Every year, we’re fortunate to have a panel of judges who are plugged in to the world of children’s books in Wales and who relish the task of reading the books nominated for a Tir na n-Og Award.

We have one panel judging the Welsh-language titles in the primary and secondary age categories. Another panel judges evaluates the English-language books with an authentic Welsh background.


The five judges on the Welsh-language panel for 2023 are Morgan Dafydd (Chair), Sara Yassine, Francesca Sciarrillo, Sioned Dafydd and Siôn Edwards. It’s their task to select the shortlist and the final winner. Click on their photos below to find out more about them and scroll down to meet the English-language panel.

Morgan Dafydd
Sara Yassine


The work of the judging panels is extremely important. Not only do they choose the shortlist and eventual winners, they also provide valuable feedback on all the books to both publishers and authors. The Chair of the panel judging the English-language books with an authentic Welsh background in 2023 is Jannat Ahmed. She’s joined by Simon Fisher and Liz Kennedy. Click on their images below to find out more about our judges.