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Nicola Davies and Catherine Rayner have been shortlisted for YOTO Carnegie Medals

Nicola Davies and Catherine Rayner have both been shortlisted for YOTO Carnegie Medals for their respective books Choose Love and The Bowerbird

Shortlisted for the medal in writing, Choose Love is a moving sequence of poems highlighting the experience of those forced to become refugees.  With superb illustrations by Petr Horáček, the collection provides insight into the real-life experiences of refugees forced to leave their homes.

The Bowerbird is the irresistible tale of Bert – a small bird with a very big heart and has been shortlisted for the medal in illustration. Written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Catherine Rayner, the book is a wonderful rhyming tale perfect for children.

The ceremony to announce the winners will take place on 20 June 2024. See the full shortlists here.

Laura Mucha and Michael Morpurgo are on the The Ruth Rendell 2024 shortlist

We’re delighted to see Laura Mucha and Michael Morpurgo on the The Ruth Rendell 2024 shortlist.

The Ruth Rendell Award was launched by ALCS and The National Literacy Trust and recognises an writer or author who has had the most significant influence on literacy in the UK over the past year. Previous winners include Andy McNab and Cressida Cowell, and the winner will be announced at a reception at Goldsmiths’ Centre in London on 22 February 2024.

On Laura Mucha’s work, the judges said: ‘Laura’s sensitivity is extraordinary and she is deeply committed to what she is doing. Thinking about the vulnerability of young people’s mental health at the moment, her work is so important.’

On Michael Morpurgo, judges said: ‘Michael is a fantastic ambassador for literacy. He is so passionate about libraries and he really puts the work in with trying to enact change.’


Nikita Gill’s These Are the Words is on the Jhalak Prize 2023 longlist

Congratulations to Nikita Gill on being longlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2023 in the Children’s and YA category for her empowering, feminist YA poetry collection These Are the Words, out now with Macmillan Children’s Books.

First awarded in March 2017, the Jhalak Prize and its new sister award Jhalak Children’s & YA Prize founded in 2020, seek to celebrate books by British/British resident BAME writers.