The CILIP Carnegie Medal and The Shakespearean Shadowers

The CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK’s oldest and best-loved children’s book awards, recognising outstanding reading experiences created through writing and illustration in books for children and young people.

The Medals are, uniquely, judged and awarded by children’s librarians. The Carnegie for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people, and the Kate Greenaway for an illustrated book, judged outstanding, for children and young people.

The stellar cast of past winners includes Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman, Noel Streatfeild, Sally Gardner and Elizabeth Acevedo for the Carnegie; and Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes, Janet Ahlberg, and Children’s Laureates Quentin Blake, Anthony Browne, Chris Riddell and Lauren Child for the Kate Greenaway.

Shadowing gives children and young people a chance to look at the books in greater depth in an atmosphere more like a book club than a classroom, where all their opinions and thoughts are valid. The activities, challenges and review areas on the website really give them a chance to get involved with the books on a different level.

Students will need to choose one book to champion and then debate with the group. At the end of the process each group chooses their favourite and puts it forward to go into the vote for ‘The Shadowers’ Choice’ – will our group’s favourite win? Watch this space…

The Awards mission is: To inspire and empower the next generation to create a better world through books and reading.

About the Awards – The CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards (

I am currently reading ‘Echo Mountain’ by Lauren from the Shortlist. I’m really enjoying this atmospheric book set during the Great Depression era, which has a real focus on the beauty and help that nature can bring to those living amongst it, but also the dangers.

Published by shakespeareslibrarian

A school librarian for nearly 5 years now. I took a meandering path to get here, but every day I discover afresh just how wonderful this job is! Another awesome discovery is the supportive, enthusiastic and kind world of authors, publishers and other librarians online and on social media. "That book was brilliant, do you have another one like it Miss" is my favourite phrase to hear.

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