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Our Books of the Year 2023

There were so many wonderful books published in 2023, it was very difficult to choose our Books of the Year!

Our team of children’s booksellers carefully selected their favourite books of the year in each category. We added together all these and came up with our overall selection. And from these books we chose our unanimous overall winner:

We are delighted to announce our overall Book of the Year is The Girl Who Fell to Earth by our Laureate na nÓg, Patricia Forde! A thought provoking, sci-fi adventure, perfect for age 11+.

Our Picture Books of the Year

The Mermaid Moon by Briony May Smith (age 4+). Order here

Kevin’s in a Mood by Sarah Bowie (age 3+). Order here

It’s Too Dark Puffling by Erika McGann & Gerry Daly (age 3+) . Order here

Little Wolf by Peter Donnelly (age 4+). Order here

Age Six Plus Books of the Year

The Wishkeeper’s Apprentice by Rachel Chivers Khoo (age 7+). Order here

Bear and Bird by Jarvis (age 6+). Order here

Adventuremice: Mice on the Ice by Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre (age 6+). Order here

Age Nine Plus Books of the Year

The Rescue of Ravenwood by Natasha Farrant (age 9+). Order here

Tyger by SF Said (age 11+). Order here

Milly McCarthy is a Complete Catastrophe by Leona Forde, illustrated by Karen Harte (age 8+). Order here

The Girl Who Fell to Earth by Patricia Forde (age 11+). Order here

The Final Year by Matt Goodfellow, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton (age 11+). Order here

Teen Books of the Year

A Game of Life or Death by Triona Campbell (age 13+). Order here

Freya Harte is not a Puzzle by Méabh Collins (age 13+). Order here

Young Adult Books of the Year

Catfish Rolling by Clara Kumagai (age 15+). Order here

Murder on a School Night by Kate Weston (age 15+). Order here

Wise Creatures by Deirdre Sullivan (age 15+). Order here

Gift Books of the Year

Gods Don’t Cry by Ellen Ryan, illustrated by Conor Merriman (age 8+). Order here

I Am The Wind, edited by Lucinda Jacob & Sarah Webb, illustrated by Ashwin Chacko (age 8+). Order here

The Swing by Britta Teckentrup. Order here

Irish Language Books of the Year

Dogman Scaoilte Amach (Unleashed) by Dav Pilkey (age 8+). Order here

Gealach agus Grian by Muireann Ní Chíobháin, illustrated by Brian Fitzgerald (age 2+). Order here

Graphic Novels of the Year

Bumble & Snug and the Shy Ghost by Mark Bradley (age 6+). Order here

Mexikid by Pedro Martín (age 11+). Order here

Some more favourites from 2023!

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