Yesterday CILIP announced the key dates for the 2020 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards.
Monday 4th November 2019
Thursday 20th February 2020
Thursday 19th March 2020
Wednesday 17th June 2020
Winner announcement: Medal and Shadowers’ Choice Award winners announced
At the same time they revealed that for the 2020 Carnegie cycle they will be piloting revised judging criteria. Jake Hope, the new Chair of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards Working Party, described this as “re-positioning the Awards’ criteria in order that they connect with the broadest range of readers possible.” And added, ““We hope our new criteria will facilitate open consideration and discussion both by judges and shadowing groups as they read the books in contention for the Medals, and lead to lists of titles that reflect the broad range of perspectives, experiences and voices encompassed by our readers.”
A similar review of the judging process is promised for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration during the next Awards cycle.
Also announced yesterday was a new partnership with Inclusive Minds, who will provide guidance on titles in contention for the Medals and contribute to the Shadowing Scheme. The Press Release explained that “Awards judges will have access to an expert network of Inclusion Ambassadors, to help increase their awareness and understanding of inclusion and representation within nominated titles. A dedicated Inclusion Ambassador Shadowing Group will read the shortlisted titles, providing feedback from their lived experience to help inform judges’ decision-making.”