Age range:

Young adults

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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 - Glasgow Boys

Glasgow Boys

The début novel from Margaret McDonald follows Banjo and Finlay, two boys who met in a group care home and become unlikely, yet inseparable friends. When we are first introduced to our protagonists, three years have passed since an incident caused them to break off contact with one another and they are living separate lives.

Book Cover – The Girl Who Couldn't Lie

The Girl Who Couldn't Lie

Priya is exhausted from trying to be perfect all the time. She’s perfect at home, perfect at school and perfect in her gymnastics training. In order to be that perfect, you need to tell a few lies. But one day, Priya puts a bangle on her wrist and suddenly finds that she has to tell the truth; the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The bangle isn’t coming off and Priya has a lot to learn if she wants to stay out of trouble …

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Not Like Other Girls

After nude pictures of her were blasted across the internet, Jo-Lynn Kirby has become a social pariah. Dealing with the fallout of this, Jo’s troubles only double when her former best friend Maddie goes missing and is written off as a runaway. To get to the bottom of Maddie’s mystery disappearance, Jo must reinfiltrate the world that has cast her out. However, as she starts digging into the truth, she’s forced to recount the most vulnerable parts of her past that she has tried so hard to forget.

Book Cover - Homebody

Homebody

This graphic novel is a delicate, warm and thoughtful exploration of the author’s journey towards their transgender identity. Using the clever metaphor of home, Theo’s exploration of their feelings and development into their true self is done with care, kindness and beautiful honesty.

Protecting Our Planet - Senior List Cover

Protecting Our Planet (Senior)

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 – Otherworldly

Otherworldly

Ellery is a cynic in a society that worships deities adjacent to the ancient Greek Olympians. Forced to leave home due to an endless winter which has destroyed their family’s rural livelihood, Ellery has had enough of superstition and fairytales. That is, until they meet Knox, who introduces Ellery to a world of magic and adventure.

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.

Book Cover – The No-Girlfriend Rule

The No-Girlfriend Rule

This sweet and charming LGBTQIA+ coming-of-age story shows us that we can discover the most about ourselves in the unlikeliest of places, such as a weekly game of Secrets & Spells (the in-book version of Dungeons & Dragons), as in the case of high-schooler Hollis Beckwith.

Book Cover – The Midnight Clock

The Midnight Clock

A compelling genre-bending read, incorporating a whodunnit, romantic entanglements, family upheavals, abusive relationships, friendship, mental health, and social progress. These themes are explored through a time-slip narrative, a plot device that allows the present to be commented on by the past.