CBI Book of the Year Awards Shortlist Announced!

The shortlist for the 25th CBI Book of the Year Awards has just been revealed with ten titles competing for awards including the innovative Children’s Choice Award, voted for by young readers across the country. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held on 19 May at Dublin’s Light House Cinema.  The CBI Book of the Year Awards were established in 1990 and a celebrate excellence in children’s literature and illustration and are open to books for all ages written in English or Irish by authors and illustrators born or resident in Ireland and published between 1st January and 31st December each year. Previous winners include John Boyne for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas; Sheena Wilkinson for Grounded, Marie Louise Fitzpatrick for There and Hagwitch and Kate Thompson for The New Policeman, Annan Water and The Alchemist’s Apprentice.

The ten shortlisted titles are (via CBI Press Release):

When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

Daideo by Áine Ní Ghlinn

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

Haiku Más é do thoil é! by Gabriel Rosenstock illustrated by Brian Fitzgerald

Primperfect by Deirdre Sullivan

Beyond the Stars compiled by Sarah Webb