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 .
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 .
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 .
Hearty congratulations are due to the winners of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, which were presented on the 16 November. Of particular interest to us are the Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year Awards – well done to Dave Rudden, whose debut novel Knights of the Borrowed Dark took the Senior prize, and to Kathleen Watkins and .
At the CBI conference this September, Professor Amanda Piesse was announced as the worthy winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literature award. She was presented with this award by her former student, Publishing Editor and Art Director at Little Island, Gráinne Clear. Gráinne has kindly allowed us to reprint her citation to Amanda. Amanda and Gráinne are pictured with Valerie Coghlan, .
Swipe TV and Children’s Books Ireland are giving your class the chance to win a library for your school! Children’s Books Ireland has been making books a part of every child’s life and now you could win a €2,500 worth of books for your school library! For a chance to win, we want your class to create a work .
Harry Potter needs no introduction, and very little should be said in order to avoid that most heinous of crimes, SPOILERS! Suffice to say that, following on from the ending of the final book in the original Harry Potter series, the kids are all grown up and have children of their own, and it is into this world that .
The Dublin Book Festival is back this November running from 10 – 13 November with 4 Days of Readings, Public Interviews, Debates, Book Launches and Workshops. Mingle with authors, publishers and book lovers in The Winter Garden replete with cafe, children’s area, adult reading area and bookshop. Most events will take place in Smock Alley, Temple Bar as well as .
Laureate na nÓg is an initiative of the Arts Council, administered by Children’s Books Ireland (CBI), with the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Department for Children and Youth Affairs and Poetry Ireland. Children’s Books Ireland is currently welcoming applications for the role of Laureate na nÓg Project Manager. This is a paid, part-time role. Please click .
Zombies! Freaky pumpkins! Vampires! If your young reader has been counting down the days till Halloween as if it were Christmas, here are a couple of great books to sink their fangs into and wait until 31 October. There are countless picturebooks involving skeletons, pumpkins, witches and spiders for the little ones. A lovely addition to the shelves this .