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Carnegie Medal

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The Carnegie Medal is awarded each year to one outstanding new book for children or young adults.

The Medal was named after the Scottish-born American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

The Carnegie Medal is the UK’s oldest and most prestigious book award for children’s writing.

No Award was given in 1943, 1945, or 1966. That is because no book was considered suitable.

Learn more: official Carnegie Medal homepage.

Winners:

Pigeon Post (1936)

The Swallows, Amazons and D’s are prospecting for gold on High Topps, hoping to persuade Captain Flint to stay home as he returns from a South American gold prospecting trip.

1936

Author: Arthur Ransome
Illustrator: Arthur Ransome

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Left Till Called For (1941)

When the Germans invade their island in the English Channel, Mick and Caroline Templeton get left behind in the confusion.

1941 1941

Author: Mary Treadgold
Illustrator: Richard Floethe

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We Couldn’t Leave Dinah (1941)

When the Germans invade their island in the English Channel, Mick and Caroline Templeton get left behind in the confusion.

1941 1941

Author: Mary Treadgold
Illustrator: Stuart Tresilian

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The Little Grey Men (1942)

The last four gnomes in England live by a brook in Warwickshire. When Cloudberry does not return from an exploring expedition, the other three set out to find him.

1942

Author: BB
Illustrator: Denys Watkins-Pitchford

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The Wind on the Moon: A Story for Children (1944)

Dinah and Dorinda determine to be naughty while their father is away.

1944

Author: Eric Linklater
Illustrator: Nicolas Bentley

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The Little White Horse (1946)

As Maria arrives at Moonacre Manor she catches a glimpse of the little white horse.

1946

Author: Elizabeth Goudge
Illustrator: C. Walter Hodges

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The Little White Horse (1946)

As Maria arrives at Moonacre Manor she catches a glimpse of the little white horse.

1946

Author: Elizabeth Goudge
Illustrator: C. Walter Hodges

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The Lark on the Wing (1950)

Kit Haverard pursues her vocation as a singer in London.

1950

Author: Elfrida Vipont
Illustrator: T. R. Freeman

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The Borrowers (1952)

In which we meet Arrietty, Pod and Homily Clock, a family of small people who live behind the wainscot and under the floor.

1952

Author: Mary Norton
Illustrator: Diana Stanley

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The Little Bookroom (1955)

A collection of short stories and fairy tales.

1955

Author: Eleanor Farjeon
Illustrator: Edward Ardizzone

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The Last Battle (1956)

Tirian, the last king of Narnia summons Jill and Eustace to his aid when his kingdom is overrun by the Calormenes.

1956

Author: C. S. Lewis
Illustrator: Pauline Baynes

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Tom’s Midnight Garden (1958)

While waiting out quarantine for measles, Tom stays with his aunt and uncle in an old house and discovers he can enter the past through the garden at night.

1958

Author: Philippa Pearce
Illustrator: Susan Einzig

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A Stranger at Green Knowe (1961)

On his way to a vacation visit, Ping visits the London Zoo and discovers Hanno, the gorilla - whom he meets unexpectedly at Green Knowe.

1961

Author: L. M. Boston
Illustrator: Peter Boston

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