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Growing up

Cover of Pride Reading Guide

Pride Reading Guide 2023

Supported by An Post, our Pride Reading Guide 2023 contains 200 LGBTQ+ inclusive stories for young readers aged 0–18.

Book Cover – Not Like Other Girls

Not Like Other Girls

After nude pictures of her were blasted across the internet, Jo-Lynn Kirby has become a social pariah. Dealing with the fallout of this, Jo’s troubles only double when her former best friend Maddie goes missing and is written off as a runaway. To get to the bottom of Maddie’s mystery disappearance, Jo must reinfiltrate the world that has cast her out. However, as she starts digging into the truth, she’s forced to recount the most vulnerable parts of her past that she has tried so hard to forget.

Book Cover - Our World: Ukraine

Our World: Ukraine

Part of the Our World series, this touching boardbook takes young readers through a day in the life of children in Ukraine. Aimed at avoiding stereotypes, this series is written and illustrated by creators from the country in question.

Book Cover - Pink Trucks

Pink Trucks

Stink is a young boy who is searching for a truck that is pink. In his search, he realises that there are obstacles in his way, forcing him to become resourceful using his own creativity and the help of his sister to acquire a pink truck. Stink encounters the attitudes and beliefs of others, shining a light on implied gendered ‘colour rules’ in the categorising of children’s toys in the shop.

Inis magazine - issue 71

Inis magazine: issue 71, April 2024

Inis is the magazine of Children's Books Ireland. Within these pages you will find features and articles on Irish and international children's books as well as in-depth reviews of new titles for children and teenagers. With its range of expert contributors, this is a key resource for teachers, writers, illustrators, librarians, parents/guardians and everyone interested in children's books.

Book Cover – The Little Lamb Who Led

The Little Lamb Who Led

O’Donoghue’s vibrant book opens the enchanting world of the Irish countryside to young readers. Drawing on the author’s own childhood memories of family life in the countryside, as readers, we are invited into the wonderful world of the animals who inhabit the pages of this book including the hoppy hare and Kerry cow.

Book Cover - Little House

Little House

Ten-year-old Juno must spend her summer holidays with her grandfather while her parents work to provide aid in areas hit by disasters around the world. In her grandfather’s attic, she finds a ruined doll’s house, a doll family, and their furniture. Together with her woodworking grandfather, they repar the furniture and build a new house for the dolls. As Juno learns about carpentry, and finds joy in working with her hands, she realizes how hobbies can help lift one’s spirit.

Book Cover – ASAP

ASAP

We follow Sori, as she deals with life preparing to become a K-pop idol, all the while trying to manage her parents’ high expectations and her confusing relationship with Nathaniel, her very famous ex-boyfriend. Before long Sori starts to wonder if this is really what she wants after all …

Cover - Cross My Heart and Never Lie

Cross My Heart and Never Die

Translated from Norwegian to English, this book is formatted as the diary of Tuva, who is 12 years old. Tuva is heading back to school after the summer holidays but doesn’t realise that everything is about to change as her best friend has a new boyfriend and no longer wants to build forts in the forest like they used to do. Tuva is stuck in the middle, as she gets pulled in two different directions, she must figure out what she wants for herself while navigating her own first crush.

Book Cover – Always Your Stepmum

Always Your Stepmum

This book follows the journey of a stepmum meeting her stepdaughter for the first time and the joys to be found in that special and unique bond. Presented as a simple story without much context from the perspective of the stepmum, allowing the reader to fill in the gaps themselves. We follow their relationship as it grows from strength to strength in this story full of hope and love.