One of Children’s Book’s Ireland’s key projects is the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards (formerly the CBI Book of the Year Awards/Bisto Awards) – set up in 1990, these awards identify, honour and promote excellence in books for young people by Irish authors and illustrators.
Established in 2005, the Junior Juries (formerly the CBI Shadowing Scheme) is a unique programme for schools and libraries, designed to encourage awareness and enjoyment of the annual book awards. All young reading groups from across the country are invited to take part in Junior Juries. Participating classes and book clubs make their own selection of suitable titles from the books shortlisted for the awards in March, using this activity pack to guide them in their reading. At the end of this process each group is asked to collectively vote for their favourite book. These Shadowing Groups alone choose the Junior Juries’ winner so every vote counts!
Below, you will find information on each Shadow scheme since 2009.