Children’s Book of the Year (Junior)


Children’s Book of the Year (Junior)

About The Award

The Children’s Awards were created in the first Irish Book Awards expansion of 2006. The children’s awards are split into three categories: junior, senior, and Teen & Young Adult. The junior category is aimed at readers under 8 years of age.

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The 2021 Shortlist

Up on the Mountain
Peter Donnelly
There’s a Ghost in this House
Oliver Jeffers
Puffling and the Egg
Erika McGann & Gerry Daly
Chris Haughton
Evie’s Christmas Wish
Siobhán Parkinson
A Hug For You
David King

Specsavers Children's Book of the Year - Junior 2020

The Great Irish Farm Book

By Darragh McCullough, Illustrated by Sally Caulwell

Did you know that there are almost 2,000,000 pigs in Ireland? Would you believe only 10 per cent of the milk produced in Ireland is consumed here? And that hens are pregnant for 21 days, but a horse can be pregnant for up to 345 days? The Great Irish Farm Book will take you on a fascinating journey through an Irish farm.

by Joseph O’Connor
Normal People
by Sally Rooney
Midwinter Break
by Bernard MacLaverty
Solar Bones
by Mike McCormack

Previous Winners

2020 – The Great Irish Farm Book by Darragh McCullough, Illustrated by Sally Caulwell

2019 – 123 Ireland! 
by Aoife Dooley

2018 – The President’s Cat 
by Peter Donnelly

2017 – A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea by Sarah Webb illustrated by Steve McCarthy

2016 – Pigín of Howth by Kathleen Watkins & illustrated by Margaret Anne Suggs

2015 – Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer & Oliver Jeffers

2014 – Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

2013 – When You Were Born by Benji Bennett

2012 – This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers

2011 – The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge

2010 – On the Road with Mavis and Marge by Niamh Sharkey

2009 – Before You Sleep by Benji Bennett

2008 – The Story of Ireland by Brendan O’Brien

2007 – The Incredible Book-eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers


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