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Reading for all the family with the O’Gara Family

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 .

Showcase of Irish Children’s Authors and Illustrators to set off on Canadian Festival Tour

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: Blue Metropolis, Montréal, Québec : Ottawa International Writers Festival, Ottawa, Ontario : They will also speak at the Irish Studies Department of Concordia University .

CBI Book of the Year Awards Shortlist is Revealed!

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 .

CBI Reads

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 .

Irish Book and Literary Bodies Saddened by Public Library Procurement Tender

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 .

CBI responds to OECD Reading Research

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 .

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 .

C is for Christmas books!

C is for Christmas books… … but not Christmassy books! This year, the 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. Let’s hope the Christmas stockings will be big enough…   King Baby, by Kate Beaton .

CBI Reads 

This week CBI Director Elaina is reading Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin (also chosen as one of Gutter Bookshop’s Christmas recommendations!) She says, ‘Its beautifully written, vivid, thoughtful and its imagined version of Dublin is a perfect balance of strange and familiar. This is a different type of dystopia with a smart, vulnerable, believable heroine at its .