Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CBI Book of the Year Awards...The Winners

The winner of the Childrens Book Ireland Book of the Year 2015 (the 25th annual awards) was announced today at a ceremony at the Light House Cinema in Dublin. So....biggest congratulations go to picture book Once Upon An Alphabet for being chosen the overall winner of Book of the Year 2015. Jeffers also won the Childrens Choice Award, being the third author to take home both.
creator Oliver Jeffers for his wonderful latest creation,

Four other awards were given at the annual celebration.

The Honour Award for Illustration went to Chris Haughton for his third and completely stunning book, Shh....We Have A Plan.

The Honour Award for Fiction was given to Áine Ní Ghlinn for her Irish language book; Daido.
The Judges Special Award was received by Gabriel Rosenstock and Brian Fitzgerald for the wonderful Haiku Más é do thoil é! (Also in Irish language...and absolutely beautiful.)
And finally, the Eilís Dillon Award for first childrens book went to
Louise O'Neill for the powerful (and frightening) Only Ever Yours.
Congratulations to all the winners...and to all who were nominated for these awards.

By way of further explanation about the CBI Book of the Year Awards (formerly the Bisto Awards):

"The CBI Book of the Year Awards are the leading children’s book awards in Ireland. The Awards are a celebration of excellence in children’s literature and illustration and are open to books written in English or Irish by authors and illustrators born or resident in Ireland and published between 1st January and 31st December each year." 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

CBI Book of the Year Awards

Those of us anxiously awaiting the Childrens Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards won't have to wait much longer. Tomorrow is the day!
This annual event, now in its 25th year, seeks to " identify, honour and promote excellence in books for young people by Irish authors and illustrators." There are a total of six awards made, which includes the one I consider most interesting, the Childrens Choice Awards, the selection of which is made by young book clubs and judging panels across Ireland. I've always said, if you want to know about a really good book for children, ask the kids.
As this is really just a quick reminder, here's the short list of ten:

Shortlist 2015

Ten Books have been shortlisted for the 201 CBI Book of the Year Awards:
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

The best of luck to you all!

After the awards, there is also a session with the wonderful Julia Eccleshare of the Guardian. Julia has been writing childrens book reviews for over 20 years and will be sharing her expertise. This is very exciting!!!! (I wish I could be there, but...well, work....)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Wordsmith...a trailer

The brilliant new book The Wordsmith by Patricia Forde is being launched today at Charlie Byrnes Bookshop in Galway. Here is a tantalizing YouTube trailer for this spectacular book! (My review is on the Irish page of this blog, if you haven't found it yet.)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Book Launch...Class Act by Debbie Thomas!

Debbie reads from Class Act
What a wonderful event today! I felt truly grateful and privileged to play a small part in the launch of Debbie Thomas' new childrens book, Class Act. The event, in the Weston Restaurant, Weston Airpark in Celbridge, was well attended and everyone had a fantastic time. I got to introduce the book, which Debbie then read from. Following this, there was face-painting, clay bee-making, a treasure hunt and a special guest appearance by local bee-keeper John Lennon of the North Kildare Beekeepers Association and his display hive of busy honeybees (much admired by all.)
Enough of my chit-chat...here's the photos:
signing for a young fan

Excited readers and author

Making clay bees

Results of the workshop

the guests of honour

Treasure Hunt winner, Megan Jackson
So, a big, big THANK YOU to Debbie, Steve and family (who not only invited me to participate, but also to stay at their lovely home!), Mercier Press and Weston Airpark. You were (and are always) all fantastic people!