CBI Book of the Year Awards

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The CBI Book of the Year Awards (Irish: Duaiseanna Leabhair na Bliana CBI), previously known as the Bisto Book of the Year Awards, are literary awards presented annually in the Republic of Ireland to writers and illustrators of books for children and young people. The Awards are run by Children's Books Ireland (CBI) and are open to authors and illustrators born or resident in Ireland; books may be written in English or Irish. Many bestselling, internationally renowned authors have won a "Bisto", including Eoin Colfer, John Boyne and several times winner Kate Thompson.

First awarded in 1990 (with the Book of the Decade Awards), prizes are awarded in three categories:

  • CBI Book of the Year Award
  • Eilís Dillon Award for a First Children's Book, named in honour of writer Eilís Dillon
  • three Merit Awards, which in 2012 were:
    • Judges' Special Recognition Award
    • CBI Honour Award for Illustration
    • CBI Honour Award for Writing

The winner of Book of the Year wins a perpetual trophy and €10,000; the 3 winners of the Merit Award share a combined prize fund of €6,000; the Eilís Dillon Award winner for first time writers also wins a trophy and €3,000.[1]

In 2010, the Children's Choice award was introduced to mark the 20th anniversary of the Bisto Book of the Year Awards. It was chosen by 10 Junior Juries from all around Ireland, and was awarded to Jane Mitchell's Chalkline. The Judges' Special Recognition Award was not awarded in 2010.

Past winners[edit]

Book of the Year Award[edit]

Source: Children's Books Ireland.[2]

Year Title Author Publisher
2012 Into the Grey Celine Kiernan The O’Brien Press
2011 A Bit Lost Chris Haughton Walker Books
2010 There Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick Roaring Book Press
2009 Bog Child Siobhán Dowd David Fickling
2008 The London Eye Mystery Siobhán Dowd David Fickling
2007 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas John Boyne David Fickling
2006 The New Policeman Kate Thompson The Bodley Head
2005 Annan Water Kate Thompson The Bodley Head
2004 Wings Over Delft Aubrey Flegg O'Brien Press
2003 You, Me and the Big Blue Sea Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick Gullane
The Alchemist's Apprentice Kate Thompson The Bodley Head
2002 The Beguilers Kate Thompson The Bodley Head
2001 Izzy and Skunk Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick Blackwater Press
2000 Faraway Home Marilyn Taylor O'Brien Press
1999 Tales of Wisdom and Wonder Niamh Sharkey Barefoot Books
1998 Dream Invader Gerard Whelan O'Brien Press
1997 Sisters ... No Way ! Siobhán Parkinson O'Brien Press
1996 The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey P. J. Lynch Poolbeg Press
1995 Blaeberry Sunday Elizabeth O'Hara (Eilis Ni Dhuibhne) Poolbeg Press
1994 When Stars Stop Spinning Jane Mitchell Poolbeg Press
1993 The Blue Horse Marita Conlon-McKenna O'Brien Press
1992 The Summer of Lily and Esme John Quinn Poolbeg Press
1991 The Island of Ghosts Eilís Dillon Faber and Faber

Merit Awards[edit]

