The God Beneath the Sea

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1970

The God Beneath the Sea

by Leon Garfield and Edward Blishen

illustrated by Charles Keeping

Age: 12+

Interests: Greek myths More

The Graveyard Book

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2009

CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 2010

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman

Age: 10+

Interests: ghosts, ghouls, violence, orphans, monsters, adopted family, adventure

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Haunted House

Haunted House

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER -1979

Haunted House

By Jan Pienkowski

Age: 2+

Interests: pop-up books, Hallowe’en, spooky stuff, monsters

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A Monster Calls

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GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 2012

CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 2012

A Monster Calls

text by Patrick Ness, from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd

illustrated by Jim Kay

Age: 12+

Interests: illness, death, grieving, monsters, nightmares

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D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths

D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths

by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

New York Review Children’s Collection, 1967

155 pp.

age: 7

interests: mythology, magic, Scandinavia, Norse myths, gods, monsters, dragons, creation myths, war

also by these author/illustrators: Foxy, d’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths, d’Aulaires’ Book of Trolls, Abraham Lincoln

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Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1982

Sleeping Beauty and Other Favourite Fairy Tales

Angela Carter, translation

Michael Foreman, illustrations

Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1982

128 pp. – 12 stories

Age: 7 +

Interests: fairy tales, adventure, magic, princesses, princes, castles, ogres

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Where the Wild Things Are

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1964

Where the Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendak

Harper Collins, 1963

40 pp.

Age: 3+

Interests: monsters, bad behavior, adventure, travel, boats

Also by this author: Outside Over There, In the Night Kitchen, Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life

Note: The 2009 movie Where the Wild Things Are is quite brilliant but is not aimed at the same preschool audience as the book! Moving, complex, gorgeous and frightening – definitely more for grownups than youngsters.

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Golem

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1997

Golem

by David Wisniewski

Clarion Books, 1996

30 pp.

Age: 7+

Interests: history, religion, Jewish folklore, giants, magic, horror

Next: there is a famous silent movie about this legend, The Golem (1920) by Paul Wegener

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The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo

by Julia Donaldson

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

London: Macmillan, 1999

26 pp.

Age: 3+

Interests: mice, monsters, animals, underdog stories

Also by this author and illustrator: The Gruffalo’s Child

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