Library - Carnegie Book Awards

The Carnegie Medal

The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children.

It was established by in 1936, in memory of the great Scottish-born philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919). Carnegie was a self-made industrialist who made his fortune in steel in the USA. His 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."

Carnegie set up more than 2800 libraries across the English speaking world and, by the time of his death, over half the library authorities in Great Britain had Carnegie libraries.The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children.

First awarded to Arthur Ransome for 'Pigeon Post', the winner receives a golden medal and 500 worth of books to donate to a library of their choice.

The medal is awarded by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Carnegie Shadowing

What is the 'Shadowing' Scheme?

Children in schools and reading groups are invited to 'shadow' (follow) the judging process, reading the titles shortlisted for the medal, writing online reviews, and deciding which books are their favourites. Free resources are available to download from the website, reader activities, plus videos of the shortlisted authors and illustrators talking about their work.

What can you do on the Carnegie Website?

  • View author and illustrator videos
  • Discuss the 'Talking Points' for shortlisted titles
  • Interact with other shadowing groups
  • Post your own reviews and comments on shortlisted titles
  • Watch video interviews and read profiles of shortlisted authors and illustrators

  • What can it do for you as a reader?

  • Enjoy reading and encourages you to read more books
  • Read books that you wouldn't otherwise read
  • Meet new people through our own shadowing group and related events organised by         public libraries
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of other people and different times in history
  • Gain confidence and communication skills through talking about the books and debating     for your favourites

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