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Children's Books Ireland Annual Reading Guide

Every year in September we launche the annual Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Reads. An Irish children’s illustrator is commissioned to create an original piece of artwork, which is reproduced on posters, bookmarks and stickers for use in libraries, bookshops, schools and homes across the country. In previous years we have worked with former Laureates PJ Lynch and Niamh Sharkey, illustrators Lauren O’NeilChris Judge, Yasmeen Ismail and Chris Haughton to name a few. The Inis Reading Guide Archive can be accessed via the following link.

This artwork also adorns the cover of the Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Reads, an A5 booklet featuring the best children’s books from the previous year, reviewed by Claire Marie Dunne, and our panel of independent Book Doctors Kim HarteLouise GallagherBecky LongSíne Quinn,  Ruth Concannon, Vita Coleman, Juliette Saumande and Anne Gannon. The Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Reads is available free of charge at public libraries across the country and is a key guide for librarians, teachers and others buying books for children.

The aim of the Reading Guide is to instill a love of reading for pleasure in young people across the country. In doing so, we are delighted to partner with the public library network as well as the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency and Foras na Gaeilge to programme events for young readers everywhere. All upcoming events are listed on our events page.

This year, the #GrowaReader campaign features the artwork of Peter Donnelly and includes a specially curated section on the theme of the environment – protecting it, celebrating it and embracing it.


Head to our online shop to order your copy of this year’s Reading Guide and contact jenny@childrensbooksireland.ie for more information on how to get your book into the guide.


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