A message from the 2016 Chair of Judges

Well it’s a couple of weeks since the ceremony and shadowing has ended for another year. I hope that you enjoyed the experience of reading, reviewing, and discussing the shortlisted books as much as I did!  I would like to thank you all for your involvement this year, it was lovely to know you were passionately reading alongside me and the judges.

The 2016 CILIP Carnegie Award goes to Sarah Crossan for One. Sarah’s book is poignant and thought-provoking, each chapter a poem that is a work of art in its own right, while collectively they create a highly emotive and engaging story. The judges found it deeply moving, beautifully observed, unusual but perfectly crafted – the sort of book that will stay with the reader long after the final page.

The judges chose The Sleeper and the Spindle, by Chris Riddell, as the winner of the 2016 Kate Greenaway Award. We were blown away by Chris Riddell’s work in The Sleeper and the Spindle; he is surely at the height of his powers. His illustrations lift this re-told tale into high art, offering sumptuous pleasures on every page. The more one looks at his pictures the more one notices: subtlety and complexity, the clever use of such a limited palette, the daring use of solid black areas – no space is wasted. Some 15 years after Chris first took home a Kate Greenaway Medal he shows no sign of slowing down – he remains a thrilling, prolific and prestigious talent.


I hope that you will join us again next year. Have a lovely summer and don’t forget to visit your local library and explore their new books – maybe you’ll spot next year’s winner! Above all though wherever you are, whatever you do and whatever you choose – keep reading!


Sioned Jacques, Chair of Judges 2016