Bedtime Stories: Incredible Irish Tales from the Past

You may think you have a good grip on the unusual historical moments and happenings in Irish history, but I’m willing to bet this book will prove you wrong! Rachel Pierce’s collection of bedtime stories based on Irish history is a complete joy and surprise from start to finish, with sixteen amazing tales through time - many of which I had never heard of before. A collection that has it all; stolen hearts and record breaking ships, groundbreaking women and a series of explosions, there is even a story that will change the way you look at the humble pigeon.

Lovingly curated, each story is accompanied by images from a team of fantastic illustrators that succeed in bringing their own flare to the collection, while managing to compliment the storytelling style perfectly. Included here also is a gorgeous contribution from young author Lola-Mae McCormack, who won a competition with Children’s Books Ireland.  Her story, The Last Pingin, captures an unusual moment of change in Irish history.  

This treasure trove of a collection feels very nostalgic, with a use of language and turn of phrase that naturally lends itself to being read aloud. Each story ends with an ‘Explore the Story’ short series of facts that encourage the reader to engage further by visiting museums or historical sites. 

Perfect for the classroom, or, as intended, just before bed, these stories will be enjoyed by readers aged 7 years upwards who love a story steeped in Ireland’s ancient and recent past.  

About the Illustrator
Photo - Erin Brown
Erin Brown is a Northern Irish illustrator who lives and works on the beautiful island of Jersey. After she graduated from the University of Ulster with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, a passion for stories and children’s books took hold. She combines her love for hand-drawn lines and traditional techniques with the flexibility and freedom of adding colour digitally. When she’s not working in her
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Róisín Hahessy has always had a great passion for drawing and illustration. After graduating from animation college in Dublin, she spent a number of years working in television graphics. In 2015, she relocated to a city in southern Brazil and has been able to focus a lot more on drawing and illustration, which is what makes her happiest.
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Úna Woods is an illustrator and author who lives in Dublin. She loves making illustrations for children, and her work has been published in books, magazines and websites. She loves working with bright colours and patterns in her illustrations. She grew up in Clontarf, very close to where Bram Stoker was born.
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