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How to find great books for kids?

Shortlist for the 2012 CILIP Carnegie Medal announced. It can be really hard to find great books for kids between age of 8 and 12. There is a lot being published for this age group but how to choose something that will capture the imagination of these young readers? This year’s shortlist for one of the most prestigious children literature awards CILIP Carnegie Medal is one of the youngest shortlists in the whole history of this prize as all the books fall into 8-12 years old age group. The shortlist provides you with plenty to choose from in terms of authors (debuts and previous award winners), setting of the books (real and imagined) not to mention the astonishing cast of characters. In the words of Rachel Levy, the chair of this year’s jury “Readers of the final eight books will meet some outstanding characters who will make them laugh like Stuart; cry like Conor and think outside the box like Mina. Their Carnegie reading journey will take them to some dark and difficult places, but all the books are ultimately about the beauty and hopefulness of life and all are beautifully written”. Check the shortlisted books on our site and get the kids reading and if you are still looking for more suggestions don’t forget to check previous winners of The Caldecott Medal. My Name is Mina by David Almond Small Change for Stuart by Lissa Evans The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett  Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis Trash by Ann Mulligan A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness My Sister Lives on Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. It was established by in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Carnegie was a self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA. His experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that “if ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries.”