Kate Greenaway Medal facts for kids
The Kate Greenaway Medal is a British literary award that annually recognises "distinguished illustration in a book for children". It is conferred upon the illustrator by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) which inherited it from the Library Association.
The Medal is named after the 19th-century English illustrator of children's books Kate Greenaway (1846–1901). It was established in 1955 and inaugurated next year for 1955 publications, but no work was considered suitable. The first Medal was awarded in 1957 to Edward Ardizzone for Tim All Alone (Oxford, 1956), which he also wrote. That first Medal was dated 1956. Only since 2007 the Medal is dated by its presentation during the year following publication. The Greenaway is a companion to the Carnegie Medal which recognises one outstanding work of writing for children and young adults (conferred upon the author).
Nominated books must be first published in the U.K. during the preceding school year (September to August), with English-language text if any.
The award by CILIP is a gold Medal and £500 worth of books donated to the illustrator's chosen library. Since 2000 there is also a £5000 cash prize from a bequest by the children's book collector Colin Mears.
Through 2019 there have been 62 Greenaway Medals awarded in 64 years, covering 1955 to 2018 publications approximately. No eligible book published in 1955 or 1958 was considered suitable.
From 2007 the medals are dated by the year of presentation; previously by the calendar year of British publication, which then defined the eligible works.
|2020||Shaun Tan||Tales from the Inner City||—|
|2019||Jackie Morris||The Lost Words||Robert Macfarlane|
|2018||Sydney Smith||Town Is by the Sea||Joanne Schwartz|
|2017||Lane Smith||There Is a Tribe of Kids||—|
|2016||Chris Riddell||The Sleeper and the Spindle||Neil Gaiman|
|2015||William Grill||Shackleton's Journey||—|
|2014||Jon Klassen||This Is Not My Hat||—|
|2013||Levi Pinfold||Black Dog||—|
|2012||Jim Kay||A Monster Calls||Patrick Ness|
|2010||Freya Blackwood||Harry and Hopper||Margaret Wild|
|2009||Catherine Rayner||Harris Finds His Feet||—|
|2008||Emily Gravett||Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears||—|
|2007||Mini Grey||The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon||—|
|2006 The award date is the year of publication before 2006, the year of presentation after 2006.|
|2004||Chris Riddell||Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver"||Jonathan Swift (1726) adapted|
|2003||Shirley Hughes||Ella's Big Chance||— (Cinderella adapted)|
|2002||Bob Graham||Jethro Byrde, Fairy Child||—|
|2001||Chris Riddell||Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter||Richard Platt
|2000 *||Lauren Child||I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato||—|
|1999 *||Helen Oxenbury||Alice's Adventures in Wonderland||Lewis Carroll (1865)|
|1998||Helen Cooper||Pumpkin Soup||—|
|1997||P. J. Lynch||When Jessie Came Across the Sea||Amy Hest|
|1996||Helen Cooper||The Baby Who Wouldn't Go To Bed||—|
|1995||P. J. Lynch||The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey||Susan Wojciechowski|
|1994||Gregory Rogers||Way Home||Libby Hathorn|
|1993||Alan Lee||Black Ships Before Troy||Rosemary Sutcliff|
|1991||Janet Ahlberg||The Jolly Christmas Postman||Allan Ahlberg|
|1990||Gary Blythe||The Whales' Song||Dyan Sheldon|
|1989||Michael Foreman||War Boy: A Country Childhood||—|
|1988||Barbara Firth||Can't You Sleep Little Bear?||Martin Waddell|
|1987||Adrienne Kennaway||Crafty Chameleon||Mwenye Hadithi|
|1986||Fiona French||Snow White in New York||—|
|1985||Juan Wijngaard||Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady||retold by
|1984||Errol Le Cain||Hiawatha's Childhood||Longfellow (1855)|
|1983 *||Anthony Browne||Gorilla||—|
|1982||Michael Foreman||Long Neck and Thunder Foot (and)
Sleeping Beauty and other favourite fairy tales
|Helen Piers (and)
|1981 *||Charles Keeping||The Highwayman||Alfred Noyes (1906)|
|1980 *||Quentin Blake||Mr Magnolia||—|
|1979||Jan Pieńkowski||Haunted House||—|
|1978 *||Janet Ahlberg||Each Peach Pear Plum||Allan Ahlberg|
|1977 *||Shirley Hughes||Dogger||—|
|1976||Gail E. Haley||The Post Office Cat||—|
|1975||Victor Ambrus||Horses in Battle (and)
|1974||Pat Hutchins||The Wind Blew||— (informational)|
|1973 *||Raymond Briggs||Father Christmas||—|
|1972||Krystyna Turska||The Woodcutter's Duck||—|
|1971||Jan Pieńkowski||The Kingdom Under the Sea and other stories||retold by
|1970||John Burningham||Mr Gumpy's Outing||—|
|1969||Helen Oxenbury||The Quangle Wangle's Hat (and)
The Dragon of an Ordinary Family
|Edward Lear (unknown);
Margaret Mahy (1969)
|1968||Pauline Baynes||A Dictionary of Chivalry||Grant Uden (reference)|
|1967||Charles Keeping||Charley, Charlotte and the Golden Canary||—|
|1966||Raymond Briggs||Mother Goose Treasury||traditional|
|1965||Victor Ambrus||The Three Poor Tailors||—|
|1964||C. Walter Hodges||Shakespeare's Theatre||— (nonfiction)|
|1963 *||John Burningham||Borka: The Adventures of a Goose With No Feathers||—|
|1962||Brian Wildsmith||ABC (also Brian Wildsmith's ABC)||— (no text)|
|1961||Antony Maitland||Mrs Cockle's Cat||Philippa Pearce|
|1960||Gerald Rose||Old Winkle and the Seagulls||Elizabeth Rose|
|1959||William Stobbs||Kashtanka (and)
A Bundle of Ballads
|Anton Chekhov (1887);
from the Child Ballads
|1958||(Prize withheld as no book considered suitable)|
|1957||V. H. Drummond||Mrs Easter and the Storks||—|
|1956 *||Edward Ardizzone||Tim All Alone||—|
|1955||(Prize withheld as no book considered suitable)|
- * named to the 50th Anniversary Top Ten in 2007.
