We held our Carnegie and Greenaway nominations event at the end of September and were very lucky to be joined on the day by author Alan Gibbons and author/illustrator Steve Antony.
Alan Gibbons started things off talking about his journey to becoming an author and the books he has since written whilst also throwing some light onto the current plight of libraries in the UK. We were lucky to also hear a little bit about his next book The Isis Trap (cover below).
Steve Antony gave a wonderful talk about his route to becoming an illustrator as well as his whole approach to creating books – an approach made all the more fascinating by the fact that he is in fact colour blind. You can read more about this on Steve’s blog. We were also treated to a sneaky reading from his new book Green Lizards versus Red Rectangles (now out and is amazing!).
Of course the whole focus of the day was on choosing the titles that we would put forward as our Carnegie and Kate Greenaway nominations for 2016. Attendees could vote from a shortlist of six books for each award:
Our nominations were as follows: Read Me Like a Book by Liz Kessler and Fire Colour One by Jenny Valentine were nominated for the Carnegie and the Greenaway nominations were Please Mr. Panda by Steve Anthony and A Tower of Giraffes by Anna Wright.
Our thanks to Hachette, Askews & Holts and special thanks to our CKG rep Jill for organising such a great event.