Deliver the Joy of Reading

November 2021
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Over the past eighteen months, the Irish literature sector has weathered the storm of pandemic uncertainty, with readers across the country finding comfort and escape in the pages of great books. Launching November 18th, Deliver the Joy of Reading invites shoppers to keep this momentum going by buying a great Irish children's book this Christmas. 

Cover image of the Deliver the Joy of Reading reading guide 2021

The gift of a book at Christmas can be one that lasts a lifetime. Research shows that reading for pleasure is a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background, while the comfort and delight of getting lost in a good story is shown to significantly improve mental wellbeing. A sustainable choice, each book bought represents one less plastic toy going to landfill, while the joy spread by supporting local authors, illustrators, publishers and bookshops will lift hearts across the country after another year of uncertainty.

Deliver the Joy of Reading features original cover artwork by author/illustrator Flora Delargy and contains 144 book reviews in English and Irish, for children and young people aged 0 to 18. After a record year for débuts in children’s literature, established authors Chris Haughton, Oliver Jeffers and Laureate na nÓg, Áine Ní Ghlinn are joined by newcomers Adiba Jaigirdar, David McCullagh, Emer O'Neill and nearly forty others. These new voices are highlighted for readers throughout the guide by a megaphone symbol.

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

‘Buying an Irish book this Christmas creates a chain of happiness, from publishers to authors and illustrators, local booksellers to readers. Our latest recommended reading guide is packed with excellent children's literature from all over the island of Ireland, including many new voices published in 2021. We hope these books will be found in stockings, under trees and, most importantly, in readers’ hands this Christmas.'

Deliver the Joy of Reading is available for free from 39 bookshops across the island of Ireland, and will be distributed through Libraries NI. This guide is supported by Arts Council Northern Ireland.