Children’s Books Ireland offers schools hundreds of new books for their libraries

May 2022
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Children sitting in a row, reading multicoloured books
The pupils of Holywell Educate Together NS Swords discover their new 'Every Child A Reader' library, gifted by Children's Books Ireland.

Applications are now open for our book–gifting projects 2022-2023, inviting schools across Ireland to apply for hundreds of books for their school library, class sets for their students to keep, visits from authors and illustrators, and more.

We believe that every child has the right to be a reader. We want every school library to be well-stocked with modern, diverse books, and every school library to have the appropriate resources to guide and inspire young readers.

Unfortunately, many schools still lack the resources needed to make this a reality. That’s where we come in. 

What could your school receive?

  • Hundreds of new, excellent, and diverse books for your school library
  • Class sets for students to own and keep
  • Visits from well-known Irish children’s authors and illustrators
  • Tailored resource packs and classroom materials
  • Training and support from dedicated Children’s Books Ireland staff

Our book-gifting projects focus on schools in need or experiencing disadvantage and give students equal opportunities to read excellent books, bring artists into the classroom virtually or in-person to boost their enjoyment of reading, and support teachers with resources to promote reading for pleasure and creative engagement with books. We are particularly interested in hearing from schools that are already making efforts to promote reading for pleasure and diversity and inclusion with what limited resources they do have. There are numerous packages on offer, and we will endeavour to match winning schools to the most suitable project.

The open call-out to schools for our school book-gifting projects in 2022-2023 is now open, and will close on Friday 10th June, 2022 at 5pm. All primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are invited to apply. Applications are assessed based on their particular needs and ambition for the projects, with the winners notified by the end of September 2022

Hear from some of the schools we worked in 2021-22

Maria Boyne, principal of Holywell ETNS, Swords (participants in Every Child A Reader book-gifting project 2021 - pictured), said:

We at Holywell are delighted to have been selected to receive the ‘Every Child A Reader’ library. This brilliant collection of books reflects the diverse and inclusive nature of our school and will give our students the chance to find themselves in a book. It will support us to further develop the culture of reading in this school and help every child become a reader. We sincerely thank Children's Books for this amazing opportunity and look forward to working with them.

Child with colourful book
A pupil at Holywell ENTS with a book from their new Every Child A Reader library, gifted by Children's Books Ireland

Michael Carney, Principal of St.Brendan’s NS, Kilmeena, Co. Westport (participants in Every Child A Reader: Reading Communities project 2021-2024), said:

This project has had an incredibly positive impact on all the children and indeed the entire community since the project has started. Our children have discovered a whole new world of reading… The quality and spread of books is incredible and they are catered for all abilities and interests. We have witnessed reluctant readers flourish and the feedback from their families has been nothing but exceptional. As a principal of a DEIS school for the past 20 years, this programme is without doubt the best programme that our school has been involved in. All children have embraced and loved every single aspect of it.

Children taking part in a Monster Doodle
The pupils of St. Brendan's NS, Westport, take part in a Monster Doodle led by their Champion of Reading, Kim Sharkey.

Have questions?

If you need more information about your application or about our book-gifting projects in 2022, please contact a member of our book-gifting team at bookgifting@childrensbooksireland.ie.