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News > Carnegie Medal Shadowing

Students Carys, Andrew, Harrison, Lela and Hannah had a very exciting day out in June to attend the Carnegie Medal ceremony at the British Library in London. The Carnegie Medal is a children’s book prize awarded annually for an outstanding book for children and young people. It is very prestigious and the one that all the authors want to win. New College Worcester Reading Group has been reading all the books on the shortlist and everyone had a different opinion on which book should win. The RNIB has provided each of the books in Braille and large print so everyone has had a chance to join in.

The prize was awarded by Mel Giedroyc from the ‘Great British Bake-Off’ and after a speech or two, the Carnegie Medal was awarded to Tanya Landman for ‘Buffalo Soldier’, a wonderful story about Charley, a liberated slave who disguises herself as a man and joins the Army after the American Civil War. The NCW party was delighted with the winner and Tanya gave a truly inspiring speech about the importance of reading and libraries. After the ceremony Tanya was presented with a Braille copy of the book by Carys, and she chatted, stayed for photos and was generally delightful and generous with our students.

We can’t wait until next year! In the meantime, we get to keep the Carnegie books in the NCW library. Grateful thanks to the RNIB as these brilliant books now form the core of our collection and will be used and read by students for years to come.