"Since 1994, teachers and librarians across the country have used the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Awards shadowing scheme to engage young people with quality fiction and picture books. This year CILIP has made major developments to the accompanying website. Building on the popularity of social networking sites, the shadowing website’s new features allow for more interaction between reading groups across the UK and overseas. Young readers will have increased ownership of the website and be able to customise their group’s homepage. New features will allow groups to:
- Upload video content and write blogs
- Design individual questionnaires and polls for everyone to participate in
- Highlight favourite authors or illustrators from the current shortlist
- Link to past winning books in the ‘Living Archive’ via the ‘step back in time’ function
CILIP is committed to promoting the library as a democratic, fun place in which to read and discuss books outside the classroom. The shadowing scheme helps children develop creative responses to reading and to interact and debate their favourite books with other young people and the website is an increasingly important tool to enable this."