We're really pleased that you would like to find out more about the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway shadowing scheme.

Every spring, CILIP: The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals invites reading groups in libraries, schools, homes... in fact, anywhere there are children and young people and books, to get involved with shadowing.

Watch a video intro to Shadowing:

Children and young people 'shadow' the judging process for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards; they read, discuss and review the books on each shortlist selected by CILIP's panel of Librarian judges and engage in reading related activity online.

Young people taking part are known as 'shadowers'. The scheme has thousands of registered reading groups across the UK and Internationally - engaging tens of thousands of children and young people in reading.

Reading activity takes place from March to June; from the moment that the shortlists are revealed to the final winners announcement. The shadowing process is supported online.

CILIP works with specialists, including CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education) and EMC (English and Media Centre) to create teaching notes and resources to accompany every book on the shortlist. In addition ALCS, the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society provide copyright awareness activity packs and Peters, the official book supplier, offer 35% off shortlist packs plus free delivery and free jacketing on all orders.

Amnesty UK provide Human Rights activities for each of the shortlisted books and free publicity materials via our shadowing packs. Read about our partnership with Amnesty and the Amnesty CILIP Honour (2016-2018), which seeks to raise awareness of the power of children’s books to explore human rights, encourage empathy and broaden horizons.


A recent poll of shadowers revealed:

  • 89% think Carnegie and Kate Greenaway shortlists introduce them to new books they otherwise might not have read
  • 70% talk to their librarian more when reading the shortlists
  • 79% say reading and discussing the books on the shortlists makes them think more about the books they read.
  • 88% tell us they read in their spare time and in the evenings.

What do others say about shadowing?

Shadowing Extras

SIGN UP as a group leader

1. Pick a name for your group (something your shadowers will remember)
2. Register your new group for free
3. Receive email confirmation of your login details, then log on as a group leader and download a guide to the website.
4. Explore your customisable group homepage and plan activities using the online resources.
5. That's it - you will automatically receive regular email updates and a publicity pack.