Citywide Reading Campaign for Children Launches

This spring children in Dublin are urged to keep their eyes peeled for mysterious aliens at their local library as Bumpfizzle – the Best on Planet Earth by Patricia Forde, has been chosen for the 2019 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children.

The campaign launches today at 10.30am in the newly refurbished Kevin Street Library, where some enthusiastic young readers of the book will get to meet the author. The 2019 reading campaign runs from January to March and details of the many events associated with it can be found at

Speaking about the campaign, Brendan Teeling, Acting Dublin City Librarian, says “If there’s one thing we know in libraries, it’s that reading is great fun, and that’s what this Citywide Reading campaign is all about. This is the eighth year of this great Dublin City Council initiative and we hope to see lots of children borrowing a copy of Bumpfizzle from their local library – it’s free, and as an added bonus this year we’ve gotten rid of library fines, so that’s one thing children (and their parents!) don’t need to worry about.”

Author Patricia Forde says: “I am delighted and very excited that Bumpfizzle The Best on Planet Earth is the 2019 Citywide Read.  Bumpfizzle is an alien- which may attract some funny business from other planets - but I think Dublin children are up for that. I sincerely hope so.  We may need heroes before this is over.”

There will be author visits to many Dublin City Council branch libraries as well as city-centre based events in bookshops, the National Library of Ireland and Dublin City Gallery – Hugh Lane. The campaign ends with fun events based on the book, as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival’s in Merrion Square.

Copies of the book are available in all Dublin City Public Libraries as well as in all good bookshops.  Dublin City Council Library stock can be borrowed from libraries nationwide. You can download a Reading Guide to the book, suitable for teachers and parents at

The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council Public Libraries, in partnership with Little Island Books, and is funded by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.