Theme:

Animals and nature

Give Leabhar Gaeilge cover artwork - Fintan Wall, March 2024

Give Leabhar Gaeilge

This Seachtain na Gaeilge (1–17 March), discover a new reading guide highlighting the excellent books on offer in the Irish language for children and young people.

Book Cover - Peng and Spanners - Who Stole the Pizzas

Peng and Spanners: Who Stole the Pizzas?

Introducing Peng, a sarcastic and easily bored penguin, and Spanners, a clever cat with a toolbelt, a not-so-secret HQ, and a talent for invention. This graphic novel is filled with jokes and playfulness beginning with the front cover where a sticker declares ‘free pizza inside’. The characters argue about how messy that would be before Spanners points out the much smaller word ‘drawings’, meaning (sadly) no real pizza is on offer.

Issue 70 of Inis Magazine, cover by Mary Murphy

Inis magazine: issue 70, January 2024

Inis is the magazine of Children's Books Ireland. Within these pages you will find features and articles on Irish and international children's books as well as in-depth reviews of new titles for children and teenagers. With its range of expert contributors, this is a key resource for teachers, writers, illustrators, librarians, parents/guardians and everyone interested in children's books.

Cover - Rainbowsaurus

Rainbowsaurus

A simple, fun, and engaging book with plenty of repetition, rhyme, and a variety of animal sounds that toddlers will undeniably enjoy hearing read aloud. Although not explicitly mentioned in the text, it is implied that the characters we meet on the first page are a family consisting of two dads and their three small children. Representation is important, and LGBTQ+ families will certainly appreciate the inclusion of a same-sex couple and their children in the story.

Book Cover - How Do Meerkats Order Pizza?

How Do Meerkats Order Pizza?

How do Meerkats order Pizza? The fascinating answer to the title of this book is that they vote! How do we know this? Why science and research of course! Brooke Barker, the author and illustrator of this fantastic non-fiction book shows us wild animal facts through the people who study them.

Book Cover - Wild Wonders

Wild Wonders: An Anthology of Short Nature Stories for Children

Wild Wonders is a gorgeous collection of short stories about nature by some of Ireland’s best children’s authors with illustrations by some extremely talented illustrators. Each story is a reminder to us to keep our eyes open to the beauty of the nature that surrounds us no matter where we live.

Cover - The Peter Rabbit Stories

The Peter Rabbit Stories

This hardback edition of the four Peter Rabbit stories is a lovely book to introduce a new generation to Peter, his family, and, of course, his arch-nemesis Mr McGregor. The quality of the publication with its colourful illustrations makes for a beautiful gift and will attract children and adults alike into sharing these classic stories and delighting in the rabbits’ antics, not least Peter’s skirmishes with Mr McGregor and his cat. While Currey’s illustrations have a more modern sensibility than Potter’s, they remain true to the originals and succeed in feeling both new and familiar.

Book Cover - Sophie Anderson

The Snow Girl

Tasha and her parents have moved to live with her grandfather in a remote valley. The novel opens with her experiencing her first snow and it is more wonderful than she had even imagined. The magic of snow is hard to imagine, but Anderson evokes it beautifully, spreading a chill throughout the pages of this wonderfully wintry tale.

Book Cover - I am the Wind: Irish Poems for Children Everywhere

I am the Wind: Irish Poems for Children Everywhere

This outstanding book of poetry whisks you away into a world oh so familiar it feels like a warm hug. Its stunningly soft and soothing illustrations complement the feeling of home which resonates throughout the poems selected.

Cover of Building Communities reading guide

Building Communities Reading Guide

A reading list for ages 0–12, designed to inspire building the homes, places and communities of tomorrow.