The Children's Book of 2017 is...Goodnight Everyone

Goodnight EveryoneGoodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton was announced as the winning title of the 27th Children's Books Ireland (CBI) Book of the Year Award on Tuesday (23 May) at a ceremony held in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. Congratulations to Chris who also won the Honour Award for illustration for Goodnight Everyone. This is a fabulous bedtime read for little ones - just be careful if you are a tired parent reading it you may find yourself getting very sleepy too! zzzzzz

The award judges said ‘Chris Haughton’s vibrant illustrations combine perfectly with deceptively simple narrative in this mesmerising bedtime tale. Chronicling a series of animal yawns, the colour palette gradually darkens as the world of the forest is painted in sunset. Haughton’s use of cut-outs is particularly effective and the star maps in the endpapers add a mystic dimension to this captivating story.’

First steps towards reading!

That's not my hedgehogWe had a full house again for the Baby and Toddler Book Clubs last week. It’s wonderful to see how the clubs are steadily growing in popularity.  One of the babies stole the show by taking her first few steps at the first session!  A very special moment and one we were all thrilled to share with her surprised Mum!!  No doubt she’ll be flying around the Library by the next session!!!

We returned to the publisher Usborne’s series of tactile books last Tuesday with ‘That’s Not My Hedgehog’. This series is aimed at very young children.  The books are designed to develop sensory and language awareness.  Each page contains bright pictures and patches with various textures. The books are ideal to read at home, on trips and at bedtime.  We sang ‘A Hedgehog is Very Prickly’ to the tune of ‘One Finger, One Thumb keep moving’ to complement the story.

Discover the magic of reading!

Time for a bathLast week, the Baby Book Club read a story that’s designed to help parents with practical life experiences, namely bath time.  ‘Time for a Bath’ is written by Phyllis Gershator and David Walker.  It contains a very simple story about a mother and a baby bunny and the messy activities they share that lead up to baby bunny’s bath time routine.  It’s a beautifully illustrated book that would also be perfect as a bedtime read!  We sang ‘Three Little Ducks Went Out One Day’.  This is a nice action song to sing with your baby in the bath.

"Bring along a toddler to chant some rhymes"

It's a Little BabyMaria Sheahan (Librarian and Book Club Facilitator) read ‘It’s a Little Baby’ by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb with the Baby Book Club last week.  This book introduces your baby to the concept of hide-and-seek with its lift-the-flap features.  We covered a simple action rhyme entitled ‘Peekaboo’ to accompany the story.  Julia Donaldson has written many wonderful books for children of all ages  You will find plenty of her stories available for loan at Dublin City Libraries.

Spring into Storytime at Ballymun Library

Cheep! Cheep!‘Spring into Storytime’ is a national story-time initiative in public libraries which ran during the month of April. It celebrates the importance of families reading together and sharing stories – values that are central to all Baby and Toddler Book Club sessions at Ballymun Library. With an attendance of 30 people at the Baby Book Club, we certainly sprang back with gusto following the Easter break!  It was wonderful to see such an enthusiastic crowd present! 

To date, stories with lift-the-flap features have proved very popular with Baby Book Club Members.  With this in mind, we kicked off this session with the story ‘Cheep! Cheep!’ by Sebastien Braun.  This book encourages little ones to talk.  The lift-the-flap element on each page is designed to teach children about animals and the noises they make. The children were enthralled!  We sang our old favourite song ‘Old MacDonald’ to round off the story.

Spring into Storytime this April

Spring into StorytimeSpring into Storytime is a national story-time initiative in public libraries which is running during the month of April. It celebrates the importance of families reading together and sharing stories. The initiative was launched by Damien English, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal on 5 April 2017 at Dublin City Library and Archive.

During April, public library services around the country are championing children’s story-time sessions and invite children and their parents/carers to join in and experience the joy of lots of exciting tales! The sessions are completely free of charge.

As well as the enjoyment of the story-time sessions, stories and reading also help children to further develop their creativity and imagination.  Story-times are a fun activity that also support children’s concentration and communication skills.

Egg-cellent Easter fun for your baby & toddler

Spot goes to the parkLast Tuesday,  Ballymun Baby Book Club read ‘Spot Goes to the Park’ by Eric Hill.  This is a lovely, simple story about a dog called Spot.  Spot and his friends go to the park and do all kinds of activities there.  This book also has a lift-the-flap feature on each page which the babies loved.  Eric Hill has written a number of books for babies about the character Spot.  If you like this series, then check out the list of books already read by the Book Club for more titles.

Exploring new experiences through books

This is me, eating!Ballymun Library Baby Book Club had a great turnout to last week’s sessions with over 40 in attendance!  The Baby and Toddler book clubs provide a valuable opportunity to promote the benefits of family reading in a social and relaxed setting.  Last Tuesday’s book choice highlighted the fun (and mess!) babies create with food.  ‘This is me, EATING!’ by Neal Layton is part of a series of books published by Walker Books entitled First Experience.  This series teaches babies and small children about concepts such as eating and dressing up.  There are googly eyes on the cover of this particular book and a lift-the-flap surprise on the last page.  This book is perfect reading material for parents/minders in teaching babies and toddlers about learning to eat solid foods in a fun manner.   We sang ‘Jelly On a Plate’ to accompany the book.

Building self-esteem with books

PeekabooFor the last couple of weeks, Ballymun Baby Book Club has enjoyed reading books that incorporate the game ‘Peekaboo’.  Last Tuesday’s book choice was ‘Peekaboo! In the Jungle’.  This book contains a lift-the-flap feature on each page that allows babies to learn about jungle animals whilst playing the game Peekaboo. We did a funny action rhyme with the babies entitled ‘Peekaboo! I See You!’.  More examples of books like this include ‘Who’s On the Farm?’ by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, ‘Baby Goz’ by Steve Weatherill and ‘Peekaboo! In the Ocean’ which we read last week.  You’ll find these books and lots more available in your local public library.

Learning is fun with a good book!

PeekabooThere are many books available through your local Library that contain interactive aspects to help you as a parent teach your children about different concepts.  These concepts can range from learning about colours, numbers, animal names to letters of the alphabet, potty training – the list is endless! Maria Sheahan (Librarian & Book Club Facilitator) illustrated how fun and learning can go hand in hand by choosing this book type for both clubs along with appropriate songs and rhymes.