Stories are for Everyone

This year, wherever you are in Ireland, events and activities will be taking place to encourage children to enjoy the experience and the magic of reading! With stories that can be enjoyed by everyone, October is a jam-packed month of fun-filled opportunities featuring Irish and international authors and illustrators, and catering for the reading preferences of everyone from toddlers to teens and beyond. Irish Illustrator Chris Haughton’s eye-catching artwork highlights this message – that stories and reading can be enjoyed by everyone, everywhere!

Activities will be running in libraries, schools and arts centres throughout Ireland over the course of this month. This will include everything from readings by popular authors to writing and illustration workshops, plus storytelling, quizzes, competitions and much, much more! With so many opportunities for fun there’s no doubt bookworms everywhere will be satisfied.

This year’s line-up features world renowned authors and illustrators such as Binette Schroeder (The Wizardling), Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants), Tom Palmer (Football Academy) and Jeremy Strong (My Brother’s Famous Bottom), sharing their stories, writing and illustration tips at a variety of exciting events. Home-grown talent from the island of Ireland includes authors and illustrators Louise O’Neill (Only Ever Yours), Nicola Pierce (The Spirit of the Titanic), Nigel McDowell (Tall Tales from Pitch End), Sarah Webb (Amy Green series), Juliette Saumande (Chop-Chop, Madcap) and Andrew Whitson (Ó Chrann go Crann).

In a book slump? The CBI Book Doctors will be touring far and wide this year, with pop-up clinics appearing at the Irish Museum of Modern Art on October 4th, in Carlow Town on October 18th and at the Longford Aisling Festival on October 19th. The Book Doctor is sure to cure any book-related ailment, leaving you with a unique prescription for your preferred reading needs to take to your local library or bookshop. Ideal for all the family, with activities for younger children and information on new authors and books, the Book Doctor can offer advice to anyone with the reading bug! Visit the CBI website at www.childrensbooksireland.ie for more info.

The spooktacular Hallowe’en Extravaganza will be taking place at the National Gallery of Ireland on Friday 31st of October. Author of Hagwitch, Marie Louise Fitzpatrick, will be appearing for a day of ghoulish fun and spooky stories with activities to delight the bravest readers. Make sure you don’t miss out on what promises to be a supernatural day! Booking is available via the National Gallery Bookshop, for more information see http://www.nationalgallery.ie/

This year, the celebration of children’s reading has been supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland this funding has allowed for children all over the island of Ireland to engage with books and stories in new and enjoyable ways. Once again, Dublin UNESCO City of Literature is helping to sponsor the much-loved Book Clinics, while the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency will be helping CBI bring authors and illustrators to a variety of locations in order to further spread the celebration of reading. CBI also receives regular funding from the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon. CBI wishes to acknowledge the continued support and dedication of our partners who help to ensure that children’s reading is promoted nationally throughout 2014.

This year, CBI is running an exciting competition to celebrate Chris Haughton’s inventive artwork. Young readers and budding writers are asked to invent the title of the book the Hat Monkey is seen reading to his friends on the CBI posters. Can you guess the name of the Hat Monkey’s favourite book? What story do you think he is sharing with the other animals? The lucky overall winner will receive €1,000 worth of books for their school library!

The ever-popular O’Brien Press Cover Design Competition once again allows fledgling illustrators and designers to see their artwork on the cover of a published book. This year Marian Broderick’s The Lost Fairy has been selected for re-design in Spring 2015. The lucky winner’s designs will not only be featured on the covers of the re-published book, stocked in libraries and bookshops throughout Ireland, but will also be invited as guests of honour along with their entire class to a special awards ceremony where they will receive five complete sets of Marian Broderick’s books for their school. Further details on both competitions can be found on the CBI website www.childrensbooksireland.ie or at your local library.

With all this and much more in store for October, 2014 is truly the year that stories are for everyone. Let the celebrations begin!