Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick wins 2010 Bisto Award for ‘There’!


Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick wins the Children’s Book of the Year Award 2010 from Children’s Books Ireland, known as the “Bisto Award”, for her picture book There.

At a well attended ceremony inside the elegant Hugh Lane Gallery in north Dublin, Ireland, Marie-Louise was honored not only with the top prize – the most distinguished Irish children’s book of the year – (of any kind – from picture books to novels ) but also won the Honor Award for best illustrated children’s book. The Awards were presented by well known Irish senator David Norris. Senator Norris was an entertaining and enthusiastic speaker.

Marie-Louise was presented with an engraved crystal plate as well as annual custody of the impressive (and heavy!) Bisto trophy, as well as a cash prize.

Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

It is a special honor to win such an award for a picture book from amongst such a distinguished short list selected from all Irish children’s books published this year, not just picture books –  including all early readers, chapter books and YA novels. It is a strong statement by the CBI award committee as to the value, importance and respect for the art of illustrated books for the very young.

Other honor awards presented were to Bob Burke for The Third Pig Detective Agency,  Siobhan Dowd, for The Solace of the Road, and Jane Mitchell for Chalkline.