Winners of multiple awards
Only one illustrator, Chris Riddell, has won three Greenaway Medals. Thirteen other illustrators have won two of the 60 Greenaway Medals awarded through 2017. The first winner of two Medals was John Burningham, 1963 and 1970.
Only A Monster Calls (Walker Books, 2011), by Patrick Ness and Jim Kay, has won both the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals for writing and illustration (2012).
In 2014, This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen won both the Greenaway Medal and the American Caldecott Medal, which recognises a picture book illustrated by a U.S. citizen or resident. This is the first time the same book has won both medals. The recently common practice of co-publication makes a double win possible. Indeed, This Is Not My Hat was released in Britain and America on the same day, 9 October 2012, by Walker Books and its American subsidiary Candlewick Press.
Gail E. Haley was the first illustrator to win both medals, albeit for different works: the 1971 Caldecott for A Story a Story (1970) and the 1976 Greenaway for The Post Office Cat. She also wrote both books.
Helen Oxenbury, who won the 1969 and 1999 medals, was also a "Highly Commended" runner-up four times from 1989 to 1994; the distinction was used 31 times in 29 years to 2002 and no other illustrator was highly commended more than twice. Michael Foreman, who won the 1982 and 1989 medals, was highly commended once and four times a "Commended" runner-up, a distinction used 68 times in 44 years to 2002.
Walker Books, based in London, with American subsidiary Candlewick Press in Somerville, MA, has published 10 of the 30 Greenaway Medal-winning works from 1985 to 2014.
50-year Greenaway of Greenaways (2007)
For the 50th anniversary, CILIP posted online information about all of the winning works (1955–2005) and conducted a poll to identify the nation's favourite Kate Greenaway Medalist. The winner was announced 21 June 2007 at the British Library. By less than one percentage point Dogger, illustrated and written by Shirley Hughes (1977), outpolled Each Peach Pear Plum illustrated by Janet Ahlberg and written by Allan Ahlberg (1978).
The nation, and international voters too, considered a ballot or all-time shortlist comprising ten of the 53 Medal-winning works, selected by six "children's book experts". The panel provided annotations including recommended ages that range from 1+ to 10+ years; age 4+ for the winner.
50th Anniversary Top Ten
- Janet Ahlberg, Each Peach Pear Plum (Kestrel, 1978), written by Allan Ahlberg
- Edward Ardizzone, Tim All Alone (Oxford, 1956)
- Quentin Blake, Mr Magnolia (Jonathan Cape, 1980)
- Raymond Briggs, Father Christmas (Hamish Hamilton, 1973)
- Anthony Browne, Gorilla (Julia MacRae, 1983)
- John Burningham, Borka: The Adventures of a Goose With No Feathers (Jonathan Cape, 1963)
- Lauren Child, I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Orchard, 2000)
- Shirley Hughes, Dogger (Bodley Head, 1977)
- Charles Keeping, The Highwayman (Oxford, 1981), an edition of the 1906 poem by Alfred Noyes
- Helen Oxenbury, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Walker, 1999), an edition of the 1865 novel by Lewis Carroll
Headings give the official award dates: years of publication before 2006; years of presentation after 2006.
- 1954 Carnegie Medal
Illustrator Harold Jones received a Special Commendation for the 1954 Carnegie Medal, for his part in Lavender's Blue: A Book of Nursery Rhymes, compiled by Kathleen Lines (Oxford) — a 180-page collection named for "Lavender's Blue", which Oxford University Press has reprinted many times. It was "a major reason" for the Library Association to establish the Kate Greenaway Medal that year. No 1955 work was judged worthy in 1956, so the Greenaway was actually inaugurated one year later, recognising a 1956 publication.
1955 to 1994
Prior to 1995 these listings cover only the Medalist and known Highly Commended (+) or Commended (–) books.
