Prioritising reading during Election season

May 2024
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The local and European elections in Ireland are happening next month, and we’re asking our members to actively engage candidates in conversations about the value and benefits of reading for joy for children and young people, because reading a good book should always be fun and rewarding.

Whether you’re a seasoned voter or you’ve never really thought about politics before, this year we encourage you to talk with canvassing candidates, because every conversation can make a difference. This is a chance for you to use your voice and your vote to help change the lives of young people in your community and all around the country.

At Children’s Books Ireland, we know that books make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people. Now, we want candidates for the local and EU elections to put reading for joy at the heart of their work, in the community and in the European Union.

Below, we've compiled some helpful questions that you can ask canvasssing candidates for both local and European elections. These are available to download on to your device at the bottom of the page. 


Questions to ask candidates for the local elections:

  • How will you help public libraries to build meaningful relationships with the schools in their area? (You could ask the candidate about making sure public libraries have the resources and funds they need to provide excellent books for primary and secondary schools, and that local schools are kept up to date about the library services they can access).
  • Do you plan to make sure that children and young people in the area have more chances to get involved with the arts, by supporting local artists, writers, and illustrators to hold events, workshops, and school visits?
  • Will your work include making sure that every child and young person in our community can access excellent books? (You could ask the candidate about increasing the reach of mobile libraries, expanding public transport links to public libraries, or setting up local lending libraries where members of the community can share books with each other).

Questions to ask candidates for the European elections:

  • Will you advocate for all children and young people to have access to inclusive and representative books, in their homes and in their schools?
  • Will you work on an EU level to improve awareness of the benefits of reading for joy and fun for children and young people?
  • Will you work to make more funding available to support reading for joy and fun in EU schools and communities?
  • Is it important for you to nurture the creativity of children and young people?
  • How will you support the community of children’s authors, illustrators and artists?
  • If elected to the European Parliament, would you join the Committee on Culture and Education?

Thank you for helping us start meaningful conversations about the power of books!  

Contact our Education Outreach Manager, Becky Long on becky@childrensbooksireland.ie if you have any questions or if you'd like to tell us about how election campaigning is going in your area. 


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Download the list of questions to ask candidates for local elections. 


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Download the list of questions to ask candidates for the European elections.