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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…

100 Steps for Science

For many children, science requires very little packaging to make it attractive and compelling. The urge to know why, and how, and when means that science scratches the unending itch of young and enquiring minds. Capitalising on such natural curiosity and wonder, this book serves as a junior history of science, as well as a…

101 Games to Play Before You Grow Up

This is a resource which parents and children will want to keep ready to hand in the battle against boredom. Comprising 101 brightly illustrated activities, it introduces a wide range of activities, some of which may be undertaken individually, and others which could involve over 20 people. The games range from the ubiquitous (Kick-the-Can, I-Spy,…

3.2.1 GO!

3.2.1 GO! is like no other counting book for young children around just now. In this animal Olympics, we see 5 pandas practising martial arts, a fox on the tennis court with 16 spare sweatbands and 8 monkeys doing what they do best – swinging between the rings in the gymnasium. From 1 up to…

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…

A Big Garden

This large-format picturebook offers a visual extravaganza that takes the reader through a gardening year, incorporating images of what is growing or blooming. However, it is not a standard non-fiction guide, but a poetic exploration. The text is both fanciful and factual, so this is a book to share and discuss. For example, the entry…

A Bridge of Children’s Books

Jella Lepman begins her story immediately after the end of World War II, when she was asked to return to her native Germany, from where she had fled to England, to become an ‘advisor on the cultural and educational needs of women and children in the American zone’. She set about interpreting this role in…

A First Book of the Sea

This sumptuous picturebook from this award-winning duo is a beautiful object, and would make a lovely gift to take on holidays or even to curl up with as the days get shorter and colder. Together with Davies’ A First Book of Nature and A First Book of Animals this title marks a new direction in…

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 Moment In Time

A Moment In Time is beautiful and inventive, but a little challenging to use. Described as a perpetual atlas, it claims that the reader can discover what the whole world is doing at exactly the same time. Well, sort of. The unusual layout allows you to compare 6am in one place with 6am in another…

A Short History of the World

A Short History of the World is exactly what it claims to be. This is an information book that tries to succinctly relay the history of the world to a young audience. It is factual in tone, logical in presentation and diligent in detail. Its premise is almost impossible; the world is so vast with…

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…

All Around the World: Sports and Games

In Cosneau’s original All Around the World, readers were offered 8 panoramas of environments from around the globe and encouraged to complete them using stickers of accompanying animals. In this follow-up, the mega-sized scenes are focused on various sports and games settings, including the adventure playground, the water park, the circus, the sports stadium, the…

All Kinds of Cars

Carl Johanson is a Swedish illustrator who lives and works in Bretagne, France, and this beautiful book was first published in Frenchunder the title Le Catalogue des Voitures. It certainly does resemble a catalogue – the vehicles presented within are broken down into sections of farm vehicles, airport vehicles, emergency vehicles, etc. – but instead…

Alpha, Bravo, Charlie: The Complete List of Nautical Codes

Pirates used to raise the skull and crossbones to send a message to unfortunate crews who found themselves within their range of fire: prepare to be attacked. The jolly roger no longer strikes fear into sailors’ hearts today (modern pirates aren’t that obvious), but there is another system of nautical flags that has been in…

ALPHAMALS A – Z

This incredibly detailed book was a delight to read and enjoy from cover to cover. The slightly abstract imagery introduces a great range of animals to the reader. Some of these animals are familiar while some new, more exotic beings are also featured. There is also a good alternation between male and female animal ‘characters’,…

Amazing Animal Babies

This publication is born into a world full of books about animals. However, it has a huge advantage over other publications in that it is firmly aimed at very young children. It starts at their level of awareness and brings the reader on an expedition around the world to observe young animals in their habitats.…

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…

Amazing World Atlas: Bringing the World to Life

If you are expecting just a volume of maps as the title might suggest, your expectations will be exceeded. The rest of the title gives a more accurate description of what to expect. This is an ambitious and engaging armchair guide to the world. Following on from the introductory section  (planet earth, time zones, climate,…

