Create Outdoors with Cairn Homes

We’re back with Create Outdoors with Cairn Homes and Children’s Books Ireland, with even more excellent titles, carefully chosen by Children’s Books Ireland Book Doctor Ruth Concannon. This time we’re focusing on books for the 9 – 12 age group,  brilliant books that will encourage children to get outside and have fun. Read the full reviews below!

9–12

JUANITA BROWNE aistrithe ag FIDELMA NÍ GHALLCHOBHAIR maisithe ag AOIFE QUINN

AINMHITHE NA hÉIREANN 

COIS LIFE 2018 (BOG) 66LCH €12.00 ISBN 9781907494758

Leabhar faisnéise gleoite é seo a thugann eolas dúinn ar ár n-ainmhithe dúchasacha, idir an Luch Fhéir bheag bhídeach agus an Míol Mór Gorm mór millteach. Insítear dúinn cá bhfuil cónaí orthu, an méid a itheann siad, agus cé chomh mór is atá siad i gcomparáid le duine. Tá léaráidí agus grianghraif ghalánta ar gach leathanach, a spreagfaidh spéis an léitheora. Ag an deireadh, tá gluais chuimsitheach agus leideanna le heolas faoin bhfiadhúlra. Oiriúnach do theach, scoil nó leabharlann ar bith. Thar barr!

MICHAEL KELLY & MUIREANN NÍ CHIOBHÁIN illustrated by FATTI BURKE

GIY’S KNOW-IT-ALLMANAC: THE ULTIMATE FAMILY GUIDE TO GROWING AND COOKING FOOD THROUGH THE YEAR

GIY IRELAND 2019 (HBK) 104PP €25.00 ISBN 9780993042621

A riotous, fully-illustrated guide to growing and cooking food throughout the year. Narrated by Grower-in-Chief Monty Sheddington Potts, this incredibly funny, visually appealing  book is bursting with fun characters, information, trivia and loads of food knowledge. With so much emphasis on the environment and sustainability this beautiful almanac is timely and informative. Filled to the brim with information in a child-friendly way, if you have time on your hands to grow some veggies and seeds, this book helps you go from planting to plate like a pro!

KUNAK McGANN

RED ROVER, RED ROVER!: GAMES FROM AN IRISH CHILDHOOD (THAT YOU CAN TEACH YOUR KIDS)

THE O’BRIEN PRESS 2017 (HBK) 160PP €9.99 ISBN 9781847179463

Remember knocking on a friend’s door and asking if they can come out to play? Remember hours spent outside playing Tip the Can and Conkers? If you do, then this charming guide will bring back lots of happy memories. If you live in a concrete jungle or have limited outside space this is one for you! With an emphasis on fun and games rather than nature and animals, this is a fabulous rejuvenation of all of your favourite childhood games with top tips on introducing them to children.

NAOMI WALMSLEY and DAN WESTALL

FOREST SCHOOL ADVENTURE: OUTDOORS SKILLS AND PLAY FOR CHILDREN

GUILD OF MASTER CRAFTSMAN PUBLICATIONS 2018 (PBK) 176PP £16.99 ISBN 9781784944032

Part manual for parents, part guidebook for kids, the basic premise behind this book is that many of the skills and experiences of outdoor life are lost on the present generation, but can be easily taught and communicated. Excellent for anyone missing the scouts or the brownies – or who has ever fancied being the next Bear Grylls! This is a great guide to exploring outdoor life. Perfect for outdoorsy families who are trying to get their kids into nature, everyone is guaranteed to learn something new.

It’s time for the next part of Create Outdoors with Cairn Homes and Children’s Books Ireland. This time Book Doctor Ruth Concannon has selected some brilliant books for the 5 – 8 age group, ones that we hope will encourage families to get outdoors and have some fun with reading and creating! Read the full reviews below.

5–8 Year-old Book Selection

TADHG MAC DHONNAGÁIN maisithe ag JENNIFER FARLEY, BRIAN FITZGERALD, TARSILA KRÜSE agus CHRISTINA O’DONOVAN

BLIAIN NA nAMHRÁN

FUTA FATA 2016 (CRUA) 67LCH €16.95 ISBN 9781910945216

Spreagtha ag na ceithre séasúir sonraíonn an teideal seo idir na sean amhráin agus rainn is ansa agus amhráin nua-chumtha ag Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin. Tugann ceathrar ealaíontóir éagsúil léargas uathúil ar gach ceann de na ceithre séasúir. Preabann Christina O’Donabhan muid isteach san Earrach lena palette pastal úr, tógann Brian Fitzgerald muid trí laethanta geala an tSamhraidh. Cuireann Tarsila Krüse laethanta úrbhriosca an Fhomhair in iúl go cluthar dúinn sula chlúdaíonn Jennifer Farley go deas teolaí sinn do laethanta fada an Gheimhridh.

