RAI Announce Their 2009 Shortt List

Currently working on the pilot of his new series ‘Mattie’, accomplished writer, comedian, performer and Tipperary native Pat Shortt, took some time out of his hectic filming schedule to check out the six books, shortlisted for the 2009 Reading Association of Ireland (RAI) Children’s Book Award.

Established in 1984, the RAI Children’s Book Award has been awarded every second year to the authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and adolescents published in Ireland.

Six Books Shortlisted For The 2009 RAI Children’s Book Award

Author: Brendan O’Brien.
Illustrator: The Cartoon Saloon
Publisher: O’Brien Press

Pat Shortt with Tipperary readers Maria Cullinane, Ryan Grace and Killian Cullinane.

Pat Shortt with Tipperary readers Maria Cullinane, Ryan Grace and Killian Cullinane.

Author: Éanna Ni Lamhna
Photography: Anthony Woods.
Publisher: O’Brien Press

Author: Conor Kostick
Publisher: O’Brien Press

THE POISON THRONE (Book 1, The Moorehawk Trilogy).
Author: Celine Kiernan
Publisher: O’Brien Press

Author: Marvin Halleraker
Translators: Treasa Ní Bhrua agus Magnus Vestvoll
Publisher: Cois Life

Author: Maddie Stewart
Illustrator: Greg Massardier
Publisher: O’Brien Press

The 2009 RAI Book Award winners will be announced on Thursday, 24th September next in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra at the opening of “Literacy in the 21st Century: Perspectives, Challenges and Transformations,” RAI’s 33rd Annual Conference on Literacy.

The RAI is a non-profit organisation whose primary aim is to promote and disseminate best practice in the teaching and study of literacy. It was founded in 1975 and is run on a voluntary basis by its members who comprise of educationalists at first, second and third-level. RAI is affiliated to the International Reading Association, a body with over 100,000 members worldwide.
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