Every Child A Reader: Reading Communities

Every Child A Reader: Reading Communities is the latest branch of the Every Child A Reader project and our most ambitious school book-gifting project yet. Funded by the RTÉ Late Late Toy Show Appeal and the Community Foundation for Ireland and launched in September 2021, four primary schools will work with a Champion of Reading (an author or illustrator) for three years, as well as receiving a library of over 1,000 books, resources and training from us.

Photo of children at a desk reading books

We aim to make reading part of the fabric of school life, and to create buzz and excitement for the whole school community. We want every student to feel part of their library's success, teachers to feel supported in making use of the library, and families to be encouraged to bring the culture of reading into their homes.

Each of the four schools has received a starter library of approx. 200 books. We will be working with students in the schools to build the rest of their library, based on their interests and feedback. Students will also inform the work that their school will do with their Champion of Reading over the three years of the project.

The project is being evaluated by Dr Eemer Eivers, Senior Research Fellow at Dublin City University. We hope to produce robust evidence of its success to encourage government support of funding for school library books and author and illustrator school visits.

The Reading Communities schools and their Champions of Reading are

  • E.R. Murray – Scoil na Croise Naofa, Mahon, Cork
  • Kim Sharkey – St. Brendan's NS, Kilmeena, Mayo
  • Sarah Moore Fitzgerald – Scoil Chroí Íosa, Newcastle, Galway
  • Tarsila Krüse – St. Joseph's NS, Dundalk, Louth
  • A diverse collection of excellent modern titles, covering all ages, interests, genres, forms, themes and issues
  • 3 years of working with a school-specific Champion of Reading – an author, illustrator or storyteller whose role is to encourage creativity and exploration of the new school library
  • Posters and bunting for school displays, and stickers and a bookmark for every child
  • Flyers for families with tips on fostering a love of reading
  • Resource packs with activities and discussion points relating to books in your new collection
  • Training for school staff on making the most of their new library collection
  • Reading guides and themed reading lists on topics such as mental health & well-being, diversity & inclusion, going green, rhyme & verse, graphic novels, and sport

This project is not open for applications. However, you can sign up to our schools email newsletter in the footer at the bottom of this page to be notified when applications open for our other book gifting and schools projects.

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