1955 (no Medal)
1956 Edward Ardizzone, Tim All Alone (Oxford) @
Ardizzone had inaugurated the Tim series in 1936 with Little Tim and the Brave Sea Captain (Oxford); its last sequel was Ships Cook Ginger (1977). Tim All Alone was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works in 2007.
1957 V. H. Drummond, Mrs Easter and the Storks (Faber) @
1958 (no Medal)
No work was considered suitable, the second and last time.
- – Edward Ardizzone, Titus in Trouble (Bodley Head), by James Reeves
- – Gerald Rose, Wuffles Goes To Town (Faber), by Elizabeth Rose
The 1959 medal recognised two books, the first of four such occasions to 1982. Two runners-up were "Commended", a new distinction that would be used 99 times in 44 years to 2002, including 31 "Highly Commended" books that were named beginning 1974.
1960 Gerald Rose, Old Winkle and the Seagulls (Faber), by Elizabeth Rose
- (no commendations)
1961 Antony Maitland, Mrs Cockle's Cat (Constable; Longman), by Philippa Pearce
- (no commendations)
1962 Brian Wildsmith, ABC (Oxford) @
- – Carol Barker, Achilles the Donkey (Dobson), by H. E. Bates
ABC was Wildsmith's first book, an alphabet book without any words, commissioned by Mabel George at Oxford.
- – Victor Ambrus, The Royal Navy (Oxford), by Peter Dawlish
- – Victor Ambrus, A Time of Trial (Oxford), by Hester Burton
- – Brian Wildsmith, The Lion and the Rat: A Fable (Oxford), by Jean de La Fontaine (1668), from Aesop (6th century BCE)
- – Brian Wildsmith, Oxford Book of Poetry for Children (Oxford), ed. Edward Blishen
Borka was Burningham's first book as an author or illustrator and it was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works in 2007.
1964 C. Walter Hodges, Shakespeare's Theatre (Oxford) @ —nonfiction
- – Raymond Briggs, Fee Fi Fo Fum (Hamish Hamilton) @
- – Victor Ambrus, for work in general
- – William Papas, for work in general
Hodges was a freelance illustrator, a lover of theatre, and an authority on theatre construction in Shakespeare's time. Shakespeare's Theatre was the first nonfiction book cited for the medal.
Ambrus and Papas received the first and only commendations for "work in general".
1965 Victor Ambrus, The Three Poor Tailors (Oxford; Hamish Hamilton) @
- (no commendations)
The Three Poor Tailors was the first-published book written by Ambrus, who had illustrated dozens of fiction and nonfiction books for Oxford since immigrating from Hungary via Austria.
1966 Raymond Briggs, Mother Goose Treasury (Hamish Hamilton), traditional
- – Doreen Roberts, The Story of Saul the King (Constable; Oxford), abridged from Helen Waddell, Stories from Holy Writ (1949)
1967 Charles Keeping, Charley, Charlotte and the Golden Canary (Oxford) @
- – William Papas, The Church (Oxford), by Geoffrey Moorhouse
- – William Papas, No Mules (Oxford) @
- – Brian Wildsmith, Birds (Oxford) @
1968 Pauline Baynes, A Dictionary of Chivalry (Longman), by Grant Uden —reference
- – Gaynor Chapman, The Luck Child: Based on a story of the Brothers Grimm (Hamish Hamilton), based on Brothers Grimm
- – Shirley Hughes, Flutes and Cymbals: Poetry for the Young (Bodley Head), compiled by Leonard Clark
- – William Papas, A Letter from India (Oxford) @ —information book
- – William Papas, A Letter from Israel (Oxford) @ —information book
- – William Papas, Taresh the tea planter (Oxford) @
Baynes alone has won the medal for illustrating a reference book; only a few nonfiction or fictionalised information books have been cited.
The distinguished runners-up (–) were called "Honours" rather than "Commended" for 1968, 1969, and perhaps 1970.
The distinguished runners-up (–) were called "Honours" again.
- – Charles Keeping, The God Beneath the Sea (Longman), by Leon Garfield and Edward Blishen
- – Jan Pieńkowski, The Golden Bird (J. M. Dent), by Edith Brill
- – Krystyna Turska, Pegasus (Hamish Hamilton), the myth of Pegasus and Bellerophon retold by Turska
Burningham became the first to win two medals, 1963 and 1970, one year after his wife Helen Oxenbury won her first of two. As of 2012 fourteen illustrators have won two Greenaways, none three.
Garfield and Blishen won the companion Carnegie Medal for The God Beneath the Sea. (For more than fifty years until 2012, no single book won both of the CILIP awards.)
- – Victor Ambrus, The Sultan's Bath (Oxford) @
- – Brian Wildsmith, The Owl and the Woodpecker (Oxford) @
(One source calls these two runners-up "Highly Commended". They would be the first.)
