Tanja Jennings is the Northern Ireland YLG Judge,
she is the librarian at Wellington College, Belfast.
When you are juggling rehearsing for an amateur production of Macbeth and being a CKG judge simultaneously, as I currently am, your head is filled with wonderful imaginings. Every book is a phantasmagorical garden of delights to be explored and enjoyed. To be part of celebrating sixty years of fantastic illustrations and eighty years of wondrous words is even more magical and a great honour. But what happens next following the intense deliberations?
When shall we twelve meet again?
At Kate and Andrew’s celebrations
When all the judging’s done
When awards will be given
That shall be ere the set of June
Where the place?
In London town
There to meet with creators
Words are fair and art is fine
Hover through the delightful design
Twice the judgements have been made
Twice and once Amnesty weighed
Harpier cries T ’is time, T ’is time.
Round about the stories go
In the magic mixture throw
Badger tidying leaves,
working for what he believes.
Oops. The forest has gone.
Can Pete’s work be undone?
What’s next? Here’s another one.
Powerful animals from the North
from amazing pages
crafted in geometrical stages.
He’s no slow Mo.
King of the Wild West,
as a protector, he has no rest.
What to do?
Need to look at journeys too.
A boy seeks his place in life
as refugees run from strife.
Or what about a mesmeric theatre tale?
Don’t forget Harry’s magical trail.
Finish it all with a great big cuddle.
Now we’re in a huddle.
Selznick, Smith, Gravett and Grill
Sanna, Braun, Kay and Riddell
all in the Greenaway Medal mix.
Which great artist shall we pick?
Here comes Double the Trouble
As Carnegie enters the Struggle
Fillet of an Alaskan deer.
Bluebells in whisky bottles are near.
Sparrow of bone, and
Toe of Sputnik, hide of wolf
And Hive Monk’s gulf
Alice’s words and Manny’s heart
Destined to never be apart
For a powerful story spell
A recipe for all shadowers to tell
Sinking of Gustloff
Hollow of wolf
Betty’s cruelty, Annabelle’s fear.
More stories to hear.
Poison Ivy digg’d I’ the dark.
Beck’s life is no walk in the park.
Zen and Nova.
What a palaver.
Who can they trust?
Why is stealing the Pyxis a must?
Subhi and Jimmie
under the wire
to fulfil their desire.
Add thereto fate, fear, guilt and shame
from a salty name
for our magic story cauldron.
What a mix of exciting contenders.
There will be so many lenders.
By the pricking of my thumbs.
Here the judges this way come.
Give a resounding cheer
for the best books of the year.