CEO of Children’s Books Ireland, Elaina Ryan, recommends fun books to read while staying at home this January. Let’s Play Monsters by Lucy Cousins (age 1+) Lucy Cousins will be well known to many as the creator of the Maisie the mouse series of books. Her bright colours, heavy black outlines and recognisable font are ideal for the very .
The One With the Waggly Tail by Sarah Webb and Steve McCarthy (age 2+) This is the third book from super-team Sarah Webb and Steve McCarthy, published by the O’Brien Press, each of them gathering well-loved rhymes from an Irish childhood. Some of the pieces included will be familiar to children in any part of the world (1,2,3,4,5, Once .
2020 has been a challenging year for all of us and for Children’s Books Ireland it’s been an extraordinarily rewarding one too. As the year draws to a close, we wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on all we’ve achieved over the past twelve months and to thank our members, donors, partners and funders for supporting us along .
Bookbag 2020 Bookbag is a children’s book-gifting initiative established by picturebook maker and creator of the Henry Hugglemonster series, Niamh Sharkey, during her term as Laureate na nÓg (2012–2014). The project is delivered in partnership with Brown Bag Films and Children’s Books Ireland and aimed at schools in areas of disadvantage, which may not have the necessary resources to fund author .
Cloisim rud éigin! Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin agus Steve Simpson (age 0–3) Leabhar deas simplí atá ann: this is a really simple board book about the noises Dainín hears in his home. Perfect for very young children, this book is a reissue in a larger format, useful for small hands, and forms part of the Dainín series. A bundle of .
This December, Children’s Books Ireland is gifting a bedtime story to children all over Ireland as they face into a difficult Christmas. With the support of Toyota Ireland, the Arts Council and KPMG, a total of 8,000 Irish books will be gifted to children and young people in centres of direct provision, hospitals, the Travelling community and homeless services .
This year there is a real drive to shop local and buy Irish, so for Ireland AM our CEO, Elaina Ryan, has chosen a selection of books by Irish artists, some of them Irish-published, which you can pick up at your local bookshop. Reviews of these and more are featured in the Books Make Things Better reading guide, free .
The board and staff are delighted to see our indefatigable CEO, Elaina Ryan, acknowledged in The Bookseller 150 list. Through a demanding year Elaina has captained the ship with grace, good humour and determination to overcome the obstacles we faced. As a result, 2020 has been our most challenging, inspiring and rewarding year to date.
Books make things better – books bring joy and provide comfort during difficult times – and reading has the power to change lives. At Children’s Books Ireland, we champion every child’s right to experience the joy of reading, regardless of their circumstances. But right now, there are many children across Ireland who don’t have access to books at home .
This December, Children’s Books Ireland is gifting a bedtime story to children all over Ireland as they face into a difficult Christmas. With the support of the Arts Council and KPMG, 6,000 Irish books will be gifted to children and young people in centres of direct provision, hospitals and homeless services nationwide. There are currently over 2,100 children in .