Children's Books Ireland Awards 2019

     

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The CBI Book of the Year Awards (formerly the Bisto Awards) are the leading annual children’s book awards in Ireland. Now in their 28th year, the awards are made annually by Children’s Books Ireland. The CBI Book of the Year Awards identify, honour and promote excellence in books for young people by Irish authors and illustrators. The awards are the most prestigious in Ireland and offer one of the few opportunities for national and international recognition of Irish authors and illustrators. Excellence in children’s books is the over-arching criterion and there are a total of six awards made:

CBI Book of the Year Award

Honour Award for Fiction

Honour Award for Illustration

Eilis Dillon Award (for a first children’s book)

The Judges’ Special Award

The Children’s Choice Award

   

The CBI Book of the Year Award winners will be announced on May 22nd at Smock Alley as part of International Literature Festival Dublin.

  

The shortlisted books are:

  

Mucking About by John Chambers

Beag Bídeach scríofa ag Sadhbh Devlin, maisithe ag Róisín Hahessy

The Great Irish Weather Book written by Joanna Donnelly, illustrated by Fuchsia MacAree

Between Tick and Tock written by Louise Greig, illustrated by Ashling Lindsay

Tin by Pádraig Kenny

The Pooka Party by Shona Shirley Macdonald

Dr Hibernica Finch’s Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals written by Rob Maguire, illustrated by Aga Grandowicz

Flying Tips for Flightless Birdsby Kelly McCaughrain

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan

Tuesdays are Just as Badby Cethan Leahy

   

   

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan

This book deals with a number of sensitive issues including euthanasia, drug use, and a main character who struggles with his life as a young carer for his mother while coming to terms with his emerging sexuality. CBI is aware that this content will not be suitable for some readers, and advises shadowing leaders to be aware of this content before selecting the book to read with your group. The questions and activities in the shadowing pack are suggested ways of interrogating difficult topics in a responsible and appropriate way for young readers. You do not have to go through every question with your group, and should feel free to add your own questions and activities.

 

Tuesdays are Just as Bad by Cethan Leahy

This book deals with a number of sensitive issues including mental illness, suicide, sex and contraception. CBI is aware that this content will not be suitable for some readers, and advises shadowing leaders to be aware of this content before selecting the book to read with your group. The questions and activities in the shadowing pack are suggested ways of interrogating difficult topics in a responsible and appropriate way for young readers. You do not have to go through every question with your group, and should feel free to add your own questions and activities.