We are thrilled about yesterday’s announcement that both Tidy by Emily Gravett and There Is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith have been shortlisted for the 60th CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal – the most prestigious prize in the UK for illustration in a children’s book.

Voted for by librarians, it is named after the popular and highly influential nineteenth century artist known for her fine children's illustrations and designs, and previous winners include Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes, former Children's Laureates Quentin Blake and Anthony Browne, and current Children's Laureate Chris Riddell.
We’re really proud of all our talented illustrators and couldn’t be more pleased that two out of the eight books on the shortlist are from Two Hoots. The winner will be announced in June and the paperbacks of both books will be in the shops from the 23rd March.
Emily has been working with Two Hoots publisher Suzanne Carnell since her first book Wolves in 2005 (which won her both the Macmillan Prize and the Kate Greenaway Medal) and she has been shortlisted a whopping seven times since her debut, with two wins. It is a complete and utter delight to know that Emily’s latest work has captured the imaginations of children and librarians alike just as much as her very first book did over a decade ago.

There Is a Tribe of Kids is unlike any other picture book – it’s a playful celebration of the natural world, the joy of childhood and collective nouns all at once, which Suzanne fell in love with as soon as she read it at Bologna Book Fair. Lane Smith is already a renowned artist having won the Caldecott Medal and it’s terrific to know that his first Two Hoots book is being recognized by one of the most prestigious awards in the UK.

Next week marks one full year since Two Hoots began publishing and having these two titles on the Kate Greenaway shortlist, plus Bethan Woollvin’s Little Red on the Klaus Flugge Prize longlist, all feels like an excellent first birthday present.