The Amnesty CILIP Honour for Carnegie and Kate Greenaway

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Amnesty and CILIP, the library and information association, are working together to raise awareness of human rights through outstanding children’s books.

All titles shortlisted for the prestigious CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals are now eligible for an extra commendation: the Amnesty CILIP Honour, for books that best illuminate, uphold or celebrate human rights. We have created human rights story explorer resources to help you explore the values at the heart of all the shortlisted books. In 2017 we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Carnegie Medal and the 60th anniversary of the Kate Greenaway Medal.

‘Stories are central to Amnesty’s work and we have a long and proud history of promoting children’s literature to help shape a better world. Good books have a unique ability to inspire empathy, raise awareness, broaden horizons and empower young readers to stand up for themselves and others. We hope this Honour and our human rights explorer resources will make it easier to find books that help children find out about core values such as truth, freedom and justice.’

Nicky Parker, Amnesty International UK’s Head of Publishing

Honour judges in 2017

Our Honour judging panel is made up of writers, artists, educators and activists.

Meet the 2017 Honour judges

Honour judging criteria

In each category, Carnegie and Kate Greenaway, the panel look for books that:

Be a human rights story explorer

We have created human rights story explorer resources for every book on both shortlists. Whether you are a teacher, librarian, parent, grandparent or involved with extra-curricular groups, you will find our notes provide useful tips to encourage critical thinking and creative activities.

You will also find more 80th anniversary fun activities and can set up your own shadowing group at: http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/shadowing.php

‘Amnesty International and CILIP both oppose censorship and support the right to intellectual freedom, so this is a very natural partnership. The Amnesty CILIP Honour will highlight the fact that so many of the books chosen by expert youth librarians for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have human rights at their heart.’

Nick Poole, CILIP Chief Executive

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.

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.

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

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. CILIP is a registered charity, no. 313014. The Youth Libraries Group (YLG) of CILIP works in a ‘pressure group’ role to preserve and influence the provision of quality literature and library services for children and young people, both in public libraries and school library services.