Posted by: Erica Gillingham | March 27, 2012

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Shortlist for 2012

The internet is twitterpated with the announcement of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Shortlist for 2012.

Of the eight books nominated, two picture books stand out for me:








Wolf Won’t Bite! by Emily Gravett

Another outstanding picture book from Gravett, Wolf Won’t Bite! (2011) doesn’t disappoint readers who are familiar with this Brighton-based artist. Since my first encounter with Gravett’s Wolves (2005), I have eagerly anticipated book after book. Surprisingly (for me, anyway!), I think my favourite is her Orange Pear Apple Bear (2006), beautiful in board book or full-size form.









The Gift, illustrated by Rob Ryan and text by Carol Ann Duffy

I have to admit that I’ve not been super impressed with how Ryan’s work is suddenly everywhere, but this is a beautiful story of life’s gentle cycles. The story itself, written by Carol Ann Duffy, current UK Poet Laureate, is subtle and sweet while no one can deny Ryan’s talent. His illustrations almost grow from the pages themselves and wrap you into the story, too.

To see a full list of the nominee’s, check out the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards website.

HT, to the CILIP shortlist for the photos.


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