O'Brien Press Titles - Award Winners


For many years The O'Brien Press has been winning awards, underlining the emphasis on quality in our books.Our children's books have been particularly successful over recent years, both in Ireland and abroad.

The O'Brien Press has been singled out for exceptional recognition in the field of children's publishing by the Reading Association of Ireland. The RAI Special Merit Award 1997 was presented to publisher Michael O'Brien with a citation which read "for exceptional care, skill and professionalism in publishing, resulting in a consistently high standard in all of the children's books published by The O'Brien Press".

This is the first time ever that the prestigious award has gone to a publisher rather than to a specific book and it recognises the overall quality of the children's books produced by The O'Brien Press over the years.


Here is a selection of awards for individual O'Brien Press titles:

2021

The Boldness of Betty

A 1913 Dublin Lockout Novel
Written by Anna Carey, Cover design or artwork by Lauren O'Neill
Children's Book of the Year
KPMG Children's Books Ireland Awards
Short-listed

Tomi

Tomi Reichental's Holocaust Story
Quiz Writer's Choice: Primary Non-Fiction Award
Renaissance Learning Quiz Writers
Short-listed

Barney Goose

A Wild Atlantic Way Adventure
Written by and Illustrated by Carol Ann Treacy
Quiz Writer's Choice: Primary Fiction Award
Renaissance Learning Quiz Writers
Long-listed

The Children of Lir

Ireland's Favourite Legend
Written by Laura Ruth Maher, Illustrated by Conor Busuttil
Kate Greenaway Medal
CILIP
Nominated

2020

The Pooka Party

Honour List
IbBy
Winner
Hans Christian Andersen Honour List - Illustration
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Short-listed

Blazing a Trail

Irish Women Who Changed the World
Written by Sarah Webb, Illustrated by Lauren O'Neill
Quiz Writers’ Choice Award: Secondary Non-Fiction
Renaissance Learning
Winner

The Story of Croke Park

Written by Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, Illustrated by Graham Corcoran
Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed
IBA2020 Shortlist

Socks for Mr Wolf

A Woolly Adventure Around Ireland
Hans Christian Andersen Honour List - Illustration
IbBy
Short-listed

Queen of Coin and Whispers

A kingdom of secrets and a game of lies
Teen/Young Adult Book of the Year
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed
IBA2020 Shortlist

The Boldness of Betty

A 1913 Dublin Lockout Novel
Written by Anna Carey, Cover design or artwork by Lauren O'Neill
Children's Book of the Year (Senior)
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed
IBA2020 Shortlist

2019

Brian McDermott's Donegal Table

Delicious Everyday Cooking
Written by Brian McDermott, Photographs by Fox in the Kitchen, Foreword by Neven Maguire
Best Cookbook written by Chef
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Winner

Bright Sparks

Amazing Discoveries, Inventions and Designs by Women
Literacy Association of Ireland Award: Age 10-13
Literacy Association of Ireland
Winner

Shooting for the Stars

My Journey to Become Ireland’s First Astronaut
Written by Dr. Norah Patten, Illustrated by Jennifer Farley
Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)
Irish Book Awards
Winner
APIBA 2019 Senior Kids Winner

The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife

Through the Seasons
Written by Juanita Browne, Illustrated by Barry Reynolds
LAI Book Award: Age 6-9
Literacy Association of Ireland
Winner

The Pooka Party

Junior Book Award
Literacy Association of Ireland
Short-listed

Pawns

Ireland's War of Independence
Book Award: Age 10-13
Literacy Association of Ireland
Short-listed

Dare to Dream

Irish People Who Took on the World (and Won!)
Written by Sarah Webb, Illustrated by Graham Corcoran
TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed

Lily at Lissadell

Written by Judi Curtin, Cover design or artwork by Rachel Corcoran
Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed

The Dublin Marathon

Celebrating 40 Years
Written by Sean McGoldrick, Foreword by Dick Hooper
Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed

2018

A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea

Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood
Written by Sarah Webb, Illustrated by Steve McCarthy
White Raven
International Youth Library
Winner
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Blazing a Trail

Irish Women Who Changed the World
Written by Sarah Webb, Illustrated by Lauren O'Neill
Children's Book of the Year (senior)
Irish Book Awards
Winner
IBA2018-KidsSeniorWinner
Best Irish-Published Book of the Year
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed
IBA2018-IrishPubShortlist

The Pooka Party

Children's Book of the Year (Junior)
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed
IBA2018-KidsJuniorShortlist

Dingle Dinners

From the Chefs of Ireland's #1 Foodie Town
Written by Trevis Gleason, Foreword by Neven Maguire, Photographs by Elaine Kennedy and Joanne Murphy
Culinary Travel Award
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Long-listed

