Bisto Book of the Year Awards


Bisto Book of the Year Awards

The Bisto Book of the Year Awards are literary awards presented annually in the Republic of Ireland to writers 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 run in 1990 (with the Book of the Decade Awards) and sponsored since the inception by Bisto foods, prizes are awarded in three categories:
* Book of the Year
* Eilís Dillon Award, named in honour of writer Eilís Dillon
* Merit Awards

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. [ [http://www.childrensbooksireland.com/content/view/81/159/ Children's Books Ireland - About The Awards ] ]

Past winners

Book of the Year

"Source: Children's Books Ireland". [ [http://www.childrensbooksireland.com/content/view/67/134/ Children's Books Ireland - Past Winners ] ]

Award Winners in Former 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

Book of the Decade Awards 1980–1990

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"

References

External links

* [http://www.childrensbooksireland.com/content/view/81/159/ Bisto Book of the Year Awards]


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