1972 Krystyna Turska, The Woodcutter's Duck (Hamish Hamilton) @
- – Carol Barker, King Midas and the Golden Touch (Franklin Watts), a version of the Midas myth
- – Pauline Baynes, Snail and Caterpillar (Longman), by Helen Piers
- – Antony Maitland, The Ghost Downstairs (Longman), by Leon Garfield
- – Fiona French, King Tree (Oxford) @
- – Errol Lloyd, My Brother Sean (Bodley Head), by Petronella Breinburg
Briggs introduced the grumpy old man with a challenging, lonely job, to be continued in Father Christmas Goes on Holiday. Father Christmas was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works in 2007.
1974 Pat Hutchins, The Wind Blew (Bodley Head) @
The Wind Blew has been called informative, meteorological poetry.
(According to answers.com citing Gale Biographies, Anno's Alphabet was ineligible for the medal, with its Japanese author and original publisher.)
1975 Victor Ambrus, Horses in Battle (Oxford) @
and Mishka (Oxford) @
- – Shirley Hughes, Helpers (Bodley Head) @
- – Errol Le Cain, Thorn Rose, or the Sleeping Beauty (Faber), from Brothers Grimm
Ambrus won his second medal. Horses in Battle, nonfiction or fictionalised history, is the latest "information book" to be cited except for one, Pirate Diary (2001).
1976 Gail E. Haley, The Post Office Cat (Bodley Head) @
- + Graham Oakley, The Church Mice Adrift (Macmillan) @ —fifth of 12 Church Mice books
- + Maureen Roffey, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor (Bodley Head), by Bernard Lodge
- + Joanna Troughton, How the Birds Changed Their Feathers (Blackie, Folk Tales of the World), retold and illustrated by Troughton @
Haley had won the 1971 Caldecott Medal (U.S.) and moved to the U.K. in 1973. No one else has won both medals, which CILIP rules and co-publication enable in the 21st century.
- – Janet Ahlberg, Burglar Bill (Heinemann), by Allan Ahlberg
- – Mary Rayner, Garth Pig and the Ice Cream Lady (Macmillan) @
Dogger was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works in 2007, and was voted the public favourite from that slate.
1978 Janet Ahlberg, Each Peach Pear Plum (Kestrel), by Allan Ahlberg
- + Raymond Briggs, The Snowman (Hamish Hamilton) @ —no text
- – Michael Foreman, Popular Folk Tales (Gollancz), newly translated from Brothers Grimm by Brian Alderson
- – Errol Le Cain, The Twelve Dancing Princesses (Faber), retold from Brothers Grimm by Le Cain
Each Peach Pear Plum was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works in 2007, and finished a close second in public voting on that slate.
1979 Jan Pieńkowski, The Haunted House (Heinemann) @
- + Quentin Blake, The Wild Washerwomen: A new folk tale, by John Yeoman
- – Pat Hutchins, One-Eyed Jack @
Pieńkowski won his second medal.
1980 Quentin Blake, Mr Magnolia (Jonathan Cape) @
- – Beryl Cook, Seven Years and a Day (Collins), by Colette O'Hare
- + Michael Foreman, City of Gold and other stories from the Old Testament (Gollancz), retold by Peter Dickinson
- – Jill Murphy, Peace at Last @
Mister Magnolia was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works in 2007.
Dickinson won the companion Carnegie Medal for City of Gold. (For more than fifty years until 2012, no single book won both of the CILIP awards.)
- – Nicola Bayley, The Patchwork Cat (Jonathan Cape), by William Mayne
- + Jan Ormerod, Sunshine (Kestrel) @
Keeping won his second medal. The Highwayman was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works in 2007.
1982 Michael Foreman, Long Neck and Thunder Foot (Kestrel), by Helen Piers
and Sleeping Beauty and other favourite fairy tales (Gollancz), selected and translated by Angela Carter
- – Janet Ahlberg, The Baby's Catalogue, by Allan Ahlberg
- + Graham Oakley, The Church Mice in Action (Macmillan) @ —eighth of twelve Church Mice books
The 1982 medal recognised two books, the last of four times from 1959. Sleeping Beauty also won the inaugural Kurt Maschler Award for children's book "text and illustration ... integrated so that each enhances and balances the other."
Oakley and the Church Mice were highly commended for the second time, the first double recognition for a series (books five and eight). Subsequently, Janet Ahlberg (Jolly Postman series) and Chris Riddell (Diary series) were runners-up for the first books and medalists for the sequels.
1983 Anthony Browne, Gorilla (Julia MacRae) @
- – Molly Bang, Ten, Nine, Eight @ —a counting book
- – Michael Foreman, The Saga of Erik the Viking (Pavilion), by Terry Jones
- – Ron Maris, My Book (Julia MacRae) @
Gorilla was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works in 2007. It also won the annual Kurt Maschler Award for integrated text and illustration.
Ten, Nine, Eight was also a runner-up for the U.S. Caldecott Medal ("Honour Book").
