Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards Launches Live Shortlist Event Series with The Reading Agency

Plus, new #ReadAlong and #DrawAlong downloadable event packs

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Monday 9th May 2022: The UK’s longest running and best-loved book awards for children and young people is hosting #YotoCarnegieLIVE and #YotoGreenawayLIVE, two virtual shortlist events for young readers.

Held this May in partnership with The Reading Agency, the free, interactive events are for the thousands of reading groups who are shadowing the Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards, as well as schools, libraries and bookshops. There’s one event to celebrate each medal featuring a selection of the shortlisted illustrators and authors talking about their books, as well as answering questions from children and young people, ahead of the winner announcement on 16 June.

#YotoGreenawayLIVE: Monday 23 May, 12.30-1.30pm

Chaired by Amy McKay, school librarian and Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards national coordinator and featuring shortlisted illustrators George Butler (Drawn Across Borders), Mariachiara Di Giorgio (The Midnight Fair), Danica Novgorodoff (Long Way Down), Yu Rong (Shu Lin’s Grandpa) and Peter Van den Ende (The Wanderer). Register for free here.

#YotoCarnegieLIVE: Thursday 26 May, 12.30-1.30pm

Chaired by Emma Braithwaite, head of skills and engagement at The Reading Agency and featuring shortlisted authors Sue Divin (Guard Your Heart), Phil Earle (When the Sky Falls), Manjeet Mann (The Crossing), Julian Sedgwick (Tsunami Girl), Alex Wheatle (Cane Warriors), Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam (Punching the Air). Register for free here.

Also for the first time, the Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards has created two downloadable event packs to enable any shadowing group, school, library or bookshop to host their own in-person Yoto Carnegie Medal #ReadAlong and Yoto Kate Greenaway Medal #DrawAlong celebrations. The event template, which includes video challenges set directly by shortlisted authors and illustrators, is designed to engage children and young people with the shortlisted books in a fun, creative way. They can be downloaded for free here.

Jake Hope, chair of the CILIP Carnegie Greenaway Working Party, comments:

“We are excited to be working with The Reading Agency for the first time this year on a new Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards live virtual event series, which will bring children and young people across the UK closer to the shortlisted authors and illustrators than ever before. We hope this opportunity to engage directly with the creators of some of the books shortlisted for the Yoto Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals will really bring their stories to life. We’re also looking forward to seeing shadowing groups, schools, libraries and bookshops make use of our new downloadable #ReadAlong and #DrawAlong event packs to inspire young readers creatively and encourage them to read one or more of the shortlisted books.”

The Awards has also distributed shortlist POS packs to public and school libraries and retailers, including stickers, bookmarks and posters.

Winner announcement

The 2022 winners will be announced and celebrated on Thursday 16th June at a lunchtime ceremony at The British Library. It will also be livestreamed from 12pm. The event will be hosted by award-winning poet and novelist Dean Atta, who won the Carnegie Shadowers’ Choice for The Black Flamingo in 2020.

The winners will each receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library, a specially commissioned golden medal and a £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize.

Now in its fourth year, the Shadowers’ Choice Award – voted for and awarded by the children and young people who shadow the Medals – will also be announced at the ceremony. Voting opens for participating shadowing groups on Monday 23rd May.

The Awards are sponsored by Yoto, the innovative, screen-free audio platform for children; Peters, the official book supplier; and ALCS, champions of authors’ rights. With their support, the Yoto Carnegie Greenaway Awards aim to inspire and empower a new generation of readers.

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