The Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries 2019/20

Children’s Books Ireland is pleased to announce the six schools which have been chosen to receive the 2019/20 Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries, named in memory of our former patron and long-time friend of the organisation. Children’s Books Ireland received three hundred applications from schools all over the island of Ireland for this round and has received over 700 applications .

Children’s Books Ireland International Conference 2020 – Cancelled

We are sorry to announce that we have taken the decision to cancel the Children’s Books Ireland International Conference 2020. With the current restrictions in place, little information about future international travel restrictions and social distancing measures likely to continue for some time, planning the event and running it safely and successfully is not feasible. We understand that the .

Messages for 6th Class

Inspirational video messages from famous Irish faces released for 6thclass students to mark the end of their school year Children’s writer, Sarah Webb has invited well known people to record short inspirational videos for 6thclass students to mark the end of their school year. Writers, actors, sports people and scientists have all come on board to help the 6thclass .

2019/2020 KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards Judges

We are so grateful to all our 2019/2020 KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards judges. The panel has a tremendous breadth of experience and they did an incredible job, which we deeply appreciate! Also to note Alexzander Dunne our seventeen year old fourth year student judge for his excellent commitment to this task. The judges had a lot to read (99 .


BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER: Máire Zepf for Nóinín HONOUR AWARD FOR FICTION WINNER: Sarah Crossan for Toffee HONOUR AWARD FOR ILLUSTRATION WINNER: Ashling Lindsay for The Tide EILÍS DILLON AWARD WINNER: Kim Sharkey for Mór agus Muilc THE JUDGES’ SPECIAL AWARD WINNER: Meg Grehan for The Deepest Breath Five women are today recognised in the KPMG Children’s .

Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Reads on Ireland AM

CEO of Children’s Books Ireland, Elaina Ryan, on great children’s books to read at home and activities RECOMMENDATIONS: MÍP le Máire Zepf agus Paddy Donnelly (4+) MÍP is blasted off to Mars to capture images of alien life there, but try as she might, there are no aliens to be found… or are there? When an storm happens and .


Tune in at 12 noon Tuesday 19th May to enjoy the ceremony and be the first to find out the winners! For the first time in its thirty-year history the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards will be announced online, with all welcome to join in. These awards are the most prestigious awards for children’s books in Ireland and are .

The Any-Book Book Club with Juliette Saumande and the Smurfit Kappa Foundation

Children’s Books Ireland and the Smurfit Kappa Foundation are working together to support schools across the island of Ireland with resources and online activities. Five schools have been chosen to receive hundreds of brilliant new books for their school libraries, alongside resources from Children’s Books Ireland, training for the school as well as an amazing artist as their school’s .

Online Activities

Libraries – join online without needing proof of identification or address, and access the BorrowBox app immediately for access to eBooks and audiobooks.  Irish public libraries provide all users with a wide range of free online services including eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, online courses and online newspapers.   Share a Story Family Friendly HQ and Children’s Books Ireland have .

Irish Bookshops that deliver!

Check out this list of brilliant Irish bookshops that deliver. An Post has generously introduced a special postal rate for Independent bookshops so in most cases you will only pay €2.95 postage, or it might even be free! The Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar & Dalkey Tales for Tadpoles – children’s book and gift specialist Tara Books, Age .

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