Group Status: We have examined the illustrations in all of the 7 shortlisted books. We are currently producing art work on "A First Book of Animals" with the assistance of Mrs Gilbert from the White Room art gallery.
..We are a group of 6 Key Stage 2 children from St. Joseph's R. C. Primary School, Stanley. We are avid readers and have chosen to participate in the Greenaway shadowing exercise once a week, on a Friday at our local library. Our school is currently working towards gaining the UNICEF UK Rights Respecting award. As part of this process we are working on art projects which link to the rights of the child. By participating in the shadowing scheme, we can use the shortlisted picture books to explore human rights issues.
Despite working outside of public libraries in my career as the Librarian at the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, my interest in Children’s Literature has continued throughout my life. I was lucky enough to study it as part of my English degree at Newcastle University and found it fascinating to look at picture books from a critical perspective for the first time. My dissertation for my MA also reflected my position: “Adults Reading Children’s Fiction in Public Libraries” after discovering the embarrassment a number of my friends felt at continuing to borrow children’s fiction as adults.
I continue to benefit from Newcastle University’s public lecture programme thanks to the Children’s Literature Unit and Seven Stories.
I enjoy working with children and young people when they visit the Mining Institute and our special collections, and seeing their reaction to the history within the building. I have been able to stay connected to the world of Children’s Fiction thanks to YLG North East and their events and I am also currently vice-chair of CILIP North East Regional Members Network.
I was overjoyed to be asked to be part of the judging panel for the Carnegie and Greenaway awards; it has been a dream since I discovered that ordinary librarians judge this prestigious award. Year one was a fantastic experience and I am looking forward to enjoying year two with yet more new children’s books.