The Inis Reading Guide is our LARGEST ever edition and is one of our most important ways of sharing books. Through the guide, we recommend the very best books in all genres and age groups, enabling children – often with the help of a parent, guardian, grandparent, teacher or librarian – to find the right book for them. This year, the campaign celebrates the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren and the importance of relationships across generations. The reading guide includes a section of books on this theme, highlighting books for young people that feature meaningful intergenerational relationships.
The bond between a child and their grandparent is unique and enriches the lives of young and old alike. Lived experiences and stories told by older generations help the young to understand the world around them and how it continues to change. Through these relationships children learn about their heritage and family background, helping them understand who they are and where they come from. Grandparents can learn a thing or two from their grandchildren too – be it surfing the web or looking at the world with the renewed wonder that children inspire. In fact, studies show that grandparenting is actually good for our health and can increase life expectancy! What better way to cultivate and strengthen this special bond than through storytelling? Tá traidisiún uasal scéalaíochta againn in Éirinn agus tá idir óg is aosta á spreagadh againn chun páirt a ghlacadh ann i mBliain seo na Gaeilge. In October 2018, CBI’s reading campaign will be partnering with Libraries Ireland for a special Children’s Book Festival month. Visit your local library branch to find out more.
Within these pages you’ll discover over 250 of the best children’s books of 2018 and 48 brilliant books published over the past five years that feature strong intergenerational bonds. We hope you’ll find a book you love and stories you’ll want to share! Scéalta – Ó Ghlúin go Glúin.
The reviews are 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 2018 can be found at the back of the guide.
Huge thanks to all our funders and partners – Arts Council, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Libraries Ireland, RTE Supporting the Arts, Irish Copyright Licensing Association, Age Action and Suas.