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Following on from an amazing set of winners in 2019, it's your chance to put forward nominations for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals

Every member of CILIP has the chance to nominate one title per medal, and you can find the nomination forms on the main Carnegie & Kate Greenaway website. You have from 13th September until 27th September to get your favourite titles submitted.

Remember, only books that are nominated during this time will be eligible to win, so make sure you get those nominations in without delay!

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 World Book Night, 23 April 2020.


Past Winners


2019                       Mélanie McGilloway

2018                       Kevin Sheehan

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 21 February 2020. A longlist of successful nominees will be announced on 5 March 2020, as part of World Book Day celebrations. 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 

Are you passionate about children's books and reading? Have you considered becoming a judge for the country's oldest children's book awards? Many past judges describe the experience as being the highlight of their careers.

We are re-advertising for 2021-22 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway judges in the following YLG Regions: North East, South West and Yorkshire & Humber.

Experience of working with children and children’s books is key - as is the capacity to participate fully in judging and wider award processes. Candidates should hold current CILIP membership and be prepared to join CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group (YLG) if not already a member.

Invitation for BAME library workers to join the judging panel

Alongside these regional vacancies, CILIP is opening applications across all regions for library workers (both members and non-members) from BAME backgrounds to join the 2021-22 judging panel.

CILIP is committed to championing diversity, inclusion and representation across all areas of its work.  In response to industry-wide research on the importance of representation and inclusion, including BookTrust Represents, CLPE’s Reflecting Realities report and CILIP’s own diversity review of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards, we are opening applications to the judging panel to non-CILIP members from BAME backgrounds.

You can find out more about these opportunities here.

Becoming a judge offers great opportunities for CPD including:

• Networking with authors, illustrators, publishers and library professionals
• Training and support delivered by experts in writing and illustration
• Free books delivered to your door.

Submit your application by Wednesday 11 September at 5pm.

Follow this link to find out more, apply and download the CKG judge job description.

If you have any questions please contact the YLG Chair at

Plus you can find out  more in our free Webinar on becoming a CKG judge at

The winners of CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 2019 have been revealed and it is the first time in the Medals history that both winning titles have been written in verse. Alison Brumwell, Chair of the judging panel for 2019, said: “2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The right to an education and to be able to read are fundamentals. We know how much power a book holds between its covers. This year’s two Medals winners are a case in point, each offering a rich, layered reading experience and an enduring power to inspire.

“Carnegie Medal winner The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo offers a searing, unflinching exploration of culture, family and faith within a truly innovative verse structure. We follow the emotional odyssey of its heroine, Xiomara, as she rails, cries, laughs, loves, prays, writes, raps and, ultimately, offers hope. Xiomara comes to life on every page and shows the reader how girls and women can learn to inhabit, and love, their own skin. This is a powerful novel on every level:  its vivid evocation of a Harlem neighbourhood, the challenges, disappointments and often misdirected love of motherhood and intimate glimpses of a young woman’s interior life are laid bare for the reader. The novel’s inventive use of language celebrates life and Dominican heritage.

“In Kate Greenaway winner The Lost Words, illustrated by Jackie Morris, life cycles of the natural world are celebrated in vivid detail. Every tiny movement and variegated fleck of colour is rendered exquisitely and gives vibrance to author Robert Macfarlane’s spells. The illustrations test our acuity and make us all think on a much deeper level about scale, colour and proportion; also, about representations of loss and absence. We are invited to “read” on more than one level and to reflect upon a world in which change can mean irreparable loss, impoverishing both language and the environment. This is an astonishing book, which deserves the highest accolades.”

Find out more about both medal winners and also which books won the new Shadowers’ Choice Award by reading the full press release here.

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