Chil­dren’s Books Ire­land win­ners re­vealed

The Irish Times - Weekend Review - - ARTS & BOOKS -

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

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