A Bumper Book Roundup

2016 has been a great year for books – here we’ve brought together a roundup of roundup! Lots of keen readers, booksellers, authors and illustrators have brought together their top tips for Christmas or their best of 2016. Come and find all the best advice in one place!


CBI Chair, Valerie Coghlan, has a roundup of the best picturebooks of 2016 in the Irish Times – featuring a number of Irish authors and illustrators.


The Irish Times also features a slew of authors, illustrators, and booksellers (including Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch) writing about their favourite children’s and YA books of 2016. A round-up of festive reads by Claire Hennessy suggests lots of Christmassy books for children of all ages and appears alongside Claire’s best books of 2016. Think you know everything there is to know about children’s books? Take the Christmas quiz on children’s and YA books and let us know how you score!


Lorraine Levis, a children’s book buyer for Dubray, has written a guide to buying books for children at Christmas, also in the Irish Times.


Our own Elaina Ryan chatted to Clare McKenna on Neil Delamare’s Sunday Best (Today FM), and they’ve got a full list of Elaina’s recommended reads online. You can also listen back to the feature here.

Elaina also discussed Children’s books with Sean O’Rourke – you can listen to a podcast of their conversation here – keep an eye out for “Children’s Books this Christmas”


David O’Callaghan, children’s books buyer for Eason, was interviewed by Seán Moncrieff on Newstalk. You can listen back here.


The Gutter bookshop have put together their Christmas books, picked by their booksellers.  They have lots of recommendations, split into useful categories, including cracking children’s books!


Culture Northern Ireland have a great round up of some of the best books by Northern Irish authors on their site.


The Irish Catholic have a roundup of books for young adults and children.


Mary Esther Judy, children’s bookseller for Dubray Books in Galway, puts together an advent calendar of books every year – make sure to keep up to date on this year’s calendar!


Kim Harte, book blogger and CBI Book Doctor, has brought together her favourite Winter and Christmas themed books, over on Twitter. She also has a roundup of her favourite picturebooks there.


Sarah Webb, dlr Writer in Residence, wrote on “Books that will fire your child’s imagination” in the Irish Independent on the 10th December.  Sarah also chatted to Declan from East Coast FM on the 13th – she has been a busy book elf! You can read her favourite books of 2016 on her blog


Our own hard-working Book Doctors have decided to share with you the one book they will be gifting their friends and families for Christmas. From picturebooks to YA novels, there’s something astounding for everyone. And Book Doctor Síne Quinn’s recommendations for younger children can be found on the RTÉjr Book Club blog. Let’s hope the Christmas stockings will be big enough… For recommendations all year round and a chance to win some great books, too, be sure to like the RTÉjr Book Club on Facebook.


And every day in December, book elves have been busy recommending books over on Facebook and Twitter – search #bookelves16 to see what they’ve been chatting about, and to get your own recommendation!