Space Week Reads for Kids

Space WeekOur Planet, Our Space, Our Time: National Space Week is running from 3 – 8 October and to celebrate we have lots of new books about space for curious children and families to borrow. You can read all about famous astronauts Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong and Chris Hadfield or discover weird and wacky facts about the sun, moon and stars to impress your friends! We also have some space themed events in our libraries during Space Week.

And once you've picked your library books don't forget to visit the Space Week website! It has lots of ideas and toolkits to help you bring the universe into your home. You can attend an event, go stargazing, make a spacecraft, a star lantern or represent the surface of the gaseous giants! Let Space Week take you "To infinity and beyond!"

Talking children's books with Laureate na nÓg

PJ and MagsLaureate na nÓg, PJ Lynch recently visited Rathmines Library to talk children's books and the Summer Stars Reading Programme with Librarian Mags Curley.  If you are looking for book recommendations for children, from babies to teens, you won't want to miss this video! There is still time to register children for the Summer Stars Reading Programme in your local library. The programme aims to encourage children to read six books over the summer holidays. And not forgetting younger children, this year we are also asking parents to sign up to read six books to their babies, toddlers or preschoolers. At the end of the summer, children who complete the challenge will be invited to a party in their library to receive their award certificate. 

Image: PJ Lynch and Mags Curley in Rathmines Library on 22 July 2016. Courtesy Laureate na nÓg project

PJ has written and illustrated The Boy who Fell off the Mayflower and illustrated over 25 children's books, including the wonderful Once upon a Place, a collection of over 17 stories, compiled by Eoin Colfer while he was Laureate na nÓg.

CBI Book of the Year Awards Announced

CBI Book of the Year Awards 2016Congratulations to Sarah Crossan, Louise O'Neill, Lauren O'Neill, Fatti (Kathi) Burke and John Burke who have just been been named winners of the CBI Book of the Year Awards 2016. The awards celebrate the very best in Irish children's literature and are open to any children's book written in English or Irish by Irish born or resident authors and illustrators. The fantastic CBI Award winners, picked from a strong shortlist, were announced at Smock Alley on Monday 23 May at 1pm.

Sarah Crossan is the first author to win both the book of the year and the children's choice. One is the original and sensitive story of 16 year old conjoined twins Grace and Tippi. The judges said ‘Crossan’s signature blend of lyricism and realism addresses complicated dynamics of family, identity, sisterhood and difference. Told in verse and in the first person, this elegant, sensitive story will stimulate reflections and conversations about discrimination, diversity, difficult choices and the bonds of love.’ (from CBI Blog) The children's choice award is decided by young readers across the country through a shadowing scheme.

Here's the full list of winners:

Yasmeen Ismail makes Little Rebels Children's Book Award Shortlist

Yasmeen IsmailTo have one is nice, to have two might be seen as just plain greedy, but we make no apologies for highlighting yet more success for Irish authors. Having just posted about John Boyne being shortlisted for the 2016 Little Rebels Children's Book Award, with great delight we want to highlight the shortlisting also of Yasmeen Ismail for the very same award! Yasmeen is nominated for her picture book 'I'm a Girl!', which coincidentally was also shortlisted for the 2015 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards (category 'Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year – Junior').

John Boyne makes Little Rebels Children's Book Award Shortlist

John BoyneJohn Boyne's is likely a familiar name to most of you, he having gained worldwide recognition for his fourth novel, 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', published in 2006 and adapted for cinema in 2008. That book won the Irish Children's Book Award in 2007 as well as the Bisto Children's Book of the Year Award. Well, his name popped up again recently in the context of another award, this time the 2016 Little Rebels Children's Book Award for which he has been shortlisted for 'The Boy at the Top of the Mountain', alongside Dublin-born children's illustrator Yasmeen Ismail.

The shortlist (for books published in 2015), which include three picture books, is as follows:

Carnegie and Greenaway Shortlists Announced

Carnegie & Greenaway medalsWe are delighted to see Irish literary talent featuring on award shortlists once again! This time congratulations are due to Oliver Jeffers and Sarah Crossan, as their fabulous books have made it onto the prestigious Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Shortlists. Oliver Jeffers' beautiful picture book Once upon an Alphabet is a book to buy and treasure.  Sarah Crossan's remarkable young adult novel One has already been named on the CBI Book Awards and YA Book Prize shortlists.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. While the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. The winners will be announced on 20 June 2016.

CBI Book of Year Award Shortlist Revealed

CBI Book of the Year Awards 2016Children's Books Ireland has announced the shortlist for their 2016 Book of the Year Awards. The awards celebrate the very best in Irish children's literature. They are open to any children's book written in English or Irish by Irish born or resident authors and illustrators.

The 2016 shortlist covers titles for all ages, from charming picture books for the youngest book lovers, to young adult fiction with dark and difficult themes. It features previous CBI Book of the Year winners Oliver Jeffers (Once Upon an Alphabet, 2015) and  John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, 2007). Louise O'Neill's Asking For It has already gathered praise and generated much discussion since it was published last year and in December it was chosen by public vote as the Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year 2015.

Magical book found in Dublin – READ All About It!

City Wide Reading Campaign 2016This spring children in Dublin are urged to keep their eyes peeled for The Book of Learning by E.R. Murray, a book full of mystery and adventure which can be found lurking in libraries and bookshops as part of the Citywide Reading Campaign for Children 2016, organised by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service.

Children are invited to delve into the world of Ebony Smart, a 12 year old girl whose world has just changed forever - a new home in Dublin which is full of secrets, a magical book that unlocks the mystery to her past, a pet rat Winston, and a mysterious boy called Zach who befriends her.

The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council Public Libraries, in partnership with Mercier Press and runs from January to March 2016.

Author Spotlight #1 - Michael Morpurgo

Michael MorpurgoWe decided to kick off our new series of regular blog posts on individual authors by putting the spotlight on that most prolific and popular of children's authors, Michael Morpurgo. A decision heavily influenced I might add by Michael's presence in Ireland right now to attend a big family event in the Concert Hall in Cork this evening.  Michael could be heard on RTE radio's 'Today with Sean O'Rourke' show yesterday morning when he was interviewed by Claire Byrne. If you missed it, you can listen to the interview online (c.16 minutes in length).

Right: Michael Morpurgo (Source)

Young Reader Power!

CBA logoToday say the announcement of the shortlist for The Children’s Book Award 2016! This UK award is the only literary award chosen and voted for entirely by children.  Previous winners include JK Rowling, Patrick Ness, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morpurgo, the latter having already won the Award three times and in line to add to that total!

The awards has three categories: books for younger children, books for younger readers and books for older readers. The books on the shortlists were chosen by children who read and voted for the books at events across the UK. The full shortlist in each category is as follows (with links to our catalogue):-