Book Gifting

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Helping to increase access to books for children and young people across Ireland


Our vision is an Ireland in which books are central to every child’s life and in an effort to work towards universal access, we run book gifting schemes to ensure that books get into the hands of as many young readers as possible. To help schools in particular need, we have developed the Bookbag initiative in partnership with Brown Bag Films and the Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries in partnership with ICLA and a number of supporting publishing houses. We also work with charity partners throughout the year to deliver books into areas of need.



The Robert Dunbar Memorial Libraries are named in memory of Children’s Books Ireland’s former patron and long-time friend. Robert was a critic, editor and teacher, a pioneer of the study of children’s literature in Ireland and a true champion of children’s books and their creators.

Throughout his career as a secondary school teacher, he was instrumental in the establishment and running of school libraries, and later, as a lecturer in and commentator on children’s literature, he strongly supported schools in building and maintaining collections of books which would enhance the lives of their students.

As a way of honouring Robert’s significant contribution to our organisation and to children’s literature and reading in Ireland, Children’s Books Ireland in partnership with ICLA and supporting publishers, will make an award of three libraries worth €2,500 each to three schools.



Bookbag is a children’s book gifting initiative, funded by Brown Bag Films and delivered in partnership with Children’s Books Ireland. Our aim is to get books into the hands of children in primary schools in Dublin and to inspire a love of reading in young people. We do this through gifting a book to every child in the school. These Bookbags are for each child to take home and keep. The books are chosen carefully with the aim of capturing the imaginations of avid and reluctant readers alike. Bookbag also ensures that every class in the school is visited by an author or illustrator.

These experiences can be a powerful way to encourage a love of reading and bring stories to life. Bookbag assesses the particular needs of each school we work with and, within the constraints of our budget, we aim to address issues and build on strengths to develop a strong reading culture within the school.

Applications for the next round of Bookbag are now closed.

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Bookseed is a baby book-gifting initiative, funded by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund and delivered across six areas in Limerick City and County. Children’s Books Ireland run this project in partnership with the Health Service Executive and Limerick City and County Library Service, and it will be evaluated by a team from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

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Projects Link to BookSeed Reading Guide

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