Theme:

Loss and grief

2024 Pride Guide cover

Pride Reading Guide 2024

At Children’s Books Ireland we champion diverse and inclusive books that best reflect the world, with characters of all genders and sexualities and families of all kinds. We believe that everyone deserves to see their story within the pages of an excellent book.

Our 2024 Pride Reading Guide contains 200 LGBTQ+ inclusive stories for young readers aged 0–18.

Book Cover - Bird Boy

Bird Boy

Nature and its power to heal and connect are at the core of this sensitively told and hopeful story. Following his mother’s sudden death Will is brought from the city to the remote countryside to live with an uncle he has never met. His trauma and isolation are apparent from the outset – not knowing how to talk about his feelings Will counts in an effort to manage them. Will meets Omar, a young refugee, and we adventure with them as they discover an eyrie, rescue an osprey chick called Whitetip, and ultimately, rescue each other.

Book Cover – The Girl Who Couldn't Lie

The Girl Who Couldn't Lie

Priya is exhausted from trying to be perfect all the time. She’s perfect at home, perfect at school and perfect in her gymnastics training. In order to be that perfect, you need to tell a few lies. But one day, Priya puts a bangle on her wrist and suddenly finds that she has to tell the truth; the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The bangle isn’t coming off and Priya has a lot to learn if she wants to stay out of trouble …

Inis magazine - issue 71

Inis magazine: issue 71, April 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.

Book Cover – Bird is Dead

Bird is Dead

What happens when someone dies? This delightful book is a very real introduction for a young child to death. It is distinct from other books in this genre as most concentrate on grief (absence, the empty chair) but the focus here is on the process of death as well.

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.

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 - Wild Song

Wild Song

Set against the backdrop of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, readers follow the journey of Luki, an indigenous girl from the Philippines. We begin with Luki’s sheltered tribal life in the mountains, before following her journey to America (with hundreds of other natives) to attend the St. Louis World’s Fair.

Book Cover - 100 Tales from the Tokyo Ghost Cafe

100 Tales from the Tokyo Ghost Cafe

The second collaboration between writer Julian Sedgwick and manga artist Chie Kutsuwada will grow on you. The deeper you wade into this collection of tales of kami gods and yokai spirits, the more attached you will grow to its characters, its décors, its language.

Cover - Do You Remember?

Do You Remember?

In the small hours of the first morning in their new homes, a boy and his mother are tucked in bed and take turn sharing memories of the past: the smell of grandad’s oil lamp, a bicycle received as a birthday gift, or a picnic in the field with dad. Now that it’s just the two of them, maybe this first morning in the new flat can become one of these memories that they will look back fondly upon.