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The Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Shortlist 2022

The shortlist for the Yoto Kate Greenaway Medal, UK's longest running book awards for children and young people, was announced this week. In the judges’ words this shortlist “showcases how friendship can help young people find the strength to navigate challenging times” and “celebrates the power of pictures to create empathy, connection and hope”.

Unique in that they are judged solely by librarians, the roll-call of past winners includes: Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Noel Streatfeild, Sally Gardner and Elizabeth Acevedo for the Carnegie; and Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes, Janet Ahlberg, and Children’s Laureates Quentin Blake, Anthony Browne, Chris Riddell and Lauren Child for the Kate Greenaway.

My personal favourite is Peter Van Den Ende’s The Wanderer, a wordless picture book following the journey of a paper boat through a dreamy landscape with breathtaking black and white illustrations.

Here's the shortlist for 2022!


I Talk Like a River

Jordan Scott

The Wanderer

Peter Van den Ende

Shu Lin's Grandpa

Matt Goodfellow

Milo Imagines The World

Matt de la Pena

The Midnight Fair

Gideon Sterer

Too Much Stuff

Emily Gravett

Drawn Across Borders: True Stories of Migration

George Butler

Long Way Down

Jason Reynolds

Guard your Heart

Sue Divin

Cane Warriors

Alex Wheatle

The Crossing

Manjeet Mann

October, October

Katya Balen

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town

Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Tsunami Girl

Julian Sedgwick

Punching the Air

Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

When the Sky Falls

Phil Earle