I expect you have all heard by now who the long-awaited winners of the prestigious Carnegie and Greenaway awards are. But if you hadn’t, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys won the Carnegie and There is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith won the Greenaway. In addition, the Amnesty Honour Award went to Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon and The Journey by Francesca Sanna. Read more about the books and the acceptance speeches here. This year there was an emphasis on the refugee crisis, and coincidentally the awards came at the start of refugee week.
The ceremony was a special one, as it is 80 years since the Carnegie Medal was created, and 60 years since the Greenaway, so it was also a celebration of all of the past winners of the award, many of whom were at the ceremony. This book award has remained the gold standard for authors and illustrators, promoting what is best in children’s books throughout the years.