Young people from schools in Thurrock joined together for a debate about books and showed just how much they love reading as they nominated their favourite stories to receive this year's CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards at a special event on Monday (19 June).
The highly acclaimed CILIP Carnegie Medal which is celebrating its 80th anniversary and the CILIP Kate Greenway Medal – which is marking its 60th year – are awarded for outstanding writing and illustration respectively for children and young people.
Every year the children are invited to shadow the awards, reading the books that have been shortlisted by a panel of librarians. Eight books are chosen by the librarians from a list of 100 which are then used as the subject of reading groups in each school. The children also submit reviews of each book on the national website.
This year students in 6 schools in Thurrock took part and attended Thameside Theatre at the end of the shadowing period where they got the chance to meet each other and choose the borough’s winners. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk was the students' favourite to receive the CILIP Carnegie medal, with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone being their preferred choice for best illustration.
Cllr Sue Macpherson, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods said: "The partnership between Thurrock Council's library service and schools is something we are very proud of and we are delighted that students have been able to get involved with this shadowing scheme for the past 18 years, which engages young people and encourages them to read and analyse books with their peers."
For the first time this year, students also voted for the 2 books that should win The Amnesty CILIP Honour. The special commendation which is the result of a partnership with Amnesty International recognises the books that most distinctively illuminate, communicate or celebrate personal rights and freedoms. Agreeing with the national winners, the students chose The Bone Sparrow to win the CILIP honour and The Journey for best illustration.
Cllr MacPherson continued: "Deciding which books should win this special commendation and the powerful themes portrayed in each book made for some very lively and thought provoking conversations with the students and will help support the wider learning of human rights topics at their schools. We would like to thank the staff and students for making this year’s debate as brilliant as ever."
All winning books are freely available from your local library, for more information go to thurrock.gov.uk/libraries