This year’s as part of Children’s Book Festival we asked creative young readers and writers across the country to come up with a book title that perfectly encapsulates the poster image created by Steve McCarthy.

We were inundated with entries from schools and libraries everywhere and, after a lot of pondering and chin-scratching we are delighted to announce our winner and two runners up!

In 1st place is Ellen Lynch from Scoil Mhuire Primary School in Chapelizod with her book title The Mountain Book Club.

In second place is Alexandra Erickson from International School Dublin with her book title The Book Reading Buffalo Awakens.

Alex and her classmates enjoying her prize of books for the school library!

And in third place is another pupil from Scoil Mhuire, Robin Daly with her entry There’s a Story in Everything.

Ellen, Alexandra and Robin have each won a huge stack of books for their school libraries- well done!

2012 saw the return of the incredibly popular O’Brien Press Cover Design Competition, which gives budding designers the opportunity to have their artwork featured on the cover of a professionally published book. To celebrate the fifth year of the O’Brien Press competition, Gillian Perdue’s title Adam’s Starling, first published in 2002, was chosen for re-jacketing.

And the lucky first place winner is Nina Fitzgerald Graham from Dublin 7!

Nina's new cover for Adam's Starling

In 2nd place place is Sarah Naughton from Spiddal, Co. Galway

and the runner-up are:

Aoife O’Byrne, Dublin 7

Rebecca Currivan, Cabinteely, Co. Dublin

Finn O’Reilly, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Alannah Black, Belfast

Nina will soon see her design gracing the shelves in their local library or bookshop!

Many, many thanks to all the children and young people across the country who entered. Watch this space for results from our Little Island writing competition too!



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