- (no commendations)
1985 Juan Wijngaard, Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady (Walker), retold by Selena Hastings
- – Michael Foreman, Seasons of Splendour: Tales, myths, and legends of India (Pavilion), by Madhur Jaffrey
- – Gillian McClure, Tog the Ribber, or, Granny's Tale (Andre Deutsch), poem by Paul Coltman
1986 Fiona French, Snow White in New York (Oxford) @
- – Janet Ahlberg, The Jolly Postman, by Allan Ahlberg
- – Paddy Bouma, Are We Nearly There? (Bodley Head), by Louis Baum
- – Babette Cole, Princess Smartypants @
- + Jan Ormerod, Happy Christmas, Gemma (Walker), by Sarah Hayes
- – Fiona Pragoff, How Many?: From 0 to 20 (Gollancz) @
- – Tony Ross, I Want My Potty @ —the first Little Princess book
The Ahlbergs won the Emils for The Jolly Postman (Kurt Maschler Award).
1987 Adrienne Kennaway, Crafty Chameleon (Hodder & Stoughton), by Mwenye Hadithi
- – Babette Cole, Prince Cinders @
- – Errol Le Cain, The Enchanter's Daughter (Jonathan Cape), by Antonia Barber
- – Jill Murphy, All In One Piece @
- – Ruth Brown, Ladybird, Ladybird (Andersen), a traditional rhyme
- + Anthony Browne, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, an edition of the 1865 classic by Lewis Carroll
- – Penny Dale, Wake Up Mr. B! (Walker) @
- + Roberto Innocenti, The Adventures of Pinocchio (Creative Education), an edition of the 1883 classic by Carlo Collodi
- + Alan Lee, Merlin Dreams, by Peter Dickinson
Browne won the Emil for this edition of Alice (Kurt Maschler Award).
Special 1988 commendation: David Burnie, Bird (London: Dorling Kindersley, in association with the National History Museum)
1989 Michael Foreman, War Boy: a Country Childhood (Pavilion) @ —autobiographical
Foreman won his second medal. Oxenbury was highly commended for the first of four times.
1990 Gary Blythe, The Whales' Song (Hutchinson), by Dyan Sheldon
- – Nicola Bayley, The Mousehole Cat (Walker), by Antonia Barber
- – Roberto Innocenti, A Christmas Carol (Creative Education), an edition of the 1843 classic by Charles Dickens
- + Tony Ross, Dr Xargle's Book of Earth Tiggers, by Jeanne Willis
- – Caroline Binch, Amazing Grace (Dial), by Mary Hoffman
- + Helen Oxenbury, Farmer Duck (Walker), by Martin Waddell
Ahlberg won her second medal, both for husband-and-wife collaborations. The Jolly Christmas Postman was the second of three interactive Jolly Postman books; the last would be published posthumously. Janet Ahlberg is one of three people to be commended for the Greenaway Medal, at least, for two books in a series.
1992 Anthony Browne, Zoo (Julia MacRae) @
- + Jill Barton, The Pig in the Pond (Walker), by Martin Waddell
- + Caroline Binch, Hue Boy (Dial), by Rita Phillips Mitchell
Browne won his second medal.
- – Michael Foreman, War Game (Pavilion) @
- + Helen Oxenbury, The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, by Eugene Trivizas
Foreman was a distinguished runner-up for the fifth time (once highly commended).
- + Helen Oxenbury, So Much (Walker), by Trish Cooke
- – Chris Riddell, Something Else (Puffin), by Kathryn Cave
Oxenbury was the lone "Highly Commended" runner-up for the fourth time in six years. The distinction would be used 31 times in 29 years to 2002. Cooke and Oxenbury won the Emils for So Much (Kurt Maschler Award).
1995 to 2002
Through 2002 some runners-up were Commended, including some Highly Commended. Where the entire shortlist is given here (back to 1995), boldface marks the winner, plus (+) marks the highly commended books, and dash (–) marks the commended books.
- # P. J. Lynch, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (Walker Books), by Susan Wojciechowski
- + Patrick Benson, The Little Boat (Walker), by Kathy Henderson
- – Quentin Blake, Clown (Jonathan Cape) @
- Christina Balit, Blodin the Beast (Frances Lincoln), by Michael Morpurgo
- Ken Brown, Tattybogle (Andersen), by Sandra Horn
- Mick Inkpen, Nothing (Hodder) @
- Colin McNaughton, Here Come the Aliens (Walker) @
Henderson and Benson won the Emils for The Little Boat (Kurt Maschler Award).
