CBI Book of the Year shortlist

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CBI Book of the Year AwardsLooking at the CBI Book of the Year Awards 2017 shortlist it's been another great year for children's book publishing in Ireland. We're delighted to hear that six of the ten books on the shortlist were published in Ireland. The shortlist covers all ages from the very young - Chris Haughton's beautifully illustrated, charming Goodnight Everyone, which works wonders for little children and their tired parents at bedtime, to older teenagers with Needlework by talented author Deirdre Sullivan.  We're excited to see more quality Irish language books being recognised too.  It's heartening to see the books on the shortlist covering a great variety of themes, genres and reading ages.

Why not read the ten shortlisted books and pick your favourites! Read more about books at childrensbooksireland.ie/cbi-book-of-the-year-awards

Here's the full shortlist with links to the library catalogue:

CBI book of the Year Awards 2017 Anna Liza and the Happy Practice by Eoin Colfer, illustrated by Matt Robertson
Billy Button, Telegram Boy by Sally Nicholls, illustrated by Sheena Dempsey
Bliain na nAmhrán scriofa ag Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin, maisithe ag Jennifer Farley, Brian Fitzgerald, Tarsila Krüse agus Christina O’Donovan
Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton
Historopedia by Fatti Burke and John Burke
Needlework by Deirdre Sullivan
Óró na Circíní agus Scéalta Eile Ón Afraic athinste ag Gabriel Rosenstock, maisithe ag Brian Fitzgerald
Plain Jane by Kim Hood
The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín
The Ministry of Strange, Unusual and Impossible Things by Paul Gamble

CBI director Elaina Ryan said: “This year Children’s Books Ireland is celebrating 20 years of working to make books a part of every child’s life. We are proud to present this shortlist of ten excellent titles, marking the very best in Irish writing and illustrating for children. It is of particular satisfaction to note that six of the ten books on the shortlist are Irish published, highlighting the quality of books being produced for young readers. We trust that this shortlist will encourage a passion for reading for pleasure in children across the island of Ireland.”

The winners will be announced on 23 May at Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre.


But under the contract for book purchasing soon to be implemented will these irish books be purchased anymore .

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