‘Your most important asset is your voice’: In conversation with Ashwin Chacko, illustrator of Free To Be Me: The Diversity, Inclusion and Representation Reading Guide.

In September 2021, Children’s Books Ireland launches Free To Be Me: The Diversity, Inclusion and Representation Reading Guide.   Containing over 360 book recommendations for young readers of all ages, Free To Be Me was created to ensure that all children see themselves reflected and celebrated in the books they read and in the stories and images they hear and see.  To celebrate the launch of the guide, we caught up with .

School Book Gifting Applications open for 2021-2022

Children’s Books Ireland is delighted to announce a number of exciting book gifting programmes for schools in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.   As well as the fifth annual Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries and the second year of the Every Child A Reader Libraries, we have several new book gifting opportunities for schools . Throughout the 2021- 2022 school year, we will be supporting over 1300 schools with new books, with 14 schools .

ESB Energy for Generations Fund supports Children’s Books Ireland to gift reading packs to summer camps for marginalised and disadvantaged children

Children’s Books Ireland is conscious of the profound impact of the pandemic and related school closures on children’s reading, as well as on their mental health and wellbeing, particularly for children from marginalised or disadvantaged communities or those living in difficult circumstances. We are pleased to announce that the ESB Energy for Generations Fund is supporting Children’s Books Ireland .

Children’s Books Ireland and the School of English (Trinity College Dublin) Announce the Inaugural Inclusivity Partnership Awardee

Children’s Books Ireland and the School of English (Trinity College Dublin) have today announced the recipient of the inaugural Inclusivity Partnership award. The partnership enables researchers to work closely with experts in the area of children’s books to investigate key issues in contemporary publishing for young readers. The recipient, Deirdre Power, is a student from the Masters programme in .

Children’s Books Ireland offers free books to babies in Limerick

Children’s Books Ireland unveils details of the Bookseed baby book-gifting programme 2021 with a beautiful selection of free books being made available for collection from participating Limerick City and County Library branches from 19 June, 2021. The Bookseed programme is available to families in fourteen areas of Limerick City and County and aims to get parents and guardians reading .

Together with Refugees: Refugee Book Reading Campaign 2021

Jane Mitchell, award-winning writer of books for young people, has launched this year’s annual refugee book-reading campaign in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR and Children’s Books Ireland. Organised each year to mark World Refugee Day on 20 June, the campaign is an opportunity for children and young people to read some of the extraordinary stories of those .

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