An tEolaí Óg: Sa Ghairdín

Is é an tEarrach an t-am is fearr le bheith ag siobáil thart amuigh faoin aer; bíonn síneadh sa tráthnóna, agus bíonn rath agus bláth faoi phlandaí, faoi fheithidí agus faoi ainmhithe. Bíonn neart le feiceáil, le foghlaim agus le hiniúchadh sa ghairdín agus sna páirceanna, ach má tá easpa saineolais faoin dúlra ina bac…

An tEolaí Óg: Spraoi le hUisce

Tá an samhradh buailte linn, tá geataí na scoile dúnta agus tá sé ag stealladh báistí taobh amuigh. Tá súile óga ag faire ort go ceistiúil, iad ag rá “Céard a dhéanfaimid anois?” Ná bíodh imní ort, le cabhair an scríbhneora Lisa Burke tá réimse gníomhaíochtaí spraíúil curtha le chéile i bhfoirm An t-eolaí óg:…

Animalium

Is it a book? Is it a catalogue? It’s a museum! Get past the beautifully solid cover of Animalium and step into an old-style Natural History gallery. There are no photos, no infographics, no flaps, just gorgeous, detailed illustrations of dozens of species. Following the ‘Tree of Life’ as roadmap, the tour takes you through…

Animals Are Delicious

This set of three board books is sure to make a fantastic addition to any child’s library. With each one detailing the food chains of a different habitat – the sky, the forest and the ocean – Hutt provides a simple, easily comprehensible overview to how a single plant leads to the feeding of an…

Atlas of Oddities

The Atlas of Oddities is a unique compendium of some of the most unusual events, objects and people that make our world such a fascinating place. From the prolific pen of Clive Gifford, author of over 150 books, and inspired by both his own travels and those of his parents who worked for an airline,…

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…

Babar’s Guide to Paris

Jean de Brunhoff produced seven picturebooks featuring Babar the Elephant, his wife Celeste and their family. His son, Laurent, also an artist, continued his father’s work with further Babar titles. The first Babar story appeared in 1931, and whether produced by Jean or Laurent, each has a flavour of that time permeated with a certain…

Balderdash!

Balderdash! tells the story of the first man to pioneer children’s literature as a category in its own right. In 18th-century London, children’s books were either morally improving fables to be read to children like sermons or codes of behaviour for parents and educators. John Newbery had the innovative idea that children would enjoy reading…

Biographic Austen

Impeccably researched, concise and laugh-out-loud funny, this unique biography uses beautiful graphics and brightly coloured charts to illustrate Austen’s life, talent and enduring legacy. Learn about the etiquette of a Regency ball, see the hierarchy of servants in a middleclass home, and compare the degree to which each Austen heroine was ‘marrying up’ financially. The…

Biographic Leonardo

It’s difficult to think of a historical figure better suited to an infographic biography than Leonardo da Vinci, whose very name brings to mind one iconic image after another. Instead of using text to recount a linear story, this book uses maps, timelines, pictures and charts to illuminate key moments in his career, as well…

Bird House

From cover to cover this book is a journey of discovery into the world of birds. Why do birds need houses and does one size fit all? These and lots more questions are answered in this lift-the-flap book which is teeming with information on how we can provide a safe and welcoming habitat for our…

Birds and Their Feathers

Teckentrup’s work needs no introduction to people who read picturebooks. She is author of The Egg; Under the Same Sky; Neon Leon, and many more. What they all have in common is beautiful artwork and this is no exception. I don’t use the word ‘stunning’ lightly, but it is deserved here. If you know a…

Blue & Other Colours with Henri Matisse

This beautiful board book introduces toddlers to colours using 25 vibrant works of art by Henri Matisse. The bold shapes and vibrant colours in Matisse’s cutouts will appeal to young readers, and the works are brilliantly reproduced. Phaidon Press’s reputation for creating high-quality art books is justified. The use of colour in the typography is…

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,…

Botany for Babies

This board book is part of a series of non-fiction titles introducing science to babies. Botany for Babies has colourful illustrations which set out interesting facts on the life cycle of a plant accompanied by simple text which further allows the reader to expand on the information given on each page. The cover has a…

