Friday, June 22, 2007

Winner of the Top Ten Carnegie & Greenaway Medal Books

Philip Pullman has cemented his place as one of the stars of children's literature this evening, triumphing in a poll to choose book lovers' favourite winner from the Carnegie medal's 70-year history.

Pullman's Northern Lights (Carnegie winner 1995) beat off competition from Carnegie winners including Mary Norton's The Borrowers (1937), Philippa Pearce's Tom's Midnight Garden (1957) and David Almond's Skellig (1998).

In an online public poll the former teacher took 40% of the total votes and also received the highest number of votes from overseas - a total of 36% from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia combined, demonstrating the international appeal of his books, which have been translated into 37 languages and sold over 12m copies worldwide.

The "Greenaway of Greenaways" - the accompanying award for children's illustration - was won by Shirley Hughes with Dogger, winner of the Kate Greenaway medal in 1977. She beat Janet and Allan Ahlberg's Each Peach Pear Plum into second place by just 1% of the votes. Lauren Child's I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato took third place.

(extracted from The Guardian)

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