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100 Screen-Free Ways to Beat Boredom

Looking for creative new ways to banish that boredom? Well, unplug those tablets, put down those phones…and grab yourselves a copy of this fantastic book! It’s jam-packed with ideas for enjoying screen-free time with family and friends, ranging from quick and simple crafts to more time-consuming tasks: calm your mind with some basic yoga, dig…

1066 And Before That

Early history gets an airing in this poetry collection – co-written by Brian Moses and Roger Stevens – which is divided up into five sections, beginning at the Stone Age, ending with the eponymous battle of Hastings, and taking in Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome along the way. In fact, there is precious little that…

A Day With Dogs

A Day with Dogs is a fantastic book that offers an exclusive insight into every little bit of what nine dogs (and a lot of humans) do during their day; be it visiting the doctor, playing in school, shopping at the supermarket or playing musical instruments. Part non-fiction, part fiction, A Day with Dogs is…

A History of Pictures for Children

Based on their bestselling A History of Pictures, artist David Hockney and art critic Martin Gayford discuss the development of pictures from cave paintings to the computer screen. Hockney’s voice is that of an artist reflecting on how artists created their work, while Gayford supplies plenty of solid information about the development of visual media…

A Wild Child’s Guide to Endangered Animals

This book is a celebration of the beautiful creatures who are in danger of disappearing from the world forever. It is divided into different habitats including oceans, forests, deserts, freshwater, grasslands, mountains and wetlands. While some creatures like giraffes and caribou will be familiar to readers, there are others like the little dodo bird and…

A World of Information

This is a miscellany of the very best kind. Readers will be hooked by facts as varied as differing kinds of knots, different kinds of print, the periodic table of the elements, neap and spring tides, the organs of the body and a whole host of other information. At no point does the trivia seem…

Above and Below

Perfect for nature lovers, this lift-the-flap book gives a summary of many ecosystems on our planet presented alongside luscious illustrations of flora and fauna. From the rainforest to the savannah, we get an A-Z of natural habitats. We are presented a generalised list of the creatures and plants that occupy these areas, as well as…

Aidan Abet Teacher’s Pet

Guy Bass, an award-winning author known for his series Stitch Head and Atomic!, is back with another hilarious and peculiar story where a very unpopular teacher’s pet takes on more than he can chew with the arrival of a new teacher. ‘Aidan Abet, teacher’s pet! Peed his pants and now they’re wet!’ These are the…

All of Us: A Young People’s History of the World

This book, lavishly and attractively illustrated in a rich, varied, colourful style is ostensibly for 7-10 year olds. However, its language register would suggest an older target age group.  It is problematic from the points of view of inclusivity and historical accuracy. I will use gender to illustrate this, though I could equally use ethnicity…

Amazing Expeditions: Journeys that Changed the World

Discover the amazing stories and follow the nail-biting journeys of some of the world’s most heroic and extraordinary explorers, including Marco Polo, Magellan, Norgay and Hillary, Ellen MacArthur and Neil Armstrong. Throughout history, explorers have set out to discover new territories by land, sea, air and space. Many of these brave pioneers have the tales…

Amazing Women: 101 Lives to Inspire You

As its title suggests, this is an amazing resource for young girls and boys, with a vast selection of women who have changed the world in some way. Potted biographies stand alongside glorious illustration. Some of the names are familiar – Michelle Obama, Helen Keller – but others such as Shirin Ebadi and Radia Perlman…

Ancient Wonders

No one knows who decided on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. But centuries of historians, poets and philosophers have written thrilling accounts of their magnificence which have left us yearning to know more about their great mysteries. How was the Great Pyramid at Giza constructed? Did the mystical Hanging Gardens of Babylon actually…

Are Coconuts More Dangerous Than Sharks?

