Bookish News (#60)

Bookish and Blogish news is my weekly wrap up of the news around the YA industry and my blog this week. This includes cover reveals, new book announcements, new author sign ups, book trailers, blog tours and more. I hope you enjoy! 

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Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Award Shortlist 


The shortlist was announced this week for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards and I am intrigued. Many of the books on the longlist were amazing and I had convinced myself that a fair few of them would appear on the shortlist yet they aren’t there. I have actually only read two of the books on the Carnegie shortlist and none on the Kate Greenaway list but I have heard good things about many of the ones I haven’t read (*indicates read). 

The Carnegie shortlist includes:

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry (Templar)
*The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks (Puffin)*
*The Child’s Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston (David Fickling Books)*
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper (Bodley Head)
Blood Family by Anne Fine (Doubleday)
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (Faber & Faber)
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead (Andersen Press)
The Wall by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury)
The Kate Greenaway shortlist includes:

The Paper Dolls by Rebecca Cobb (illustrator) and Julia Donaldson (author) (Macmillan Children’s Books)

Where My Wellies Take Me by Olivia Gill (illustrator) and Michael Morpurgo and Clare Morpurgo (authors) (Templar)

The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers (illustrator) and Drew Daywalt (author) (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen (Walker Books)

The Dark by Jon Klassen (illustrator) and Lemony Snicket (author) (Orchard Books)

Mouse, Bird, Snake, Wolf by Dave McKean (illustrator) and David Almond (author) (Walker Books)

Oliver by Birgitta Sif (Walker Books)
The winners of the awards will be announced at a lunchtime ceremony at the Unicorn Theatre in London on June 23rd. This year, for the first time, the event will be live streamed. 


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New Harry Potter covers


This week Bloomsbury released this fantastic image showing the new ‘children’s cover’ for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I’ve got to say I absolutely adore it and can’t wait to see the rest of the covers when they are published in September. The books have been redesigned by award-winning illustrator Jonny Duddle and will feature links to the online platform Pottermore to give children a more digital experience while reading. I’m not quite sure what this means and I will be interested to see what difference it makes from the other editions out there. 
The press release from the lovely folk at Bloomsbury also indicated that more exciting Potter-news will be coming following The London Book Fair in April and let us know that the full colour illustrated editions, with drawings by the incredible Jim Kay, will start publishing in 2015. Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone will publish in September of that year, with one book a year following on from that. 
I cannot wait for the fully illustrated colour editons!! Eeee! 


  • I was a bit disappointed in the Carneige list if I’m honest. Very excited about the HP news though- I cant wait for the illustrated editions, though these are adorable too!