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*Due to COVID-19 restrictions CHANGE OF DATE 20-22nd Nov*

The next YLG Conference, 'In the Frame: Putting Readers in the Picture', will take place from 20-22nd November 2020, at The Imperial Hotel, Torquay. We're delighted to be in partnership for this with Nosy Crow and the National Trust as our headline sponsors. 

Both sponsors were motivated by the desire to ‘give something back’ to a beleaguered profession in the current climate of austerity; so, as well as the financial support to keep prices as low as possible (prices are now frozen at 2018 levels), the first 100 delegates to book will be given National Trust Family Passes (worth £30). Nosy Crow will also gift delegates the forthcoming hardback poetry anthology published in collaboration with the National Trust; Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright! An Animal Poem for Every Day of the Year, collated by Fiona Waters with stunning artwork by Britta Teckentrup, inspires the conference branding and the themed Gala dinner.

Delegates will be offered the opportunity to find out more about Greenway and organisers have seized the opportunity to stage a Murder Mystery Dinner in honour of the Christie connection. They are delighted that no less than celebrated detective author, Robin Stevens, will be devising the mystery! This should be one of the social highlights of the weekend which traditionally also includes the opportunity for grass roots members to have their own celebration with the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal winners. The Youth Libraries Group, of course, provides the judges for the prestigious medals each year.

Other confirmed highlights of a packed programme include Michael Morpurgo, discussing the impact of film and theatre adaptations of his books on his readers; Prof. Morag Styles exploring visual storytelling and young readers; Dr Wendy Meddour on her research on vulnerable children and the power of picture books; and James Mayhew reflecting on two years of posting a Twitter #BookIllustrationOfTheDay. Johan Palmberg, great grandchild of Astrid Lindgren, will be reporting on the 75th anniversary of Pippi Longstocking. Other significant anniversaries to be celebrated with delegates include the 80th anniversary of Puffin, the 40th of Walker Books and the 20th of Chicken House.

Full programme details are available to view here. A press release is attached.

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Today (Thursday 19th March 2020), the eight-strong shortlists for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the UK’s oldest book awards for children and young people, are revealed! Selected by volunteer Youth Librarians from longlists of 20 books per Medal, these titles reflect the very best in children’s writing and illustration published in the UK.

With books promoting environmentalism, acceptance, kindness and bravery, the Awards’ mission ‘to inspire and empower the next generation to shape a better world through books and reading’ is mirrored across this year’s list.

Three debut offerings feature on the 2020 list: Dean Atta is shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal with The Black Flamingo while author and illustrator Beth Waters (Child of St Kilda) is in the running for the Kate Greenaway Medal alongside 2013 winner Levi Pinfold (The Dam). A translated book has been shortlisted for the first time in Carnegie Medal history with the inclusion of Lampie, a debut novel written originally in Dutch by Annet Schaap and translated by Laura Watkinson.

The 2020 shortlists are as follows:

2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal shortlist (alphabetical by author surname):

  1. The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, illustrated by Anshika Khullar (Hachette Children’s Group)
  2. Nowhere on Earth by Nick Lake (Hachette Children’s Group)
  3. Lark by Anthony McGowan (Barrington Stoke)
  4. Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay (Little Tiger)
  5. Lampie written and illustratedby Annet Schaap and translated by Laura Watkinson (Pushkin Children’s Books)
  6. Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black by Marcus Sedgwick and Julian Sedgwick, illustrated by Alexis Deacon (Walker Books)
  7. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (Walker Books)
  8. Girl. Boy. Sea. by Chris Vick (Head of Zeus)

2020 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal shortlist (alphabetical by illustrator surname):

  1. You’re Snug with Me illustrated by Poonam Mistry and written by Chitra Soundar (Lantana Publishing)
  2. The Iron Man illustrated by Chris Mould and written by Ted Hughes (Faber & Faber)
  3. The Suitcase written and illustrated by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros (Nosy Crow)
  4. The Undefeated illustrated by Kadir Nelson and written by Kwame Alexander(Andersen Press)
  5. The Dam illustrated by Levi Pinfold and written by David Almond (Walker Books)
  6. Mary and Frankenstein illustrated by Júlia Sardà and written by Linda Bailey (Andersen Press)
  7. Tales from the Inner City written and illustrated by Shaun Tan (Walker Books)
  8. Child of St Kilda written and illustrated by Beth Waters (Child’s Play)

The winners of each medal will be announced on Wednesday 17th June 2020. For more information visit the Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals website.

Youth Libraries Group Wales has an exciting opportunity to announce. We are looking for two enthusiastic and dedicated persons to become Chair Elect & Treasurer. We are an energetic and lively group and it is a great opportunity to network and a brilliant way to develop professionally. 

To find out more information and how to apply click here. The deadline is 30th May 2020.

The Chair Elect for the judging panel (2021), and Chair of Judges (2022) post is now open to applications.  These will close 13 March.  The position is open to all members of the Youth Libraries Group and to apply candidates should submit their CILIP membership number, CV and a statement matching their skills and experiences to the person specification (not exceeding 1000 words) to   

It's one of our favourite times of the year - the announcement of the longlists for the Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals! With 40 books nominated over the two awards, this showcases the astonishing written and illustrated literature that our judges were lucky enough to be able read.

You can view a full list of the longlisted titles here.

The shortlists will be revealed on Thursday 19th March, with the overall winner being announced on Wednesday 17th June. Good luck to everyone who has made it this far, and thank you to our amazing panel of judges for their time and effort in helping to create these longlists!



The Klaus Flugge Bursary was instituted in 2018, with the generous support of Andersen Press. Named after its founder, and notable publisher, the Klaus Flugge Bursary is intended to support and promote CPD opportunities for an outstanding applicant in the field of children’s and young people’s librarianship. The bursary winner receives a full residential place at the annual Youth Libraries Group conference. This allows opportunities for networking with colleagues, sharing good practice and becoming more actively involved as a library and information professional within YLG.


Applications for the 2020 Klaus Flugge Bursary are now being accepted. All applications should include current post and full contact details, including social media handles where applicable, outlining in no more than 300 words how a paid YLG conference place would be of professional benefit.  The Klaus Flugge Bursary winner will be required to write a blog about their 2020 conference experience for the YLG website.


All applications should be emailed to by the deadline of 27 March 2020. The winner will be announced on Friday 15th May (revised date).


Past Winners


2019                       Mélanie McGilloway

2018                       Kevin Sheehan

*Please note change of dates for shortlist announcement*

The YLG Award was instituted in 2018, with generous support from the Enid Blyton Entertainment. It is administered by the Youth Libraries Group, to recognise innovation and dedication by a staff member working with children and young people in a public library setting.

Nominations for the 2020 award are now open and should be made by colleagues or peers, outlining why the nominee would make a contender for the YLG Award. Judges will be looking for innovation in terms of service development, partnership working, reach and promotions for children and young people.

Initial nomination statements should be directed to by Friday 27th March 2020. A longlist of successful nominees will be announced on Friday 15th May 2020 (revised date). Longlisted candidates will be notified and asked for additional details in order to complete the award process.

The three shortlisted candidates will be announced on 14 June 2020 and will each receive a fully funded delegate place at the 2020 Youth Libraries Group Conference, 18-20 September 2020. The overall winner will be announced after the Gala dinner on 19 September 2020.

Judges for the 2020 YLG Award include:

Alex O’Connell – Arts Editor, The Times (TBC)

Joseph Coelho – Award-winning poet and author

Olivia Barnden – Librarian and winner of the 2019 YLG Youth Librarian Award


To learn more about the past winners of the YLG Award, click here 

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