children's books

Yasmeen Ismail makes Little Rebels Children's Book Award Shortlist

Yasmeen IsmailTo have one is nice, to have two might be seen as just plain greedy, but we make no apologies for highlighting yet more success for Irish authors. Having just posted about John Boyne being shortlisted for the 2016 Little Rebels Children's Book Award, with great delight we want to highlight the shortlisting also of Yasmeen Ismail for the very same award! Yasmeen is nominated for her picture book 'I'm a Girl!', which coincidentally was also shortlisted for the 2015 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards (category 'Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year – Junior').

John Boyne makes Little Rebels Children's Book Award Shortlist

John BoyneJohn Boyne's is likely a familiar name to most of you, he having gained worldwide recognition for his fourth novel, 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', published in 2006 and adapted for cinema in 2008. That book won the Irish Children's Book Award in 2007 as well as the Bisto Children's Book of the Year Award. Well, his name popped up again recently in the context of another award, this time the 2016 Little Rebels Children's Book Award for which he has been shortlisted for 'The Boy at the Top of the Mountain', alongside Dublin-born children's illustrator Yasmeen Ismail.

The shortlist (for books published in 2015), which include three picture books, is as follows:

Carnegie and Greenaway Shortlists Announced

Carnegie & Greenaway medalsWe are delighted to see Irish literary talent featuring on award shortlists once again! This time congratulations are due to Oliver Jeffers and Sarah Crossan, as their fabulous books have made it onto the prestigious Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Shortlists. Oliver Jeffers' beautiful picture book Once upon an Alphabet is a book to buy and treasure.  Sarah Crossan's remarkable young adult novel One has already been named on the CBI Book Awards and YA Book Prize shortlists.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. While the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. The winners will be announced on 20 June 2016.

CBI Book of Year Award Shortlist Revealed

CBI Book of the Year Awards 2016Children's Books Ireland has announced the shortlist for their 2016 Book of the Year Awards. The awards celebrate the very best in Irish children's literature. They are open to any children's book written in English or Irish by Irish born or resident authors and illustrators.

The 2016 shortlist covers titles for all ages, from charming picture books for the youngest book lovers, to young adult fiction with dark and difficult themes. It features previous CBI Book of the Year winners Oliver Jeffers (Once Upon an Alphabet, 2015) and  John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, 2007). Louise O'Neill's Asking For It has already gathered praise and generated much discussion since it was published last year and in December it was chosen by public vote as the Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year 2015.

Author Spotlight #1 - Michael Morpurgo

Michael MorpurgoWe decided to kick off our new series of regular blog posts on individual authors by putting the spotlight on that most prolific and popular of children's authors, Michael Morpurgo. A decision heavily influenced I might add by Michael's presence in Ireland right now to attend a big family event in the Concert Hall in Cork this evening.  Michael could be heard on RTE radio's 'Today with Sean O'Rourke' show yesterday morning when he was interviewed by Claire Byrne. If you missed it, you can listen to the interview online (c.16 minutes in length).

Right: Michael Morpurgo (Source)

Young Reader Power!

CBA logoToday say the announcement of the shortlist for The Children’s Book Award 2016! This UK award is the only literary award chosen and voted for entirely by children.  Previous winners include JK Rowling, Patrick Ness, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morpurgo, the latter having already won the Award three times and in line to add to that total!

The awards has three categories: books for younger children, books for younger readers and books for older readers. The books on the shortlists were chosen by children who read and voted for the books at events across the UK. The full shortlist in each category is as follows (with links to our catalogue):-

Magical book found in Dublin - READ All About It!

The Boook of LearningWe invite children to delve into the world of Ebony Smart, a 12-year old girl whose world has just changed forever  - a new home in Dublin that is full of secrets, a magical book that unlocks the mystery to her past and a mysterious boy called Zach who befriends her – for the Citywide Reading Campaign for Children 2016.

The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Public Libraries, in partnership with Mercier Press, and runs from January to March 2016.

Moone Boy Thrills Hundreds!

Moone BoyThere were some 400 children in the audience at a special 'Moone Boy' event in Dublin's Liberty Hall yesterday (14th October). Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy, co-authors of 'Moone Boy: The Fish Detective' were there entertaining the children and reading from the second in the hilarious illustrated series inspired by the Sky TV series they co-wrote.

The event was organised by the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Office in conjunction with Dublin City Public Libraries.

Shirley Hughes, a Children's Favourite

DoggerChildren's author and illustrator Shirley Hughes (b. 1927) has just become the first person to win the inaugural Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award. This new award is for making "an outstanding contribution to children's literature".

Hughes is best known as the creator of the beautifully illustrated Alfie picture books and the picture book 'Dogger', the latter winning the Kate Greenaway medal for book illustration in 1977. Dogger has also been voted the public’s favourite Kate Greenaway Medal winner of all time. Hughes again won the Kate Greenaway medal in 2003 for 'Ella's Big Chance', her adaptation of the Cinderella story. In total she has authored more than 50 books and illustrated over 200.

The Children's Book of 2015 is... Once Upon an Alphabet

Once Upon an Alphabet'Once Upon an Alphabet' by Oliver Jeffers was announced as the winning title of the 25th Children's Books Ireland (CBI) Book of the Year Award on Tuesday (19th May) at a ceremony held in the Light House Cinema in Dublin.

(From Press Release) "Picturebook creator Oliver Jeffers has won the 25th CBI Book of the Year Award and is the third author ever to win both the Book of the Year Award and the Children’s Choice award for his title 'Once Upon an Alphabet'. Presenting twenty-six original and innovative stories about the letters of the alphabet, the book combines clever text and engaging line drawings. The judges said, ‘Every school, every home, every person should have at least one copy, as this is a book that bears repeated readings. Each letter of the alphabet is introduced with its own story, each one weaving in and out of one another, asking the reader to make connections and cross-references. Although this is an alphabet book, the cleverly constructed stories and quirky line drawings make this the perfect read for children of all ages.'"

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