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Irish Children's Book of the Year shortlist announced

8th March 2011

The shortlist for the Bisto Children's Book of the Year Award has been unveiled, with two titles from Kevin Waldron in the running for the EUR 19,000 (GBP 16,200) prize.

Picture books Tiny Little Fly and The Owl and the Pussycat are both in contention for the award, which is open to authors from Ireland or Northern Ireland and administered by Children's Books Ireland.

Oliver Jeffers also has two entries in the ten-strong shortlist with Up and Down and The Heart and The Bottle, while Chris Haughton's A Bit Lost is competing.

Prim Improper by Deirdre Sullivan, Peter Prendergast's Dancing in the Dark and the Irish language title Mac Ri Eireann by Caitriona Hastings and Andrew Whitson are among the ten contenders.

Sheena Wilkinson's Taking Flight and The Lunatic's Curse by F. E. Higgins complete the shortlist for the award, which is now in its 21st year.

Keith O'Sullivan, chair of the judging panel, said shortening the longlist of 70 titles was very difficult.

'Irish authors and illustrators have shown exceptional skill in tackling both classic texts and contemporary themes. The shortlist offers something that all readers, young and old, will enjoy,' he added.

Last year's Bisto Children's Book of the Year Award was won by Marie Louise Fitzpatrick's There, which also scooped the honour award for illustration.

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