A quick heads up to those of you who are looking for some timely and classy reading suggestions: the Carnegie longlist is out today and features a range of wonderful titles. I get to vote on the Carnegie because I’m a member of CILIP and it’s something which makes me very proud. It’s an award ripe with heritage, history and healthy controversy; a potenent mixture of the classics of children’s literature and those unpredictable joys that flare suddenly into existence and make you wonder how on earth we coped without them.
Also, to be frank, there’s not a title on that longlist that you’d go wrong with. How’s that for a marker of the state of children’s literature in the UK today?