Judging the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards
The Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards are the most prestigious children's book awards in the UK. They celebrate outstanding writing and illustration for children and young people, with past winners including Patrick Ness (twice), Neil Gaiman and Meg Rosoff. The awards are also notable for their shadowing scheme which invites groups of young readers in schools and libraries to follow the award themselves, submit reviews and pick their own winner. This year there are over 4700 groups registered.Titles are nominated by members of CILIP and then then whittled down to a longlist (for the first time this year), a shortlist and then a winner. Helen Thompson, chair of this year's judging panel for the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards, chatted to me about the awards process.