This year over 70 students took part in shadowing the CILIP Carnegie & Greenaway children’s book awards. Considered to be the UK’s most prestigious children’s book awards, the Carnegie medal is awarded for outstanding writing and the Greenaway medal for distinguished illustration.
The students met weekly at lunchtimes in the library for 8 weeks to read the shortlisted books, write reviews and draw illustrations. They also took part in a haiku writing competition and produced video book reviews or acted out the stories. All of this was fuelled by a regular supply of hot chocolate and biscuits – well, they were working very hard!
A spectacular awards ceremony, to rival any Oscar celebration, was held in the library on 19th June for all the students who took part. Individual prizes were awarded to students for the best reviews, illustrations and haikus, then the announcements of the shadowing groups’ winners and the official winners were revealed. It was a truly suspenseful moment when the golden envelope was opened by awards host Ms Hopkins. The students had voted ‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio as their favourite Carnegie book and ‘I want my hat back’ as their winner of the Greenaway award. There was consternation when the judges were found instead to have voted ‘Maggot moon’ by Sally Gardner as the Carnegie winner and ‘Black dog’ by Levi Pinfold as their Greenaway favourite.
The students really enjoyed taking part in the scheme and attending the awards ceremony. In fact, they can’t wait until it starts again next year! If you’d like to know more about the awards or take a look at the shadowing groups’ reviews, follow the links on the library OPAC homepage.