Theme:

Mental health and wellbeing

Cover of Pride Reading Guide

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 - 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 - Glasgow Boys

Glasgow Boys

The début novel from Margaret McDonald follows Banjo and Finlay, two boys who met in a group care home and become unlikely, yet inseparable friends. When we are first introduced to our protagonists, three years have passed since an incident caused them to break off contact with one another and they are living separate lives.

Book Cover - The Second Hand Boy

The Second Hand Boy

Billy’s anxiety starts to get the better of him when his only pal Marty moves away. Not even his favourite subject, Space, makes him feel better. It is hard enough having to take care of his mum, a ‘sensitive soul’ who often cannot get out of bed, but the loneliness he feels with the stress of regularly being bullied takes its toll.

Protecting Our Planet - Senior List Cover

Protecting Our Planet (Senior)

Are you a parent or guardian looking for books related to your child’s interests, or recommendations to help them branch out into new genres? Are you a teacher looking for books on a particular theme or topic? Look no further than our themed reading lists for a huge variety of brilliant book recommendations for children of all ages!

Protecting Our Planet - Junior List Cover

Protecting Our Planet (Junior)

Are you a parent or guardian looking for books related to your child’s interests, or recommendations to help them branch out into new genres? Are you a teacher looking for books on a particular theme or topic? Look no further than our themed reading lists for a huge variety of brilliant book recommendations for children of all ages!

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 - Seven Million Sunflowers

Seven Million Sunflowers

Kateryno is a regular teenager in many ways. She gets crushes on boys. She fights with her brother. She dreams about her future career. But Kat also has shrapnel scars, she has traveled through six countries in two months and distinctly remembers the day her house came crashing down around her. Kat is a Ukrainian refugee.

Book Cover - Nova's Missing Masterpiece

Nova's Missing Masterpiece

It’s Nova’s dad’s birthday and she makes a special present but loses it just before his party. This story follows Nova through her house as she hunts for the misplaced present with her dog Harley helping with her search. Harley also helps in an unexpected way as Nova’s emotions become too big for her. Nova follows Harley’s examples when it comes to ridding herself of the frustration and panic of losing the present.

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.