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

An eclectic collection of illustrated biographies celebrating thirty ‘Rebel Ladies’ who, in the author’s own words, ‘did exactly what they wanted with their lives.’ From a 7th-century Chinese concubine who rose to the position of Empress, to an actress who refused to submit to Hollywood beauty standards and found success playing iconic villains; from a…

Brick Building 101: 20 Lego activities to teach kids about STEAM

Brick Building 101 is a creative take for both parents and children to explore and learn more about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) through a much beloved toy – Lego. A stay-at-home mom of three, author Sanchez emphasizes the use of texture, colour and imagination to encourage learning through a wide variety of…

British Museum: Colours – Early learning at the Museum

Colours – Early learning at the Museum, is part of an engaging series of books about The British Museum for the young. Created in board book format, it is ideal for little hands to explore and sturdy enough to last many reads. Featuring high-quality photographs from some of the most stunning objects from the British…

Caterpillar and Bean

This new picturebook is the fourth in Walker’s Science Storybook series. Described as a ‘science storybook about growing’, it introduces the life cycle of the bean plant and the butterfly to very young readers. The main text and illustrations describe the life cycles in a storytelling format; additional facts are provided in the form of…

Children’s Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling

This is not a book that fills just one gap, it fills countless gaps. In fewer than 200 pages, it conveys a wealth of information about more or less all aspects of picturebooks, and while at times one would like more on a specific topic, it does point to lines of further enquiry. Laid out…

Cook’s Cook: The Cook who Cooked for Captain Cook

Coinciding with the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s Endeavour voyage, prepare to jump abroad and sail through a story from the other side of history. It is often the characters in the background during great moments that give us the most rounded and fullest of accounts. Written in the form of a diary by John…

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…

Cool Kids Cook

I love this book. Simple, modern recipes are complemented with witty yet instructional illustration and gorgeous, fun photos featuring a diverse cast of kids enjoying themselves. Jenny Chandler is a cookery teacher in Leiths, among other prestigious schools, and it shows. This is no coffee-table book. There is no sense of worthiness here and absolutely…

Cool Mythology

All you ever wanted to know about mythology is captured in this ‘cool’ and extremely interesting book, which spans history in its quest to steep the reader in myths, folklore and legend from the four corners of the Earth. Legends and myths from North American Indian tribes, the Mayan, Aztecs, Incas, Romans, Greeks, Ancient Egypt,…

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,…

Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: A Muslim Book of Shapes

The beauty of the artwork in this book reflects the tradition in Islamic art of evoking the sacred through pattern and shape. Each page turn leads us to a world of discovery. There is a mixture of painted and digital elements that merge wonderfully. At the end of the book we are told that each…

Cuán Clúmhach agus Scéal an Damhna

Is léir ón gcéad leathanach gur leabhar teagaisc é seo. Tionscadal de chuid oideachasóirí in Iowa a bhí sa bhunleagan. Baintear úsáid as leagan amach úrscéil ghrafach le ceachtanna a mhúineadh faoin damhna agus na cruthanna éagsúla a bhíonn air. Tá an-chuid ábhair pléite agus mínithe laistigh de 30 leathanach agus go leor téarmaí nua…

Curiositree: Human World: A Visual History of Humankind

Yet another beautiful book from Wide Eyed Editions, The Curiositree: Human World uses detailed information charts to present the wonders of human history. Readers will become explorers as they browse through the book, learning why and how humans have become the most successful species on the planet. There is so much packed in between the…

Declaration of the Rights of Boys and Girls

Two books in one, the Declaration of the Rights of Boys and Girls is a quirky, fun read. When read from one end, it is a list of the rights of boys. Boys have the right to play with dolls, to be cute or stylish, to be rubbish at DIY and prefer English to Maths.…

Diary of a Time Traveller

If you could travel backwards in time, what people, events and places would you most like to see? Such is the challenge given to the reader by this book. This approach cleverly allows Stevenson and Long to escape the straightjacket of the history timeline and avoid the ‘why wasn’t X or Y included’ standard criticism…

