Skip to content ↓

Carnegie Judging Gets Underway This Week

CBA Librarian Amy McKay will be heading down to London on Wednesday to start the crucial process of judging the nation’s best children’s book.

Amy has just a few more books to read from the 107 books on the CILIP Carnegie and Greenaway 2012 long lists before she sets off to the judging rooms to argue the case for her favourite reads.

The librarian, who beat off competition from librarians across the country to be selected for the role, said: “It has been a lot harder than I thought and I have been reading solidly for three months.

“However there have been some exceptional books and I have an idea of which ones I would like to win.”

Altogether Amy estimates that she has read more than seven million words as part of the judging process.

After two days of intense discussion the short list will be selected and then a final winner will be announced in June.

Ms McKay said: “The hardest bit will be keeping the short list secret until it is officially announced March.”

The judging panel will meet again in March to decide on the winner.

Amy has involved CBA students in the judging process and has been joined in her marathon read by students in the Corby Book Addict and Key Stage 4 book clubs.

The librarian will also be doing a cross continent video link discussion with Ugandan students that she met when she visited on a CBA trip in October.