Children's Book Awards

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CBI Book Awards

The CBI Awards are the only annual Children's Book Awards in Ireland. The Awards are made annually by Children's Books Ireland for books by an author or illustrator born or resident in Ireland. The Shortlist is announced in March and the Awards are announced in May for books published in the previous year.

The 2017 Book of the Year was awarded to Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton.

Other awards made:

  • Honour Award for Illustration: Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton
  • Honour Award for Fiction: Needlework by Deirdre O'Sullivan
  • Eilís Dillion Award for a First Children's Book: The Ministry of Strange, Unusual and Impossible Things by Paul Gamble
  • Judges' Special Award: Bliain na nAmhrán - Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin, Jennifer Farley, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tarsila Krüse and Christina O’Donovan
  • Children's Choice Award: The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín

The shortlist of approximately 10 titles is normally announced, in March and the winners in late May/early June of each year.


The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards

The Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. The Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children.

Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 There is a Tribe of Kids Illustrated by Lane Smith

The 2017 winners were announced on 20 June 2017.



Irish Books Awards

The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, which grew out of the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year Prize, were established in 2006 to "acknowledge the wealth of talent in Irish literature".

The winners are announced in November of each year.


Costa Children's Book of the Year

2016 Costa Children's Book Award Winner The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan

Judges: "Timely yet also hilariously funny, Bombs is a necessary take on modern life in extraordinary circumstances."

2016 Shortlist:

  • The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan
  • Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
  • The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon
  • Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford

Winner is announced in January of each year for previous year.

Costa Award Website


Great Reads Award

Great Reads Award is a debut YA book award judged by readers, shortlisted by school librarians. Vote for your favourite (voting closes 12 Jan 2018)

2016 Junior CategoryThe Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
2016 Senior CategoryThe Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden was the “Most Read” title.

2017 Junior Shortlist

2017 Senior Shortlist


Guardian Children's Fiction Prize

The Guardian children's fiction prize was founded in 1967. It is awarded annually to fiction written for children aged eight and above

2016 winner: Crongton Knights by Alex Wheatle

The winner is announced in October/November of each year.

Guardian Award website