Cressida Cowell in Dublin!

*This post is dated October 18th, 2012   On Wednesday, the 17th of October, the author and illustrator of the “How to Train Your Dragon” series was welcomed by 450 primary school students to Liberty Hall in Dublin.

Jam – Fighting Words

*This post is dated July 11th, 2012   Here is the second of this week’s guest posts from the young writers of Fighting Words. Today Aedán Hamrock tells us about the making of Jam: An Anthology of Graphic Fiction. Once again, congrats from CBI to all the talented young writers and artists involved, we think Jam is the bee’s knees!

Shadowing Fun!

*This post is dated May 29th, 2012*   After the excitement of yesterday’s ceremony we’re delighted to be able to share some pics and opinions from Shadowing groups across the country. Oh, and most importantly, announce the Shadower’s Favourite Book!

And the Winner is…….!

*This post is dated May 29th, 2012*   The winners of the 22nd annual CBI Book of the Year Awards have been announced! This year’s awards were presented by Fergus Finlay yesterday at a ceremony in Wood Quay, Dublin.

Niamh Sharkey, Laureate na nÓg!

*This post is dated May 10th, 2012*   The first official portrait of Niamh as the new Laureate na nÓg After a whirlwind Tuesday which saw picture book maker Niamh Sharkey inaugurated as our second Laureate na nÓg, we’re delighted to finally have time to put pen to (virtual) paper and tell you all about it.

Designers of the Future!

*This post is dated April 25th, 2012* Yesterday in the beautiful surroundings of the National Library of Ireland, CBI joined The O’Brien Press and school children from all around the country to celebrate the annual CBF Design-a-Cover Competition and present the awards!

And The Nation’s All-Time Favourite is:

*This post is dated February 6th, 2012*   Voters across Ireland have chosen John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as their all-time favourite of the 21 books which have won the annual Bisto Children’s Book of the Year Award since the awards began in 1990! The Bisto Ballot was launched in March 2011 to mark the 21st anniversary .

YA Readers

*This post is dated December 8th, 2011* Channel 4 News ran a nice piece last night about YA book sales and reading trends. Research suggests that UK sales of YA fiction have doubled in the past 5 years, at a time where sales of printed books in general are on the decline.