2017

Stand By Me

Children's Book of the Year (Senior)
Irish Book Awards
Winner
IBA-Kids-Senior-2017

A Cage of Roots

Book 1 in the Ayla Trilogy
Written by and Illustrated by Matt Griffin
LAI Award 9-11 Years
Literacy Association of Ireland
Winner

A Dublin Fairytale

LAI Awards 0-4 Years Category
Literacy Association of Ireland
Winner

A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea

Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood
Written by Sarah Webb, Illustrated by Steve McCarthy
Children's Book of the Year (Junior)
Irish Book Awards
Winner
IBA-Kids-Junior-2017

All In The Food

75 Years of Cathal Brugha Street
Best Cooking School Book
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Winner
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The Butterfly Shell

LAI Awards Young Adult Category
Literacy Association of Ireland
Short-listed

Great Moments in Hurling

Sportel Sports Book Prize
Short-listed
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Socks for Mr Wolf

A Woolly Adventure Around Ireland
Children's Book of the Year (Junior)
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed

The Woodcutter and his Family

Best Irish-Published Book
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed

Kings of the Boyne

LAI Awards 9-11 Category
Literacy Association of Ireland
Short-listed

2016

A Dublin Fairytale

White Raven
International Youth Library
Winner

Irish Bread Baking for Today

Written by and Photographed by Valerie O'Connor
Best Bread Book - Ireland
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Winner
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Gulliver

Written by Jonathan Swift, Retold by Mary Webb, Illustrated by Lauren O'Neill
CBI Book of the Year: Merit Award for Illustrations
Winner

2015

A Crack in Everything

Welcome to the other side
Best creator of children’s Science Fiction or fantasy books
European Science Fiction Society
Winner

Finding A Voice

Friendship is a Two-Way Street ...
White Raven
International Youth Library
Winner
The YA Book Prize
Short-listed
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Literacy Association of Ireland Book Award
Joint winner

The Bloodied Field

Croke Park. Sunday 21 November 1920
Best GAA Publication
GAA MacNamee Awards
Winner

Marooned in Manhattan

Literacy Association of Ireland Book Award
Short-listed

White Feathers

Historical Romantic Novel
Romantic Novelists' Association
Short-listed

A Dublin Fairytale

Children's Book of the Year: Junior
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed

Who's Feckin' Who in Irish History

Written by Colin Murphy, Illustrated by Brendan O'Reilly
Political Humour and Satire Book of the Year
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Short-listed

Blood Brother, Swan Sister

1014 Clontarf; A Battle Begins
Literacy Association of Ireland Book Award
Joint winner

2014

The Demon Notebook

Waverton Good Read Children’s Award
Winner

On the Brinks

Trophée 813 de Meilleur Roman Etranger
Winner

Hell or Some Worse Place: Kinsale 1601

Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed

Arimathea

Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award
Short-listed

Rugby Spirit

A new school, a new sport, an old mystery...
Sakura Medal
Short-listed

Arkle

The Legend of 'Himself'
Written by Anne Holland, Foreword by Jim Dreaper
Horse Racing Book of the Year
British Sports Book Awards
Short-listed

Secrets and Shadows

Two friends in a world at war
Sakura Medal
Short-listed

City of Fate

Warwickshire School Library Service Award
Short-listed

Brian and the Vikings

Written by Chris Judge, By (artist) Mark Wickham
Children's Book of the Year (Junior)
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed

Into the Grey

Sakura Medal
Short-listed

The Rising of Bella Casey

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Long-listed

2013

Into the Grey

Reading Association of Ireland Award
Winner

Epic

Prix Farniente
Short-listed

Eva and the Hidden Diary

Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox
Children's Book of the Year
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed

Arimathea

Irish Book Awards - Eason Novel of the Year
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed

2012

Into the Grey

CBI Book of the Year Award
Winner
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CBI Children's Choice Award
Winner

James Joyce

Portrait of a Dubliner
Written by and Illustrated by Alfonso Zapico, Translated by David Prendergast
National Comic Prize
Winner

Rebecca's Rules

Irish Book Awards: Best Children's Book (Senior)
Irish Literary Academy
Short-listed

At War With the Empire

Ireland's Fight for Independence
Written by and Illustrated by Gerry Hunt, Coloured by Matt Griffin
Irish Book Awards: Best Irish-Published Book
Irish Literary Academy
Short-listed

And Time Stood Still

Irish Book Awards: Best Irish-Published Book
Irish Literary Academy
Short-listed

Leave it to Eva

Irish Book Awards: Best Children's Book (Senior)
Irish Literary Academy
Short-listed

