Age range:

8–10

2024 Pride Guide cover

Pride Reading Guide 2024

At Children’s Books Ireland we champion diverse and inclusive books that best reflect the world, with characters of all genders and sexualities and families of all kinds. We believe that everyone deserves to see their story within the pages of an excellent book.

Our 2024 Pride Reading Guide contains 200 LGBTQ+ inclusive stories for young readers aged 0–18.

Book Cover - Adnan, The Boy Who Helped his Mummy Remember

Adnan, The Boy Who Helped his Mummy Remember

Adnan’s mum does not remember; in this new place they now live in, she has retreated into a shell where the memories of the life they had to flee, too painful, are best pushed aside. Full of resourcefulness and creativity, Adnan sets on his own mission to bring his mother back to him. Cardboard boxes become a model of his grandparents’ house that they visited every Sunday and cut out paper stars remind them of the perilous journey they had to make to reach their new home. Bit by bit, memory by memory, Adnan builds up hope for the pair’s future in their new surroundings.

Book Cover - Bird Boy

Bird Boy

Nature and its power to heal and connect are at the core of this sensitively told and hopeful story. Following his mother’s sudden death Will is brought from the city to the remote countryside to live with an uncle he has never met. His trauma and isolation are apparent from the outset – not knowing how to talk about his feelings Will counts in an effort to manage them. Will meets Omar, a young refugee, and we adventure with them as they discover an eyrie, rescue an osprey chick called Whitetip, and ultimately, rescue each other.

Book Cover – Milly McCarthy and the Sports Day Shambles

Milly McCarthy and the Sports Day Shambles

Milly McCarthy loves her teacher, the always kind Múinteoir Emer, who shows endless patience with her unruly class. But when Milly’s class receives the terrible news that Múinteoir Emer must take some time off for a bunion removal, how will the class cope for five weeks with a substitute teacher? More importantly, how will the substitute teacher cope with Milly’s class?

Book Cover – Agent Harrier: This Book Will Self-Destruct

Agent Harrier: This Book Will Self-Destruct

Meet Agent Harrier; a quick-witted, fast-acting canine secret agent always on a mission to fight off crafty, despicable ne’er-do-wells and expose their dastardly deeds. He is clever: he is loyal: he is … a bit confused, sometimes!

Protecting Our Planet - Junior List Cover

Protecting Our Planet (Junior)

Are you a parent or guardian looking for books related to your child’s interests, or recommendations to help them branch out into new genres? Are you a teacher looking for books on a particular theme or topic? Look no further than our themed reading lists for a huge variety of brilliant book recommendations for children of all ages!

Book Cover - Ivy Newt and the Swamp Dragons

Ivy Newt and the Swamp Dragons

We might expect the Swamp Dragons of the title to be the antagonists of the book, but Ivy’s foe in the third book of the Ivy Newt series takes a most unexpected form following a bubble bath gone awry. Ivy must face an enemy with a schoolyard bully malevolence that is more intimidating than any mythical creature, though there are also some fearsome beasts to face. Ivy does so with bravery and ingenuity, the help of friends old and new, and surely cheered on by anyone reading.

Book Cover - Officer Clawsome: Lobster Cop

Officer Clawsome: Lobster Cop

Welcome to Caper Cove where the underwater streets are policed by the dynamic crime-fighting duo of Officer Clawsome: Lobster Cop and his partner Stariana, the sharpest and smartest starfish under the sea. Follow their adventures as they fight such criminal masterminds of the deep as Catfishburglar, Chowderhead, and the most sinister and slippery of all, Electric Eel.

Book Cover - Martha Maps It Out In Time!

Martha Maps It Out In Time!

This lively and hugely enjoyable picturebook is the sequel to the lovely Martha Maps It Out with educational illustrated content shared in an offbeat style on every fun-filled page from talented writer-illustrator Leigh Hodgkinson.

Inis magazine - issue 71

Inis magazine: issue 71, April 2024

Inis is the magazine of Children's Books Ireland. Within these pages you will find features and articles on Irish and international children's books as well as in-depth reviews of new titles for children and teenagers. With its range of expert contributors, this is a key resource for teachers, writers, illustrators, librarians, parents/guardians and everyone interested in children's books.