CILIP to decide on Carnegie single author policy

CILIP to decide on Carnegie single author policy

The Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) has said it will make a decision on revising the criteria for the Carnegie children’s book award this year, after the announcement of the 2015 award in June.

Last year illustrator Sarah McIntyre called into question the division between writers and illustrators in children’s books, after Oliver and the Seawigs (OUP) was nominated for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Award, with Philip Reeve listed as the only author. McIntyre co-created the book.

CILIP spokesperson Cat Cooper told The Bookseller that the organisation will review the criterion on single authorship this summer. “The cycle ends soon after the award ceremony on the 22nd June. CILIP and the Working Party will meet in summer to review and set everything in place before we announce the call for nominations in autumn 2015,” she said.

The library body has already reformatted the nominations list online to show both the author and illustrator names in the case of illustrated titles that are nominated.

McIntyre said she was very pleased with how quickly CILIP had reacted to her concerns and added the names of illustrators to the list. “They were very open to my suggestions which was really nice,” she said. “You can’t separate the two in an illustrated book and some illustrated books are for older children. Credit where credit is due."

However, she is not sure if CILIP should take illustrations into equal account in the Carnegie in future years. “It makes sense in one sense but I don’t want attention to be taken away from the Kate Greenaway medal for illustration,” she said.