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And The Nation’s All-Time Favourite is:

*This post is dated February 6th, 2012*   Voters across Ireland have chosen John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas as their all-time favourite of the 21 books which have won the annual Bisto Children’s Book of the Year Award since the awards began in 1990! The Bisto Ballot was launched in March 2011 to mark the 21st anniversary .

YA Readers

*This post is dated December 8th, 2011* Channel 4 News ran a nice piece last night about YA book sales and reading trends. Research suggests that UK sales of YA fiction have doubled in the past 5 years, at a time where sales of printed books in general are on the decline.

Cool Video with Books!

*This post is dated January 12th, 2012* To keep you amused on this mild Tuesday morning, here is a cute video with MOVING BOOKS! Nearly as good as David Maybury’s Christmas Tree! If you enjoyed this article, please consider sharing it!

Garrett Carr’s CBF Experience!

*This post is dated October 27th, 2011*     For the Children’s Book Festival I met school groups in libraries around Co. Meath. A thing I love about meeting young readers is the surprising angles they take on my work. Often a boy or girl will have paid extraordinarily close attention to a minor character or a fleeting detail.