The title sets the tone for this factual book. It is packed with thought-provoking questions followed by complete answers and interesting descriptions. Are Coconuts More Dangerous than Sharks? stimulates the reader to be more aware of the world around us and to find out more about everyday entities. The presentation of the contents page is…

Australia Illustrated

In Australia Illustrated Tania McCartney has created her own eclectic schema for detailing quirky and eccentric icons of Australian life with multicultural perspectives. The popular culture tenor of the work is obvious in both text and image in this, the first of her many books which McCartney has illustrated as well as written. Organised with…

Be an Irish Explorer

Be an Irish Explorer is an activity pad with a twist as it challenges budding artists to discover, doodle, design and draw their way around Ireland. Each page explores a different location, from Newgrange to Bunratty, the Giant’s Causeway to the Cliffs of Moher. Activities include drawing the sights, designing buildings, jewellery, posters and postcards…

Beyond the Bright Sea

Roughly once a year comes a children’s book of unexpected brilliance, a book that has you hooked from the first sentence and keeps you eagerly turning pages until the early hours of the morning. It has the feel of an instant classic; and like an addict, you want more. This is such a book. Wolk’s…

Black Canary: Ignite

Meg Cabot and Cara McGee’s Black Canary: Ignite is a brilliant story that brings new life to this supersonic superheroine for a younger generation. Cabot shows her usual skill for telling stories that take place in worlds slightly beyond belief, while creating a sense of authenticity, making it easy for readers to engage in this…

Books Books Books

Open the cover and let this book take you on a whirlwind tour of the British Library and its incredible collection, housed on 625 kilometres of shelves and spread over fifteen floors. With copies of every single book published in Ireland and the United Kingdom, as well as extensive catalogues of newspapers, maps and music,…

Boy Underwater

Boy Underwater is a beautiful novel brimming with heart, humour and poignancy. Easily enjoyed by a broad spectrum of ages, the journey of Cymbeline Igloo (yes, that’s really his name) as he attempts to uncover the mystery of why his mother never took him swimming proves itself a deeply moving portrait of a fractured family.…

Captain Rosalie

Ever since her father left for the war, Rosalie is on a mission. Sitting at the back of a classroom of older boys she has been exceptionally allowed in, the five-year-old is focusing on the blackboard, trying to teach herself how to read. Letters are the only tie she has left to her father, and…

Chasing Augustus

In the very first chapter of Chasing Augustus, author Kimberly Newton Fusco’s protagonist Rosalita declares ‘When you lose your dog, there’s a hole in your heart as big as the sun.’ This is a problem for Rosie (as she prefers to be called). Her beloved dog, Augustus, is gone and the narrative traces Rosie’s various…

Check Mates

Felix’s ADHD makes it hard for him to concentrate and his grades are slipping. Everyone keeps telling the schoolboy to try harder, but no one realizes how hard it is! When his Mum suggests Felix spend time with his Granddad, Felix can’t think of anything worse. Granddad hasn’t been the same since Grandma died, and…

Chicken on the Roof

Poetry, profundity and high comedy combine in this brilliant book of sparkling poems from Matt Goodfellow. The absurdity of chickens stuck on rooftops, hedgehogs wincing through the backstroke, talking baked bean tins, a cat relieving itself in a grandparent’s beard, reflections on loss, the passage of time, the importance of place, and the grandeur of…

Coming to England

In Coming to England Floella Benjamin recounts the emigration of her family from the idyllic island of Trinidad to England. The book chronicles her life in Trinidad where she was born and lived until the age of 11. Benjamin gives a utopian glimpse into the beautiful family house, the wonderfully fragrant markets, the school and…

Cool Coding

Code tells a computer what to do. Each individual directive is very simple, but, when combined into a program, can accomplish amazingly complex tasks, including games. Many coders begin as hobbyists before turning professional. Code can be written in a myriad of programming languages. Different languages are optimised for specific tasks, and all have unique…

Countess Markievicz: An Adventurous Life

This volume of the Easter Rising Centenary In a Nutshell series focuses on Countess Constance Markievicz, the woman made famous by her involvement in the fight for Irish Independence. In this short biography Ann Carroll leads us through Markievicz’s life, from wealthy origins in rural Sligo, to her marriage to the Polish Count Casimir Markievicz,…

Create Your Own Superhero Epic

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s a book! (You must need glasses) That pretty much sets the tone for the third in a series of Create your own… books from the Judge Bros. and the results are ridiculously fun. Doodletown needs a superhero and you need to draw them. It is…

Danger is Really Everywhere

Danger is everywhere or at least it would be if it weren’t for the world’s leading dangerologist, ‘Docter’ Noel Zone. With ‘Docter’ Noel to guide us we just might make it through life alive. In this third book in the Danger is Everywhere series, O’Doherty and Judge take their antidote to the bubble-wrapped world we…

