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Bookworm Beginners

A celebration of the enrichment books can bring to our lives, this list is recommended reading for dedicated bookworms and bibliophiles, lovers of wordplay and puns, those who dream of one day creating their own stories and even those who need a bit more convincing of the magic of the written word.

We hope that among these stories, you find the book that makes you a reader.

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Reading Matters reading guide

Published in September 2023, 'Reading Matters' sees the return of the 'best of the year' format to our annual reading guide. 

Book Cover - Look A Tummy Time Book

Look – A Tummy Time Book

This book proclaims itself as a ‘Tummy Time Book’ and it’s very well suited to the task of keeping a baby engaged when stranded on its tummy for the recommended practice time in early months. The pages unfold concertina-style and are long enough to present as at least a 180-degree panorama for baby’s entertainment! It will easily stand on carpet or a soft rug, and at the same time is light enough and not too tall in case of it being knocked over. It could, however, also work well as a book to flick through with a very tiny baby in your lap, treating the pages in the more conventional manner.

Book Cover - The Boy Who Stole the Pharaoh's Lunch

The Boy Who Stole the Pharaoh's Lunch

This time-slip adventure features Seth, a boy who is good at two things: playing on his XBox and being the class clown. Struggling with lessons and in trouble for playing a prank, he picks up a beetle amulet from his teacher’s desk and finds himself transported back to Ancient Egypt. Staying with a family in a village on the Nile, he plays with the local children, learns new skills and discovers his own bravery. But how will he ever get back home?

Book Cover - The Tree and the River

The Tree and the River

From the creator of the Journey trilogy comes another sumptuously illustrated silent book, The Tree and The River. The story begins with a spread of a natural landscape that focuses on the aforementioned tree and river. The reader will pick up on the oriental flavour of the village that starts to emerge. Soon the sky becomes foreboding, less land is visible, more permanent structures creep in and saddest of all, a small army begins to assemble. The tree and the river are in each scene but they change with the times.

Book Cover - Wider Than The Sea

Wider Than The Sea

School is not an easy place for Róisín to be. Words and letters seem to collide on the page, and she finds it difficult to fit in with her fellow classmates. Home is no better, with her parents constantly arguing creating a tense atmosphere. The only place Róisín finds peace is when she is drawing, or out on the bay with Sunny, her town’s beloved, and ever-present dolphin. Struggling to open up to those around her, Róisín is fearful of the changes growing up can bring, so when Sunny suddenly disappears, she is determined to find him and return everything to normal.

Book Cover - Ravencave

Ravencave

It’s hard to read this slim, impactful book in isolation from the tragic death of its author at the end of 2022; the story is suffused with loss, with the sometimes brutal and sudden nature of death and the damage that can be wrought by grief. Threaded through it, too, is a note of connection, even hope, a feeling of being part of something greater than oneself.

Book Cover - All Your Tomorrows

All Your Tomorrows

All Your Tomorrows is an ode to love and all the dreams and hopes that new parents and guardians have for their children. When you become a parent, what do you hope for your newborn child? What would you wish for them, and what would you imagine their happiness to be? These are the thoughts that give structure to this charming picturebook. Each double spread focuses on the vibrant, living potential in a child’s body – to do anything and be anything. The ability to run, laugh, sing, play and climb is celebrated, but also, more importantly, the ability to experience the world to its fullest.

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Inis Magazine: Issue 67, January 2023

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.

Book Cover - Bertie and the Alien Chicken

Bertie and the Alien Chicken

The last place Bertie wants to spend his holidays is at Long Bottom farm with his Uncle Brian. But Dad is busy with the new baby and Mom is off to America for work, so it’s not like he has much of a choice. Farm life takes an unexpected twist when he runs into a talking chicken! However, Nugget is not just a regular chicken, but an alien from Nurgle-7 with a very important mission. What is the most valuable resource on Earth? If Bertie and Nugget can’t find the answer before the day’s out, Earth may be doomed!