Anne has been a public librarian for almost thirty years, and as well as her Diploma in Library & Information Studies, she holds a Masters in Humanities (Children’s Literature) from St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. During her varied career one of Anne’s chief interests has been bringing books and book related events to children and young people from every corner of Dublin. It was her involvement with the Youth Library Group of the Library Association of Ireland, which led Anne to Children’s Books Ireland and the work they do on a national level. Anne had the honour of serving on the Bisto Book of the Year (now CBI Book of the Year) judging panel for 2004 and 2005 – and has contributed reviews of children’s books to Inis magazine and the Inis Reading Guide. One of her favourite things to do, on a sunny day, is to lie in her hammock in the back garden and read. On a rainy day, she curls up in her favourite armchair and reads. On a cold evening she pulls her chair closer to the fire and reads … She always has a pile of ‘to be read’ books near at hand.
My favourite classic title is still probably Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Everything about this book is strong – the text, the characters, the artwork and the overall design. So many picturebooks have been inspired by Sendak that it is easy to forget how exciting some of his techniques must have been back in 1963 when the book was first published. I have very fond memories of this book being read to me, and the rest of my Library Diploma class in UCD (yes, that’s what we call work in library class!) and when I had my own children I loved sharing it with them – especially the wild rumpus part.
Top Five Favourite Children’s Books:
I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy
Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
Mr. Magnolia by Quentin Blake
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynn Reid-Banks
The Red Tree by Shaun Tan