Darkmouth: Chaos Descends

Full of danger, intrigue but also lots of humour, Chaos Descends is the third part of Shane Hegarty’s thrilling Darkmouth series. Ten months after almost destroying both Darkmouth and the Infected Side in order to rescue his dad, Finn is getting ready to take part in his completion ceremony, and become a real Legend Hunter,…

Discovering Architecture

Perhaps it is the lasting popularity of books such as Iggy Peck, Architect, but architecture seems to be cropping up more often as a topic for children’s books lately. The worthy subject is certainly made appealing in this beautifully crafted book. From the endpapers that resemble blue-prints to the plans for buildings on Mars, this…

DIY Circus Lab for Kids

DIY Circus Lab for Kids gives families everything they need to produce their own circus! Aiming to foster fun, fitness and a life-long friendship with the circus arts, author Jackie Leigh Davis invites you into the international youth circus community, and then dives into the main circus skill families: spinning, juggling, balance, acrobatics, and clowning,…

Dog Town

The port city of Riga is a city which always remains unfinished, and according to myth; anyone declaring ‘Riga is ready’ would cause the city to be drowned by its river, the Daugava. Jacob has led a sheltered life, living with his dad, in the city centre. Jacob is fascinated with the city and spends…

Double Felix

Double Felix by Sally Harris is a wonderful book. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began. Initially, I suspected something quirky and whimsical and while the book certainly boasts those qualities, its underlying message is pertinent to the point that I think as many schools and parents as possible should have their children…

Elias Martin

At seventeen, Elias Martin was driven north ‘by dint of not fitting in anywhere else’. For twelve years Elias lives a solitary life of constant struggle to stay warm and fed as he slowly learns the skills that allow him to survive in the harsh tundra of the far north. One day, he sees strange…

Elise and the Second-hand Dog

This is a book full of profound and poignant things wrapped in a charming story about a little girl, a cherished pet, and the trials of life. Elise lives with her father in Copenhagen, and desperately misses her mother who is working as an engineer in Brazil. The purchase of a second-hand dog, McAduddi, who…

Elizabeth and Zenobia

A gothic ghost story combines with a journey of self-discovery as Elizabeth and Zenobia explore the history and haunting occupants of their new home in Witheringe House. This is a tale which is wonderfully spun in vivid language and captivating imagery, but with plenty of humour and emotional moments as well. Jessica Millar’s great skill…

Emily Lime – Librarian Detective: The Book Case

Daphne Blakeway is accosted at the train station on her first day at ‘St Rita’s School for Spirited Girls’ and asked to return a book to the school library. Following a bank robbery in town and a break in at the school, Daphne realises this book is hot property and someone will stop at nothing…

Endling: The Last

Byx’s life has gone in an unexpected direction. His family has just been murdered, he is left to wander in a strange land with even stranger company and he is about to be caught up in the nefarious politics of humans. Katherine Applegate’s Endling is the first book in a fantasy series set in a…

Everest: The Remarkable Story of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay

There is so much to recommend in this account of how a beekeeper and a former yak herder became the first people to stand on the roof of the world. It is of course an excellent read for any child with a sense of adventure. But it is about much more than the race to…

Explorer: Plants!

Agent Osprey has been assigned a mission: every tree and flower that she can see must be studied, logged, and reported on! Thankfully her findings are vividly captured in this densely detailed treatment of all things botanical, thus providing a rich resource for young readers who are keen to understand the natural world more deeply.…

Facts!

Following the success of Tracey Turner’s previous releases (How to Make a Human out of Soup, How Can a Pigeon Be a War Hero?, to name but a few), she has produced yet another wonderfully fascinating book of facts. This time, there is one for every day of the year! From astronomy to zoology, ancient…

Fire, Bed & Bone

A moving and heart-warming tale of a devoted dog whose loyalty and love proves that hope can be found in the darkest of times. Set in 1381, this story delves into a world ruled by an unjust feudal system where social tensions and violence rise as the Peasants’ Revolt rages through England. The story is…

Forest School Adventure: Outdoors Skills and Play for Children

Any text which gets children into the natural environment and away from merely indoor pursuits is to be welcomed. Forest School Adventure is one such book, demonstrating just how much fulfilment awaits those who venture outdoors and engage with their world. Part manual for parents, part guidebook for kids, the basic premise behind the book…

