Date: Tuesday 15th March, from 18.30 to 20.30
Knowledge Quarter partners are invited to the reception for the announcement of the shortlists for the 2016 Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, the most prestigious prizes in writing and illustrating for children and young people, at Amnesty International UK.
Often described by authors and illustrators as the “one they want to win”, the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards are the gold standard in literature and illustration for children and young people. Previous winners of the CILIP Carnegie Medal include Sally Gardener, Patrick Ness, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman and C.S. Lewis whilst previous winners of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal include Levi Pinfold, Raymond Briggs, Shirley Hughes and Quentin Blake.
Following the announcement of CILIP and Amnesty International major new partnership, beginning with the 2016 medals, a title from each of the prestigious shortlists will receive the Amnesty CILIP Honour, a commendation for the books that most distinctively illuminate, uphold or celebrate freedoms. The books receiving the commendation will be able to carry an Amnesty CILIP Honour logo.
About the CILIP Carnegie Medal
The Carnegie Medal, awarded annually, was established in 1936 in memory of the Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835 – 1919). A self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA, Carnegie’s experience of using a library as a child led him to resolve that “If ever wealth came to me that it should be used to establish free libraries.” He set up more than 2,800 libraries across the English speaking world and by the time of his death over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries.
About the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955 for distinguished illustration in a book for children. Named after the popular nineteenth century artist, known for her beautiful children’s illustrations and designs, the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.
CILIP is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers. CILIP’s vision is a fair and economically prosperous society underpinned by literacy, access to information and the transfer of knowledge.