Debut author triumphs with Children’s Books Ireland awards hat-trick

DGA is delighted that our author Kelly McCaughrain has won a trio of prizes at the Children’s Books Ireland awards—a first in the 29 year history of the prize.

McCaughrain has won the CBI Book of the Year Award with Flying Tips for Flightless Birds (Walker) at a ceremony held today at Smock Alley Theatre and also bagged the Eilís Dillon Award for a first children’s book and the Children’s Choice Award. 

Of the winning title the award judges said: "From the high wire of the Big Top to the high wire of teenage sexuality, this warm and funny story of adolescence is a delight to read. It explores family, friendship and first love with an authenticity that is both engaging and emotionally satisfying. Through the eyes of the two main characters – one through very clever use of a blog – we learn the pros and cons of being different and of managing life in the margins."