George

George reminded me of Wonder in the best way possible – a book about acceptance, especially of difference, about not just tolerance but love and understanding, about learning to embrace and not apologise for your own deviance from the norm. Sweet, charming, funny, but also heart-breaking, sob-inducing – you feel for George as she yearns…

High Rise Mystery

Knights Of is the amazing new publishing house for children’s books started by David Stevens and Aimée Felone, set up to address the imbalance in children’s publishing and to offer a window into different worlds. Figures from Book Trust Represents from the period 2007 – 2017 showed that just 5.6% of published UK children’s authors…

His Royal Whiskers

In the far-away land of Petrossia, something terrible has happened to the kingdom’s heir, Prince Alexander. It is far worse than kidnapping; far worse than murder! On his sixth birthday, Prince Alexander has somehow been turned into a little fluffy-wuffy kitten. The Czar, Petrossias’ fierce, all-conquering ruler is out forblood. Young Pieter, tallymaster to the…

Hoakes Island

Henry Hoakes, the owner of Hoakes Island, has disappeared and the island is in danger of being knocked down and redeveloped into apartments if the current residents cannot find the property deeds. Thankfully, Henry left clues for Rita and the rest of the animal inhabitants to its whereabouts and your help is needed to solve…

Holes

The subject of holes may seem like a strange and dull choice for a children’s book. However, Holes is a beautiful and compelling book, which is a joy to explore. The author investigates what makes a hole a hole and attempts to show us how holes shape our world. He does so in a way…

Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey

This book brings two of ancient literature’s classic tales together for young readers. In Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Gillian Cross retells these two enduring tales, bringing them to life with the help of Neill Packer’s vivid illustrations, in the classical style. Cross achieves the almost impossible by making these heroic and sometimes gory tales come…

In Focus Forests: Wilderness, Wonders, Wildlife

In Focus Forests is an accessible and unique non-fiction book. Although there is a distinct lack of an overall introduction to the book, there is an impressive amount of interesting information here. Aside from the stories of trees and forests, there are facts on animals, history and science, as well as information on weather, geography,…

In Focus: Cities

This book is a gloriously colourful tour through some of the world’s most important cities. Taking a collaborative approach, ten illustrators take one location each to convey something of the geography, culture, and unique colour of each place. Whether it is the vibrant streets of New York or the sumptuous sunset-soaked skyline of Istanbul, the…

In the Mouth of the Wolf

Morpurgo’s latest novel begins with two brothers, Francis and Pieter, each as different from the other as one can imagine. On the evening of his ninetieth birthday, Francis looks back on his experiences in the Second World War and the events and people that would shape both of their lives forever. This takes him from…

Incredible Journeys

In this beautifully presented hardback publication, real-life adventurer, Levison Wood, chronicles the fantastic feats of some of history’s most notable characters. From the first movements of Homo Erectus out of the continent of Africa, to the vast expeditions of Alexander the Great, onto the epic journeys of Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta and Magellan, and all…

James Joyce: Literary Legend

James Joyce: Literary Legend is the latest instalment of Poolbeg’s In a Nutshell series. The illustrated paperback describes the life and career of one of Ireland’s greatest writers. Andrew O’Connor’s text provides a very clear overview of the key moments in the life of James Joyce. The reader is brought on a journey, which includes…

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

The perfect book for the young scientist in your life, this tells the story of the brave and bold Joan Procter, a pioneering female scientist who was the ‘reptile-whisperer’ of her time – a friend to lizards and crocodiles from a young age. The book takes us back to her early years, growing up with…

Journeys

Read your way around the world with some of history’s greatest story makers. Discover some amazing expeditions, including that of Nobu Shirase – who raced Scott and Amundsen to the South Pole – and Henry ‘Box’ Brown – a slave who posted himself to freedom. Recounting the stories of some of the bravest and most…

Junkyard Jack and the Horse that Talked

Jack is a very small and bendy boy. So small and bendy that he can hide inside his own school bag! Jack’s mum is in prison for theft and he’s never met his dad, so he is forced to stay in a windowless cupboard in drippy Aunt Violet’s house with his smelly Uncle Ted and…

Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties

Humza is determined he is going to make it big. With his sidekick, aka best friend Umer, by his side, how could he fail to realise his potential to become the greatest rapper Eggington has ever seen or heard? The problem is it’s hard to follow your path to greatness when it is blocked by…

Lizard Music

This is like a film noir for 8-12-year-olds, if a film noir was crossed with old-school X-Files, and was also a musical. It was written in 1976 and you can tell, in the best of ways. Its main character, Victor, is a cool and laconic narrator—most of the time. He’s often baffled by the world…

Magrit

Magrit lives in a tiny, abandoned graveyard, lost, forgotten and overgrown amongst the tall buildings and busy outside world that surround it. But she is not alone. She has her friend and advisor, Master Puppet that she built from old bones and bits of graveyard stuff. Magrit and Master Puppet are sitting atop their crumbling…

Marius and the Band of Blood (Tales From Schwartzgarten)

Marius Myerdorf has discovered his parents have been eaten by wolves. After an exhaustive search, there is one remaining relative who will take him in, saving him from the horrid prospect of the Swartzgarten Reformatory for Maladjusted Children. But his new life with his great-great-uncle Kalvitas, famous chocolatier and member of the prestigious Guild of…

Meet the Artist: The Pre-Raphaelites

Meet the Artist: The Pre-Raphaelites is full to the brim with inspiring activities for young art historians and artists alike. In this art activity book author Helena Perez Garcia provides a brief introduction to Pre-Raphaelite art by exploring stand out themes and ideas used by the artists. She highlights leaders of the Pre-Raphaelite movement such…

Missing Arabella

Kathryn Siebel is a storyteller like no other. One night while travelling with her husband to a B & B in Ireland, Kathryn saw a mother and daughter sitting in front of a fireplace sewing. Years later, she began to imagine the story that Irish mother might have been telling her daughter in front of…

Mother Tongue

Imagine a world where your very language is taken from you. That is the reality for Letta and the other inhabitants of Ark, a world post environmental collapse. While others accept the new reality of a world of limited words, wordsmith Letta understands that words are power and if they let their words be taken…

Mr Baboomski and the Wonder Goat

Initially, I was sceptical about this book. The nonsense words in the opening pages reminded me too much of Roald Dahl’s BFG and apart from that, the grammar was riddled with errors. I’m usually looking at books with teacher eyes, so I wasn’t sure if this would be a book that I would be happy…

My Book of Stories: Write your own Adventures

This and its companion volume Write your own Shakespearean Tale are the first of a series of children’s books commissioned by British Library Publishing. The concept is to encourage children to write their own adventure stories using inspiration from the canon, and Patterson has assembled a treasure trove of material from classics by Lewis Carroll,…

Naturama

In this non-fiction book on wildlife, the author offers us an insight into the four seasons in Ireland and how our environment changes with them. Beginning with a brief history of each season as celebrated in ancient Ireland, Naturama talks us through the meteorological characteristics of spring, summer, autumn and winter (change in temperature and…

Never Too Young! 50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made a Difference

Never Too Young! is filled with  fifty real-life stories about children throughout history, right up to the present day, who have rocked the boat, caused a stir, and inspired great change in the world. Joan of Arc, Anne Frank, Stevie Wonder, Pelé, Malala Yousafzai, and Emma Watson are a few familiar names worth mentioning. Each…

Nine Worlds in Nine Nights: A Journey Through Imaginary Lands

What would you do if everything you knew was turned upside down? If fantasy suddenly became reality? That’s the question explored in this curious, genre-defying picturebook, presented as the diary entries, sketches, and notes of famed (and fictional) theoretical physicist Dawn Gable. The publisher plays along, informing the reader that the following pages were collected…

North Child

The heroine Rose is the youngest of seven children and she is an unusual child. She is a North facing child meaning that she is to possess qualities such as wildness, restlessness and have an adventurous spirit. One night the family home is visited by the rare and powerful white polar bear, who promises good…

Odd and the Frost Giants

Odd might seem like an unusual name, and even though it’s actually quite a lucky one in the Viking village he grew up in, there’s no denying that Odd has taken some of the qualities of his name to heart. After his father dies unexpectedly in a freak ‘pony-overboard’ incident after a raid, Odd becomes…

