Picturebook creator Oliver Jeffers has won the 25th CBI Book of the Year Award and is the third author ever to win both the Book of the Year Award and the Children’s Choice award for his title Once Upon an Alphabet.
Presenting twenty-six original and innovative stories about the letters of the alphabet, the book combines clever text and engaging line drawings. It is so highly regarded judges of the Award said every home, school and person should have “at least one copy”.
Throughout the book each letter of the alphabet has its own story with each one inter- connected, and its quirky drawings means it appeals to kids of all ages.
Students from King’s Hospital School, Palmerstown, Co. Dublin and Scoil Cholmcille, Skryne, Co. Meath presented Oliver with the Children’s Choice Award.
Voted for by young readers from across the country, this award winner is chosen by shadowing groups who read and then judged the ten shortlisted titles and voted for their favourite.
The CBI Book of the Year Awards judging panel also made awards to Chris Haughton for Shh! We Have a Plan, Áine Ní Ghlinn for Daideo, Gabriel Rosenstock and Brian Fitzgerald for Haiku Más é do thoil é and Louise O’Neill for Only Ever Yours.
The CBI Book of the Year Awards are a celebration of excellence in children’s literature and illustration and are open to books written in English or Irish by authors and illustrators born or resident in Ireland and published between 1st January and 31st December each year.