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CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards

The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals are the UK's oldest children's book awards. The medals are awarded annually by youth librarians. Our school and library shadowing scheme engages thousands of children and young people in reading the books on the shortlist every year. The Amnesty CILIP Honour is awarded annually to one book from each shortlist which best illuminate our human rights.

CILIP Carnegie Medal

The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. It was established by in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Carnegie was a self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA. His experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that "if ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries." Since 2016, the winner of the Carneigie Medal has also been awarded a £5000 Colin Mears Award. Previous winners include, Arthur Ransome, C.S. Lewis, Margaret Mahy, Terry Pratchett, Philip Pullman and Patrick Ness. 

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. It was established in 1955 and is named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her fine children's illustrations and designs. Since 2000, the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal has also been awarded the £5000 Colin Mears Award. Colin Mears, a Worthing based accountant and children's book collector, left a bequest providing every Greenaway winner with a cash award as well as the coveted Medal. Previous winners include Raymond Briggs, Helen Oxenbury, Shirley Hughes, Lauren Child, Chris Riddell, Anthony Browne, Quentin Blake and Emily Gravett.

The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Shadowing Scheme

The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Shadowing Scheme is administered by librarians and brings thousands of young people in schools, public libraries and other reading environments together to form book groups to read and discuss the shortlisted titles and engage in creative and educational activity in groups and online.

A two-year Open University study, commissioned in association with the Carnegie UK Trust has shown that the shadowing scheme is an excellent way to encourage reading for pleasure in young people and highlights the unique role that librarians play.

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