Dineasáir Scanrúla

Beidh áthas an domhain ort nach beo atá na dineasáir nuair atá an leabhar seo críochnaithe agat. Is scanrúil le léamh faoi a leithéid den Utahraptor agus iad in ann rith chomh tapa le 100 ciliméadar san uair nó an Spinosauras a raibh cnámha droma aige a d’fhás chomh fada le dhá mhéadar ar fad.…

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,…

Dogs in Space: The Amazing True Story of Belka and Strelka

Dogs in Space introduces children to the amazing story of Belka and Strelka, the world-famous Soviet space dogs. Belka and Strelka were strays living on the streets, before they were rescued and taken to Moscow’s Space Centre. Because of their clever, calm, brave and obedient behaviour, they were selected to be canine cosmonauts. After intensive…

Doodle Town

When I was a kid I did not doodle just to doodle. I always needed a project. I later tried to study fine art but my lecturers politely suggested I might be more suited for illustration. Art as a project. Art with a purpose. Which probably explains my later career as a graphic designer. Give…

Éalú ón Zú agus Drámaí Eile

Éiríonn go sármhaith le hÁine Ní Ghlinn samhlaíocht an léitheora a mhúscailt sa chnuasach seo de thrí dhráma nua-aimseartha véarsaíochta, ina sníomhtar le chéile téamaí uilíocha ar nós saoirse agus grá. Pléitear saol an teaghlaigh sa dráma Cúitsí Cúitsí Cú ina bhfeicimid Úna óg mar fheighlí don chéad uair. Insíonn na hainmhithe sa dráma Éalú…

Explore!

This is a solid, well researched, differentiated information book. The explorers (24 in all, 3 female) are grouped according to their spheres of exploration: polar, ocean, land, desert, sky and new frontiers (outer space and underwater).They range chronologically from Marco Polo to Ranulph Fiennes. Each explorer is carefully introduced with a snappy summary of their…

Exploring History Series

These books, from a new ‘Exploring History’ series, chart the history of a variety of countries and continents before and after the arrival of Europeans. Each book is written by an author associated with the country in question and this has broadened the viewpoint presented in each. In India, the author appeals directly to the…

Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond

Endeavouring to give the reader a broad overview of the history of space exploration, Jenkins begins with the pioneers of early astronomy, moves on to the history of the telescope, the development of rockets and the ensuing Space Race and takes a look at the Golden Age of Space Travel and the historic feat of…

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…

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World

This book is empowering and adorable. The appropriately named Pankhurst (who is, actually, a descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst) takes us through simple biographies of exceptional women, both known and relatively unknown, and celebrates their achievements in arts, science, activism, altruism, espionage and feminism. Jane Austen, Gertrude Ederle, Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, Mary Anning,…

Finding Winnie: The Story of the Real Bear who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Veterinarian Harry Coleman was on his way to tend horses in World War 1 when he rescued a bear cub, who had lost its mother somewhere in the fields of Canada. He named her Winnie and decided to take her along with him. They developed a remarkable friendship. Harry taught her to stand up straight,…

Finger Print (Monsters and Dragons and 100 Other Adventurous Creatures)

Finger Print is a comprehensive guide on how to make a variety of creatures and monsters through fingerprints. The instructions are clear and there are very readable graphics showing the lines, squiggles or dots needed to complete each character. And these simple lines really transform the fingerprints into an amazingly expressive array of animals and…

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…

Girls Who Changed The World

From the author of Girls Who Rocked the World comes another volume of inspirational narratives for girls. Its overall message is that anything is possible. As she says on the cover: ‘Going after your dream doesn’t have to wait – be empowered by these incredible women and start changing the world now.’ The author has…

Her Right Foot

The Statue of Liberty is an American icon; we all recognise her torch, crown and book. But have you ever noticed her foot, particularly her right foot? This is a clever, funny and interesting take on how the Statue of Liberty was first designed and built in France, and then how she came to arrive…

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…

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…

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…

How Long Is A Whale?

