Nick Poole, CILIP and Nicky Parker, Amnesty UK

Amnesty CILIP Honour

Celebrating our freedoms through outstanding children’s books

In 2016 to 2018 CILIP worked in partnership with Amnesty International UK to award the Amnesty CILIP Honour, a commendation for one book from each shortlist that most distinctively illuminated, upheld or celebrated human rights. Amnesty and CILIP are very proud of the impact the commendation has had in raising awareness of the power of children’s books to explore human rights, encourage empathy and broaden horizons.

Amnesty are proud to see the values of the Amnesty CILIP Honour upheld through the new Shadowers’ Choice Award, launched by CILIP in 2019, which strongly upholds children’s human right to a voice.

CILIP and Amnesty International UK are pleased to continue to work in partnership to raise awareness of human rights through a human rights education and training programme. We will raise awareness and understanding of human rights for children and young people who shadow the Awards, their group leaders and the shortlisted authors and illustrators.

Winners of the Amnesty CILIP Honour 2016-2018


Carnegie: Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

Kate Greenaway: There’s A Bear On My Chair by Ross Collins


Carnegie: The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

Kate Greenaway: The Journey by Francesca Sanna


Carnegie: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Kate Greenaway: The Song from Somewhere Else illustrated by Levi Pinfold

Exploring human rights

Reading groups that 'shadow' the Medals can access free resources to help group leaders and readers to explore the human rights content of each shortlisted book.

To get involved, register your school, library or reading group – for free!

To be part of it, all you need to do is sign up to the awards Shadowing Scheme.

It’s free, and as a registered group you will receive email bulletins, a publicity pack and 35% off shortlist books purchased via our official book supplier, Peters, as well as all the tools and materials on the shadowing website to support the reading experience.