CBI Book of the Year Awards
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.
The awards were sponsored by Bisto (Premier Foods) from their inception.
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.
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.
Source: Children's Books Ireland
Book of the Year Award
Éilís Dillon Award for a First Children's Book
|2013||The Weight of Water||Sarah Crossan||Bloomsbury|
|2012||The Butterfly Heart||Paula Leyden||Walker|
|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|
Awards in discontinued categories
- 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
Bisto Children's Book of the Decade (1980–1990)
Fiction: Run with the Wind; Run to Earth; Run Swift; Run Free by Tom McCaughren, Jeanette Dunne (Wolfhound Press)
Books for Young Readers: Grandma's Bill by Martin Waddell, illus. Jane Johnson (Simon and Schuster)
Irish Language: An Chanáil by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, transl. Bernadine Nic Ghiolla Phádraig An Gúm
Winners of multiple awards
- Most Bisto Book of the Year Awards: Kate Thompson (4), Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (4), Siobhán Dowd (2)
- Most Merit Awards: Oliver Jeffers (9), Kate Thompson (3), P. J. Lynch (3)
- Most Bisto Awards (total): Kate Thompson (7), Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (7), Oliver Jeffers (7), Gerard Whelan (4), Siobhán Dowd (4), Siobhán Parkinson (3), P. J. Lynch (4), Éilis Ni Dhuibhne/Elizabeth O'Hara (3)
- General Info: Bisto Book of the Year Awards – Leabhar-Ghradaim Bisto"]. October 2008. Children's Books Ireland. Archived 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2015-09-14.
- Children's Books Ireland - About The Awards Archived December 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Past Winners". CBI Awards. Children's Books Ireland (childrensbooksireland.com). Retrieved 2015-09-14.