The Carnegie Medal, awarded annually, was established in 1936, in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835 - 1919). A self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA, Carnegie's experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that "If ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries." He set up more than 2,800 libraries across the English speaking world and, by the time of his death, over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries.
The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. Named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her beautiful children's illustrations and designs, the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.
- The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, Bloomsbury
- A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle, Marion Lloyd Books
- Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, Hot Key Books
- In Darkness by Nick Lake, Bloomsbury
- Wonder by R.J. Palacio, Bodley Head
- Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, Indigo
- A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton, David Fickling Books
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Electric Monkey
The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2013 shortlist in full:
- Lunchtime by Rebecca Cobb, Macmillan Children's Books
- Again! by Emily Gravett, Macmillan Children's Books
- Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton, Walker Books
- I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen, Walker Books
- Pirates 'n' Pistols by Chris Mould, Hodder Children's Books
- King Jack and the Dragon by Helen Oxenbury (illustrator) and Peter Bently (author), Puffin Books
- Black Dog by Levi Pinfold, Templar Publishing
- Just Ducks! by Salvatore Rubbino (illustrator) and Nicola Davies (author), Walker Books
The winners for both the CILIP Carnegie Medal and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal will be announced on Wednesday 19th June 2013 at an afternoon ceremony at the Natural History Museum in London. The winners will each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library and the coveted golden medals. Since 2000, the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal has also been awarded the £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize.