23 October 2015

New human rights commendations in Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 

CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and Amnesty International have announced a major new partnership which will commend human rights in children’s literature. The human rights partnership will span both the Carnegie Medal, awarded to the author of an outstanding book for children and the Kate Greenaway Medal, awarded for an outstanding illustrated book for children and young people.

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.

The inaugural Amnesty CILIP honour judging panel will include last year’s Carnegie medal winner, Tanya Landman whose book Buffalo Soldier dealt with issues including racism, slavery and gender discrimination.

The winners will be announced at the Medals ceremony in June 2016.

Nick Poole, CILIP Chief Executive, said: “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.”

Amnesty International UK’s Head of Publishing Nicky Parker, said: “Stories are absolutely central to Amnesty’s work and we’ve got a long and proud history of promoting children’s literature.

Books have a unique ability to inspire empathy, broaden horizons and empower young readers.

We hope this award will make it easy for parents and teachers to identify books which will teach children about truth, freedom and justice and encourage them to feel they can shape a better world.”

Amnesty will also provide human rights education resources for every shortlisted book which both Amnesty and CILIP will promote to schools via CILIP’s existing school shadowing scheme and Amnesty’s TeachRights network.

The Amnesty CILIP Honour will be officially launched at a party to reveal the shortlists for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, to be held at Amnesty’s Human Rights Action Centre in Shoreditch, London, on 15 March.

The sponsor of the Amnesty CILIP Honour to date is the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).


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Notes for Editors

About Amnesty International

Amnesty International is the world’s leading human rights organisation with over 7 million supporters worldwide. It was awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1977.

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.

About 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. Visit

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