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The shortlists for the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 2018 have been announced. Jake Hope, Chair of the judging panel for 2018, said: “The books on the 2018 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals shortlists offer moments of breath-taking poignancy and insight for all readers, young or old. The scope is truly global, stretching from forests to seas, traversing continents and cultures as well as time. The titles explore topical issues with remarkable emotional honesty embracing themes of prejudice, personal growth and development whilst eliciting a wider understanding of the wonders and complexities of the world young people inhabit. Verve and vibrancy radiate memorably from the impressive range of styles in writing and illustration on offer in these books, making the lists perfect for stimulating personal connections and conversation.” Get involved and find out more about the awards process and the 15 shortlisted titles by visiting the CKG website



The YLG Youth Librarian Award 2018 is an exciting new award which celebrates & recognises the role of librarians who have worked to offer outstanding services for children and young people in public libraries. The award is being supported by the Enid Blyton Estate. To nominate e-mail the YLG Chair Jake Hope at with the name and a brief supporting statement outlining why your candidate should be considered for the award. This may demonstrate innovation in terms of service development and delivery, partnership working, outreach and promotions for children and young people. Nominations should be made by colleagues or peers and the nominated person should be willing to be put forward for consideration for this award. Contact details for the nominated person will need to be submitted and nominees will be requested for further supporting information. Nominations should be received by 1st June 2018. A nominee top three will be drawn up and those shortlisted will be invited to attend the autumn YLG national conference on a sponsored place. The overall winner will be announced after the YLG gala dinner on September 22nd and will be selected by Anne Fine and Emily Drabble. For more information about the award please contact the YLG Chair.



YLG North West, YLG North East, YLG Yorkshire & Humber and YLG London are each seeking to appoint a judge to represent their branch on the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards judging panel (2019 and 2020).

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 equality, diversity and participation within the awards. We particularly welcome applications from BAME, disabled, male and LGBTQ 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 5th March to: stating which region you wish to represent and a statement on Why you want to become a CKG judge and how you are equipped to do so (no more than 2 sides of A4).



Youth Libraries Group Eastern are presently recruiting new members for their regional committee and are looking for new members in general – to help plan training days, and nominate for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards.

They are also looking for CILIP members who could take on specific roles – particularly Chair and Treasurer - 
both roles are very fulfilling, as part of a dedicated and passionate committee. 
Please see the Regional Groups job descriptions for more information about these important committee roles.

Meetings are held 3 or 4 times a year, with an additional training day, which committee members get free attendance to.

Interested? If you would like to know how to get involved or have any questions please get in touch with the National YLG Secretary



The Children’s Library Workforce e-learning modules are available for all staff to undertake. This course content has been created by a partnership of ASCEL, The Reading Agency & YLG with case studies and contributions from across the public library network. More information can be found via the Society of Chief Librarians Website 

The Children's Library Workforce e-learning course comprises four modules.

  1. An exciting and accessible environment
  2. Supporting reading for pleasure, literacy and learning
  3. Reading, literacy, digital and cultural experiences
  4. Supporting health and wellbeing

An enrolment key is required and should be available from the person leading on SCL’s workforce development project within each library service. Access to the course can be found at



We are delighted to share with you exciting news about a title which includes input and expertise from Youth Libraries Group National Committee Members Jake Hope (North West representative and Chair), Alison Brumwell (Yorkshire & the Humber representative & Chair Elect), Amy McKay (CILIP CKG Co-Ordinator) and Joy Court (Conference Manager & CILIP CKG Working Party Chair) who is also the editor.

Reading by Right: Successful strategies to ensure every child can read to succeed explores ways of overcoming reading difficulties or reading reluctance in children and young people. Further infomation about this new title and ordering details can be found on the Facet Publishing website



Have you seen the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals Anniversary Blog? Authored by resident blogger Jake Hope Chair of the Youth Libraries Group, Jake read and reviewed many of the past CILIP Carnegie Medal winning books during the anniversary year. In 2017 the CILIP Carnegie Medal reached its 80th year and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal its 60th. Find out about all about the wonderful celebration events, resources and activities at


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