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CILIP Carnegie Greenaway Working Party welcomes Jake Hope as new Chair

06 August 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gus MacDonald
CILIP Carnegie Greenaway Working Party welcomes Jake Hope as new Chair

CILIP is delighted to announce that Jake Hope, reading development and children's book consultant and current Chair of CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group (YLG), has been appointed as the new Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway (CKG) Awards Working Party.

The CKG Working Party are dedicated volunteers who work closely with CILIP to govern and run the Awards and Shadowing Scheme. Jake takes on the role from Joy Court, whose six-year term came to an end in July this year. Joy has worked tirelessly to raise the profile and esteem of the Awards, helping CILIP to secure sponsors and fantastic partners, such as Amnesty UK, CLPE and the English and Media Centre, and proactively engaging with CILIP to deliver concrete actions following the Diversity Review of the Awards. By championing the inclusion of works in translation in the eligibility criteria she has also been instrumental in raising the worldwide profile and recognition of the Medals.

Nick Poole, Chief Executive of CILIP, said “I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Joy Court for the outstanding dedication and commitment she has shown to the CKG Awards over the course of her term as Chair. She has been a fantastic champion and advocate for the Awards, children’s books and reading, and I know we can count on her continued support.

I am thrilled to welcome Jake Hope as our new Chair. Jake has an impressive vision for the future of the Awards and I am really looking forward to working closely with him on the Awards mission: to inspire and empower the next generation to create a better world through books and reading.”

Joy Court, outgoing Chair, commented, “It has been an enormous honour, privilege and pleasure to have been able to support something I am so passionate about and to work with the fantastic, hardworking CILP team and all the amazing librarians that have dedicated their time to the process over the years. Following the challenging and immensely rewarding Diversity Review of the Awards I feel enormously positive about the mission we have developed and our capacity going forward and I could not be more delighted to hand over to Jake Hope, who was an outstanding judge and Chair of Judges, and will now be taking the Medals into their undoubtedly exciting future"

Jake Hope said, “Chairing the Working Party for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals feels massively exciting. The Awards have played an instrumental role in the history and development of children's books in the UK and in my own interest and work within the sector. Taking over from Joy Court is a big task and I am very grateful for the support of Joy and the CILIP team. Following the Diversity Review and introduction of the Shadowers’ Choice Award, it feels a significant and vibrant point in the history of the Medals, one where it's possible to ensure connections with books, libraries and readers continue to be made with verve and vitality securing ongoing relevance and a bright future for the Awards.”

About the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Awards and Shadowing Scheme

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. It was established in 1936 in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). The Kate Greenaway Medal, established in 1955, is named after the popular nineteenth century artist, known for her beautiful children's illustrations and designs. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for outstanding illustration in a book for children and young people.

Each year thousands of reading groups in schools and libraries in the UK and overseas get involved in the Awards, with children and young people ‘shadowing’ the judging process. They read, discuss and review the books on the shortlists, get involved in reading related activity in groups and vote for their favourite books to win the Shadowers’ Choice Awards.

About Jake Hope

Jake Hope is a reading development and children's book consultant. He was the Reading and Learning Development Manager for Lancashire Libraries, one of the largest library authorities in the UK. Jake has judged nearly every major children's book award in the UK and has chaired numerous promotional selection panels. Alongside delivering training and public speaking on books and reading, Jake is an active reviewer and a passionate advocate for libraries books and reading. Jake is currently the Chair of the Youth Libraries Group and is working on a book about visual literacy for Facet publishing.

Published: 6 August 2019

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