Yoto Carnegie Shadowing Scheme


Resource type: Book awards, Projects, programmes and workshops

Price band: Free

Key stage: KS1, KS2, KS3

Region(s): All of UK

The Yoto Carnegie Shadowing Scheme provides the opportunity for young readers to shadow the judging process for  two of the UK’s most prestigious children’s book awards – the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing and the Yoto Carnegie Medal for Illustration (previously the Kate Greenaway Award)

Shadowing groups read and discuss the shortlisted titles, take part in online book-related activities, and cast their vote for the Shadowers’ Choice Awards.

The Shadowing Scheme is designed to be flexible, with books to enjoy with children aged 5 to 18 years. It can be used to promote reading for pleasure, to extend able readers, or to help engage reluctant readers. Group Leaders are free to run their shadowing group in the way that works best for their setting.

The Shadowing Website has a wealth of free supporting resources, including:

  • Shadowing Toolkits with advice and ideas to support Group Leaders.
  • Online interviews with the shortlisted authors and illustrators.
  • Reading Resources and teaching notes to accompany all the shortlisted titles.
  • Competitions with the chance for Shadowers to win prizes and tickets for the Award Ceremony.
  • Posters, bookmarks, Shadowing Membership Cards and Certificates.

Group Leaders must register their group each year.  Register by the deadline to receive a free publicity pack.


  • Registration for the 2023 Shadowing Scheme opens in November. Register by Friday 3rd February to receive a free publicity pack.
  • Shadowing begins with the launch of the shortlist on 15th March 2023 and runs through to June.
  • Voting for the Shadower’s Choice Award will open in May.
  • The winners of the 2023 Shadowers’ Choice Award will be announced in June alongside the winners of the 2023 Yoto Carnegie Medals for Writing and Illustration.

Cost: Free with registration.

About CILIP: CILIP is the UK’s library and information association. They work to develop and improve library and information services and to support and advocate for information professionals and librarians.

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