Bookseed

Bookseed is all about families enjoying books together, starting children on a lifelong journey with reading. Babies in selected areas of Limerick City and County will receive three brilliant books by Irish artists through their public health nurse or at their local library. Parents will also receive a reading guide with tips on incorporating reading into the daily routine.

Bookseed is a baby book-gifting initiative, funded by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund and Rethink Ireland, delivered across 14 areas in Limerick City and County. Children's Books Ireland run this project in partnership with the Health Service Executive and Limerick City and County Library Service. Bookseed has been evaluated by a team from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

Children who have been read to and who read for pleasure are more likely to do well at school, to have a wider vocabulary and to have higher levels of mental wellbeing. Parents, guardians or carers are encouraged and supported to share books with their child from a very early stage and to foster in them a lifelong love of reading.

  • Adare
  • Abbeyfeale
  • Askeaton
  • Athea
  • Ballylanders
  • Barrack View
  • Croom
  • Dromcollogher
  • Foynes
  • Hospital
  • Kilmallock
  • Newcastle West
  • Rathkeale
  • Southill
  • Abbeyfeale
  • Adare
  • Dooradoyle
  • Kilmallock
  • Newcastle West
  • Watch House Cross

This programme is not open for applications.

  • Bookseed: Growing Readers reading guide
  • Limerick Libraries membership information
  • Owl Bat Bat Owl by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
  • Shh! We Have A Plan by Chris Haughton
  • Good Night Like This by Mary Murphy

Babies born in 2020 or 2021 who attend one of the below health centres

  • Adare
  • Abbeyfeale
  • Askeaton
  • Athea
  • Ballylanders
  • Barrack View
  • Croom
  • Dromcollogher
  • Foynes
  • Hospital
  • Kilmallock
  • Newcastle West
  • Rathkeale
  • Southill

Please contact bookgifting@childrensbooksireland.ie should you have any further queries in regards to this or any of our book gifting initiatives.


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