This year, wherever you are in Ireland, events and activities will be taking place to encourage children to enjoy the experience and the magic of reading! October is a jam-packed month of fun-filled opportunities featuring Irish and international authors and illustrators, and catering for the reading preferences of everyone from toddlers to teens and beyond, with everyone getting blown away by a book! Irish illustrator and Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch’s eye-catching artwork highlights this message – books are the best way of being transported to new worlds!
Activities will be running in libraries, schools and arts centres throughout Ireland over the course of this month. This will include everything from readings by popular authors to writing and illustration workshops, plus storytelling, quizzes, competitions and much, much more! With so many opportunities for fun there’s no doubt bookworms everywhere will be satisfied.
In addition, the Inis Reading Guide, published annually by Children’s Books Ireland is available, free of charge – ask at your local library – and also to purchase in bulk by calling CBI on 01 8727475. The guide contains 292 book reviews over 88 pages, organised by age section from 0-2 up to Young Adult alongside specialist poetry and non-fiction sections. Each section is edited by either a CBI Book Doctor or another specialist in their field. As always, titles by an Irish author, illustrator or publisher are marked with a shamrock and a full listing of all Irish-published books for 2017 can be found at the back of the guide. The Inis Reading Guide is the perfect go-to when choosing books for the children and young people in your life.
In a book slump? The CBI Book Doctors will be on the road this October, with pop-up clinics appearing at Dublin Festival of History at Richmond Barracks on Saturday 7th, at Kilkenny Bookville Festival at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre on Saturday 14th and at Navan Library on Sunday 15th. The Book Doctor is sure to cure any book-related ailment, leaving you with a unique prescription for your preferred reading needs to take to your local library or bookshop. Ideal for all the family, the Book Doctor can offer advice to anyone with the reading bug!
CBI is delighted to be continuing our Hallowe’en collaboration with the National Gallery of Ireland this year, with illustrator Tarsila Krüse leading a free drop-in workshop on Sunday 29th October in the atrium space, suitable for children of all ages. Families will be encouraged to doodle and draw different monster characters – both those hidden and in plain sight in the gallery collection, and those found only in the imagination! Tarsila will talk about mythical beasts and monsters, and offer suggestions and ideas for the monster parts. Extra eyes, heads, noses, fur, scales welcome!
The ever-popular O’Brien Press Cover Design Competition once again allows fledgling illustrators and designers to see their artwork on the cover of a published book. This year Joe O’Brien’s Tiger Boots been selected for re-design in Spring 2018. This year’s lucky winner will see their design featured on the cover of the re-published book, which will be stocked in libraries and bookshops throughout Ireland. In addition, to celebrate CBI’s 20th anniversary and the 10th year of this competition, the winner will also receive an extra special prize- a school visit from the author as well as five sets of selected The O’Brien Press titles for their school! The application form is available here.
With all this and much more in store for October, 2017 is truly the year to get blown away by a book!