- – Christina Balit, Ishtar and Tammuz: A Babylonian myth of the seasons (Frances Lincoln), retold by Christopher Moore
- + Caroline Binch, Down by the River (Heinemann), by Grace Hallworth
- Ruth Brown, The Tale of the Monstrous Toad (Andersen) @
- Helen Cooper, The Baby Who Wouldn't Go To Bed (Doubleday) @
- Susan Field, The Smallest Whale (Orchard), by Elisabeth Beresford
- Debi Gliori, Mr Bear to the Rescue (Orchard) @
- Colin McNaughton, Oops! (Andersen) @
- Korky Paul, The Duck That Had No Luck (Bodley Head), by Jonathan Long
- Ken Brown, Mucky Pup (Andersen) @
- Anthony Browne, Willy the Dreamer (Walker) @
- Peter Collington, A Small Miracle (Jonathan Cape) @ —no text
- + Bob Graham, Queenie the Bantam (Walker) @
- P. J. Lynch, When Jessie Came Across the Sea (Walker), by Amy Hest
- Clare Mackie, Book of Nonsense (Macdonald Young Books), by Michael Rosen
- + Charlotte Voake, Ginger (Walker) @
- Sophie Windham, Unicorns! Unicorns! (Hutchinson), by Geraldine McCaughrean
Lynch won his second medal.
- Christian Birmingham, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (HarperCollins), an edition of the 1950 classic by C. S. Lewis
- Quentin Blake, Zagazoo (Jonathan Cape) @
- Anthony Browne, Voices in the Park (Doubleday) @
- Emma Chichester Clark, I Love You, Blue Kangaroo (Andersen) @
- Helen Cooper, Pumpkin Soup (Doubleday) @
- + Shirley Hughes, The Lion and the Unicorn (Bodley Head) @
- + Jane Simmons, Come on Daisy! (Orchard) @
Cooper won her second medal.
This shortlist is incomplete, only the Medalist and Highly Commended (+) or Commended (–) works. The list was completed according to The Guardian webpage.
- Patrick Benson, The Sea-Thing Child (Walker Books)
- Christian Birmingham, Wombat Goes Walkabout (Harper Collins)
- Helen Oxenbury, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Walker), an edition of the 1865 classic by Lewis Carroll
- + Lauren Child, Clarice Bean, That's Me! (Orchard) @ —Clarice Bean series
- + Chris Riddell, Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess, Page (Walker), "transcribed by Richard Platt, illuminated" by Chris Riddell"
- – Kevin Hawkes, Weslandia (Walker Books), by Paul Fleischman
- Kathy Henderson, The Storm (Walker Books)
- Simon James, Days Like This (Walker Books)
Oxenbury won her second Greenaway Medal. Alice in Wonderland was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works in 2007. She also won her second Emil (Kurt Maschler Award), which was then discontinued (1982 to 1999).
- Ruth Brown, Snail Trail @
- + Anthony Browne, Willy's Pictures @
- Lauren Child, Beware of the Storybook Wolves @
- Lauren Child, I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Orchard Books) @
- – Ted Dewan, Crispin: The Pig Who Had It All (Transworld) @
- Jane Ray, Fairy Tales (Walker), by Berlie Doherty
I will not was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works in 2007, and ranked third in public voting from that slate.
- + Jez Alborough, Fix-it Duck (Picture Lions) @
- Russell Ayto, The Witch's Children (Orchard Books), by Ursula Jones
- Nicola Bayley, Katje the Windmill Cat (Walker), by Gretchen Woelfle
- Caroline Binch, Silver Shoes (Dorling Kindersley) @
- Helen Cooper, Tatty Ratty (Doubleday) @
- + Charles Fuge, Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball (Gullane), by Vicki Churchill
- Bob Graham Let's Get a Pup! (Walker) @
- Chris Riddell, Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter (Walker), by Richard Platt
Pirate Diary is the latest "information book" to be cited for the medal and the first since 1975. It was the second in a series of four first-person journals, inaugurated by Platt and Riddell in 1999 (Castle Diary) and continued by Platt with another illustrator. Riddell is the third and latest illustrator to be at least commended for the Greenaway for books in a series, following Graham Oakley (Church Mice, 1976 and 1982) and Janet Ahlberg (Jolly Postman, 1986 and 1991).
- Simon Bartram, Man on the Moon (Templar) @
- Nick Butterworth, Albert le Blanc (Collins) @
- – Lauren Child, That Pesky Rat (Orchard Books) @
- Lauren Child, Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book? (Hodder) @
- Bob Graham, Jethro Byrde, Fairy Child (Walker) @
- David Melling, The Kiss That Missed (Hodder) @
- Nick Sharratt, Pants (David Fickling Books), by Giles Andrae
- Helen Ward, The Cockerel and the Fox (Templar) @ —a retelling of Chanticleer
Graham was the first winning illustrator from Australia. Child was the last "Commended" (–) or "Highly Commended" runner-up; there were 99 distinctions of both kinds in 44 years.
2003 to date
Runners-up within the shortlist are not distinguished since 2002.
- Anthony Browne, The Shape Game (Doubleday) @
- Alexis Deacon, Beegu (Hutchinson) @
- Debi Gliori, Always and Forever (Doubleday), by Alan Durant
- Mini Grey, The Pea and the Princess (Red Fox) @ —a retelling of "The Princess and the Pea"
- Dave McKean, The Wolves in the Walls (Bloomsbury), by Neil Gaiman
- Bee Willey, Bob Robber and Dancing Jane (Jonathan Cape), by Andrew Matthews
- Chris Wormell, Two Frogs (Red Fox
Hughes won her second medal.
