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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…

Adventures in Philosophy: Stories and Quests for Thinking Heroes

The idea of introducing philosophy to children is one that may seem daunting, but O’Donoghue approaches this topic in a form that all young readers will understand – that of stories. From the outset this introduction is posing questions that ask how much we think about our thinking and why we think how we do.…

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…

Genesis

In this, the follow-up to the acclaimed Oasis, Eilis Barrett continues to push boundaries and break new ground in dystopian YA fiction. Captured, incarcerated and now classified as a major security risk, heroine Quincy Emerson longs for freedom from Oasis and its entire value system – and craves revenge against those who have destroyed what…

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…

Miss Mary: The Irish woman who saved the lives of hundreds of children during World War II

When Cork-born Mary Elmes heard about the suffering of ordinary people during the Spanish Civil War, she wanted to help. Mary had no medical background but her organisational skills, knowledge of languages, and incredible persistence lead to her running a hospital for civilian casualties. Despite briefly returning to the comfort of neutral Ireland, Mary felt…

Pigín of Howth

A recent winner in the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, Pigín of Howth is a charming picturebook containing three stand-alone stories about a delightful, fun-loving pig, and his adventures around Howth, a busy fishing village in North Dublin. The character of Pigín was created by 82-year-old Kathleen Watkins after she realised how popular…

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 Chill Skill

It is not always easy to deal with one’s emotions! The young heroine of this picturebook, Sam, learns this the hard way on her summer holidays. Finally arrived at her grandparents’ house, she is feeling excited for the school-free two months ahead, tired from the long car ride, angry with her parents for taking away…

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 Great Irish Farm Book

Did you know there are 6.5 million cattle, cows and calves in Ireland? There’s also 4 million sheep and 100 million chicken, hens and turkeys. Think of the size of shed you’d need to keep them all in! These facts and more trivia are included in The Great Irish Farm Book. Darragh McCullough’s book sheds…

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