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!

Runners up Aoife Mohamed & Arisha Khan, Winner Alicia Premkuma, Mohana Sarwar (accepting the award for runner up Dana Postoronca) and runner up Niamh O’Dwyer. 2nd place winner Jane Brazil was unable to attend.

Every year during the Children’s Book Festival, The O’Brien Press and CBI work together on the Design-a-Cover Competition, asking young artists at schools and libraries nationwide to re-interpret the cover of an O’Brien Press published book. The book chosen this year to be re-jacketed was Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (Maybe) by Laureate na nÓg Siobhán Parkinson. Siobhán very kindly joined us to speak about the origins of the book, which was originally published in 1997.

This year, like every other, CBI and the O’Brien Press were inundated with fabulous, artistic entries, giving us a feel for the incredibly impressive young artistic talent in schools and libraries across the country. Emma Byrne, designer with The O’Brien Press also joins us to talk about how she went about the very difficult process of choosing the winning design entries for the new edition.

Check out the News2Day report from the ceremony, many thanks to them for coming along!

4 lucky runners up were chosen, each of whom received a certificate, as well as 3 copies each of Siobhán Parkinsons O’Brien Press published titles. So, congratulations to..

Niamh O’Dwyer of Scoil Naomh Brid, Celbridge, Co Kildare.

Arisha Khan of Scoil Mhuire, Ballincollig, Co Cork

Aoife Adila Feroz Fazidi Mohamed of Griffeen Valley Educate Together N.S., Lucan.

and Dana Postoronca of Presentation Primary School Terenure. Dana was unable to attend herself but her school mate Mohana Sarwar accept her prize for her.

The second-place winner was Jane Brazil of Mount Anville Junior School. Unfortunately neither Jane nor her classmates were able to attend the ceremony.

Finally, the winner, who received a certificate as well as 5 sets of all of Siobhán Parkinson’s O’Brien Press published books for her school is…

Alicia Premkumar of Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Co Carlow.

The most recent cover of Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (Maybe)


And the new cover, designed by Alicia Premkumar, which will available in your local bookshop shortly!

Children’s Books Ireland would like to thank the National Library of Ireland, The O’Brien Press and the schools and libraries all around the country who support the Design-a-Cover Competition every year during the Children’s Book Festival. Congratulations again to the winners and runners up as well as young artists and designers everywhere for taking part!

Watch this space for more of the runners up designs as well as a Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (Maybe) competition! And don’t forget to check out our facebook page for more images from the ceremony!