Children’s Books Ireland winners revealed
Chris Haughton has won the 27th Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Award with his book Goodnight Everyone at a ceremony in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin this week. Chris also won the Honour Award for Illustration for the title.
Peadar Ó Guilín won the Children’s Choice Award for his novel The Call. Voted for by young readers, this winner is chosen by shadowing groups who read and judged the 10 shortlisted titles and voted for their favourite.
Deirdre Sullivan won the Honour Award for Fiction for Needlework. The judges called it “a poetic and eloquent exploration of violation, abuse, neglect and advocacy of the transformative power of art. This searing yet delicate representation of adolescent experience will resonate deeply with teenagers and is a story that needs to be told and read.”
The Judges’ Special Award went to Tadhg Mac Dhonnagaín, Jennifer Farley, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tarsila Krüse and Christina O’Donovan for Bliain na nAmhrán.
Paul Gamble won the Eilís Dillon award for a first children’s book for The Ministry of Strange, Unusual and Impossible Things.
The CBI Book of the Year Awards celebrate 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 the previous year.
‘Poetic and eloquent . . . A story that needs to be told and read’ – what the CBI judges said about ‘Needlework’ by Deirdre Sullivan