Recommended Reads on the Sean O’Rourke Show

New books by Irish authors and illustrators

Would You Like a Banana? by Yasmeen Ismail (age 1+)

Gorilla is hungry but there is absolutely no way he’s going to eat a banana. Not even a teeny taste. Not with some bread or standing on his head. Even if you eat one too, which is something you might do. This hilarious picture book will have parents of young children laughing at this all-too familiar family situation.

Only a Tree Knows How to be a Tree by Mary Murphy (age 2+)

With a simple narrative and joyful, welcoming illustrations celebrating a world full of remarkable creatures, Mary Murphy reminds little ones that we are all unique, and that we are the only ones who know how to be us. Only I know how to be me. Only you know how to be you. All living creatures have a special place in the world in this extraordinary exploration of the concept of self for very young readers.

Tom Crean: The Brave Explorer by John and Fatti Burke (age 5+)

This is the fourth in the Little Library series, following Brian Boru, Granuaile and Constance Markiewicz. Tom Crean grew up on a farm near Anascaul in County Kerry. He loved adventure and, at the age of 15, he ran away to join the British Navy and sail around the world. While his ship was moored in New Zealand, Tom met Captain Robert Scott. Scott’s dream was to be the first person ever to reach the South Pole and he asked Tom to join his crew. Get ready to discover epic tales of endurance, bravery and determination in this inspiring life story of Tom Crean.

Irish Farm Animals by Bex Sheridan and Glyn Evans (age 6+)

A charming and engaging children’s non-fiction book filled with information on all aspects of farming in Ireland, presented in a light-hearted and child-friendly text. Original illustrations and photographs are featured throughout in an interactive layout.

Chasing Ghosts: An Arctic Adventure by Nicola Pierce (age 9+)

Francis Crozier, second-in-command to Sir John Franklin, is arctic-bound with HMS Erebus and Terror, in search of the fabled North-West Passage. In Derry, Ann and brotherWilliam are convinced that the spirit of their dead sister Weesy is haunting them. An enthralling novel based on real events.

Archibald Lox Volume 1 by Darren Shan (YA)

Darren Shan has brought forward publication of the first volume in a new fantasy saga, the Archibald Lox series, with an early ebook release months ahead of schedule. The author hopes to offer fans around the globe some escapism as they face weeks or months of isolation in the face of Coronavirus lockdown. The Archibald Lox series introduces readers to a young boy who discovers he is a powerful locksmith and uses his powers to cross worlds into a strange universe known as the Merge, a place full of wonder but also of grave danger. As Archie is figuring out how it works, he finds himself in the middle of a perilous mission, and if he fails, millions of people are going to suffer the consequences. Three books make up volume one, with the first free to download.

On Midnight Beach by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (YA)

Donegal, 1976. When a dolphin takes up residence in Carrig Cove, Emer and her best friend, Fee, feel like they have an instant connection with it. Then Dog Cullen and his sidekick, Kit, turn up, and the four friends begin to sneak out at midnight to go down to the beach, daring each other to swim closer and closer to the creature . . . In this beautiful, epic coming-of-age novel, an old tale is rewoven as a stunning coming of age story by well-known author/illustrator Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick.

The Gone Book by Helena Close (YA)

Matt’s mam left home when he was 10. He writes letters to her but doesn’t send them. He keeps them in his Gone Book, which he hides in his room. Five years of letters about his life. Five years of hurt. Matt’s dad won’t talk about her. His older brother is mixed up with drugs and messing with dangerous characters. His friends are the best thing in his life, but Matt keeps pushing them away. All he wants to do is skate, surf, and forget. But now his mam is back in town and Matt knows he needs to find her, to finally deliver the truth.