HarperCollins Children’s Books and Bloomsbury Children’s both have two books shortlisted for this year’s Children’s Books Ireland (CBI) Book of the Year awards [see full list below].
Bloomsbury’s Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan and When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan are on the shortlist, as are Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers and Beyond the Stars compiled by Sarah Webb, which are both published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Other UK publishers with shortlisted books are Walker Books (Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton), Orion Children’s Books (The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald) and Quercus (Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill), which is also shortlisted for the YA Book Prize.
The awards are for Irish authors and there are six prizes up for grabs; the CBI Book of the Year Award, The Eilís Dillon award for a first children’s book, the Honour Award for fiction, the Honour Award for illustration, the judges special award and the children’s choice award, which is voted for by young readers.
Ciara Ní Bhroin, chair of the judging panel, said: “The ten shortlisted titles showcase the range of excellent books being created by Irish authors and illustrators. From incredibly vibrant and engaging picturebooks to hard-hitting, thought-provoking novels for teenagers and young adults, this shortlist offers every child a rich and satisfying reading experience.”
The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Dublin’s Light House Cinema on the 19th May.
This year’s shortlist in full:
When Mr Dog Bites by Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)
Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton (Walker Books)
Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
The Apple Tart of Hope by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald (Orion Children’s Books)
Daideo by Áine Ní Ghlinn (Cois Life)
Only Ever Yours by Louise O¹Neill (Quercus)
Haiku Más é do thoil é! by Gabriel Rosenstock, illustrated by Brian Fitzgerald (An Gúm)
Primperfect by Deirdre Sullivan (Little Island)
Beyond the Stars compiled by Sarah Webb (HarperCollins Children’s Books)