Old Masters Rock: How to Look at Art with Children

Old Masters Rock is a valuable guide for parents and children to help make art enjoyable and accessible. Featuring fifty artworks ranging from the fourteenth to the twentieth century, including Renaissance, Impressionist and Baroque works among others, it is a great starting point for the study of art. The introduction features useful tips on how…

Outside: A Guide to Discovering Nature

Winner of the Bologna Ragazzi award in 2015, this amazing book is full of information and hints for outdoor activities to get even the most reluctant couch potato up and out. Part encyclopaedia, part instructional guide, it is written in plain, straightforward terms which will appeal to reluctant readers and fact aficionados alike. The writers…

Owen and the Soldier

On a bench by a statue in a park, Owen can sit quietly, it’s a place where he can gather his thoughts. Sharing this bench with a tall grey figure, while eating his lunch, he can speak freely without being judged. Perhaps if life was less difficult for Owen and his mum, and perhaps if…

People of Peace: 40 Inspiring Icons

These days, it is important to examine examples from the past to define our heroes; the peacemakers, ‘tree-shakers’, rights activists. People of Peace contains forty great examples of men and women through history who have dedicated their lives to creating a better world. From the early 1800s to the present day, each page features an…

Plantopedia

As colourful and fascinating as a wildflower meadow, this gem of a book introduces children to the variety, beauty and sheer quirkiness of the botanic world. Although fulfilling all of its credentials as an encyclopaedia, this text manages to go far beyond that, providing a vibrant celebration of the natural world. Crucial to the success…

Podkin One Ear

Sure to be a big hit with young lovers of fantasy, Podkin One Ear is a gripping, page-turner by Kieran Larwood. A story within a story, this is the tale of the legendary Podkin One Ear, the warrior rabbit who stood up to the cruel and fearsome Gorm, as told by the visiting bard to…

Pony on the Twelfth Floor

Polly has dreamed of every possible way to get a pony. She’s pony-mad and wants nothing more than to prove herself showjumping at Olympia. She can almost hear the crowds go wild! So, imagine her delight when she finds a plump, friendly pony munching his way through the flapjacks at the local supermarket. Polly really…

Positively Izzy

Libenson’s graphic novel follows two girls and their struggles to navigate middle school. Izzy is a dreamer who loves acting and drama, but struggles to focus on her work, which leads to frustration at home, while Bri is a straight A student, who wants to be seen for more than her brain. Izzy and Bri’s…

Pug-a-Doodle-Do!

Pug-a-Doodle-Do! is a doodle and activity book with a difference, full of drawing and writing adventures inspired by the wacky world of Reeve and McIntyre who have previously brought us the best-selling fiction titles Oliver and the Seawigs, Cakes in Space, Pugs of the Frozen North, and Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair. The book contains…

Race to the Frozen North: The Matthew Henson Story

When orphan Matthew Henson ran away from his violent stepmother to find a new life in the big city of Baltimore, no one could have predicted that he would become the first man to reach the North Pole. A little luck and a lot of hard work led to a life of adventure on the…

Raise the Flag

In the right hands, a book on flags can be a gateway into appreciating history, understanding geography, celebrating pageantry, and encountering national diversity – and all of these benefits are vividly and passionately delivered in this text. From the Jolly Rogers and Calico Jacks of pirate ships, through the celestial imagery of Asian emblems, to…

Rover and the Big Fat Baby

Another adventure from Rover and the Gigglers, this fast-paced story is guaranteed to provide the reader with numerous chuckles. The Big Fat Baby has gone missing, so Rover and his side-kick Messi, have to find her. In the meantime, Rover’s business, providing the Gigglers with poo, has a big order on and that has to…

Sam Hannigan and the Last Dodo

Sam Hannigan and the Last Dodo is the latest offering from author and illustrator Alan Nolan. Some readers will need no introduction to our heroine Sam, as this is the second full-length instalment of the Sam Hannigan series. Animal lover Sam Hannigan lives in Clobberstown, Co Dublin with her brother Bruno and their granny, the…

Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week

Sam Hannigan and her friend Ajay love animals. When Sam’s next-door neighbour is cruel to his dog Barker, she uses her grandad’s invention, the Brain Swap 3000, to inhabit Barker’s body and give the dastardly neighbour a fright he’ll never forget. All goes according to plan – until the Brain Swap 3000 runs out of…

