CBI Shortlisted for two Allianz Business to Arts Awards

Children’s Books Ireland is thrilled to announce we have been shortlisted in two categories at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards –  best small sponsorship for our ‘Family Hubs Libraries’ project with the Coca-Cola Ireland Thank You Fund, and the Judges’ Special Recognition Award for Portfolio of Investment category for our portfolio of book gifting projects –  ‘Bookbag’ with Brown Bag Films; ‘BOLD GIRLS’ with KPMG; and ‘Family Hub Libraries’ with the Coca-Cola Ireland Thank You Fund.

Brown Bag Films have partnered with us for five years on ‘Bookbag’, allowing us to put books in the hands of students in DEIS schools, and provide visits from authors and illustrators to help inspire a love of reading in these children. KPMG partnered with us for our BOLD GIRLS programme as part of their KPMG Family for Literacy Project, and with their help we were able to bring BOLD GIRLS to four schools across Ireland, providing each with a BOLD GIRLS Library and a four week KPMG Staff-lead Reading initiative. The Coca-Cola Ireland Thank You Fund supported our project to put libraries of brilliant books for teenagers into three Dublin city centre family hubs, in partnership with the Dublin Region Homeless Executive. These libraries were supported by a Patron of Reading, Brian Conaghan. We are particularly delighted that this project has been acknowledged in two categories.

Each of these programmes allow us to get books to the children who really need them, broadening and brightening their world one story at a time, and we cannot thank our corporate sponsors enough for providing us with the support we need to make these initiatives happen.

We can’t wait for the award ceremony on the 3rd of September at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and are so excited to see each of these sponsors and initiatives getting the recognition they deserve.

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About Elaine Smyth

Children's Books Ireland Summer Intern 2019, and Masters student of Children's Literature at Trinity College Dublin.