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GeraldineGransnet (GNHQ) Tue 18-Jun-13 19:44:37

The Carnegie medal is awarded tomorrow - the oldest and most prestigious award for children's books in the country.

While we're waiting to find out who's won this year, we thought it might be fun to look at the list of previous winners and see how many (if any...) we remember?

How many have stood the test of time?

And any glaring omissions?

Here are those Carnegie winners in full....

2011 Patrick Ness, Monsters of Men, Walker Books
2010 Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book, Bloomsbury
2009 Siobhan Dowd, Bog Child, David Fickling
2008 Philip Reeve, Here Lies Arthur, Scholastic
2007 Meg Rosoff, Just in Case, Penguin
2005 Mal Peet, Tamar, Walker Books
2004 Frank Cottrell Boyce, Millions, Macmillan
2003 Jennifer Donnelly, A Gathering Light, Bloomsbury Children's Books
2002 Sharon Creech, Ruby Holler, Bloomsbury Children's Books
2001 Terry Pratchett, The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, Doubleday
2000 Beverley Naidoo, The Other Side of Truth, Puffin
1999 Aidan Chambers, Postcards From No Man's Land, Bodley Head
1998 David Almond, Skellig, Hodder Children's Books
1997 Tim Bowler, River Boy, OUP
1996 Melvin Burgess, Junk, Andersen Press
1995 Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials: Book 1 Northern Lights, Scholastic
1994 Theresa Breslin, Whispers in the Graveyard, Methuen
1993 Robert Swindells, Stone Cold, H Hamilton
1992 Anne Fine, Flour Babies, H Hamilton
1991 Berlie Doherty, Dear Nobody, H Hamilton
1990 Gillian Cross, Wolf, OUP
1989 Anne Fine, Goggle-eyes, H Hamilton
1988 Geraldine McCaughrean, A Pack of Lies, OUP
1987 Susan Price, The Ghost Drum, Faber
1986 Berlie Doherty, Granny was a Buffer Girl, Methuen
1985 Kevin Crossley-Holland, Storm, Heinemann
1984 Margaret Mahy, The Changeover, Dent
1983 Jan Mark, Handles, Kestrel
1982 Margaret Mahy, The Haunting, Dent
1981 Robert Westall, The Scarecrows, Chatto & Windus
1980 Peter Dickinson, City of Gold, Gollancz
1979 Peter Dickinson, Tulku, Gollancz
1978 David Rees, The Exeter Blitz, H Hamilton
1977 Gene Kemp, The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler, Faber
1976 Jan Mark, Thunder and Lightnings, Kestrel
1975 Robert Westall, The Machine Gunners, Macmillan
1974 Mollie Hunter, The Stronghold, H Hamilton
1973 Penelope Lively, The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, Heinemann
1972 Richard Adams, Watership Down, Rex Collings
1971 Ivan Southall, Josh, Angus & Robertson
1970 Leon Garfield & Edward Blishen, The God Beneath the Sea, Longman
1969 Kathleen Peyton, The Edge of the Cloud, OUP
1968 Rosemary Harris, The Moon in the Cloud, Faber
1967 Alan Garner, The Owl Service, Collins
1966 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1965 Philip Turner, The Grange at High Force, OUP
1964 Sheena Porter, Nordy Bank, OUP
1963 Hester Burton, Time of Trial, OUP
1962 Pauline Clarke, The Twelve and the Genii, Faber
1961 Lucy M Boston, A Stranger at Green Knowe, Faber
1960 Dr I W Cornwall, The Making of Man, Phoenix House
1959 Rosemary Sutcliff, The Lantern Bearers, OUP
1958 Philippa Pearce, Tom's Midnight Garden, OUP
1957 William Mayne, A Grass Rope, OUP
1956 C S Lewis, The Last Battle, Bodley Head
1955 Eleanor Farjeon, The Little Bookroom, OUP
1954 Ronald Welch (Felton Ronald Oliver), Knight Crusader, OUP
1953 Edward Osmond, A Valley Grows Up, OUP
1952 Mary Norton, The Borrowers, Dent
1951 Cynthia Harnett, The Woolpack, Methuen
1950 Elfrida Vipont Foulds, The Lark on the Wing, OUP
1949 Agnes Allen, The Story of Your Home, Faber
1948 Richard Armstrong, Sea Change, Dent
1947 Walter De La Mare, Collected Stories for Children, Faber
1946 Elizabeth Goudge, The Little White Horse, University of London Press
1945 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1944 Eric Linklater, The Wind on the Moon, Macmillan
1943 Prize withheld as no book considered suitable
1942 'BB' (D J Watkins-Pitchford), The Little Grey Men, Eyre & Spottiswoode
1941 Mary Treadgold, We Couldn't Leave Dinah, Cape
1940 Kitty Barne, Visitors from London, Dent
1939 Eleanor Doorly, Radium Woman, Heinemann
1938 Noel Streatfeild, The Circus is Coming, Dent
1937 Eve Garnett, The Family from One End Street, Muller
1936 Arthur Ransome, Pigeon Post, Cape

