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Children's Literature Guide: Carnegie Medal Award Winners

Guide for children's literature awards winners

About the Award

This award, established in 1936 in honor of Andrew Carnegie, is given for recognition of an outstanding book for children written in English and first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. Note: Since 2007 the year relates to when the medal was awarded. Previously the year refers to the publication date of the books. 

A listing of Carnegie Medal Award Winners housed in the Curriculum Materials/Media Center is below. These are organized according to the Library of Congress system of classification.  

Award Winners

Date Title/ Author and Illustrator Call Number


Monsters of men / Ness, Patrick, 1971-

As a world-ending war surges to life around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions, questioning all they have ever known as they try to step back from the darkness and find the best way to achieve peace.

PZ7 .N43843 MON 2010


The curious garden / Brown, Peter, 1979-.

Liam discovers a hidden garden and with careful tending spreads color throughout the gray city.

PZ7 .B81668 CU 2009


The graveyard book / Gaiman, Neil.

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

PZ7 .G1273 GR 2008


Bog child / Siobhan Dowd.

In 1981, the height of Ireland's "Troubles," eighteen-year-old Fergus is distracted from his upcoming A-level exams by his imprisoned brother's hunger strike, the stress of being a courier for Sinn Fein, and dreams of a murdered girl whose body he discovered in a bog.

PZ7 .D7538 BOG 2008


Here lies Arthur / Philip Reeve

When her village is attacked and burned, Gwyna seeks protection from the bard Myrddin, who uses Gwyna in his plan to transform young Arthur into the heroic King Arthur.

PZ7.R25576 HE 2008


Just in case / Meg Rosoff

Convinced that fate is out to get him, fifteen-year-old David Case assumes a new identity in the hope of avoiding what he believes is certain doom.

PZ7 .R71957 JUS 2006


Tamar / Mal Peet

PZ7 .P3564 TA 2006


Millions / Frank Cottrell Boyce

After their mother dies, two brothers find a huge amount of money which they must spend quickly before England switches to the new European currency, but they disagree on what to do with it.

PZ7.C82963 MI 2004


A Gathering Light / Jennifer Donnelly

Not in collection


Ruby Holler / Sharon Creech

Thirteen-year-old fraternal twins Dallas and Florida have grown up in a terrible orphanage but their lives change forever when an eccentric but sweet older couple invites them each on an adventure, beginning in an almost magical place called Ruby Holler.

PZ7.C8615 RU 2002


The amazing Maurice and his educated rodents / Terry Pratchett

PR6066.R34 A73 2001


The other side of truth / Beverley Naidoo

Smuggled out of Nigeria after their mother's murder, Sade and her younger brother are abandoned in London when their uncle fails to meet them at the airport and they are fearful of their new surroundings and of what may have happened to their journalist father back in Nigeria.

PZ7.N1384 OT 2001