Every year in September CBI launches the annual Reading Campaign. An Irish children’s illustrator is commissioned to create an original piece of artwork, which is reproduced on posters, bookmarks and stickers for use in libraries, bookshops, schools and homes across the country. In previous years we have worked with former Laureates PJ Lynch and Niamh Sharkey, illustrators Kevin Waldron, Chris Judge, Yasmeen Ismail and Chris Haughton to name a few. The Inis Reading Guide Archive can be accessed via the following link.
This artwork also adorns the cover of the Inis Reading Guide, an A5 booklet featuring the best children’s books from the previous year, reviewed by Claire Marie Dunne, and our panel of independent Book Doctors Kim Harte, Louise Gallagher, Olivia Lally, Becky Long, Síne Quinn, Ruth Concannon, Juliette Saumande and Anne Gannon. The Inis Reading Guide is available free of charge at public libraries across the country and is a key guide for librarians, teachers and others buying books for children.
The aim of the Reading Campaign is to instill a love of reading for pleasure in young people across the country. In doing so, we are delighted to partner with the public library network as well as the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency and Foras na Gaeilge to programme events for young readers everywhere. All upcoming events are listed on our events page.
This year, the #shareastory campaign features the artwork of Lauren O’Neil and celebrates the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren and the importance of relationships across generations. The reading guide includes a section of books on this theme, highlighting books for young people that feature meaningful intergenerational relationships.
The bond between a child and their grandparent is unique and enriches the lives of young and old alike. Lived experiences and stories told by older generations help the young to understand the world around them and how it continues to change. Through these relationships children learn about their heritage and family background, helping them understand who they are and where they come from. Grandparents can learn a thing or two from their grandchildren too – be it surfing the web or looking at the world with the renewed wonder that children inspire. In fact, studies show that grandparenting is actually good for our health and can increase life expectancy! What better way to cultivate and strengthen this special bond than through storytelling? Tá traidisiún uasal scéalaíochta againn in Éirinn agus tá idir óg is aosta á spreagadh againn chun páirt a ghlacadh ann i mBliain seo na Gaeilge.
During the month of October 2018, CBI’s reading campaign will be partnering with Libraries Ireland for a special Children’s Book Festival month. Visit your local library branch to find out more. (To download the CBF Poster click here)