In the United Kingdom: The Yoto Carnegies’ 2024 Longlists

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The 2024 Yoto Carnegies competition in younger readers books rolls out longlists in writing and illustration. Winners expected on June 20.

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Shortlist on March 13
In the United Kingdom, the Yoto Carnegies have released today (February 13) their 2024 longlists, which highlight illustration in one list and writing in the other, both for younger readers. A distinction of these awards, as Publishing Perspectives readers will recall, is that they’re juried by children’s librarians.

The name Carnegie, of course, is a tribute to the Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, and each of these awards has a relatively long track record by comparison to most of the teeming contemporary book and publishing awards based in the British market.

  • The Carnegie Medal has 88 years of history, having been established in 1936 by Andrew Carnegie. It was first awarded to Arthur Ransome for Pigeon Post.
  • The Carnegie Medal for Illustration was originally named the Kate Greenaway Medal when it was established in 1955, meaning that it has 69 years of history of its own.

Yoto is a brand of audiobook player for children. Its sponsorship is to run three years and was agreed with CILIP, the library and information association, which manages the program. The medals are awarded annually by CILIP and the Youth Libraries Group with longlists announced in February, shortlists in March, and the winners announced at a ceremony in June.  CILIP, which stands for “Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals,” was chartered by the crown in 1898. The organization was rebranded “CILIP: The Library and Information Association” in 2017.

Shortlists in the 2024 competition are to be announced during a 30-minute event at London Book Fair (March 12 to 14), from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. on March 13.

On a panel for the LBF event, Maura Farrelly, a librarian at Victora College Belfast, is expected to join Manon Stefan Ros, a writer born in Snowdonia, and Brighton-born illustrator Joe Todd-Stanton for a conversation led by Jake Hope, the awards executive for Yoto Carnegies at CILIP.

The winners will each receive a specially commissioned golden medal and a £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize (US$6,300). The winners of the Shadowers’ Choice Medals—voted for and awarded by children and young people—will receive a golden medal and £500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choice (US$630).

Market Impact

The Yoto Carnegies are a program that might do well to track and report the sales performances of their winning titles and authors, so that various news media can report the effect these honors’ wins have in the marketplace. Particularly because these books are chosen by the library community, this could offer a chance for that sector of the marketplace to demonstrate its sensitivities to what young readers need and are interesting in reading.

Scholastic is the official book supplier of the Yoto Carnegies, which also have sponsorship from ALCS, the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society

While many people take it on faith, of course, that the “golden sticker” on a book cover is boon to sales, there actually is little actual data to support this assumption.

  • As we reported in November, the £50,000 Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction, also in the UK, of course, has committed to reporting specific numbers on what sort of market influence its highest honors may have. What that means for the international professional book trade is that the Baillie Gifford is no longer depending on the kindness of strangers to assume that its top awards are going to boost sales: they now can demonstrate it in hard numbers.
  • Also in nonfiction, the £25,000 British Academy Book Prize for Global Cultural Understanding made a fine start at reporting on a limited amount of data available for its 2022 winner in September.
  • And it’s the Booker Prize Foundation that has led the way on reporting on market impact for its lead fiction and international fiction in translation awards.

Many in the business would be glad to see the Yoto Carnegies follow suit, arranging with the publishers of winning books to provide CILIP with some data on unit sales during the weeks and months after winners are named. And since Andrew Carnegie did know something about money and what it can do, it seems that the man whose name is on these venerable awards might be pleased to know that their financial effects were being assessed and reported.

The 2024 Yoto Carnegies’ Longlists

This year’s longlisted titles are drawn from an initial 129 nominations by the 12 children’s and youth librarians of CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group. Seven titles in the illustration list are published by Walker Books. Overall, 20 publishers have work in these nominations, 19 in the writing category and 18 in the illustration group.

Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing Longlist

  • The Door of No Return by Kwame Alexander (Andersen Press)
  • The Song Walker by Zillah Bethell (Usborne)
  • Away with Words by Sophie Cameron (Little Tiger)
  • The Little Match Girl Strikes Back by Emma Carroll, illustrated by Lauren Child (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Boy Lost in the Maze by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Kate Milner (Otter-Barry Books)
  • Choose Love by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Petr Horáček (Graffeg)
  • Electric Life by Rachel Delahaye (Troika Books)
  • Until the Road Ends by Phil Earle (Andersen Press)
  • Digging for Victory by Cathy Faulkner (Firefly Press)
  • Crossing the Line by Tia Fisher (Bonnier Books UK)
  • Wild Song by Candy Gourlay (David Fickling Books)
  • Boy Like Me by Simon James Green (Scholastic)
  • Safiyyah’s War by Hiba Noor Khan (Andersen Press)
  • Steady for This by Nathanael Lessore (Bonnier Books UK)
  • The Swifts by Beth Lincoln, illustrated by Claire Powell (Penguin)
  • Dogs of the Deadland by Anthony McGowan, illustrated by Keith Robinson (Oneworld Publications)
  • Tyger by SF Said, illustrated by Dave McKean (David Fickling Books)
  • Ravencave by Marcus Sedgwick (Barrington Stoke)
  • Greenwild: The World Behind the Door by Pari Thomson, illustrated by Elisa Paganelli (Macmillan Children’s Books)

Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration Longlist


  • The Tree and the River by Aaron Becker (Walker Books)
  • Wolves in Helicopters by Paddy Donnelly, written by Sarah Tagholm (Andersen Press)
  • April’s Garden by Catalina Echeverri, written by Isla McGuckin (Graffeg)
  • The Concrete Garden by Bob Graham (Walker Books)
  • Deep by Stephen Hogtun (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • Lost by Mariajo Ilustrajo (Quarto)
  • Colours, Colours Everywhere by Sharon King-Chai, written by Julia Donaldson (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • The Skull by Jon Klassen (Walker Books)
  • The Wilderness by Steve McCarthy (Walker Books)
  • Tyger by Dave McKean, written by SF Said (David Fickling Books)
  • To the Other Side by Erika Meza (Hachette Children’s Group)
  • The Midnight Panther by Poonam Mistry (Bonnier Books UK)
  • The Bowerbird by Catherine Rayner, written by Julia Donaldson (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Global by Giovanni Rigano, written by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin (Hachette Children’s Group)
  • The Search for the Giant Arctic Jellyfish by Chloe Savage (Walker Books)
  • My Baba’s Garden by Sydney Smith, written by Jordan Scott (Walker Books)
  • The Boy Who Lost His Spark by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, written by Maggie O’Farrell (Walker Books)
  • What Feelings Do When No One’s Looking by Aleksandra Zając, written by Tina Oziewicz (Pushkin Press)

More from Publishing Perspectives on children’s books is here, more on the Carnegie Greenaway honors—now called the Yoto Carnegies—is here, more from us on publishing and book awards programs is here, and more on the UK market is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.