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.[1]

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

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.[2]

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

Source: Children's Books Ireland[3]

Book of the Year Award

Year Title Author Publisher
2014 Hagwitch Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick Orion Children's Books
2013 Grounded Sheena Wilkinson Fitzhenry & Whiteside
2012 Into the Grey Celine Kiernan 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 (Éilís Ní 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

Year Title Winner Publisher
2014 The Mysterious TravellerP. J. Lynch Walker Books
The Sleeping Baobab Tree Paula LeydenWalker Books
The Day the Crayons Quit Oliver Jeffers, illustrator HarperCollins
2013 This Moose Belongs to Me Oliver JeffersHarperCollins
Dark Warning Marie-Louise FitzpatrickOrion
Hóng Anna HeussaffCló lar-Chonnacht
2012 Stuck Oliver JeffersHarperCollins
The Butterfly Heart Paula LeydenWalker Books
Maitríóisce Siobhán ParkinsonCois Life
2011 The Heart and the Bottle Oliver JeffersPhilomel
Mac Rí Eireann Andrew WhitsonNew Island Books
Taking Flight Sheena WilkinsonWalker Books
2010 Solace of the Road Siobhán DowdDavid Fickling
There Marie-Louise FitzpatrickRoaring Book Press
Chalkline Jane MitchellWalker Books
2009 Highway Robbery Kate ThompsonThe Bodley Head
The Great Paper Caper Oliver JeffersHarper Collins
Creature of the Night Kate ThompsonThe 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 ByrneO'Brien Press
How to Catch a Star Oliver JeffersHarper Collins
The Gods and their Machines Oisín McGann O'Brien Press
2004 Origins Kate ThompsonThe Bodley Head
You Can Do It Sam Anita JeramWalker Books
The Ravenous Beast Niamh Sharkey Walker Books
2003 Fox Matthew Sweeney and Colmán Ó RaghallaighBloomsbury
An Tóraíocht The Cartoon Saloon Cló Mhaigh Eo
War Children Gerard WhelanO'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 ListEoin ColferO'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 McLaughlinEgmont
Silent Stones Mark O'Sullivan Wolfhound Press
1999 The Long March Marie-Louise FitzpatrickWolfhound 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 ParkinsonO'Brien Press
1997 An Eala Dubh Cliodhna Cussen and Cormac Ó SnodaighCoiscéim
The Lantern Moon Maeve FrielPoolbeg 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 McBratneyO'Brien Press
The Hiring Fair Elizabeth O'Hara (Éilís Ní Dhuibhne) Poolbeg Press
The Pony Express Máirín Johnston Attic Press

Éilís Dillon Award for a First Children's Book

Year Title Author Publisher
2014 Not awarded
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

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)

Information Books: Exploring the Book of Kells: Brendan the Navigator by George Otto Simms, David Rooney (O'Brien 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


  1. 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.
  2. Children's Books Ireland - About The Awards Archived December 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. 1 2 "Past Winners". CBI Awards. Children's Books Ireland (childrensbooksireland.com). Retrieved 2015-09-14.

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