Amongst much hoopla and the whirring of air conditioning, the annual Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, for outstanding writing and illustration, respectively, have been awarded today (June 19th). Both awards are decided upon by children’s librarians.

Salt to the Sea‘ by Ruta Sepetys, is the winner of this year’s Carnegie Medal, while ‘There is a Tribe of Kids‘ by Lane Smith is the Kate Greenaway winner.

During earlier announcements, Amnesty Honours were awarded to ‘The Bone Sparrow‘ by Zana Fraillon, and ‘The Journey‘ by Francesca Sanna. It is considered that each of these two shortlisted titles ‘most distinctively illuminates, communicates or celebrates our personal rights and freedoms’.

While these awards seek to commend books that best fit their criteria as those written/ illustrated in English, none of the winners is English. Immediately after the announcement there was an ‘hoorah’ from the American contingent, in support of their country people,  Ruta Sepetys and Lane Smith. While Zana Fraillon is Australian, Francesca Sanna is Italian. Through their writing and pictures, each of these successful writers and illustrators reflects something of their individual cultures, and their global perspective and experiences.

Bookwagon is intensely proud to have read, loved and recommended each of these award winning titles. These awards endorse our aim to share quality children’s books with young readers.

Congratulations to all the winners, and every Bookwagon ‘winning’ selected title.