Kathryn Flagner co-ordinates and runs children’s activities across Cumbria Library’s West Group as Deputy Area Library Manager. She blogs here about her role as a CKG 2014 judge.
I have wanted to be a Carnegie/Greenaway judge for a number of years and this year I got to do just that. It all started in October when I got to meet the other judges, which was great, and we were given the list of nominations, 70+ for Carnegie and 50+ for Greenaway, all to be read within 3 months!
The lists didn’t faze me and I started calmly by re-reading some of those I already had at home. However, within a week or so copies of titles from both lists started arriving, and very quickly formed large piles in my living room. It was the books’ physical presence that made me realise the immensity of the task I had undertaken.
I am normally a distracted reader; as soon as a book I want to read comes along I start it, even if I am already reading something else. I knew this wouldn’t work for the judging, as I was going to have to concentrate on each book and apply the criteria as I read. To discipline myself I stacked the books upside down, so I couldn’t see the title, and just picked from the top, finishing one book before starting the next. I even worked out how many books I needed to read a week to meet the deadline. Then settled down to read, and did nothing else for months.
Now all the reading and judging is done and I can hardly wait for the presentation. What do I do now? Read books that will eligible to be nominated for next year of course!
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