Kate Greenaway Medal: Our top picks

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Category: Parents

Established in 1955, The Kate Greenaway Medal awards distinguished illustration in a book for children. This year’s winner, along with the winner of the Carnegie medal, will be announced on Monday 23 June. 

There are lots of fantastic books featured on the shortlist and the Early Years team have picked their favourites to win below.


The Day The Crayons Quit
Lynsey Rogers picked: The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

As a big fan of Oliver Jeffers, the quirky, colourful illustrations on the cover immediately caught my attention.  Thankfully, I was equally rewarded with the fantastic story inside. The Day The Crayons Quit catalogues the letters of complaint from Duncan’s crayons. Poor Duncan just wants to colour in but his crayons have had enough with his favouristism, colouring outside the lines and colouring the sun in two different colours!

The distinctive personality of each crayon shines through their words of revolt and I think the white crayon (Duncan's ‘empty friend’) may be my favourite! The text is full of delightful humour and the illustrations are so expressive and full of interesting detail. What gives this book the edge is the way it celebrates creativity and expression in a unique and engaging way.

Watch Oliver Jeffers' Authors Live event on our website. 

Catriona Wallace picked: This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

This Is Not My Hat

Following on from his first children’s book ‘I Want My Hat Back’, John Klassen returns to the familiar territory of shifty animals wearing headgear. This time we meet a little fish who’s up to no good. He has a hat, but it isn’t his, and he doesn’t care. Not. One. Bit.

I love this picture book. It’s funny, subtle and unapologetically dark. But the beautiful illustrations are what set it apart from the rest. Jon Klassen has a lovely eye for simple gestures that tell so much about his characters. He cleverly lets the child in on the narrative joke, well before the adult reading the words. Have fun reading this one, but watch out for that sneaky crab!

Jon Klassen will be appearing as part of Authors Live in September


The Paper Dolls
Kate Caldwell picked: The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb

The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb was one of my niece’s favourite books last year. And what’s not to love? There’s great rhyming and repetition throughout, which gets young children reading along with you, and there’s a whole host of animals in the story including dinosaurs, tigers and crocodiles, which will have you making animal impressions together in no time.

And when you’ve finished reading the story about the girl’s paper dolls, why not get together and encourage your little one to make their very own dolls. You can have fun talking about the different adventures they might go on together. 

Watch a video of Julia reading The Paper Dolls on our website.


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