The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has announced the winners the 2012 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards. Librarians from across the UK nominated titles for the longlist, and twelve librarians from CILIP's Youth Libraries Group have discussed the long list and chosen titles for the shortlist.
Not only is this the second consecutive Carnegie Medal for Patrick Ness (a feat only achieved once before, in 1979 & 1980 by Peter Dickinson); but for the first time ever, the same book has also won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, with Jim Kay taking the prize for his haunting illustrations for A Monster Calls.
The CILIP Carnegie Medal is the UK's oldest and most prestigious book award for children's writing. The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, established in 1956 and named in honour of the distinguished illustrator is awarded for "outstanding illustration in a children's book".