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Enjoying books is, for most young children, an essential part of childhood. But what if you can't see? Tactile image books are the solution for blind or partially sighted children, as every picture is designed to be explored by touch. Imagine putting out your hand to a page and actually feeling the rough bricks of a wall, the hairy nose of a camel, the slimy squish of a slug! These incredible books aren't commercially produced, but made by creative people from every walk of life. Just as conventional picture books have their prestigious competitions, such as the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal award, tactile illustration has the Typhlo and Tactus International Tactile Book Competition to encourage tactile book creation across the globe. This year is its 20th anniversary. Judging will take place in Brussels in October 2019, with a prize of 1000 Euros for the winning entry.

Each participating country can submit up to five books to the international contest. The UK shortlisting round will take place in September 2019 and is being organised by the ClearVision Project, a children's braille library. The UK judges will include children and adults who have a visual impairment, tactile image experts and illustrator Rod Campbell, author of immensely popular children's picture books including everyone’s favourite Dear Zoo. The Youth Libraries Group are delighted to be involved with the running of a series of workshops to be held across the United Kingdom which will offer advice on the creation and use of tactile books.  Details of these and a series of videos offering similar guidance and advice, created with support from the University of Central Lancashire, will be added to the Clearvision Project website.

The deadline for UK entries is 16th August 2019. For more information, guidance and an entry form, vist the ClearVision website. 


The Youth Libraries Group are delighted to announce thanks to the generosity of honorary member and champion of the group, Klaus Flugge from Andersen Press, we will be offering a bursary to attend the joint Youth Libraries Group and School Library Association Weekend Course. The 2019 weekend course will be held at the Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham. It will run from 21 to 23 June and is titled Building Identity, Building Readers.

To apply for this bursary, please e-mail providing your name, profession and also outlining a short statement not exceeding 300 words of how you would benefit from attending conference and the ways you intend to use and share the learning. Applicants should be a member of the Youth Libraries Group. The successful applicant will be expected to write a blog article for the group on their weekend course experiences and learning. Applicants are able to include their Twitter handles or Instagram usernames when applying and posts about conference using the hashtag #BuildingIdentity will be viewed favourably in support of applications.

The bursary will cover the cost for a residential place at the #BuildingIdentity Weekend Course 2019, and will also cover travel booked standard class travel booked at least 4 weeks in advance in the UK mainland. The deadline for applications is 22 February 2019. The successful applicant will be notified on World Book Day, 7 March. For further details or enquiries please contact the YLG Chair



Now in it's second year, this annual award administered by the Youth Libraries Group & supported by the Enid Blyton Estate recognises the innovation and dedication by a staff member working with children and young people in a public library setting.

To nominate for the Youth Libraries Group Award please provide us with an overview of the following:

-  Summary of the library/area - who it serves, size, opening hours etc

-  Brief career history with examples of recent (within last 2 years) activities or projects

-  A photograph and your Twitter handle and/or authority’s handle

The deadline for applications is 22nd February 2019. A shortlist of three librarians will be selected. These will receive a fully funded place at the YLG/SLA weekend course 2019 (21st - 23rd June). The winner will be announced on June 22nd. Please send all nominations & any enquiries to the YLG Chair  

The Youth Libraries Group is undergoing an exciting period of change and refocusing. This makes it an excellent time to engage with the National and Regional committees. The Wales branch require a Chair Elect and also enthusiastic committee members with immediate effect. 

The Chair Elect role will shadow the Chair with an understanding to moving into the Chair position after a period of training. The post is well suited to members that are qualifying, chartering or looking to further their professional awareness and development.

A brief statement outlining why you would like to take on this role should be sent to the Wales Secretary, Alexandra Ball by June 30th who can also be contacted for any queries.

The YLG Regional Chair Elect job description can be found at (CILIP login required)


East Midlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are each seeking to appoint a judge to represent their branch on the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards judging panel (2020 and 2021).
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 must hold current CILIP membership and be prepared to join CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group (YLG) if not already a member.
CILIP is committed to championing diversity, inclusion and representation within the awards. We particularly welcome applications from BAME, disabled, LGBTQ and male candidates, who have historically been under-represented on the judging panel.


Job description available here: CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Judge


Please submit your application by Monday 21st January to: stating which region you wish to represent and a statement on Why I want to become a CKG judge and how I am equipped to do so  (max length: 2 sides A4).

Download the application form here.

Please also download and complete a diversity monitoring form and send it along with your application.



The winners of CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 2018 have been revealed. Jake Hope, Chair of the judging panel for 2018, said: "This has been an exceptional year for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals. A record number of nominations were received leading to incredibly strong shortlists. This has presented a real challenge for the judges as any of the books would have guaranteed a solid winner."

"As librarians, we promote education and knowledge for all, and we heartily endorse Geraldine's call for intellectual freedom through stories with rich language and complex themes which equip all children with the tools to understand - and, in some cases, change - the world around them. Her book, Where the World Ends, is outstanding and a hugely deserving winner of the Carnegie Medal. Each of the characters caught on Warrior's Stac has their own tale and the tension built through the predicament they find themselves ensnared in - quite literally caught on a precipice - is palpable. Like a diamond, this is a story with an impressive array of sides and surfaces, each reflecting and refracting experience and understanding in ways that judges feel will stay with readers for a lifetime."

"The CILIP Kate Greenaway medal winner Sydney Smith's Town Is by the Sea skillfully balances an intimate story of a child's world of play and wonder alongside a bigger story of a whole community and culture built around mining. Its illustrations are impressive and expansive in scope and beautifully evoke both time and place. Both winners are expertly crafted and hold interest and appeal for a range of readers of all tastes and ages."

Find out more about the medal winners including which authors and illustrators on the shortlist were bestowed the Amnesty CILIP Honour commendations by visiting the CKG website



YLG are delighted to announce that thanks to the generosity of Browns Books for Students a bursary was offered to Library and Information Science Students to attend the Youth Libraries Group conference "Reading the Future" This was won by Samantha Lockett Library Assistant at Holmes Chapel Library in Cheshire East who is currently studying for an MA in Information and Library Studies at Aberystwyth University. The bursary is offered to support qualifying professionals to enter the field of librarianship and to access current knowledge and learning surrounding working with children and young people. Read Samantha's blog post about her impressions of attending the conference here.



The YLG Youth Libraries Group Award launched in 2018 is an exciting new award supported by the Enid Blyton Estate which celebrated & recognised the role of librarians who have worked to offer outstanding services for children and young people in public libraries. Congratulations to shortlisted nominees Agnes Guyon, East Lothian Libraries, Ben Lawrence Calderdale Libraries and Deborah Peck, Newham Libraries who were all invited to attend the autumn YLG national conference on a sponsored place. Well done to the overall winner, Agnes Guyon whose achievement was announced after the YLG gala dinner and was selected by judges Anne Fine and Emily Drabble.


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