- Ian Andrew, The Boat (Templar), by Helen Ward
- Russell Ayto, One More Sheep (Hodder), by Mij Kelly
- Simon Bartram, Dougal's Deep-Sea Diary (Templar) @
- Quentin Blake, Michael Rosen's Sad Book (Walker), by Michael Rosen
- Nick Butterworth, The Whisperer (HarperCollins) @
- John Kelly, Guess Who's Coming For Dinner? (Templar), by Cathy Tincknell
- Chris Riddell, Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver" (Walker), the 1726 classic Gulliver's Travels adapted by Martin Jenkins
Riddell won his second medal.
- Tony DiTerlizzi, Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You (Simon & Schuster), by Holly Black
- Emily Gravett, Wolves (Macmillan) @
- Mini Grey, Traction Man Is Here (Red Fox) @
- Oliver Jeffers, Lost and Found (HarperCollins) @
- Dave McKean, Mirrormask (Bloomsbury), by Neil Gaiman
- Jane Ray, Jinnie Ghost (Frances Lincoln), by Berlie Doherty
- David Roberts, Little Red: A Fizzingly Good Yarn (Chrysalis), by Lynn Roberts
- Rob Scotton, Russell the Sheep (HarperCollins) @
Wolves by Emily Gravett in its U.S. edition was Gravett's first book as author or illustrator, one year out of school. She won the 49th Greenaway Medal, awarded in the 51st year, called fifty for the anniversary celebration in 2007.
Year of presentation after 2006.
- Ross Collins, The Elephantom (Templar) @
- Emily Gravett, Orange Pear Apple Bear (Macmillan) @ — four words only
- Mini Grey, The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon (Jonathan Cape) @
- John Kelly and Cathy Tincknell, Scoop! An Exclusive by Monty Molenski (Templar) @@
- Catherine Rayner, Augustus and His Smile (Little Tiger) @
- Chris Riddell, The Emperor of Absurdia (Macmillan) @
- Anthony Browne, Silly Billy (Walker) @
- Polly Dunbar, Penguin (Walker) @
- Emily Gravett, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears (Macmillan) @
- Emily Gravett, Monkey and Me (Macmillan) @
- Jane Ray, The Lost Happy Endings (Bloomsbury), by Carol Ann Duffy
- Chris Riddell, Ottoline and the Yellow Cat (Macmillan) @
- Ed Vere, Banana! (Puffin) @
Gravett won her second medal for her fourth book, with cover title Little Mouse's
Emily Gravett's Big Book of Fears.
- Angela Barrett, The Snow Goose (Hutchinson), an edition of the 1941 novella by Paul Gallico
- Marc Craste, Varmints (Templar), by Helen Ward
- Thomas Docherty, Little Boat (Templar) @
- Bob Graham, How to Heal a Broken Wing (Walker) @
- Oliver Jeffers, The Way Back Home (Harper Collins) @
- Dave McKean, The Savage (Walker), by David Almond
- Catherine Rayner, Harris Finds His Feet (Little Tiger Press) @
- Chris Wormell, Molly and the Night Monster (Jonathan Cape) @
- Grahame Baker-Smith, Leon and the Place Between (Templar), by Angela McAllister
- Freya Blackwood, Harry and Hopper (Scholastic), by Margaret Wild
- Oliver Jeffers, The Great Paper Caper (HarperCollins) @
- Satoshi Kitamura, Millie's Marvellous Hat (Andersen) @
- Dave McKean, Crazy Hair (Bloomsbury), by Neil Gaiman
- Chris Riddell, The Graveyard Book (Bloomsbury), by Neil Gaiman
- David Roberts, The Dunderheads (Walker), by Paul Fleischman
- Viviane Schwarz, There Are Cats in This Book (Walker) @
- Grahame Baker-Smith, FArTHER (Templar) @
- Anthony Browne, Me and You (Doubleday) @
- Bob Graham, April Underhill Tooth Fairy (Walker) @
- Mini Grey, Jim (Jonathan Cape), by Hilaire Belloc, 1907
- Oliver Jeffers, The Heart and the Bottle (HarperCollins) @
- Kristin Oftedal, Big Bear, Little Brother (Macmillan), by Carl Norac
- Catherine Rayner, Ernest (Macmillan) @
- Juan Wijngaard, Cloud Tea Monkeys (Walker), by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham
- Emily Gravett, Wolf Won't Bite! (Macmillan) @
- Petr Horáček, Puffin Peter (Walker) @
- Jim Kay, A Monster Calls (Walker), by Patrick Ness
- Dave McKean, Slog's Dad (Walker), by David Almond
- Catherine Rayner, Solomon Crocodile (Macmillan) @
- Rob Ryan, The Gift (Barefoot Books), by Carol Ann Duffy
- Viviane Schwarz, There Are No Cats in This Book (Walker) @
- Vicky White, Can We Save the Tiger? (Walker), by Martin Jenkins —nonfiction
Kay and Ness won both the Greenaway and Carnegie Medals for A Monster Calls, the first such double. Two illustrators of Carnegie Medal-winning books had been runners-up for the Greenaway, Charles Keeping (The God Beneath the Sea, 1970) and Michael Foreman (City of Gold, 1980).
