Aoife Murray, Programme & Events Manager for Children’s Books Ireland, reviews the shortlist of nominations for their coveted Book of the Year Award.
The awards, founded in 1990, are for children’s books written in English or Irish by authors and illustrators born or resident in Ireland.
Jeffers, who won last year’s prize, is mentioned twice on the shortlist: the book he illustrated for Eoin Colfer, Imaginary Fred, is in the running, as is The Day the Crayons Came Home, written by Drew Daywalt. Both titles are published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.
Two YA titles are also on the shortlist, One by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury Children’s) and Asking for It by Louise O’Neill (Quercus), as is the younger fiction novel The Boy on the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne (Doubleday).
From Irish publishers, the shortlist features: Gulliver, by Jonathan Swift, retold by Mary Webb, illustrated by Lauren O’Neill (The O’Brien Press); Ná Gabh ar Scoil written by Máire Zepf, illustrated by Tarsila Krüse (Futa Fata); Irelandopedia written by John Burke, illustrated by Fatti Burke (Gill & Macmillan); and The Wordsmith by Patricia Forde (Little Island).
The winner of the children’s book of the year award will be announced at a ceremony on 23rd May at Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre.
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