I don’t think I will ever read a book in quite the same way again

Anne Thomas is the CKG Judge for YLG Wales


As I write, my 2 year stint as a Carnegie/Kate Greenaway judge is drawing to a close. The time has flown by. I’ve read and enjoyed all sorts of books and genres that I would never have chosen, leading to some surprising discoveries which I won’t forget in a hurry.

I’ve learned to appreciate picture books in a completely different way and am totally amazed by the work that goes into them. I don’t think I will ever read a book in quite the same way again; looking at a book in such detail has become a habit.

As we all know, books give you a different view of the world, introduce you to new experiences and can have a very therapeutic effect, which can change a reader forever, very powerfully. I have been to a session about the Books on Prescription scheme this week and it seems to me that some of the books I have read would easily be as powerful, albeit in a more understated, subconscious way. This has certainly been the case for me. There have been times when what I’ve read has stayed with me for a long time and has provided a different slant on a difficult situation. The lists contained some outstanding writing which provided food for thought.

This year I was fortunate enough to attend my first YLG conference in the autumn, which was inspirational from beginning to end, and a reminder of the most important aim of it all –  to get high quality literature into the hands of children and young people.

And last but not least, it has been a privilege to work with such dedicated and knowledgeable colleagues to produce the end result. So thank you for this opportunity – I will not forget it for a long time.

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