Amnesty and CILIP to honour human rights in children’s books

Amnesty and CILIP to honour human rights in children’s books

CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) will from next year give special commendations to the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway shortlisted books that celebrate human rights, after forming a new partnership with Amnesty International.

From 2016, Amnesty International and CILIP will give the “Amnesty CILIP Honour” to one title from each of the shortlists, which will commend the books that “most distinctively illuminate, uphold or celebrate freedoms”.

The books that receive commendation will be able to carry an Amnesty CILIP Honour logo, although no prize money will be given.

Amnesty International UK’s head of publishing, Nicky Parker, said: “Stories are absolutely central to Amnesty’s work and we’ve got a long and proud history of promoting children’s literature.

“We hope this award will make it easy for parents and teachers to identify books which will teach children about truth, freedom and justice and encourage them to feel they can shape a better world.”

Above: Nick Poole, CILIP chief executive, with Amnesty International UK’s head of publishing Nicky Parker.

Nick Poole, CILIP chief executive, said: “Amnesty International and CILIP both oppose censorship and support the right to intellectual freedom, so this is a very natural partnership. The Amnesty CILIP Honour will highlight the fact that so many of the books chosen by expert youth librarians for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have human rights at their heart.”

The winners will be announced along with the winners of the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals in June 2016. Tanya Landman, the winner of the 2015 CILIP Carnegie medal, will help judge which books receive the Amnesty commendations. 

Amnesty will also provide human rights education resources for every shortlisted book.