How Long Is A Whale? is a unique counting book, which starts with the length of ten sea otters and uses them as a comparison for groups of other aquatic animals, counting down to one humpback whale. The author, Alison Limentani, then cleverly uses the humpback whale as a measure for other, larger sea animals.…

How Many Legs? A Counting Book

How Many Legs? is a quirky, retro-style, colourful counting book. Beautifully presented with stitch binding, thick paper and a sturdy cover, this mini-hardback is perfect for little hands! Spitzer uses a limited palette of yellow, red, turquoise, brown and green to great effect. The vivid, dream-like images of unicorns, mermaids, monsters and gnomes, to name…

How to be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons

The positive, practical and skills based approach used by Shane Birley in this book ensures that young readers looking for a simple introduction and ‘how to’ guide to getting started as a blogger or vlogger will quickly find themselves confident enough have a go. The text nicely complemented by a mix of illustration, graphics and…

How to be a Space Explorer

Lonely Planet’s travel guidebooks are now nearly ubiquitous on the backpacker trail. This example of their venture into children’s publishing is an impressive piece of work. Handsomely produced and illustrated, the book takes the reader along a training programme to become a space explorer (a term presumably preferred to ‘astronaut’ because it lacks the American-centric…

How to Make a Human Out of Soup

Do you know how human beings evolved? I thought I had an adequate knowledge of where I came from until I picked up Tracey Turner’s How to Make a Human out of Soup: The Story of Evolution. Condensing four billion years of life on Earth into one slim paperback and making it accessible to young…

I (Don’t) Like Snakes

Zoologist and subject expert Nicola Davies’ success with Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes in the picturebook category of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Excellence in Science prize is proven to be richly deserved. This book in the same Nature Storybook series looks a strong candidate for shortlisting next year.    As…

I am NOT a Dinosaur!

‘I may look like a dino that lives in the sea, but that wouldn’t be fair to my family tree. I swim with flippers – oh yes, I’ve got four! But – I am not a dinosaur!’ This rhyme is spoken by the prehistoric reptile, the Plesiosaur, one of eleven prehistoric creatures in this book…

Image & Imagination: Ideas and Inspiration for Teen Writers

The teenage years are a curious time for young writers: on the one hand, it is a time of creativity and having much to say, and on the other hand, there are so many rules and regulations for writing within a school system that they grow wary of getting it ‘wrong’. Image & Imagination is…

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…

Irelandopedia: A Compendium of Maps, Facts and Knowledge

Take a tour of Ireland, county by county, in this marvellous compendium of maps, facts and knowledge. Fatti Burke's passion for map-making and Irish themes bursts forth from every gorgeously detailed double-page spread. John Burke has done his research, offering an interesting selection and immense range of facts. We find everything from national and local…

Irish Childhoods: Children’s Fiction and Irish History

In Irish Childhoods, Pádraic Whyte examines the complex interactions of twentieth-century Irish history with the representation of children in texts (both literary and filmic) set in that period. Whyte approaches his subject through a number of case studies, paying particular attention to contentious aspects of Irish history that have tended to be glossed over by writers…

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…

Let The Dice Decide: Roll the Dice to Create Picture and Word Mash-Ups

Freelancer illustrator Sophie Foster has created an action-packed fill-in book for drawing and doodle lovers, but with a twist – all creations are determined by the roll of a dice! Over 60 pages of creative ideas involving aliens, super villains, dragons, and misfits, invite you to design your own dog and uncover your future: the…

Looking after your Mental Health

If someone has broken their arm and it is covered with a plaster cast, it’s fairly obvious to everyone what is wrong. If someone suffers from a mental illness, this may be less easily identifiable. We live in a world full of stress. For teenagers there are many pressures which affect their quality of life…

LOTS

This sumptuous book is a ‘gathering of facts, thoughts and observations’ by the illustrator-author Marc Martin (A River, Templar Publishing, 2016 is a recent offering). The book is a festive blend of the best of Charley Harper’s ecological awareness and Miroslav Sasek’s penchant for mapped guidebooks. The information is divided geographically by cities and though…

Mad About Monkeys

Owen Davey is mad about monkeys, and by the end of this beautiful non-fiction book so will you be. Lovingly designed and illustrated, this encyclopaedia primer will introduce you to the most fascinating of our cousins from around the world and teach you how to tell them apart.   I have grown up watching David…

