CBI Book of the Year Awards 2017 My Predictions

The CBI Book of the Year Awards shortlist will be announced today, March 13th and every year I predict which books will be on this list.

The author or illustrator must be Irish or live in Ireland, and this year’s awards are for books published in 2016. There are usually 6 awards given: the Eilís Dillon Award for 1st book, the Judge’s Special Award, the Honour Award for Illustration, the Honour Award for Fiction, the Children’s Choice Award and the Overall CBI Book of the Year.

Last year’s overall winner was Sarah Crossan for One. It will be interesting to see how many I get right!

The books I think will be on the 2017 shortlist are (in age order, picture books first – there are usually 10 books shortlisted and 6 awards given):

Let’s See Ireland by Sarah Bowie

Owl Bat Bat Owl by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston

Anna Liza and the Happy Practice by Eoin Colfer, illustrated by Matt Robertson

Rabbit and Bear by Julian Gough and Jim Field

Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden (will win the Eilís Dillon Award)

The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan

Plain Jane by Kim Hood

Nothing Tastes as Good by Claire Hennessy

The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín (my choice for Book of the Year)

Needlework by Deirdre Sullivan

+ An Irish language book

May be shortlisted:

Miraculous Miranda by Siobhán Parkinson

A Very Good Chance by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

The Best Medicine by Christine Hamill

The Ministry of Strange, Unusual and Impossible Things by Paul Gamble

Sheena Dempsey may be shortlisted for her illustrations for Billy Button or Dave Pigeon

The Making of Mollie by Anna Carey.

Time After Time by Judi Curtin