"CILIP acknowledges and respects the concerns expressed today over BAME authors not being represented in the longlists for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway Medals.
The longlist, shortlist and winners are selected by youth librarians who work with children and young people every day in schools and communities. As members of the library and information profession, they have made a commitment to our professional Ethical Principles, the first of which is “concern for the public good in all professional matters, including respect for diversity within society, and the promoting of equal opportunities and human rights.” These principles guide all of our work on behalf of readers and library users.
The books on the longlist are judged on merit and on an equal playing field. This year's longlist represents, in the opinion of the judges, the very best books of the year, with no consideration of gender or ethnicity of either the writer, illustrator or audience. The broad subject matter of this year's longlist - stories about refugees, disability and migration - illustrates the breadth of range that the Medals are known for.”
Nick Poole, Chief Executive, CILIP
Posted on 16 February 2017