ROB MAGUIRE illustrated by AGA GRANDOWICZ

DR HIBERNICA FINCH’S COMPELLING COMPENDIUM OF IRISH ANIMALS

LITTLE ISLAND BOOKS 2018 (HBK) 64PP €25.00 ISBN 9781910411940

This large-format information book profiles Irish animals of the land, sea and air. Readers are guided by narrator Professor Hibernica Finch, a slightly eccentric zoologist, with spreads presented in the style of her notebooks, complete with jokes, facts and sketches. Striking the balance between being funny and educational, this is a perfect guide to the creatures of Ireland, both big and small. With something to spot for kids wherever you live in Ireland and bursting with facts. This book is perfect for occupying the minds of the curious.

JO SCHOFIELD and FIONA DANKS illustrated by PETE WILLIAMSON

WILD THINGS: OVER 100 MAGICAL OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

LONELY PLANET KIDS 2019 (HBK) 176PP £12.99 ISBN 9781787017719

If you’ve ever wanted to track dragons, make friends with fairies, brew magic potions or find a unicorn, this is the book for you! Encouraging children to observe the natural world very closely, it ignites their senses, imaginations and creativity at the same time. This adventurous book guides children to explore nature while linking arts and crafts with the outdoors and all things magical and mysterious. A quaint, quirky and spellbinding approach to nature crafting, this one’s for kids with big imaginations!

BRITTA TECKENTRUPP

BIRDS AND THEIR FEATHERS

PRESTEL 2018 (HBK) 96PP £11.99 ISBN 9783791373355

If you know a child who loves facts, or birds, and who is curious about the world, then begin with this book. Longer than the average picturebook, but packed with gorgeous detail about plumology – the study of feathers. Although intended for young children, there is no condescension of language and the bond between reading and art appreciation is emphasised. A feast for the eyes filled with detailed yet accessible facts, this is a unique and beautiful book for readers who appreciate tiny details, unusual facts and intricate artwork.

For our second post as part of Create Outdoors with Cairn Homes and Children’s Books Ireland we invite you to get reading to your little ones with these wonderful great outdoors inspired books for the 0–4 age group. Our Book Doctor Ruth Concannon was the selector of these special books and the titles are Errol’s Garden by Gillian Hibbs; Babaí Beag: Ainmhithe by Roger Priddy maisithe ag Holly Jackman; In the Garden by Noëlle Smit and The Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer! Read the full reviews below.

0–4

GILLIAN HIBBS

ERROL’S GARDEN

CHILD’S PLAY 2018 (PBK) 32PP £6.99 ISBN 9781786280848

Errol loves gardening but doesn’t have enough space in his city apartment. Can a chance discovery make his dream come true? A sweetly positive story that highlights the importance of community. Lovely illustrations celebrate diversity, with a simple text to appeal to younger children. Perfect for anyone living without an outdoor space and great for inspiring involvement in local community gardens among little readers. A lovely reminder of the importance of green spaces in urban areas.

ROGER PRIDDY maisithe ag HOLLY JACKMAN


BABAÍ BEAG: AINMHITHE


AN GÚM 2015 (CRUA) 16LCH €5.00 ISBN 9781857918946

Leabhar cairtchláir álainn ildaite atá in Ainmhithe. Rachaidh an stíl maisitheoireachta i bhfeidhm ort le dathanna bloic ardchodarsnachta, maille le
dath an chúlra taobh thiar de gach ainmhí a mbuailimid leis. Cuireann an nós
seo le hamharc-thaithí an pháiste agus iad ag baint taitnimh as leabhair den
chéad uair.

NOËLLE SMIT

IN THE GARDEN

LITTLE ISLAND BOOKS 2020 (HBK) 32PP €20.00 ISBN 9781912417490

For families who have become avid gardeners while we are all staying at home, this beautiful book is a perfect walk through the seasons, looking at what changes in the garden. Each spread represents a month in the year, with vivid colours popping off the page. There’s something very hopeful about this story and little ones will want to pour over these gorgeous illustrations for hours spotting all of the tiny details. An eye-catching book perfect for getting young children inspired to explore the beauty of the outdoors.

YUVAL ZOMMER

THE BIG BOOK OF BUGS

THAMES & HUDSON 2016 (HBK) 64PP £12.95 ISBN 9780500650677

Beetles, ladybirds, butterflies, termites, bees and dragonflies are but a few of the creepy-crawlies that spill from the pages of The Big Book of Bugs. Given the breadth of knowledge in this book, it’s impressive how clear and accessible it is to mini-beast fanatics. This gorgeous non-fiction guide is a great pick for kids who are curious about all things creepy crawly. A colourful and accessible guide that can be used in your back garden or in the park.

Don’t forget to download your copy of the Create Outdoors Cairn Homes Doodle Starter by Chris Judge today here.