Amnesty International and CILIP will be working together to celebrate human rights in UK children’s books. The prize will be named the Amnesty CILIP Honour and will offer a medal to one book on the shortlist for the Carnegie Medal and one book on the shortlist for the Kate Greenaway picture book award.
The medal will begin in 2016 with the first award given in June of that year.
Amnesty International’s Nicky Parker, said: “Books have a unique ability to inspire empathy, broaden horizons and empower young readers. We hope this award will make it easy to identify books which will teach children about truth, freedom and justice and encourage them to feel they can shape a better world.”