Children’s Books Ireland shortlisted in three categories in the 2022 Business to Arts Awards

July 2022
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CEO Elaina Ryan with her children and the award trophy
CEO Elaina Ryan with daughters Fiadh and Sadhbh, celebrating Children's Books Ireland's win at the 2021 Business to Arts Awards

We’re delighted to once again be shortlisted for the Business to Arts Awards, together with our partners KPMG and The Community Foundation for Ireland.

The Business to Arts Awards recognise businesses, philanthropists, artists, and arts organisations that develop compelling creative partnerships. Shortlisted partnerships focus on arts sponsorship, philanthropy, commissioning of artists and CSR initiatives, such as employee and community engagement.

Children’s Books Ireland and KPMG are shortlisted under two award categories:

  • Best Large Sponsorship supported by Arthur Cox – ‘Free To Be Me’ and KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards
  • Best Long-Term Partnership supported by The Irish Times ‘Free To Be Me’ and KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards

About Free To Be Me

Launched in September 2021, Free To Be Me is a national campaign celebrating diversity, representation and inclusion in books for young people. The heart of the campaign is our Free To Be Me reading guide, which promotes 360+ books featuring diverse stories in English and Irish, for readers aged 0–18. Free To Be Me generated significant buzz across social media, was widely covered in national media and is accompanied by a continuing nationwide book-gifting campaign in schools.

About the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards

The KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards are the leading children’s book awards in Ireland. They recognise exceptional writing and illustration for young audiences by authors and illustrators who were born in Ireland, are permanently resident in Ireland or are citizens of Ireland. Selected for their excellence across six categories, this year’s winners included C. G. Moore, Adiba Jaigirdar and Flora Delargy, and were announced at our in-person ceremony at the International Literature Festival Dublin in Merrion Square, Dublin.

We are also delighted for our friends at The Community Foundation for Ireland who are shortlisted for Best Philanthropic Support to the Arts Award supported by the Arts Council, for our Every Child A Reader: Reading Communities project. Funded by the 2020 RTÉ Toy Show Appeal, this project has allowed us to work closely with four schools across Ireland over a course of three years, to develop a long-lasting culture of reading among the pupils and staff.

‘Working in partnership with KPMG has allowed us to bring the excitement of reading to children all over the island of Ireland since 2017. The Business to Arts Awards give us the chance to reflect on our partnership’s impact and to celebrate it. It’s also wonderful to see The Community Foundation for Ireland being recognised for their pioneering work alongside RTÉ in establishing the Toy Show Appeal. Their work is changing the landscape of philanthropy in Ireland.’

– Elaina Ryan, CEO of Children's Books Ireland

The 2022 Business to Arts Awards will take place on Tuesday, 20th September at the National Concert Hall.

A sincere thank you to our partners, KPMG and The Community Foundation for Ireland, for their ongoing support and commitment to improving the lives of children across the island of Ireland.