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Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter, Looking Glass to Spyglass: the much loved worlds of Children’s Books

Saturday 30th March 2pm

Venue:  The Sanctuary, Lancaster Library, Market Square, Lancaster LA1 1HY
Tickets: £10 Full/ £8 Concession
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In Person: Lancaster & Morecambe Visitor Information Centres

By phone: 01524 582394/ 01524 582808

The books and stories we read as children often play a formative role in our tastes and interests. This session will explore childhood classics, personal favourites and winners of the prestigious CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals, looking at what makes them endure. It will engage with audience members so why not bring along your own childhood favourite and share what it meant to you. The session will be hosted by Christopher Moore critic and creator of the #YAtakeover digital Festival. Panellists include Amy McKay – selected as School Librarian of the Year, had judged the Blue Peter Book Awards and is co-ordinator for the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal – and Jake Hope Chair of the Youth Libraries Group, reviewer for numerous publications and official blogger for the Carnegie Medal anniversary when he read and appraised every past winner of the award. Whether you are looking to reminisce and remember or are wanting recommendations in the best books for children, join us for a lively and fascinating discussion!

Jake Hope is the Chair of the Youth Libraries Group. He has judged almost every major literary award for children’s books in the UK and has spoken at the London Book Fair, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Hay and even South Korea. A passionate advocate for children’s books, libraries and reading, Jake is currently writing a book on visual literacy. 

Amy McKay was School Librarian of the Year in 2016. A familiar face at festivals and on judging panels, she makes regular appearances at Edinburgh and Hay and has judged the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals, the Blue Peter Book Awards and the Nibbies. Describing herself as a ‘stealth librarian’, Amy lures readers in to the library with innovative clubs and activities using her natural rapport to introduce them to the world of books and reading. 
Chris Moore is an influencer for books for children and young adults. He has studied an MA in Publishing and Creative Writing, has written articles for Bookmachine and Writing Ireland and established the popular digital reading promotion, the #YAtakeover on Twitter. Chris is a regular reviewer and commentator.