Children’s Books Ireland announces Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries – four libraries worth €1,500 each donated annually to schools. Children’s Books Ireland is proud to announce the inaugural Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries, named in memory of our former patron and long‐time friend of the organisation. Robert was a critic, editor and teacher,a pioneer of the study of children’s literature in Ireland and a true champion for children’s books and their creators. Throughout his career as a secondary school teacher, he was instrumental in the establishment and running of school libraries, and later, as a lecturer in and commentator on children’s literature, he strongly supported schools in the inauguration and maintaining of collections of books which would enhance the lives of their students. After his death, his family suggested that instead of sending flowers, if wished, book tokens could be donated to local schools. As a way of honouring Robert’s significant contribution to our organisation and to children’s literature and reading in Ireland, Children’s Books Ireland will make an annual award of four libraries worth €1,500 each to four schools. CBI invites applications from all schools, primary and secondary, in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Two of the four libraries will be awarded to primary schools and two to secondary schools. The form, downloadable here, should be completed and returned by post or email before 31st August 2017. Four schools will be selected in September by Children’s Books Ireland and Carole Redford. As well as a new library, each of the four chosen schools will receive a pack of CBI’s Inis Reading Guide, recommending excellent books for children of all ages, as well as posters and stickers which will be designed for CBI’s annual reading campaign. Throughout 2017 Children’s Books Ireland is celebrating twenty years of making books a part of every child’s life. Since 1997 this national non‐profit children’s books organisation has worked with partners across the island of Ireland and beyond, celebrating children’s books and the joy of reading for pleasure through projects such as the CBI Book of the Year Awards, Inis magazine, the Inis Reading Guide and our annual reading campaign. In 2017 our aim is to reach even more parents, teachers and other children’s book‐lovers to ensure that children of all ages have access to excellent books.
The winner of the 27th Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Award was revealed today at a ceremony held in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin. Recipients of the Children’s Choice Award, Honour Awards for Fiction and Illustration, Eilís Dillon award for a first children’s book and the Judges’ Special Award were also revealed. Picturebook maker Chris Haughton has won .
* Inaugural Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries * * New Patronage by Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch and three former Laureates * Throughout 2017 Children’s Books Ireland is celebrating twenty years of making books a part of every child’s life. Since 1997 the national non-profit children’s books organisation has celebrated children’s books and the joy of reading for pleasure through .
Our intern Keelin recently spoke to Jessica O’Gara, teacher, mother of five, and wife to Irish Rugby legend Ronan O’Gara about the importance of reading with her family. The O’Gara family live in France where Ronan works with the coaching team of Racing 92, a Paris-based rugby union club. We at CBI didn’t want them to get homesick, so we sent .
Children’s Books Ireland (CBI) and Literature Ireland, working with the Irish Embassy in Ottawa and Words Ireland, will send a showcase of four Irish children’s writers and illustrators to three Canadian literature festivals. Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Oisín McGann, Dave Rudden and Deirdre Sullivan will appear at three festivals: Frye Festival, Moncton , New Brunswick: http://www.frye.ca/ Blue Metropolis, Montréal, Québec :http://bluemetropolis.org/ Ottawa International Writers Festival, Ottawa, Ontario :http://www.writersfestival.org They will also speak at the Irish Studies Department of Concordia University .
Ten titles will compete for the CBI Book of the Year Awards 2017, the most prestigious awards for children’s books in Ireland. The shortlist for the 27th CBI Book of the Year Awards was revealed today, Monday 13th March 2017 at the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast. Each of the ten titles will compete for the high calibre awards, which .
On the 4th February, CBI, in collaboration with Sarah Webb, Writer in Residence, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, and supported by Words Ireland, hosted “When are you Going to Write A Proper Book?”. This was a hugely popular event, and over-subscribed. Friend of CBI Emma Dunne brought together her notes and recollections from the day for us, so everyone can have a .
The CBI team is delighted to share with you the books we’re enjoying right now. Ahead of Thursday’s launch at Eason, CBI Director Elaina Ryan is finishing off We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan from Bloomsbury Books. She says ‘two of the most extraordinary writers have co-written a brilliant verse novel. Heartbreaking in so many ways .
At the launch of the ‘Bookselling for Ireland’ Manifesto in July 2016, the Irish book industry called on the Irish Government to re-evaluate controversial plans for a new national library tender for books. The Manifesto highlighted the potentially serious economic and cultural damage to indigenous suppliers if the contract was awarded outside Ireland. Despite this opposition, the tender process .
Children’s Books Ireland (CBI) is disappointed with the government’s response to the recently announced OECD PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) results. The research found that fifteen-year-olds in Ireland rank third among students in 35 OECD countries for reading, while they perform significantly above average in maths and science. However instead of celebrating Irish students’ success at reading and .