On Tuesday 5th June our Carnegie Medal group traveled over to Backwell School for our yearly joint Carnegie Medal celebrations.
Every year, we have activities and a quiz around the shortlisted books. This year, Mrs Gibson, the librarian at Backwell School, had organised activities including emoji charades, a ‘prop’ quiz and of course an opportunity to vote for our winner.
This year we tried something new and invited an author to give a talk as part of our celebrations. Mimi Thebo has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal twice with her novels Dream the Bear and Coyotte Summer; she talked to students about how difficult it is for books to reach readers and how the Carnegie Medal plays a vital role in highlighting books of quality that might not otherwise get the recognition they deserve.
And of course, there was cake. LOTS of cake!
The day closed with a debate about the shortlist and the result of our vote:
We will have to wait until Monday 18th June to find out who the judges have chosen as their winner.
We had a fantastic time. Thank you again to Mrs Gibson and Mrs Vaux for their warm welcome and the great day they organised for us. Our turn next year!