The recipients of the UK's most prestigious children's book awards were announced today.
The winner of the 2011 Kate Greenaway Medal, awarded for outstanding illustration, is Grahame Baker-Smith for FArTHER. Baker-Smith's previous book was shortlisted for the same award in 2010.
The winner of the 2011 Carnegie Medal, awarded for outstanding writing, is Patrick Ness for Monsters of Men. This winning novel is the final title in a young adult trilogy titled Chaos Walking. The previous two books in the series were both shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal as well (2009 and 2010) which is the first time that all books in a series have been contenders for the award. Ness used his acceptance speech as an opportunity to speak out against the closures of libraries.
The medals are awarded by CILIP - Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
Visit the official awards website.
For extensive news coverage read the following articles in The Guardian:
Patrick Ness slams library cuts - An edited version of his acceptance speech