Bold Girls Reading Guide



On International Women’s Day, in the centenary of Irish women’s suffrage, Children’s Books Ireland‘s BOLD GIRLS initiative is a multi-faceted celebration of brave, intelligent, strong women and girls in children’s books, giving them much-needed visibility alongside their male counterparts. The BOLD GIRLS Reading Guide, an 88-page publication reviewing 173 children’s books (in English and the Irish language) offers reviews and information on books that feature female characters with agency, power and opinions, addressing at a young age some of the issues that stand in the way of women achieving their ambitions, whether that be in leadership, in government or in the arts. BOLD GIRLS events will take place across the country, and schools can download a free BOLD GIRLS Resource Pack.

The twenty selected BOLD GIRLS authors and illustrators include former Irish children’s laureates and award-winners: Kathi (Fatti) Burke, Anna Carey, Marita Conlon-McKenna, Sarah Crossan, Judi Curtin, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Patricia Forde, Claire Hennessy, Yasmeen Ismail, Lucinda Jacob, Celine Kiernan, Jane Mitchell, Mary Murphy, Áine Ní Ghlinn, Louise O’Neill, Siobhán Parkinson, Niamh Sharkey, Deirdre Sullivan, Sarah Webb and Sheena Wilkinson.

These are stories from Ireland and around the globe, featuring pirates, politicians, ponies, polar bears, pilots, princesses and pretty much everything in between!