Malala/Iqbal

This stunningly illustrated, non-fiction picturebook from accomplished author-illustrator Jeanette Winter explores the lives of two brave Pakistani children: Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and Iqbal Masih, who during his short life campaigned against bonded labour. The two life-stories weave towards each other from opposite ends of the book, and are differentiated by one story…

Mindfully Me Series

The Mindfully Me Series is a collection of three books that advocate positive mental health and well-being for children. Each book focuses on encouraging positive self-image and self-esteem for children aged four and upwards. Book 1 is called It’s Always There and focuses on the use of mindful breathing as a practical method that children…

Mirror Play: What am I?

Mirror Play is an invitation to engage. Each page has an abstract rotating shape. When combined with the mirror and rotated, these shapes transform into frogs, pandas, planes and more. Initially this seems like a simple book – there is no narrative to speak of, the illustrative style is bold and clear with lots of…

Mistéirí Aisteacha

Le blianta beaga anuas, tá Futa Fata tar éis cur go mór le méid agus le caighdeán an neamhfhicsin Ghaeilge atá ar fáil do dhaoine óga, agus cuireann an leabhar seo go mór le liosta neamhfhicsin an fhoilsitheora. Is aistriúchán ón mBéarla é, agus cuid den tsraith ‘Na 10 gcinn is measa’. Ag tús an…

Money in Sport

This information books is on of four titles in the series Ethics in Sport. The other three deal with performance enhancement, sportsmanship and sport and society respectively. These are physically robust books about topical and controversial issues. They fulfil all the requirements of the genre: table of contents, topics for discussion, glossary, end notes, bibliography and…

Mountains of the World

How are mountains made? Does the Yeti exist? Who is the world’s most famous mountaineer? Get ready for the answers to these and many more questions in Dieter Braun’s stylish celebration of the world’s mountains. From the Alps to the Andes, Everest to Uluru, this comprehensive exploration of some of the highest places on Earth,…

Music Legends: 40 Inspiring Icons

This stylish introduction to 40 icons charts a history of popular music from Elvis in the 1950s through to contemporary acts such as Arcade Fire and Beyonce. Attractively produced and well designed, this title is the fourth instalment in the ‘40 Inspiring Icons’ series (previous titles having focused on ‘Greek Gods & Heroes’, ‘Fantastic Footballers’…

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…

Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature

‘Discover why the natural world is worthy of your unending curiosity’ says the Editor’s Note in this gorgeous book, which will certainly satisfy the curiosity of all the family. The large format is packed with information on animals, plants and natural habitats and is beautifully illustrated. The book is organised into 67 Charts, most of…

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…

Oíche Chiúin – Scéal Amhrán Mór na Nollag

Is deacair le creidiúint nach cuid bhuan de thradisiúin na Nollag an bhí an t-amhrán “Oíche Chiúin” i gcónaí. Cé gur fonn tábhachtach é ag gach uile aifreann na Nollag, áfach, is óg an t-amhrán fós agus sa leabhar Oíche Chiúin – Scéal Amhrán Mór na Nollag, foghlaimímid faoi stair agus faoi chúlra suntasach an…

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…

One Day, So Many Ways

Discover what life is like for children from around the world every day. Meet children from over 40 countries, exploring the differences and similarities between their daily lives. Over 24 hours, readers will follow a variety of children as they wake up, eat, go to school, play, learn and go about their everyday routine. One…

One Thousand Things

Fancy a new book for your coffee table? Are you fan of retro-modern design? Then One Thousand Things is the book for you. Oh, and if you happen to have a pre-schooler at home, they’ll love it too! A quick glance at the colourful pages of this gorgeous work of art shows it to be…

Operation Ouch! Medical Milestones and Crazy Cures

History traditionally focused on what were deemed great events – sometimes caricatured as the ‘maps and chaps’ approach. In recent decades, ‘history from below’ has gained in academic prestige, with everyday life and consideration of marginalised, under-documented groups being the focus. The huge popularity of the Horrible Histories series has shown the appeal of history-from-below…


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