The winners of the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards have been announced today – and we are absolutely delighted that There’s a Bear on my Chair by Ross Collins has been awarded an Amnesty CILIP Honour! This is a brand new commendation, given to one book from each of the Carnegie and Greenaway shortlists that most distinctively illuminates, upholds or celebrates freedoms.
The first Amnesty CILIP Honours were judged by a panel including the 2015 Carnegie Medal winner Tanya Landman. Of There’s a Bear on My Chair, the judges said “packed full of joyous humour: it develops children’s empathy and shows how we can protest creatively and peacefully when something is wrong.”
Nicky Parker, chair of judges for the Amnesty CILIP Honour, said: “We are very proud to announce the first ever children’s book award to celebrate human rights. The best books are more than plot and character, they give children the empathy and confidence to stand up and shape their world for the better – and we need to give children that power today, more than ever.”
You can read more about the Amnesty CILIP Honours here – and here’s a video of school children discussing There’s a Bear on My Chair:
If you’ve not discovered it yet, here’s a look inside There’s a Bear on My Chair:
A joyously illustrated picture book, with a clever single rhyme echoing Dr Seuss, it’s perfect for sharing. You can buy the book here.
You can also buy beautiful, limited edition, signed and numbered giclee prints featuring artwork from There’s a Bear on My Chair exclusively from the Nosy Crow shop – here’s a look at the prints on offer:
You can read the full list of winners and shortlisted titles from today’s ceremony here. Congratulations on this incredible honour, Ross!