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Lark - WINNER OF THE 2020 CARNEGIE MEDAL (The Truth of Things)

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YLG has 12 regional committees covering all of the UK and each committee advertises and democratically recruits a YLG judge to represent them on the panel of judges. Each judge serves a two-year term and each year the panel is a unique mix of new and experienced judges led by the Chair of Judges. Following the independent diversity review of the Awards, CILIP introduced a co-opting procedure so that if this recruitment process does not result in a sufficiently diverse and representative judging panel, up to two judges will be co-opted to join the panel.

Winner of the prestigious Cilip Carnegie Medal for 2020, Lark is the fourth in a series of books about the love between two brothers and their survival in a life of modern poverty and struggle. Launched in 2013, Inclusive Mindsis a collective for people who are passionate about inclusion, diversity, equality and accessibility in children’s literature and arecommitted to changingthe face of children’s books.Inclusive Minds and their Ambassador Network are lending their expertise and experience to the 2020 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards. Tales from the Inner City is a strange book for strange times, suggesting that human frailty might well find expression in dreams of tigers, bears, frogs and lungfish reclaiming our cities. To know that I am not alone in enjoying such speculation - maybe even a bit too much - is no small thing. It is profoundly consoling, to feel part of a larger conversation about our relationship to this planet, particularly with younger readers, in whose imagination the future is already taking shape." Bradman, Tony (25 January 2014). "Hello Darkness by Anthony McGowan – review". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077 . Retrieved 23 June 2019.Hahn, Daniel (20 March 2015). "The eight best young adult books – and why grownups should read them, too". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077 . Retrieved 23 June 2019. Tan said: "I am surprised, delighted and then deeply honoured - what a wonderful thing to be! I am especially thrilled to receive the Kate Greenaway Medal in the fine company of so many brilliant artists and authors, many of whom inspired my own love of illustrated stories as a young west Australian scribbler. In 2009–2010, he took part as one of the writers of a new Oxford University Press "guided reading" series designed to interest boys in reading, titled "Project X". McGowan penned approximately twenty of the titles in the series, which contains continuous adventure stories with a single set of main characters to take readers through the primary school years. [23] Centre for Literacy in Primary Education(CLPE) and the English and Media Centrecreate expert teaching resources for the shortlisted books.

CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2020: Tales from the Inner City written and illustrated byShaun Tan(Walker Books) Julia Hale, chair of CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judging panel, commented: "During challenging times, librarians believe books for children and young people are more important than ever. The best books provide adventure, solace, inspiration, comfort, escape, rich experiences and sheer enjoyment; they are a port in a storm, a reflective mirror and an entry to new worlds. In an unprecedented year for all of us, we are delighted to reveal the two extraordinary winners of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals that highlight our connection and codependency with the natural world. When it comes to originality and genius, Tan is in a league of his own. This collection of stories and poems with an animal-in-the-city theme are intriguing, thought-provoking and at times baffling, asking as many questions as they answer, and the illustrations are sublime. One for quirky teens (or adults) who love art.” The Irish Independent

Tales from the Inner City is a strange book for strange times, suggesting that human frailty might well find expression in dreams of tigers, bears, frogs and lungfish reclaiming our cities. To know that I am not alone in enjoying such speculation – maybe even a bit too much – is no small thing. It is profoundly consoling, to feel part of a larger conversation about our relationship to this planet, particularly with younger readers, in whose imagination the future is already taking shape.”

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