10 Minutes with Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals Judges from the North West (Part Three of Three)

We’re nearly there – the winner of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals will be announced in a mere two weeks time.This post brings you the last of our ’10 minutes with a judge’ interviews.

Kathryn Flagner

Interviews with Jake Hope and Lizzie Ryder have featured over the last few weeks. Now we get to hear from our current judge Kathryn Flagner…

(If you have been a Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judge in the past and would like to feature on the blog, please get in touch ylgnorthwest@gmail.com)

KATHRYN FLAGNER

Kathryn has worked in libraries, both public and schools library services, since 1993, and she has been a children’s librarian in Cumbria since 2002. Kathryn is currently the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals rep on the Youth Libraries Group North West committee.

  1. Which years were you a Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judge and what were the winning titles that year?

Last year was my first as judge, Carnegie was won by ‘Bunker Diary’ by Kevin Brooks and the Kate Greenaway by ‘This is not my Hat’ by Jon Klassen.

  1. What made you want to be a Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judge?

I had wanted to be a CKG judge for years, it is such a prestigious award, the past winners have become classics, that I thought it would be great to be a part of them.

  1. What is the most rewarding aspect of being a Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judge?

The luxury of spending entire days doing nothing but talk about books as part of the judging process and that I am talking to people who are as enthusiastic about eat they have read as I am.

  1. What are the challenges of being a Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judge?

The sheer number of books to read.  Both years there came a point when I looked at the pile of books still to read and thought I wouldn’t finish them in time.  I got over this by drawing up a reading timetable, so I did get it done.

  1. How do you promote the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals in your day job?

At work I talk to colleagues about the award, encouraging them to nominate titles.  I also work with schools as part of the shadowing process, helping to raise the profile of CKG and encouraging children to create work around the shadowing.  I then put this work into the public library’s CKG display.

  1. Do/Will you read the shortlisted books every year even when you’re not involved with judging the medals?

For a number of years now I have read the CKG shortlisted books.  I intend to continue to do this in the future and try and read the long-listed books too.

  1. Do you have any career advice for aspiring Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals judges?

If you get the chance, go for it, it’s a great experience.  Don’t worry that you don’t “know” anything, just read the books keeping the criteria in mind.

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