Head of Corporate Citizenship and Diversity, KPMG Ireland
“Working with the team in Children’s Books Ireland is fantastic, when we are brainstorming ideas they bring creativity, unique perspectives, a no-problem attitude, professionalism and years of experience to the table – this is invaluable for us. We are always looking at innovative ways we can have hands-on, skills-based volunteering opportunities for our employees in the education/literacy area and Children’s Books Ireland always deliver on this.”
Sponsorship Manager, An Post Irish Book Awards
“Children’s Books Ireland have been a wonderful partner for An Post to work with over the past year. What started off as exploratory talks about common interests has turned into a very fruitful partnership which is fully aligned to our sponsorship strategy of improving the quality of life for communities in Ireland via reading. Both An Post and Children’s Books Ireland love books and are aware of the fundamental and powerful benefits for children and young people of reading for pleasure.
To date we have collaboratively produced a Bedtime Reading Guide, held a wonderfully engaging kids event called StoryTime Express in Heuston Station and held a Book Clinic for An Post staff. Most recently during the Covid 19 lockdown we jointly developed an activity book called ImagineNation for children stuck at home. It brought together Ireland’s leading children’s authors and illustrators to create a playbook that entertained over 215,000 families around Ireland over the Easter holiday period.
We look forward to building on this successful partnership in 2020 and beyond.”
Partner, McCann Fitzgerald
“We are delighted to have started working with the team in Children’s Books Ireland. As part of McCann FitzGerald’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme (which embraces literacy as one of its principle themes), Children’s Books Ireland allowed us to make a contribution that was both meaningful and fun. The process for us was very straight-forward, with Children’s Books Ireland providing great ideas and support in implementation – we found the engagement rewarding for all involved (including, in particular, for some of our team who spent a morning on the floor doodling with some great children!).”
The Cavanagh Family, School Library Gift
“I have been involved, on behalf of some members of the Cavanagh family, in a gift of books to a National School in rural North Donegal. It was done in the name of our grandparents, John and Caroline Cavanagh. It was their home place. At all times I found the Children’s Books Ireland team to be exemplary in all their activity. They made the process very simple and effortless. I was present on the day the books arrived and the reaction of the children, staff and parents was exceptional. The impact on the children and school was most impressive.
I would commend any others considering a gift of books to do it, no regrets.”