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A New Green Day

A New Green Day is a poem to the wonder of nature. Beginning with the first warming flush of morning light, it leads us through a day and night of not just seeing, but experiencing for ourselves, the joy of connecting with nature. ‘I’m a comma in the long, long sentence of the stream. Someday…

A Polar Bear in the Snow

This simple story of a polar bear waking up and going for a swim is anything but simple! Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris have created a starkly beautiful and clever book that will have you eagerly turning the pages to see the magical artwork. The illustrations really steal the show in this book, created with…

An Fathach is Breátha sa Tír

An Fathach Is Breátha sa Tír – ar léigh tú i gceart é? Nach créatúr déitsineach scanrúil é an fathach? Nuair a bhuailtear le Seoirse, an fathach breátha, ag tús an scéil, tá sé gléasta in éadach gioblach. Ceannaíonn sé culaith nua agus tá cuma an-snasta anois air. Ní fhada a bhfuil an cruth galánta…

Cathal – Am Dul A Luí!

Is leabhar álainn é seo, le scéal deas simplí. Tá buachaill beag darb ainm Cathal á ullmhú féin le dul a chodladh agus tá cúpla rud le haimsiú aige sa seomra folctha agus sa seomra leapa, sula socraíonn sé sa leaba. Tá pictiúir áille, geala ar gach uile leathanach sa leabhar. Tarraingíonn siad aird an…

Gaspard Best In Show

In a welcome sequel to the delightful Gaspard the Fox, the eponymous urban fox and his friends are back in this enchanting picturebook by Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew. Mayhew’s illustrations have a whimsical, old-fashioned feel, reminiscent of Kathleen Hale’s lithographs for the Orlando series of the 1960s, yet they are entirely fresh and engaging.…

I Can’t Sleep

I Can’t Sleep addresses the age-old problem of insomnia. Children whose eyes are closing at the dinner table are suddenly wide awake as their head hits the pillow. This book follows the journey of one little girl who tosses and turns and wriggles and rolls as she struggles to fall asleep. She decides to use…

Kites

When David moved to Fivehills, the first thing he noticed was the sky filled with kites; beautiful, fun kites of all shapes and sizes dancing in the air. Everyone had a kite… except David. His old toys didn’t seem to fit. To make new friends, David would need a kite. Then David found Grandpa’s feather,…

Let’s All Creep Through Crocodile Creek

Mouse, Rabbit, and Shelly the tortoise are heading home when Mouse suggests they take a shortcut through the creepy, crooked creek to get home before dark. Rabbit nervously asks ‘Isn’t that where the crocodiles live?’ but Mouse is confident that he has never seen a crocodile here. The three friends set off on their journey…

On Sleepy Hill

On Sleepy Hill, it’s time to say goodnight. All the baby animals are returning to their homes to settle down for the night. Fox cubs, ducklings, geese and caribou are all being rounded up by their parents to settle in burrows, nests and hollows. Tumbling, bobbing and swooping, the little ones are determined to get…

Rita Agua An Dragún

An rud ba mhó ar mhaith le Rita ná dragún mar chara agus mar chomrádaí saoil aici. Éiríonn sí feargach ó am go chéile agus tá a fhios aici gurb amhlaidh an scéal a bheadh ag dragún agus go dtuigfeadh an dragún a cuid feirge. Is scéal é seo ina samhlaíonn príomhcharachtar an scéil, cailín…

Snow Ghost

‘Snow Ghost came shimmering out of the air, searching for somewhere to settle – but where?‘ Snow Ghost is looking for a place that feels like home. She travels over chilly hills, unwelcoming towns and dense forests until she finds a cosy country farm to settle in. The story of hope and a search for…

Some Dinosaurs Are Small

Some dinosaurs are small with tiny teeth for eating fruits and vegetables. Some dinosaurs are big with huge, pointy teeth. And they are always hungry. They take food from small dinosaurs and when they finish eating it, they are still hungry. They go looking for more to eat.  Watch out, small dinosaur! Some dinosaurs are…

Spuds and the Crock of Gold

On such a beautiful day, what could go wrong? Well … for Spuds Potsofgold, two things. As Spuds makes his way back to Toadstool Cottage to polish his crock of gold, the sun is so warm and shiny, he thinks he’ll sit down for a little rest. Before he realises, Spuds is snoring away. When…

The Children of Lir

Many of us know The Children of Lir as a haunting tale of the Irish folklore tradition. Stepmothers fervently stash old copies from their newly conferred brood. Laura Ruth Maher’s re-telling of the famous legend, illustrated in watercolour by Conor Busuttil, however, is a gentle edition of the tale that cushions some of the story’s…

The Dead Zoo

Mr. Gray was a very serious man. He wore a serious suit, a perfectly straight tie and kept his moustache perfectly combed. He had an important bunch of keys on his hip at all times. And he doesn’t really like people. Mr. Gray owned an old museum filled with a strange collection of stuffed animals.…

The Lonely Beast

It is tempting to read the debut children’s book by Irish illustrator Chris Judge as a response to the modern technological trappings of easy friendship; its Facebook-like opening map, the lack of impinging computer hardware would instantly resolve the book’s premise in two panels. Fortunately The Lonely Beast is instead a simple, playful visual narrative…

The Miracle of Hanukkah

The Miracle of Hanukkah traces the origins of this religious festival over two thousand years to the present day. Children are introduced to the origins of the story with similarities to Greek mythology where the traditions of Hanukkah are rooted in the campaign of Greek King Antiochus and his quest for power. When the Jewish…

The Snowflake

Award-winning author illustrator Benji Davis has created yet another beautiful picturebook in The Snowflake. A little snowflake who isn’t so sure of how to fall is gently dropped from a kindly cloud with words of encouragement that everything will be alright, and they will eventually find the perfect place to land. Meanwhile, little Noelle and…

The Usborne Book of Night Time

The Usborne Book of Night Time is a wonderfully detailed picturebook with magical illustrations by Bonnie Pang. Interesting facts and witty speech bubbles are written by Laura Cowan. Each double-page spread visually describes a different place that is ‘awake’ at night time: factories, transport depots and ports that are as busy at night as during…

To the Island

According to legend, and early maps too, Hy Brasil is an island that appears off the coast of Galway once every seven years. In this spellbinding picturebook, Patricia Forde and Nicola Bernadelli resurrect the island for us to visit at leisure. Fia longs to visit the magical island. One moonlit night she creeps down the…

What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside

Julia Donaldson’s indomitable ladybird pays a visit to the seaside in this charming picturebook. And who do you think she sees there, planning yet another criminal endeavour? None other than her old adversaries Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len! This time the dreadful duo have designs on the mermaid’s beautiful hair. Once again (and luckily for…

Why the Moon Travels

In the introduction Oein DeBhairduin describes the heart of the Traveller community as ‘a bonfire of remembrance and connection’. I can think of no more eloquent or fitting phrase with which to introduce this, the first collection of folk tales about Travellers written and illustrated by Travellers. Here are the bones of the work: twenty…

Will You Be My Friend?

Twenty-six years after Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram are back with this heart-warming sequel, Will You Be My Friend? Little Nutbrown Hare is eager to play, but Big Nutbrown Hare is a bit too busy – as parents sometimes are. Little Nutbrown Hare asks if he can wander off…

Zog

Sa scéilín álainn seo tá Zog an dragún ag obair go dícheallach ar scoil chun réalta óir a fháil. Bainfidh páistí taitneamh as an sár iarracht a dhéanann Zog chun a bheith an buachaill is fearr ar scoil agus é ag foghlaim conas béiceadh i gceart agus conas tine a shéideadh. Buaileann Zog le cailín…

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