Nick Poole, CILIP and Nicky Parker, Amnesty UK

Amnesty CILIP Honour

Celebrating our freedoms through outstanding children’s books

The 2017 Amnesty CILIP Honour winners have been announced. Read more

CILIP and Amnesty International UK are pleased to be working in partnership to raise awareness of human rights. We will help children, teachers and librarians to better understand our freedoms through the outstanding books shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals.

Together, will celebrate the books on the annual CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway shortlists and aim to broaden awareness of how great children’s books encourage empathy and broaden horizons.

Each year two special commendations, the Amnesty CILIP Honour, are awarded to the author and illustrator of two books; one from each shortlist, that most distinctively illuminates, communicates, or celebrates our personal rights and freedoms.

Exploring human rights

Reading groups that 'shadow' the Medals can access free resources and teaching notes to help group leaders and readers to explore the human rights content of each shortlisted book.

Amnesty CILIP Honour judging

The Amnesty CILIP Honour judging panel includes 2015 Carnegie medal winner, Tanya Landman whose book Buffalo Soldier  dealt with issues including racism, slavery and gender discrimination; as well as Amnesty’s in-house publisher, human rights education manager and Amnesty volunteers.

To get involved, register your school, library or reading group – for free!

To be part of it, all you need to do is sign up to the awards Shadowing Scheme.

It’s free, and as a registered group you will receive email bulletins, a publicity pack and 30% off shortlist books purchased via our official book supplier, as well as all the tools and materials on the shadowing website to support the reading experience.

Already shadowing the awards? You don’t need to re-register, and we look forward to your participation!