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Amy steps back into prestigious judging role

CBA’s librarian Amy McKay is busy reading through more than 130 books as she prepares to help choose the nation’s best children’s book again.

CBA’s librarian Amy McKay is busy reading through more than 130 books as she prepares to help choose the nation’s best children’s book again.

Amy won the prestigious role of being a judge in the 2012 Carnegie and Greenaway Children’s Book Awards and was part of a panel which chose A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness to win the Carnegie Medal and Jim Kay, who illustrated the book, to win the Greenaway medal for his work.

She is now stepping back into her judging role for the second and final time to help decide on the winners for the 2013 awards.

Amy is busy working her way through the long list of contenders for the two medals and will read and take notes on 68 novels and the illustration work in 64 titles by January 21.

She will then discuss her views on which were the best reads with the other judges, who will whittle down the titles into two shortlists.

The judges will then read the shortlisted books again before meeting to decide on the two winners.

Amy is challenging CBA students to read the novels on the long list along with her and several students have taken her up on the offer.

She said: “I’ve read some good books so far, a lot of them are books I wouldn’t have picked up by choice and now I can recommend them to students.

“Quite a lot of students are reading them too, which is nice.”