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Librarian’s Read-athon For Carnegie

CBA Librarian Amy McKay has 93 books to read in the next seven weeks as she takes on the role of official judge for the country’s most famous children’s book awards.

Amy says Christmas will have to be cancelled as she will have to have her head in a book throughout the holiday period if she is to meet the deadline of January 24th.

The librarian, who has so far read 14 of the 107 Carnegie long-list, said: “I'm enjoying working my way through the shortlist, but am finding reading to a deadline very different to my usual reading for pleasure. 

“Reading books that I wouldn't normally have been drawn to has been really interesting, although there have been one or two duds! 

“Students have been fantastic at reading alongside me and there are a number who are also working their way through the long-list. 

“We have a book-o-meter on display in the Library charting our progress - thankfully I am winning!”

Amy is also a judge for the Kate Greenaway award – which is given for outstanding illustration.

Kim Isaksen’s Year 7 class will be helping  Amy look at the books -  they will spend 30 minutes each week discussing the merits of the nominees.

Amy will next meet with the other judges on the panel on January 25 and 26th, where the winner will be decided.

It will be officially announced in April.

Amy said: “.  That will be the hardest thing - keeping the shortlist a secret for three months!”

“ It feels such an honour to be involved in the Carnegie Medal, it is by far the most prestigious book award for young people and I have to keep pinching myself to believe I'm so lucky!”