- Rebecca Cobb, Lunchtime (Macmillan)
- Emily Gravett, Again! (Macmillan)
- Chris Haughton, Oh No, George! (Walker)
- Jon Klassen, I Want My Hat Back (Walker)
- Chris Mould, Pirates 'n' Pistols (Hodder)
- Helen Oxenbury, King Jack and the Dragon (Puffin), by Peter Bently
- Levi Pinfold, Black Dog (Templar)
- Salvatore Rubbino, Just Ducks! (Walker), by Nicola Davies
- Rebecca Cobb, The Paper Dolls (Macmillan Children's Books), by Julia Donaldson
- Olivia Gill, Where My Wellies Take Me (Templar), by Michael Morpurgo and Clare Morpurgo
- Oliver Jeffers, The Day the Crayons Quit (HarperCollins Children's Books), by Drew Daywalt
- Jon Klassen, This Is Not My Hat (Walker Books)
- Jon Klassen, The Dark (Orchard Books), by Lemony Snicket
- Dave McKean, Mouse Bird Snake Wolf (Walker), by David Almond
- Birgitta Sif, Oliver (Walker)
Klassen, a Canadian, won the 2013 Caldecott Medal for This Is Not My Hat, recognising the previous year's "most distinguished American picture book for children". This marks the first time that the same book has won both the Greenaway and Caldecott medals and Klassen is the first Greenaway winner from Canada.
- Laura Carlin, The Promise (Walker Books), by Nicola Davies
- Alexis Deacon, Jim's Lion (Walker), by Russell Hoban
- William Grill, Shackleton's Journey (Flying Eye Books)
- John Higgins and Marc Olivent, Dark Satanic Mills (Walker), by Marcus Sedgwick and Julian Sedgwick
- Catherine Rayner, Smelly Louie (Macmillan)
- Chris Riddell, Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse (Macmillan)
- David Roberts, Tinder (Orion Books), by Sally Gardner
- Shaun Tan, Rules of Summer (Lothian Publishing)
- Anthony Browne, Willy's Stories (Walker)
- Ross Collins, There's a Bear on My Chair (Nosy Crow)
- Oliver Jeffers, Once Upon an Alphabet (Harper Collins)
- Jon Klassen, Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett (Walker)
- Jackie Morris, Something About a Bear (Frances Lincoln)
- Helen Oxenbury, Captain Jack and the Pirates by Peter Bently (Puffin)
- Chris Riddell, The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)
- Sydney Smith, Footpath Flowers by JonArno Lawson (Walker)
Chris Riddell became the first triple winner in the history of the award, having previously won in 2001 and 2004.
- Dieter Braun, Wild Animals of the North (Flying Eye Books)
- Emily Gravett, Tidy (Two Hoots)
- William Grill, The Wolves of Currumpaw (Flying Eye Books)
- Jim Kay, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling (Bloomsbury)
- Chris Riddell, A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen (Walker Books)
- Francesca Sanna, The Journey (Flying Eye Books)
- Brian Selznick, The Marvels (Scholastic)
- Lane Smith, There Is a Tribe of Kids (Two Hoots)
- Laura Carlin, King of the Sky by Nicola Davies (Walker Books)
- Debi Gliori, Night Shift (Hot Key Books)
- Petr Horáček, A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies (Walker Books)
- Levi Pinfold, The Song from Somewhere Else by A.F. Harrold (Bloomsbury)
- Sydney Smith, Town Is by the Sea by Joanne Schwartz (Walker Books)
- Pam Smy, Thornhill (David Fickling Books)
- Britta Teckentrup, Under the Same Sky (Little Tiger)
- John Klassen, The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett (Walker)
- Rebecca Cobb, The Day War Came by Nicola Davies (Walker)
- Eric Fan and Terry Fan, Ocean Meets Sky (Frances Lincoln Children’s)
- Maria Gulemetova, Beyond the Fence (Child’s Play Library)
- Jessica Love, Julian is a Mermaid (Walker)
- Poonam Mistry, You’re Safe With Me by Chitra Soundar (Lantana)
- Jackie Morris, The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane (Hamish Hamilton)
- David Roberts, Suffragette: The Battle for Equality (Two Hoots)
- Poonam Mistry, You’re Snug with Me by Chitra Soundar (Lantana Publishing)
- Chris Mould, The Iron Man by Ted Hughes (Faber & Faber)
- Chris Naylor-Ballesteros, The Suitcase (Nosy Crow)
- Kadir Nelson, The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander(Andersen Press)
- Levi Pinfold, The Dam by David Almond (Walker Books)
- Júlia Sardà, Mary and Frankenstein by Linda Bailey (Andersen Press)
- Shaun Tan, Tales from the Inner City (Walker Books)
- Beth Waters, Child of St Kilda (Child’s Play)
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