Partnership with CILIP

We’re so excited to be able to announce our partnership with CILIP!

We’ll be providing our expertise to the 2020 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards, focusing on the titles in contention, and the resources in the Shadowing Scheme.

For the first time, the Judges will have access to our Inclusion Ambassador network, to help them increase their awareness and understanding of inclusion and representation within nominated titles. As well as this, a dedicated Inclusion Ambassador Shadowing Group will read the shortlisted titles, providing feedback from their lived experience to help inform judges’ decision-making.


Alexandra Strick and Beth Cox, co-founders of Inclusive Minds, comment:

“Inclusive Minds is very proud to be partners with CILIP on the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards. The best children’s books are outstanding stories that are naturally inclusive, representing diverse perspectives and experiences. These Awards represent such an important way of highlighting and celebrating the very best such books.

“We are delighted that our network of Inclusion Ambassadors will also be directly involved in feeding into the process. It is vital that young people with lived experience of different facets of diversity have a real voice in the world of children’s books.”

Nick Poole, Chief Executive of CILIP, adds:

“It is a really proud moment for CILIP to be partnering with Inclusive Minds on the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards. I am excited to be working closely with an organisation that makes inclusivity and reflecting lived experience its driving mission.

“In 2019, we were fortunate to work with an expert equality, diversity and inclusion panel who observed the Awards’ processes and shared their insights and experience, and we look forward to building on this work through this new partnership. By working with Inclusive Minds and their Ambassadors alongside our network of volunteer librarians, we can ensure a diversity of perspectives feed into the Awards processes. I can’t wait to see the wonderful books in contention for the 2020 Medals, and am grateful to Inclusive Minds for helping CILIP to ensure the Awards continue to evolve and thrive.”


Key dates for the 2020 Awards:

Nominations for the 2020 Awards will open on Friday 13th September 2019. Nominations are open to all CILIP members and, following the diversity review of the Awards, several external nominating bodies. BookTrust, CLPE, CommonWord, IBBY, National Literacy Trust and RNIB are continuing to support the Awards in 2020 and are joined this year by the English and Media Centre. Nominations will be announced in November 2019 followed by longlist, shortlist and winner announcements in 2020 (outlined below). The 2020 Judging Panel is chaired by Julia Hale, School Libraries Advisor and South West Representative for the Youth Libraries Group.

Monday 4th November 2019
Nominations announcement

Thursday 20th February 2020
Longlist announcement

Thursday 19th March 2020
Shortlist announcement

Wednesday 17th June 2020
Winner announcement: Medal and Shadowers’ Choice Award winners announced