2011

The Dreaming Tree

Written by Eithne Massey, Illustrated by Marie Thorhauge
Reading Association of Ireland Award
Reading Association of Ireland
Winner

The Real Rebecca

Irish Children's Book of the Year (senior)
Irish Book Awards
Winner
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I Won't Go To China

Written by Enda Wyley, Illustrated by Marie Thorhauge
Reading Association of Ireland Award
Reading Association of Ireland
Winner

The Romanian Builder

Written by P.R. Prendergast, Illustrated by Ross Stewart
Reading Association of Ireland Award
Reading Association of Ireland
Winner

Dancing in the Dark

White Raven Selection
Winner
Bisto Book of the Year
Short-listed

Food To Love

Written by Edward Hayden, Photographs by Carol Marks
Kerry Food Book of the Year
Winner

Olanna's Big Day

Written by Natasha Mac a'Bháird, Illustrated by Ray Forkan
Reading Association of Ireland Award
Reading Association of Ireland
Winner

Sally Go Round The Stars

Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood
Written by Sarah Webb and Claire Ranson, Illustrated by Steve McCarthy
Irish Children's Book of the Year
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed
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Marco Moves In

Written by Gerry Boland, Illustrated by Áine McGuinness
Irish Children's Book of the Year (Junior)
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed
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2010

Alfie Green and the Chocolate Cosmos

Written by Joe O'Brien, Illustrated by Jean Texier
Best Chocolate Book in Ireland
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Winner
Irish Book Awards: Children's Award (Junior)
Irish Literary Academy
Short-listed
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A Coward if I Return, A Hero if I Fall

Stories of Irishmen in World War I
Irish Book Awards: Non-fiction
Irish Literary Academy
Winner

Alice & Megan's Cookbook

Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox
Best Children/Family Cookbook
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Winner

A Coward if I Return, A Hero if I Fall

Stories of Irishmen in World War I
Irish Book Awards: Non-fiction
Irish Literary Academy
Winner
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Lansdowne Road

The Stadium; the matches; the greatest days
William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year
Short-listed
Irish Book Awards: Sport category
Irish Literary Academy
Short-listed
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The Stolen Village

Baltimore and the Barbary Pirates
Irish Book of the Decade
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed

2009

The Poison Throne

Written by and Illustrated by Celine Kiernan, Illustrated by Finbarr O'Connor
Reading Association of Ireland Award
Winner
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Irish Book Awards: DAA Irish Children's Book of the Year
Short-listed
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Irish Book Awards: IES Newcomer of the Year
Short-listed
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White Ravens
International Youth Library
Short-listed

Olanna's Big Day

Written by Natasha Mac a'Bháird, Illustrated by Ray Forkan
White Raven
International Youth Library
Winner

The Parish

Irish-Published Book of the Year
Irish Book Awards
Winner

Move

Reading Association of Ireland Special Merit Award
Winner
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The Guinness Story

The Family, The Business and The Black Stuff
Best Food/Drink History Book
Gourmand Awards
Winner
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Epic

International Reading Association Young Adult Choice
Commended

Alice & Megan Forever

Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox
DAA Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)
Irish Book Awards
Short-listed

The Story of Ireland

Written by Brendan O'Brien, Illustrated by Cartoon Saloon
Reading Association of Ireland Award
Short-listed

Wild Dublin

Exploring Nature in the City
Written by Eanna Ní Lamhna, Photographs by Anthony Woods, Illustrated by David Daly
Reading Association of Ireland Award
Short-listed

2008

The Story of Ireland

Written by Brendan O'Brien, Illustrated by Cartoon Saloon
White Raven selection 2008
Winner
Children's Book of the Year
Irish Book Awards
Winner
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2007

Kings of September

The Day Offaly Denied Kerry Five in a Row
BoyleSports Sports Book of Year 2007
Winner
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The Feckin' Book of Everything Irish

that'll have ye effin' an' blindin' wojus slang - blatherin' deadly quotations - beltin' out ballads while scuttered - cookin' an Irish Mammy's recipe
Written by Colin Murphy and Donal O'Dea
Best Humour Book 2007 Benjamin Franklin Awards
Winner

2006

A Horse Called El Dorado

Bisto Honour Award 2006
Winner
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Epic

IBbY Honour List 2006
Winner
Lancashire Children's Book Award
Short-listed

2005

Wings over Delft

Reading Association of Ireland Award 2005
Winner
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The Gods and their Machines

Bisto Merit Award 2005
Winner
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The Wish List

Premio Cassa di Risparmio di Cento - Letteratura per Ragazzi
Winner

2004

Wings over Delft

Bisto Book of the Year Award 2004
Winner
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White Ravens
International Youth Library
Winner

