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Little Island scores hat-trick in Carnegie

Little Island have picked up three nominations for the Yoto-Carnegie Medal

Little Island Books have scored a hat-trick of nominations for the most prestigious children’s/YA book award in the world—the Yoto–Carnegie Medal.

In 2020 the Carnegie was opened to Irish books for the first time, with Little Island receiving Ireland’s first-ever nomination with The Gone Book by Helena Close.

This was followed in 2021 with another nomination for Savage Her Reply, by Deirdre Sullivan.

Now, in the third year that Irish books qualify for the award, the only Irish publisher to ever receive a Carnegie nomination has three books on the list:

Baby Teeth by Meg Grehan

Things I Know by Helena Close

The Eternal Return of Clara Hart by Louise Finch

The Carnegie is an award judged by experts who look only for one thing: excellence. Little Island’s three-year run, culminating in this triple-nomination, demonstrates that when international audiences open their minds to Irish books they discover a trove of great writing that is a match for anything coming out of larger UK houses – and it shows Irish authors that publishing at home need be no impediment to international success.
As always we’re grateful for the support of the Arts Council, who allow us to publish the best writers and help them find their audiences in Ireland and internationally.

Little Island Publisher Matthew Parkinson-Bennett