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The Kate Greenaway Medal 2015 shortlist

18 Mar

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. It is named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her fine children’s illustrations and designs. 

Here is the shortlist

The Promise by Laura Carlin (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author) (Walker Books).


Jim’s Lion by Alexis Deacon (illustrator) and Russell Hoban (author) (Walker Books).


Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill (Flying Eye Books).


Dark Satanic Mills by John Higgins and Marc Olivent (illustrators) and Julian Sedgwick and Marcus Sedgwick (authors) (Walker Books).

Dark Satanic


Smelly Louie by Catherine Rayner (Macmillan Children’s Books).


Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell (Macmillan Children’s Books).


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



The Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan (Hodder Children’s Books)

Rules of Summer


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


Heat Wave Reading

10 Jul

We are in the midst of a heat wave. By many standards, this is nothing and I am being a weenie.

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I know it is hotter in many parts of the world. And yes, this is a dry heat, not a humid one, but I do not enjoy hot weather.

Right  now, it is winter in Antarctica. Here’s the forecast for McMurdo Station, Antarctica

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I don’t really want to be there either, but I can read about it and think cool thoughts, curled up with Nick Bertozzi’s  Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey.


This is a short graphic novel which compresses the narrative, but provides a good introduction to the Antarctic adventure on the Endurance.  Bertozzi’s pen & ink drawings capture the bleakness of the environment and the situation, while portraying the camaraderie among the men. The book includes an Afterword and a variety of sources for readers who want to learn more.

Another really good book I read about surviving disasters in antarctica was  Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration by David Roberts.


This story is about an Antarctic expedition you’ve never heard of, but it is way more dramatic than Shackleton’s. And it has a less happy ending. Here is the Goodreads summary:

On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp. The dogs were gone. Now Mawson himself plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface.

Mawson was sometimes reduced to crawling, and one night he discovered that the soles of his feet had completely detached from the flesh beneath. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizably skeletal, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, “Which one are you?”

This thrilling and almost unbelievable account establishes Mawson in his rightful place as one of the greatest polar explorers and expedition leaders. It is illustrated by a trove of Frank Hurley’s famous Antarctic photographs, many never before published in the United States.

This book is written for an adult audience but good middle and high school readers could manage it. If you enjoy reading about Shackleton, I highly recommend this book. You will be in awe of Douglas Mawson’s will to survive.

And, maybe, you will feel a little cooler in the heat of the summer.

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