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A new Shadower's Choice Award for Carnegie Medal announced!

21st Jan 19

A new award will be joining the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal this year, the Shadowers' Choice Award, which will be announced alongside the two Medal winners in June 2019. The new award will be voted for and awarded by the children and young people who shadow the Medals.

The award for shadowers has evolved out of CILIP's recent Diversity Review, and gives recognition to the young people involved in the Medals through the shadowing scheme by giving them "a more significant voice and visible presence" in the process and prize giving, said the organisers.

Chair of the 2019 Judges, Alison Brumwell, added, "I look forward to discovering who will be the recipients of the inaugural Shadowers' Choice Awards, which give a voice to the thousands of children and young people who take part in the shadowing initiative every year, and whose commitment, insights and opinions we truly value."

Another major addition to this year's Medals is the introduction of an equality, diversity and inclusion advisory panel, who will work alongside this year's judges to help ensure diversity and inclusion are embedded throughout the Awards.

The key dates for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have also been announced:

Tuesday 19th February 2019 - Longlist announcement
The 20-strong longlists for the Carnegie (writing) and Kate Greenaway (illustration) Medals will be revealed

Tuesday 19th March 2019 - Shortlist announcement
The shortlists of six to eight titles for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals will be revealed

Tuesday 18th June 2019 - Winner announcement
The Medal and Shadower's Choice Award winners will be announced at British Library Ceremony, hosted by Konnie Huq

The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest children's book awards and are, uniquely, judged by librarians. This year saw a record 254 nominations across both Medals: the Carnegie Medal awarded for outstanding writing, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for outstanding illustration.

Nominated titles this year include poetry, short fiction, novellas and narrative non-fiction, as well as middle-grade and YA fiction from new voices and established writers and illustrators. Brumwell also reported a "banner year" for small publishers and translated works.

Amnesty International UK continues to support the Medals in partnership with CILIP. From 2016-2018, Amnesty International awarded the Amnesty CILIP Honour commendation to one book on each Medal shortlist that most distinctively illuminated, upheld or celebrated human rights.

From 2019 onwards, rather than awarding the Honour commendation, Amnesty will continue to create human rights-based materials for all the shortlisted books to aid reflection and discussion in classrooms and libraries.

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