2019/2020 KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards Judges

We are so grateful to all our 2019/2020 KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards judges. The panel has a tremendous breadth of experience and they did an incredible job, which we deeply appreciate! Also to note Alexzander Dunne our seventeen year old fourth year student judge for his excellent commitment to this task. The judges had a lot to read (99 books in total!) and it is a very rigorous and demanding process. Here’s who they are, we are so proud to have had them and we want to thank them for all the hard work they put in over many months.

Valerie Coghlan, vice-President of the Board of Bookbird, Inc., is an independent researcher and lecturer. She was recently presented with an honorary award by iBbY Ireland for services to children’s literature. 

Alexzander Dunne aged seventeen is a fourth year student in Trinity Comprehensive School Ballymun. His favourite subject is English. His current favourite author is Stephen King. His favourite series is Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. 

Is léachtóir le Gaeilge í Claire M. Dunne in Institiúid Oideachais Marino. Bhí sí ina heagarthóir Gaeilge ar Rogha Leabhar ó 2015 ar aghaidh.

Claire M. Dunne is Gaeilge lecturer in Marino Institute of Education. She has been Irish Language editor of Recommended Reads from 2015 to date.

Conallach ó dhúchas é Joe Kelly atá ag obair mar leabharlannaí meánscoile i mBaile Munna. Déanann sé iarracht an léitheoireacht ar son pléisiúir agus an scríbhneoireacht chruthaitheach a chur chun cinn.

Originally from Donegal, Joe Kelly is JCSP Librarian in Trinity Comprehensive Ballymun where he tries to encourage creative writing and develop a culture of reading for pleasure. 

Dr. Louise Gallagher has a PhD. in Children’s Literature, and works in the Library of Trinity College, Dublin. She is a Children’s Books Ireland Book Doctor, section editor of the annual Inis Reading Guideand a regular contributor of reviews and articles to Inis magazine.

Author and illustrator James Mayhew has been creating books for children for over thirty years, including the best-selling Ella Bellaanseries. He loves experimenting with different illustration techniques and finding just the right approach for each new project. Alongside his work in publishing, James works with a variety of orchestras and musicians, presenting concerts that combine music and art, created live on stage, including the Royal Albert Hall. His collaborators include the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, illustrating classics like The Firebird. He lives in Suffolk, where the skies and light are perfect for artists.

Sue Miller is currently Education Librarian in DCU Library. She is active in children’s literature bibliography and collection development and has a particular research interest in teaching and learning with children’s literature in the classroom.

Dr Ciara Ní Bhroin (chair) is a lecturer in English Language, Literacy and Literature and coordinator of the writer in residence programme in the Marino Institute of Education, an Associated College of Trinity College, Dublin. She is a former president of the Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature and served for many years on the committee of iBby Ireland. Ciara has published numerous articles and book chapters on children’s literature.

Tá Caoimhe Nic Lochlainn ag obair mar léachtóir in Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, Ollscoil Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath. Tháinig an chéad leabhar do pháistí óna peann, Scéalta le hInsint don Ghealach, amach in 2018. 

Caoimhe Nic Lochlainn is a lecturer in Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, Dublin City University. Her first children’s book, Scéalta le hInsint don Ghealach, was published in 2018. 

Céimí Gaeilge de chuid UCD is ea Gráinne Ní Mhuilneoir.  Chaith sí seal ag obair i bhfoilsitheoireacht sa Ghaeilge (ar leabhair do dhaoine óga agus do dhaoine fásta). Anois, tá sí mar bhainisteoir ar An Siopa Leabhar, atá lonnaithe ar Shráid Fhearchair agus a phléann go speisialta le leabhair Ghaeilge.

Gráinne Ní Mhuilneoir has worked in Irish-language publishing for children and adults. She is currently the manager of An Siopa Leabhar, the independent Irish-language bookshop based on Harcourt Street in Dublin. 

Dr Finian O’ Shea lectured in education at Church of Ireland College and is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College. He is a past-president and honorary lifetime member of The Literacy Association of Ireland. He works a volunteer EAL and adult literacy tutor at Warrenmount Adult Community Education Centre. 

D’oibrigh an Dr Finín Ó Séaghdha mar léachtóir i gColáiste Oideachais Eaglais na hÉireann.  Faoi láthair is Comhalta Taighde Cuairte é i gColáiste na Tríonóide. Iar-uachtarán de chuid Cumann Litearthachta na hÉireann is ea é agus is stiúrthóir agus teagascóir é ag Ionad Oideachais Pobail d’Aosaigh Warrenmount.