The annual awards also include the Children’s Choice Award, voted for by young readers from all over Ireland. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held on 23rd May.
The shortlisted titles are:
Imaginary Fred written by Eoin Colfer and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne
Gulliver retold by Mary Webb and illustrated by Lauren O’Neill
Asking for It by Louise O’Neill
Ná Gabh ar Scoil written by Máire Zepf and illustrated by Tarsila Krüse
Irelandopedia written by John Burke and illustrated by Fatti Burke
The Wordsmith by Patricia Forde
One by Sarah Crossan
Dr Patricia Kennon, chair of the judging panel that read almost 80 titles, said: ‘The nine shortlisted titles take us on an imaginative journey around Ireland and beyond, showcasing the range of excellent books being created by Irish authors and illustrators. These books span a wide range of ages from incredibly engaging picturebooks to hard-hitting, thought-provoking novels for teenagers and young adults, in both languages.
Acting Director at CBI, Jenny Murray said ‘At Children’s Books Ireland our mission is to make books a part of every child’s life. With this year’s shortlist, CBI is honoured to be able to highlight the very best that Irish authors and illustrators have to offer. It is particularly satisfying to note that of the nine shortlisted titles, four are Irish published. This list includes children’s books for all ages covering titles that are challenging, informative, uplifting and funny.
Copies of all shortlisted titles are available in Clare County Library branch libraries.