Secret Treasures of Ancient Egypt

This book has been published to coincide with the British Museum exhibition ‘Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds’. It is the story of two magnificent ancient cities, Canopus and Thonis-Heracleion, which once stood at the mouth of the river Nile. The cities were thriving, busy ports until catastrophe struck causing them to sink under the sea.…

Self-Destructing Science: Space

Proving that there is an exception to every rule, this book truly can be judged by its cover! As the title suggests, readers can cut, stick, rip, fold and colour their way through this fact-filled activity book about outer space. Even the front page is designed to be cut out and framed! Quirky illustrations in…

Shiny Pippin and the Broken Forest

It hasn’t rained for a year in Funsprings. The rivers and streams and lakes have dried up. The animals are vanishing. The Forest is broken. Pippin must fix this aberration of nature and bring the water back to Funsprings. But Pippin is just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life – a girl who loves…

Shooting for the Stars: My Journey to become Ireland’s First Astronaut

Norah Patten was 11 years of age when she visited NASA on a family holiday to the United States. From that moment on she decided she wanted to be an astronaut and become the first Irish person in space. Shooting for the Stars is Norah’s story, in which she tells us all about her life,…

Skeleton Tree

What would you do if you found a bone poking out of the earth in your back garden, one that started to grow, reaching up out of the ground until it turned into a skeleton? This is the situation facing twelve-year-old Stanly Stanwright, the protagonist of this unusual and heart-warming adventure. Stanly is determined to…

Skychasers

The plot and story for this book came from an innovative competition, the Big Idea Competition which has been running for the last few years and is open to all entrants aged 13 – 103! The judges have a wealth of literary magic behind them, and include amongst their esteemed number Barry Cunningham (the man…

Skyward (The Story of Female Pilots in WWII)

Hazel has been raised in San Francisco, Marlene, in the English countryside and Lilya spent her childhood in a small town in Russia. Separated by thousands of kilometers, those three young women have a passion in common: planes, and the sense of freedom that flying allows. Not easy if you were born at a time…

Small World

This is a book which celebrates ever-widening horizons, the spiralling possibilities of childhood and youth, the seemingly endless potential of growing up and learning more about what the world holds. The descriptions of a young girl Nanda’s journey from infancy to maturity, from the small circle of her mother’s arms to a future in which…

Spies

Gallagher strikes again! Spies, like many of Gallagher’s other works, can be described as a thrilling, utterly delectable journey into the past. The reader is plunged head first out of the frying pan and into the fire from page one, and the fast-paced action-packed story continues from there. Gallagher translates the complex nature of politics…

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth

Research informs us that visualisation is one of the comprehension strategies used by good readers. Encouraging children to become enthusiastic readers means providing them with text that is imaginative, exciting and descriptive. Cottrell Boyce provides just such a text in this mad-cap story. The scenarios are beyond belief, and yet so skillfuly portrayed that they…

Spycraft: How To Be The Best Secret Agent Ever

From start to finish, this book contains everything you need to know about the thrilling world of espionage. How to set up a spy ring, secret hiding places, code-cracking, making and using invisible ink, becoming an expert at surveillance; it is jammed with tips, tricks, advice and instruction. This manual is both practical and fun!…

Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different

Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World Without Killing Any Dragons is an extremely important collection about remarkable, sensitive and emotional men. Men who felt so much that they were driven to overcome a myriad of obstacles in order to reach their goals or to…

Suffragette: The Battle For Equality

At the occasion of the centenary of women’s vote in the United Kingdom, David Robert’s prose and illustrations come together beautifully in a tribute to the women and men who participated in the struggle. Starting in 1832 with the first Great People’s Reform Act, Suffragette records chronologically the important events leading up to Universal Suffrage.…

Swan Lake: A Retelling of the Classic Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

This picturebook retelling of Swan Lake is a good introduction to the iconic ballet story and reading it would be a great way to prepare for an outing to the ballet itself, as the three pages with text on them function rather like programme notes. We open this lavish book with ‘Act I’ and a…

Tamsin and the Deep

In this chapter-based graphic novel, Tamsin, swept out to sea when attempting to bodyboard in her home county of Cornwall, is returned to her family a month later by mysterious means. The narrative hinges on her family’s magical and historical links, their responsibilities regarding Cornwall and an ancestor’s deal with a mermaid. As one might…

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