Theme:

Politics and activism

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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.

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!

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.

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The Wild

‘Once upon a time, somewhere not far away, was The Wild …’ is how this modern fairytale starts. In this picture book, the ‘Wild’, a leafy and magnificent creature is a symbol for our planet, Earth. As the pages unfold, the reader follows the changing relationship between mankind and the Wild, starting with mutual respect and harmony to, as time goes by, disregard and decay.

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 - Daughter of Winter and Twilight

Daughter of Winter and Twilight

As the adopted heir to the Edaran throne, Emri has always known there is more to her story than she has been told. As she approaches her eighteenth birthday, about to be legally recognised as heir and starting to take on more responsibility, she begins to learn more about her parents’ turbulent past and the events that led to her adoption.

Book Cover - The Light Thieves: Search for the Black Mirror

The Light Thieves: Search for the Black Mirror

We join friends Grian, Jeffrey and Shelli, all very different, but united in their quest to save the world. It is a world that has fallen for the lies of evil tech entrepreneur Howard Hansom, who is stealing the energy from the sun. As the world grows darker it becomes clear that the planet and everything living on it is in huge and immediate danger.

Book Cover - Keisha Jones Takes on the World

Keisha Jones Takes on the World

Inspired by her activist Great-Aunt Bee, Keisha rallies her friends to stop the local pet shop discounting female bunnies. Keisha’s quest for #RabbitRights fuels ever more daring plans until an apparent solution causes a new problem: more bunnies!

Book Cover - I Kick and I Fly

I Kick and I Fly

In this engaging and inspirational story, a young teenage girl living in rural India defies the expectations of caste and custom to resist being sold into a sex trafficking ring. Heera’s family see no options. They are shunned by the village, they are in debt to criminals who are protected by the authorities, and this has always been the fate of girls from their class. Until the day Heera discovers Kung Fu. Through the mental and physical discipline of martial art, Heera learns to value herself physically and spiritually and brings about lasting change in her community.