The nominations for the 2019 Carnegie and Greenaway Medals were revealed yesterday.
Alongside the lists, CILIP outlined an action plan aimed at ensuring a more diverse representation in the awards.
This will include
- an expanded judging panel of librarians, bringing a broad range of lived experiences and perspectives
- enhanced diversity training for the judges
- an equality, diversity and inclusion advisory panel to support and advise on the Awards process
- a new prize voted for by children and young people
- and a quarterly publication of Top 10 New Voices eligible for the upcoming Medals
Expanding the judging panel makes very good sense. I’m not so sure about “enhanced diversity training” – it partly depends what will be involved and how this is delivered. The need for an ‘equality, diversity and inclusion advisory panel’ is tantamount to an admission on CILIP’s part that it has failed in the past to be sufficiently cognisant of such matters.
The Carnegie and Greenaway Medals are distinctive because they are judged and awarded by librarians.
The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people; and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded for distinguished illustration. Adding a new prize voted for by children and young people seems to me entirely unnecessary when there are other awards that are decided upon in this way.
I do like the sound of and very much welcome the launch of a quarterly publication shining the light on the Top 10 New Voices. But is that to be 10 ‘new voices’ per quarterly issue? That would be 40 writers and illustrators having a spotlight put upon them each year. I wonder if there are that many ‘new’ voices being published each twelve months of sufficient distinction to warrant such attention.
This year, 254 books have been nominated for the 2019 Medals; 137 books are in the running for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and 117 for the Kate Greenaway Medal.
From the CILIP website:
What happens next?
Each nominated book is read by every member of the judging panel − 14 children’s and youth librarians representing all regions of CILIP’s Youth Libraries Group − who volunteer their time as judges.
From these nominations the judging panel will decide the long and shortlists and finally, the 2019 Medal winners, based on the official Medals criteria. The long and shortlists identify a range of outstanding books for children and young people, recognising excellent literature and illustration from new and established authors and illustrators.
The awards shadowing scheme engages thousands of children and young people in schools and libraries in the UK and overseas through reading groups that ‘shadow’ the judges as they read and engage with the shortlists. Shadowers critically and creatively explore the shortlisted books, through group participation and online engagement: posting reviews, blogs, artworks, videos, exploring human rights and participating in visual literacy based creative activities.
The winners’ ceremony in June will see one book from each shortlist awarded the first children’s choice prize, voted for and presented by shadowers, alongside the winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals.