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The newest addition to the Little Library series introduces young readers to a strong female figure in Irish history, Constance Markievicz, ‘the Rebel Countess’. A politician, a revolutionary and a suffragette, Constance Markievicz led a truly fascinating and impactful life. She played a significant role in Irish history, from campaigning and protesting for women’s voting…

All Better!

No one likes feeling ill, having to visit a doctor or stay in hospital, so this collection of funny, informative poems is like medicine for the reluctant patient. From the cosiness of your bed when you are sick, to parents’ care and humour when a little person in is hospital, Latvian poet Zandere gently deals…

An Camán Draíochta

This book tells the story of Cian and his teammates from Scoil Dara as they prepare for the final against Scoil Eoin, hoping to win the elusive trophy for the first time ever. Cian has been selected to play for the school’s hurling team in the upcoming final. A few days before the game he…

An Chailleach agus a Cuid Gruaige

This delightful story book is a modern fairy tale in which a young boy called Éamonn decides to take revenge on an evil witch who lives in a castle at the top of a hill, for kidnapping his friend and chucking him into a deep hole in a barrel. Borrowing motifs from ‘Hansel and Gretel’,…

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…

Brian Boru: The Warrior King

Father and daughter duo John and Fatti Burke present the second in their series of biographies for children, each one focusing on an influential person from Irish history. This book tells the story of Clare man Brian Boru, the son of Cennétig chieftain of the Dál gCais clan, who at the age of twelve lost…

Cathal Coinín agus Cairde Beaga Eile

Cló Iar-Chonnachta present a tasty collection of stories in the Irish language – a book of stories for readers with accompanying audio CD for those who just like to tune in their ears. The stories feature various child and animal characters like Séimí, Áine, Cathal Coinín and Feilimí Frog, to mention but a few. Barnaí…

Cogadh na bhFrídíní

Eoin Eolaí is out in the garden helping his mum, when all of a sudden he sneezes. Mum immediately tells him he should use a handkerchief. This leads to Eoin asking her all about germs. In turn this develops into a discussion on bacteria. The conversation moves on to the composition of blood, that is…

Daid Dearmadach

Daid Dearmadach is a collection of twelve poems in Irish which deal with various scenarios, such as dancing class in school, the arrival of a new baby into a family, and the panic caused by a bat flying into a bedroom. The world these poems describe is one of fun and excitement, and this is…

Historopedia

After the outstanding success of their first collaboration, Irelandopedia, the talented father-and-daughter team, Fatti and John Burke are back with another gorgeous hardback. Historopedia charts 10,000 years of the story of Ireland. Beginning with the Middle Stone Age and moving right through to the Sixties, this is an impressive piece of time-travel through years of…

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…

My First Book of GAA

This cheerful board book introduces young readers to the very basics of gaelic football and hurling. Photos of equipment and athletes are shown on block-coloured backgrounds, with single word descriptions included to explain the pictures. We see helmets, hurleys, boots and balls. A team photo demonstrates the size of a GAA squad, while simple images…

Red Rover, Red Rover!: Games from an Irish Childhood (That You Can Teach Your Kids)

Remember knocking on a friend’s door and asking if they can come out to play? Remember hours upon hours spent outside playing Tip the Can, Donkey, and Conkers? Or the endless entertainment of playing Dots and Boxes in the back of a homework journal? If you do, then this charming guide to childhood games will…

Scuabtha Chun Siúil

This rhyming picturebook reads as if it was originally written in Irish such is the skill and confidence of the translator, Gabriel Rosenstock. In this romp, the witch acquires such a coterie of benefactors that her broomstick collapses under their weight. Disaster looms when Donncha Dragan casts his fiery breath in her direction. Luckily her…

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,…

The Boole Sisters

The story of the Boole sisters is told creatively from start to finish in this instalment of the In a Nutshell series. A delight for young readers, the lives of the four daughters of the famous George Boole are brought vividly to life. The historical evidence and facts of their influential lives are intertwined with…

The Story of Michael Collins

In a series of short, clearly-headed chapters, this biography tells of the short life of Michael Collins from his West Cork boyhood to his tragic death. It is sensitive to the complexity of history. The character of Collins is very vividly portrayed as are those of some of the other characters. The late Iosold Ní…

Will You Be My Friend?

How do you celebrate Ireland’s best-selling children’s poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice? Will you be my friend? is an extraordinary anthology of over one hundred of Fitzmaurice’s poems from thirteen collections, and includes another twenty-six new poems for his well versed fans. The richness of language, while still being accessible to a child reader, is perhaps Fitzmaurice’s…

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