2003

War Children

Stories from Ireland's War of Independence
Bisto Book of the Year -- Merit Award 2003
Winner
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Reading Association of Ireland Award 2003
Winner
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Dublin

The Making of a Medieval City
Best Museum Publication
Heritage Council/Northern Ireland Museums Council
Winner

Wings over Delft

Bisto Book of the Year
Winner
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2002

Benny and Omar

IBbY Honour List 2002
Winner

Adam's Starling

Written by Gillian Perdue, Illustrated by Barry Reynolds
Bisto Book of the Year - Eilís Dillon Award 2002
Winner
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2001

The Wish List

Bisto Merit Award 2001
Winner
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2000

Faraway Home

Bisto Book of the Year (2000)
Winner
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The Moon King

IBbY Honour List 2000
Winner

1999

Katie's War

Peter Pan Award (IBBY Sweden)
Winner

The Moon King

Bisto Book of the Year Merit Award (1999)
Winner
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1998

Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (maybe)

Bisto Book of the Year Merit Award 1998
Winner
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Red Hugh

The Kidnap of Hugh O'Donnell
Western Australia Premier’s Award 1998 for a Young Adult Book
Winner

Dream Invader

Bisto Book of the Year Award 1998
Winner
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1997

Just Joshua

Vlag en Wimpel award (Netherlands)
Winner

The Guns of Easter

Bisto Book of the Year Award 1997 - Eilís Dillon award
Winner
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Bisto Book of the Year Award 1997 - Historical Novel category
Winner

Sisters ... No Way!

Bisto Book of the Year Award 1997
Winner
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1996

Lockie and Dadge

Bisto Book of the Year Merit Award (1996)
Winner
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Bisto Book of the Year - Eilís Dillon Memorial Award (1996)
Winner
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1994

The Chieftain's Daughter

Written by Sam McBratney, Illustrated by Noel Monahan
Bisto Book of the Year Merit Award (1994)
Winner
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1993

Strongbow

The Story of Richard and Aoife
Reading Association of Ireland Book Award (1993)
Winner
Bisto Book of the Year - Historical Fiction (1993)
Winner

The Blue Horse

Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey
Bisto Book of the Year Award - Overall Winner (1993)
Winner
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Under the Hawthorn Tree

Children of the Famine
Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Cover design or artwork by PJ Lynch
Osterreichischer Kinder- und Jugendbuchpreis (1993)
Short-listed

1992

The Story of Creation

Smarties Award (6-8 years)
Winner

Wildflower Girl

Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Cover design or artwork by PJ Lynch
Bisto Book of the Year - Historical Novel (1992)
Winner
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1991

Brendan the Navigator

Exploring the Ancient World
Written by George Otto Simms, Illustrated by David Rooney
Bisto Book of the Decade
Winner

Exploring the Book of Kells

Written by George Otto Simms, Illustrated by David Rooney and Eoin O'Brien
Bisto Book of the Decade
Winner

À La Découverte du Livre de Kells

Written by George Otto Simms, Illustrated by David Rooney and Eoin O'Brien, Translated by Svetlana Pironko
CBI Book of the Decade
Winner

Brian Boru

Emperor of the Irish
Bisto Book of the Year - Best emerging children's writer (1991)
Winner

Exploring the Book of Kells (Japanese)

Written by George Otto Simms, Illustrated by David Rooney and Eoin O'Brien, Translated with commentary by Ms Terumi
Bisto Book of the Decade
Winner

Under the Hawthorn Tree

Children of the Famine
Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Cover design or artwork by PJ Lynch
Reading Association of Ireland - Premier Award (1991)
Winner
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International Reading Association Award
Winner
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Reading Association of Ireland Award
Winner
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1990

Run with the Wind

Written by Tom McCaughren, Illustrated by Bex Sheridan
Bisto Book of the Decade
Irish Children's Book Trust
Winner

1989

À La Découverte du Livre de Kells

Written by George Otto Simms, Illustrated by David Rooney and Eoin O'Brien, Translated by Svetlana Pironko
RAI Awards - Special Merit
Winner

Exploring the Book of Kells (Japanese)

Written by George Otto Simms, Illustrated by David Rooney and Eoin O'Brien, Translated with commentary by Ms Terumi
RAI Awards - Special Merit (1989)
Winner

Exploring the Book of Kells

Written by George Otto Simms, Illustrated by David Rooney and Eoin O'Brien
RAI Awards - Special Merit
Winner

1985

Run with the Wind

Written by Tom McCaughren, Illustrated by Bex Sheridan
Book Award
Reading Association of Ireland
Winner