#GiftABook: gift the magic of reading this Christmas

November 2021
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The gift of a book in childhood can last a lifetime. But right now, there are children in Ireland who don’t have a book of their own to read, who don’t know the comfort and joy that books can bring. Help us change that, by gifting the magic of reading this Christmas.

We champion every child's right to experience the joy of reading, regardless of their circumstances. Books bring joy and provide comfort, spark imagination and unlock potential. Research shows that reading for pleasure is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background, while children who read for pleasure report levels of mental wellbeing three times higher than those who don’t.  

Together with our partners and supporters, we’ll have gifted 20,600 books by the end of 2021. With your help, we delivered the joy of reading to children in direct provision centres, schools, hospitals and homeless services across Ireland.

One such group were Tipperary Rural Travellers Project, who told us about the impact your donations made on the children there:

The excitement the children had at being gifted these colourful, modern, fresh books out of the blue was incredible. The books brought smiles to all of their faces, with many children owning a brand-new book for the first time in their lives, a book that they could write their name on and tuck under their pillow at night. Our heartfelt thanks for this wonderful gift that cheered so many little hearts in County Tipperary!

In 2022, we want to get more books into the hands of even more children who need them. We need you to help make that happen.

Elaina Ryan, CEO of Children's Books Ireland, says:

"A book in a child’s hand is such a powerful gift, both for the immediate joy, fun and escapism it can give a young reader and for the lifelong benefits that come with reading. Think of the last book you loved, how it made you feel, and what it would mean to pass that feeling along. Every donation counts, and we are so grateful to all our supporters for helping us to make every child a reader."

This Christmas, give a gift that will last a lifetime. Give the gift of imagination, of joy and discovery. #GiftABook.