Year Title Winner Publisher
2012 Stuck Oliver Jeffers HarperCollins
The Butterfly Heart Paula Leyden Walker Books
Maitríóisce Siobhán Parkinson Cois Life
2011 The Heart and the Bottle Oliver Jeffers Philomel
Mac Rí Eireann Andrew Whitson New Island Books
Taking Flight Sheena Wilkinson Walker Books
2010 Solace of the Road Siobhán Dowd David Fickling
There Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick Roaring Book Press
Chalkline Jane Mitchell Walker Books
2009 Highway Robbery Kate Thompson The Bodley Head
The Great Paper Caper Oliver Jeffers Harper Collins
Creature of the Night Kate Thompson The Bodley Head
2008 The Black Book of Secrets F. E. Higgins Macmillan
The Way Back Home Oliver Jeffers Harper Collins
Wilderness Roddy Doyle Scholastic
2007 The Incredible Book-Eating Boy Oliver Jeffers Harper Collins
Hurlamaboc Éilís Ní Dhuibhne Cois Life
Something Invisible Siobhán Parkinson Penguin
2006 Lost and Found Oliver Jeffers Harper Collins
A Horse Called El Dorado Kevin Kiely O'Brien Press
Penny the Pencil Eileen O'Hely Mercier Press
2005 Something Beginning with P Corrina Askin, Alan Clarke and Emma Byrne O'Brien Press
How to Catch a Star Oliver Jeffers Harper Collins
The Gods and their Machines Oisín McGann O'Brien Press
2004 Origins Kate Thompson The Bodley Head
You Can Do It Sam Anita Jeram Walker Books
The Ravenous Beast Niamh Sharkey Walker Books
2003 Fox Matthew Sweeney and Colmán Ó Raghallaigh Bloomsbury
An Tóraíocht The Cartoon Saloon Cló Mhaigh Eo
War Children Gerard Whelan O'Brien Press
2002 Artemis Fowl Eoin Colfer Puffin
Caught on a Train Carlo Gébler Egmont
An Sclábhaí Colmán Ó Raghallaigh Cló Mhaigh Eo
2001 The Wish List Eoin Colfer O'Brien Press
Dirt Tracks Martina Murphy Poolbeg Press
The Orchard Book of Ghostly Stories Martin Waddell Orchard Press
2000 Siúloid Bhreá Mary Arrigan An Gúm
Fierce Milly Marilyn McLaughlin Egmont
Silent Stones Mark O'Sullivan Wolfhound Press
1999 The Long March Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick Wolfhound Press
The Moon King Siobhán Parkinson O'Brien Press
An Rógaire agus a Scáil Gabriel Rosenstock An Gúm
1998 The Hungry Wind Soinbhe Lally Poolbeg Press
When Jessie Came Across the Sea P. J. Lynch Poolbeg Press
Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (maybe) Siobhán Parkinson O'Brien Press
1997 An Eala Dubh Cliodhna Cussen and Cormac Ó Snodaigh Coiscéim
The Lantern Moon Maeve Friel Poolbeg Press
The Guns of Easter Gerard Whelan O'Brien Press
1996 Hannah or Pink Balloons Mary Beckett Marino Books
Sceoin sa Bhoireann Ré Ó Laighléis Cló Iar-Chonnachta
Lockie and Dadge Frank Murphy O'Brien Press
1995 Goodbye Summer, Goodbye Rose Doyle Attic Press
Catkin P. J. Lynch Poolbeg Press
Ecstasy agus Scéalta Eile Ré Ó Laighléis Cló Iar-Chonnachta
1994 The Chieftain's Daughter Sam McBratney O'Brien Press
The Hiring Fair Elizabeth O'Hara Poolbeg Press
The Pony Express Máirín Johnston Attic Press

Éilís Dillon Award for a First Children's Book[edit]

Year Title Author Publisher
2011 A Bit Lost Chris Haughton Walker
2010 The Third Pig Detective Agency Bob Burke HarperCollins
2009 Anila's Journey Mary Finn Walker Books
2008 The Thing With Finn Tom Kelly Macmillan
2007 A Swift Pure Cry Siobhán Dowd David Fickling
2006 Snake's Elbow Deirdre Madden Orchard Books
2005 An Bhó Riabhach Siobhán Ní Shíthigh An Gúm
2004 Amach Alan Titley An Gúm
2003 Gyrfalcon Grace Wells O'Brien Press
2002 Adam's Starling Gillian Perdue O'Brien Press
2001 The Lost Orchard Patrick Deeley O'Brien Press
2000 Fierce Milly Marilyn McLaughlin Egmont
1999 Dea-Scéala Caitríona Hastings Cló Iar-Chonnachta
1998 It's a Jungle Out There Ed Miliano Wolfhound Press
1997 The Guns of Easter Gerard Whelan O'Brien Press
1996 Lockie and Dadge Frank Murphy O'Brien Press
1995 Melody for Nora Mark O'Sullivan Wolfhound Press

Award winners in discontinued categories[edit]

  • Best Emerging Author (1991) - Brian Boru by Morgan Llywelyn, O'Brien Press
  • Book for Young Readers (1991) - Grandma's Bill by Martin Waddell, Simon and Schuster
  • Illustration (1991) - Fairy Tales of Ireland by P.J. Lynch, Collins
  • Historical Fiction (1992) Wildflower Girl by Marita Conlon-McKenna, O'Brien Press
  • Picture Book (1992) - The Sleeping Giant by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Brandon Books
  • First Children's Novel (1992) - The Secret of the Ruby Ring by Yvonne MacGrory, Children's Press
  • Information Book (1993) - Tamall sa Chistin by Mairin Uí Chomain, An Gúm
  • Teenage Fiction (1993) - Put a Saddle on the Pig by Sam McBratney, Methuen
  • Historical Fiction (1993) Strongbow by Morgan Llywelyn, O'Brien Press

Book of the Decade Awards (1980–1990)[edit]

Fiction Category:
Run with the Wind
Run to Earth
Run Swift, Run Free
by Tom McCaughren, Wolfhound Press

Information Books Category:
Exploring the Book of Kells
Brendan the Navigator
by George Otto Simms, O'Brien Press

Irish Language Category:
An Chanáil
by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, An Gúm

Records[edit]

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