Tegan Tue 18-Jun-13 20:01:53

Tom's Midnight Garden and The Borrowers. Read them both as an adult and still love them. Was this the award that made that almost made Michael Morpurgo give up writing because War Horse didn't win and he though he wasn't any good as a writer sad? Was surprised to read that Neil Gaiman wrote Coraline, because I didn't like that at all [although I've only seen it as a film]. I met Berlie Doherty many years ago [gosh; not many people have won it twice] and I loved Penelope Lively books, both adult and childrens ones.

Maggiemaybe Tue 18-Jun-13 20:22:38

I've heard of quite a lot but am surprised how few I've read, even amongst the ones that won when my children were young. I loved The Borrowers too, Tegan, but my favourite is The Family From One End Street. Apparently it beat The Hobbit to the prize in 1937. It was unusual for the time in that it was about a common or garden working class family. I read the two other books in the series as a child and might just dig them out again now and refresh my memories. Robert Swindells and Anne Fine visited the school where I worked, probably in the years they won the prize, and they were both very down to earth and great with the children.

I wonder what went wrong in those years when "no book was considered suitable" - writer's block?

numberplease Tue 18-Jun-13 21:05:57

I thought I read a lot as a child, but ashamed to say, I haven`t read any of those.

merlotgran Tue 18-Jun-13 21:17:54

I loved Mary Treadgold's We Couldn't Leave Dinah. My granddaughters have read it and although the prose is very old fashioned they could totally get why I liked it so much.

Deedaa Tue 18-Jun-13 21:22:46

The Family From One End Street was one of my favourites as a child Maggiemaybe and I still think it's as good a description of ordinary family life as anything written today.

The Borrowers, Pigeon Post and The Little White Horse were all wonderful too.

annodomini Tue 18-Jun-13 22:05:19

I was pleased to see Eric Linklater's The Wind on the Moon in the list of Carnegie winners. My dad used to read it to my sister and me. It was a huge favourite - I think that at one time we knew it by heart.

Ella46 Tue 18-Jun-13 22:15:20

The Little White Horse is one of my favourite books, and I've still got a copy on my bookshelf.

TwiceAsNice Tue 18-Jun-13 22:23:57

I loved Watership Down and it made me cry. I didn't,t realise it won the year I got married 1972. My youngest daughter loved all of Anne Fine,s books and The Flour Babies was a particular favourite and Iread it as we'll. It was a great message for children to absorb.

TwiceAsNice Tue 18-Jun-13 22:24:40

Sorry it should have been well not we,ll

Ana Tue 18-Jun-13 22:25:19

The Owl Service! I loved that book - re-read it a few years ago and it still has the same power to enthrall.

grumppa Tue 18-Jun-13 23:07:11

Loved Pigeon Post (and the eleven other Ransome novels), The Wind on the Moon, The Woolpack (and Ring Out Bow Bells), and Knight Crusader (and The Gauntlet). I didn't read The Lantern Bearers until quite recently, although I devoured Rosemary Sutcliff's other novels, starting with The Eagle of the Ninth.

If I hadn't read The Woolpack I would probably not have chosen Northleach for a weekend break a few years ago.

But plenty on the list that I never did read.

coastwallker Wed 19-Jun-13 07:51:02

What an interesting list. I have read quite a few. My favourite is The Little Grey Men. I didn't find it as a child but read it to my children every night over one summer and we were all entranced by it
Flour Babies is a classic and recently I had a go at Northern Lights which I loved in spite of not really liking fantasy books.

Bags Wed 19-Jun-13 08:08:11

Wonderful list. Many I remember but there are plenty I haven't read. Now I shall. It's just what I needed.

