Mental health and wellbeing

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Pride Reading Guide 2023

Supported by An Post, our Pride Reading Guide 2023 contains 200 LGBTQ+ inclusive stories for young readers aged 0–18.

Book Cover - Black & Irish: Legends, Trailblazers and Everyday Heroes

Black & Irish: Legends, Trailblazers and Everyday Heroes

The first collection of its kind, Black & Irish is an exciting non-fiction book that celebrates many iconic Black Irish people and their achievements. With actors, writers, fashion influencers, doctors, activists, musicians, sports stars, academics, and many more, this book acts as a tribute to several inspirational figures of all ages.

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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 - Grapefruit Moon

Grapefruit Moon

The pressures on students at an elite Belfast secondary school are intricately woven into this realistic and gritty tale, as told in the voices of friends Charlotte and Drew. Charlotte is wealthy, privileged, under the strict eye of her mother, and is being blackmailed by her Ex. Drew is a working-class newcomer, a fish-out-of-water who makes a damaging, drunken mistake.

Book Cover - My Self, Your Self

My Self, Your Self

In a woodland, a little troop of creatures play, bake and talk about what it means to be an individual. They ask big questions about what is inside of us, or outside of us, and what makes my ‘self’ different to your ‘self.’ Thus begins a little philosophical exploration of our understanding of our own identities.

Book Cover - The Dream Book

The Dream Book

Nina loves bedtime. At bedtime Nina can disappear into her dreams and discover fantastical creatures and places. She is regularly disappointed when she awakes to find that she cannot remember the details of her dreams. Nina mostly snoozes the night away happily but, after one particularly scary nightmare, Nina realises the power of drawing her dreams when she wakes up. It helps her to remember all that she encounters while she is sleeping. These drawings turn into her very own Dream Book where she can keep her dreams close by for a little while longer.

Book Cover - Sunny Side Up

Sunny Side Up

Ideal for anyone whose child is finding dealing with emotions difficult, this story is inspired by cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and gently empowers children to make choices about how they see things around them. Readers learn that there will be days when there are bad moods, sad goodbyes and scary places, but changing our perspective can make the world we see change to better days and bright happy places.

Book Cover - Finn Jones Was Here

Finn Jones Was Here

Eric and Finn have always been best friends and a perfect match. While Eric is anxious and fearful of trying new things, Finn often bravely dives headfirst into adventure, dragging Eric along for the memories. Finn’s lively joie de vivre mean that it is difficult for Eric to process when Finn becomes ill and passes away – or has he?

Book Cover - The Grief Rock

The Grief Rock

The metaphor of carrying grief like a heavy rock is clear from the first page. The tasks of eating, sleeping and withdrawing from life are graphically depicted in simple, gentle images, but always with survival on the horizon, and the prospect of enjoying life once more.

Book Cover - We've Got This! Six Steps to Build your Empathy Superpower

We've Got This! Six Steps to Build your Empathy Superpower

Broken down into six steps, exploring what empathy is and providing an array of activities for harnessing then supercharging it in our everyday lives, this joyful guide written by Sirdeshpande in partnership with EmpathyLab celebrates empathy as a superpower, enabling young readers to make a difference in their lives and the world around them.