2013 marks the twenty-third consecutive year of the CBI Children’s Book Festival. CBI’s involvement in the festival began in 1990 when the Booksellers Association of Ireland invited CLAI (which became CBI) to contribute a recommended reading guide for Children’s Book Week. By 1997, CBI was an integral part of what had become the Children’s Book Festival. By working with each library authority and the Youth Libraries Group, CBI was able to spearhead this celebration of books for young people throughout the country. With related events in Northern Ireland, the Children’s Book Festival has now become an all-Ireland event. The idea of a recommended reading guide has been retained and CBI’s Recommended Reading Guide is published every year to coincide with the festival.
The Children’s Book Festival runs for the month of October every year and sees libraries, schools and bookshops across the country hosting events with the very best Irish and international children’s writers and illustrators. The 2012 festival comprised of more than 1,000 events and involved almost 50,000 young readers spread across every county in Ireland.
Every year CBI produces printed material including posters, bookmarks, stickers and the Recommended Reading Guide. To order printed items for your library, bookshop or school please see the order form.
We would very much appreciate your taking the time to fill out a feedback form about any event you have attended, we’d love to hear your comments and suggestions.