Nonny Wed 19-Jun-13 08:28:58

I was just looking for Cynthia Harnett books on Amazon then looked at this Forum. The list brought back many happy memories of summers curled up with a book and my mother trying to get me to go out to play! I haven't read them all but will certainly be trying to correct that now.

j08 Wed 19-Jun-13 08:58:57

Counted eleven of them that I've read, but none as a child! Came late to Rosemary Sutcliffe, Kevin Crossley-Holland and Phillip Reeve. Discovered Anne Fine, Robert Westall and Robert Swindells through my children.

Great thing about being a parent is that it takes you into the children's section of Waterstones.

Lovely list. Will investigate some more. Thank you Geraldine.

Why is n' t Wind in the Willows in there?! And White Boots?

FlicketyB Wed 19-Jun-13 11:20:44

Read 9 and recognise the titles of another 12. My children may have had them or they were much talked about.

I still read Tom's Midnight Garden and cannot wait to introduce it to my DGD. I also love/loved and read almost everything Arthur Ransome and Noel Streatfeild wrote. If I had not read Swallows and Amazons I might never have met DH. I read the book at about 10 and after that all I wanted to do sail. As a result as soon as I got to university I joined the sailing club and there met, and many years later, married DH.

Lilygran Wed 19-Jun-13 11:43:38

Oh, yes! Noel Streatfeild, but Ballet Shoes was my favourite. The Walter de la Mare stories I read and re-read. Children's books were in short supply when I was little and it was pot-luck what was handed down or lying around various houses so I didn't read some of these until I was choosing books for classes. Peter Dickinson, Alan Garner, Rosemary Sutcliff, Lucy M Boston... I think I'll have to raid my DGS bookshelves where my books, their mother's books and their father's books seem to have ended up.

janerowena Wed 19-Jun-13 12:22:46

I have read many of them - I was a real bookworm and so were my children, so it's only in the last few years, now that my son reads adult fiction, that I have not had my fix of good childrens' stories, and, like their films, I miss them. I couldn't believe that I had forgotten the Green Knowe stories though, I loved them. I also loved The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and John Masefield's The Box of Delights and The Midnight Folk.

Ariadne Wed 19-Jun-13 12:43:36

I have read a lot of these, partly because I was, and am, an omnivorous reader, but also because I cam across many of them in my career as an English teacher, had to read them and liked them.

It was a Y9 boy who introduced me to Phillip Pullman; I always asked my students to tell me what they were reading, and he bought the book in ad wanted me to read it, so I had to! And was so glad I did.

annodomini Wed 19-Jun-13 12:48:12

I missed some of these because I had free run of my parents' bookcase from the age of about 11 when I abandoned Swallows and Amazons for 'ripping yarns' by John Buchan and Hammond Innes; the Regency romances of Georgette Heyer; and of course Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers' detective stories. Since then I have never looked back, though I must say I thoroughly enjoyed Philip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy.

Maggiemaybe Wed 19-Jun-13 16:15:17

The Box of Delights was adapted as a TV serial some time mid to late 1980s, janerowena. I remember cuddling up with my children on the sofa to watch it one December. Very Christmassy, very atmospheric.

Deedaa Wed 19-Jun-13 17:29:28

I've got The Box of Delights on DVD and I remember hearing it serialised on the radio many years ago. Required viewing for Christmas!

I ploughed through His Dark Materials but can't say I enjoyed it. I'm not sure why, the concept was something that really appealed to me but I just didn't like any of the characters. Well I did like the American whose daemon was the hare, but everyone else seemed very unpleasant.

Bags Sun 23-Jun-13 09:42:45

maggiemaybe, I treasure that memory too smile

Yesterday my 1p copy of The Radium Woman (1939 – Eleanor Doorly) arrived. It's a wonderful book. If anyone would like to borrow it when I've finished, just let me know. I rather hope DD3 will read it too.

Hunt Sun 23-Jun-13 10:16:25

In the cildrens' library and selecting a book by Rosemary Sutcliffe ( ostensibly for my children to read) I said to Miss Pitman, the library dragon, '' How did I manage to miss Rosemary Sutcliffe ,I was such an avid reader when a child?'' She looked at me over the top of her glasses and said,'' Well, dear, they weren't written when you were young!'' I still enjoy Rosemary Sutcliffe and recently put one that I had missed on my kindle. By the way , my tally from the list was nine.