Sarah Webb

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Sarah Webb is an award-winning children's writer and children’s book champion. Sarah worked in the book trade for many years as a children’s bookseller and buyer. She now combines writing with teaching creative writing, school visits, reading and giving workshops at festivals and reviewing children’s books for the Irish Independent. She is also the Family and Programmer for MoLI (Museum of Literature, Ireland) and Programme Director of StoryFest and in 2015 was awarded the Children's Books Ireland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children's Books.

She lives in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin and spends as much time as possible in Castletownshend, West Cork.

Book Cover - The Little Bee Charmer of Henrietta Street

The Little Bee Charmer of Henrietta Street

The story of the tenement houses on Henrietta Street in Dublin is one which will interest children in mid-upper primary school. For those children who are aware of the current issue of homelessness, it serves as a reminder of the ongoing nature of this societal issue. For those who are not, this story could be a catalyst for discussion and reflection.

Book Cover - Animal Crackers

Animal Crackers

Are you crazy about cats? Fascinated by frogs? Maybe you’re obsessed with ostriches – whatever your animal of interest is, you’ve found the right place with this collaboration from animal lovers Sarah Webb and Alan Nolan.

Book Cover - The One With the Waggly Tail

The One With the Waggly Tail

I tried to pick my favourite rhyme to quote for this review, but I couldn’t: there were too many rhyming delights to choose from. And anyway, without Steve McCarthy’s rapturous illustrations bringing the words to life, I would hardly do it any justice. So, I’m sorry – you’re going to have to nab a copy of this book for yourself.

Book Cover - Blazing a Trail

Blazing a Trail

As the latest entry in the now-crowded field of female biography collections, this beautiful, accessible book more than holds its own. Webb chronicles the lives of a fascinating selection of visionaries, revolutionaries, academics and artists. Her focus is on the unique accomplishments of each woman in their chosen field, as well as the ways in which they subverted the limitations that were placed on them by Irish society.

Book Cover - A Sailor Went To Sea, Sea, Sea

A Sailor Went To Sea, Sea, Sea

Less of a book and more of a time machine, Sarah Webb’s latest collection will transport you back to primary school, while Steve McCarthy’s singular illustrations keep you firmly located in the twenty-first century. Webb has collected and arranged an anthology of rhymes, sayings, songs and poetry that spans from the ‘Lake Isle of Innisfree’ to ‘Óró Sé Do Bheatha ’Bhaile’ (the lone entry as Gaeilge) by way of ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and some well-judged tongue twisters. There is much to rediscover here, as well as a few more recent additions.