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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…

5 Wild Numbers

A lively introduction to the world of numbers one to five, this beautiful board book doubles up to showcase jungle animals in their natural habitats. Short rhymes on each page accompany artistic illustrations of both numbers and creatures while we encounter wildlife in every sense of the word as ‘One fierce tiger paces’ and ‘three…

ABC Early Learning at the Museum

Produced by the British Museum, this beautiful picturebook uses objects from the museum’s rich collection to teach its readers the alphabet, with paintings, textiles and sculptures all incorporated to represent different letters. Pictures of each piece appear above or below the relevant letter, which is typed in both capital and lower case, along with the…

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,…

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…

Can’t Catch Me!

‘I’m going to catch you!’ says little lion as he chases animals in the savannah, but they are proving difficult to trap as they suddenly disappear from view, concealing themselves in clever places. Little lion will not be dissuaded from his fun and continues his game of hide-and-seek, until he meets his match in a…

Colour Me: Who’s in the Ocean?

At first glance, this bath book seems like any other, black and white drawings of sea animals with one or two words on each soft page. But take this book into a warm bath and watch it transform before your eyes! In a matter of seconds, the monochrome images become multicoloured pictures of marine creatures…

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,…

Cycle City

Welcome to Cycle City, where the bicycle is king of the road! The Starlight Parade is due to begin in a matter of hours, but the parade committee of pigs still have invitations to deliver and have yet to appoint a grand marshal! Follow the trail of Mayor Snail and the rest of the animals…

Dino’s Don’t Exist

Dino’s don’t exist… do they? Two boys, Tim the leader and Jesse the willing but slightly nervous follower, decide to trek through the woods on the hunt for giant dinosaurs. But as the story progresses, we start to wonder who really is the hunter and who is the hunted. Dutch illustrator Mark Janssen offers another…

History Year by Year

If you think History is boring, be prepared to think again! Beginning with the dawn of the human race, these writers have compiled a fascinating volume tracing the history of mankind and its wide array of achievements. Incorporating physical, cultural, social, political, military and religious history, this book explains every major event that has helped…

House of Secrets

Following an alarming incident at his workplace, surgeon Dr. Walker loses his job, leaving his family penniless and homeless in San Francisco. Buying the only habitable home that they can afford, the Walkers move into the intriguing Kristoff House, built by adventure novelist Denver Kristoff. But heir to the estate Dahlia Kristoff, is not happy…

Knock Knock Pirate

‘Knock knock!’ Who could that be? A little girl opens her door to find a pirate captain with skeleton earrings and wild purple hair. Searching for treasure, the captain and her crew burst inside, ransacking every room in their hunt for gold. But there are no spoils to be found! In a desperate bid to…

Mice in the City: New York

In this unique introduction to some of New York’s most renowned buildings, parks and sights, Ami Shin takes us on a journey through a city run by mice. Instead of watching people flock to these sights, we see tiny mice toasting champagne in the Chrysler Building, driving subway trains under Central Park, and sailing past…

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…

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…

Oh, No!

Using simple, colourful illustrations, PatrickGeorge have created a wordless picturebook which cleverly displays to young children the possible outcomes of certain situations. This book does not tell a single story, instead it presents several separate scenarios, each one illustrated across a double page with a sheet of acetate in the middle. The transparent sheets have…

Racing Driver: How to Drive Racing Cars Step by Step

So you think you have what it takes to be a racing driver? Then let’s get motoring! Covering all things race-car related, from basic go-karting to complex Formula 1, this action-packed book is bursting with facts about the sport, including a step-by-step guide on how to become a professional racer. Here you can first learn…

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…

The Bookshop Girl

Abandoned as a child, Property Jones is now eleven and living in a bookshop with the owner, Netty, and her son Michael. Property fits perfectly into the family of booksellers, apart from one minor detail: she can’t read! Nobody knows her secret and, too ashamed to admit the truth, Property invents clever methods to conceal…

The Dog Who Found Sorrow

The Emma Press presents this touching story of a brave dog who suddenly finds his town thrown into sooty darkness when the sorrows come and spread their smoke of sadness, permeating the air and suffocating all happiness. Puffs of black smoke create a thick blanket of impenetrable cloud that settles on this once cheerful town,…

The People Awards

Forget about the Oscars, the Meteors and the Pulitzer prize, the People Awards are the ones to win this year! Drawing from all ages and walks of life, Lily Murray presents us with a colourful celebration of people who have excelled in their fields and transformed society around the globe. From Mozart to Rosa Parks,…

The Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook

Have you ever looked at stars in the night sky and dreamed how it would feel to float among them? Well, wonder no more as this step-by-step guide tells all you need to know to make your wish come true! Introduced by professional astronaut Tim Peake, and jam-packed with facts and insights, this Usborne handbook…

There’s a Diplodocus at the Door! (What If a Dinosaur)

What would happen if a diplodocus went to eat in a restaurant? What if a diplodocus needed to get a job? Where would a diplodocus go to the toilet? These questions and more are answered in this fact-filled picturebook, bringing the dinosaur species to life by investigating how they would cope in the modern world.…

Wake Up Do, Lydia Lou!

Little girls are easy to scare….or are they? The ghost in this story is having a lot of trouble waking Lydia Lou, never mind making her scream! Even with the help of a kitten, a cow, an owl, a baby, and a cockerel the ghost’s attempts to rouse Lydia Lou are hopeless, although her teddy…

Walter Tull’s Scrapbook

The true story of an honourable and gifted man who challenged racial barriers in sporting and military worlds, Walter Tull’s fascinating biography is recounted here by combining factual documentation with fictional diary entries. In the form of a scrapbook, Morgan begins Tull’s amazing story with his humble childhood in Folkestone, England, where he was born…

Zeki Gets a Checkup

This latest picturebook from the Zeki series sees little Zeki heading off to the doctor for his developmental check-up. We learn how much Zeki has grown in the past year, now he’s able to drink from his own cup, feed himself finger foods, and help to tidy away his toys. The check-up goes well, as…

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