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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 will be offered to Library and Information Science Students to attend the annual Youth Libraries Group conference "Reading the Future". The national conference takes place in Manchester from 21-23 September, 2018. 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. Download the YLG Conference Bursary factsheet and find out how to apply. The deadline for applications is July 30th.



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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