Building Communities Reading List

A reading list for ages 0–12, designed to inspire building the homes, places and communities of tomorrow.

Created with Cairn Homes, the 'Building Communities' reading list encourages children to approach their surroundings with creativity and imagination, creating places and spaces that are welcoming to everyone.

The list contains twenty-four titles for children, from boardbooks up to sixth class, each accompanied by a review from an expert in children’s literature.

Maura Winston, Chief People Officer of Cairn Homes, said:

‘It’s important to us that children from all backgrounds and locations across Ireland are aware from an early age of the opportunities open to them in construction. When children don’t have adults around them who work in construction or STEM, it can be hard to see how they might make careers in these areas. It’s a case of ‘if you can’t see it, you can’t be it. Building Communities is new initiative created to challenge traditional perceptions of what it’s like to work in construction, to promote STEM careers and to inspire the next generation of homebuilders.'

About the guide:

  • 24 titles on the theme of construction, engineering and community-building
  • Suitable for ages 0–12
  • Cover artwork by Fuchsia Macaree
  • Overall editor – Jenny Murray
  • Review editor – Juliette Saumande