffalo soldier


The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean (Usborne Books)


More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker Books)

More than this


Knitting projects #SOL15

17 Mar

Today I looked back over the SOL posts I wrote last year and laughed because I made a similar post to today’s on March 6th, when I introduced the project and March 30th, when I finished it. So, today, you get the 2015 version.

My church has a school and the school holds an auction. I knit for the auction. This year’s project is a hat, gloves, scarf set.

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I used to have an aversion to variegated yarn, but have fallen in love with it recently. I think it is the rhythm of the repeating pattern. Although it is the exact same yarn in all three projects, the colors manifest themselves in slightly different ways.

I was really happy with how these all turned out. I thought the scarf would kill me because it is a boring two-row repeat, for hundreds and hundreds of rows. I made it through series 1-3 of Prime Suspect.

Knitting gloves has become a new passion and some family members might be getting some gloves for Christmas. Might is the operative word. I have two other projects lined up; one for a baby shower coming in late April (I hope) and another will be the sweater I knit each year to raffle off at the Oregon Basset Hound Games. I know what the baby gift will be, but I’m still working out the design for the sweater.

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