Sometimes I buy a book because I like the cover, or the art, or because the title speaks to me; other times I buy a book because it has won an award, and I like to pretend that I am up on such things. I'm going to buy A Bit Lost, by Irish author and illustrator Chris Haughton, because I love the cover and the art, and because the title speaks to me (like most titles in the reading level ages 4—8 section for some reason), and it just won the 21st Bisto Children’s Book of the Year Award.
Haughton’s book tells the story of an accidentally orphaned owl, who, after falling from his nest while sleeping, sets out with the help of new friends to find his way home to his mommy. All together now: Awwww!
The Bisto Children’s Book of the Year Awards are a celebration of excellence in children’s literature and illustration and are open to books written in English or Irish by authors and illustrators born or resident in Ireland and published between 1 January and 31 December each year. Previous winners include John Boyne for his book The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick for her books You, Me and the Big Blue Sea and There.
P.s. the book is titled Little Owl Lost in the US which does not speak as much to me (because I'm "a bit lost" most of the time ... and not an owl.)
Buy Little Owl Lost
To see Bisto's Honor Award recipients and to check out other Irish writers who were shortlisted, visit Children's Books Ireland.