children's books

Hallowe’en fun with little ones

Spot's Spooky FunDressing up, making magical memories and most importantly, having fun are all special experiences that should be enjoyed during family reading.  What better way to do this than celebrating Hallowe’en at Ballymun Library’s Book Clubs for Younger Children! The Baby, Wobbler and Toddler book clubs had dedicated themed story sessions last Tuesday, 24 October.  Most who attended dressed up for the occasion and had a ‘spooktacular’ time!

At the baby session, the book ‘Spot’s Spooky Fun’ by Eric Hill was read by Maria Sheahan (Librarian).  This is a lovely story where Spot has the tricky task of deciding which costume to dress up in for Hallowe’en.  The group was enthralled book proving this book is a perfect Hallowe’en read for young babies.

Making Millions by Erika McGann is 2018 Citywide Reading Choice

Making MillionsWe are delighted to announce Making Millions by Erika McGann as the 2018 Citywide Reading for Children. This exciting adventure story about the Bubble Street Gang is suitable for boys and girls aged 7-9 years.

“I’m so excited and delighted that Making Millions is the 2018 Citywide Read. I live in the heart of the city and I’ve already met and shared stories with a lot of kids through Dublin City Libraries. I’m looking forward to meeting many more and to hearing their stories about secret forts, jumble sales, ghost stories and getting up to (just a little bit of) mischief.” Says Erika.

The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council Public Libraries, in partnership with Puffin Books, and runs from January to March 2017.

Baby, Wobbler & Toddler Book Club - We’re Back!!!

Babies love booksWe’re back with new toys, new books, new members and a new book club dedicated to wobblers.  Having taken a break over the summer, Ballymun Library is delighted to host weekly book clubs for younger children again.  Attendance is free and no prior booking is required.  At each session, Maria (Library Staff Facilitator) reads a story and provides tips on reading to younger children.  A song or rhyme based on the theme of the story is covered.  Then toys are brought out so that the children have an opportunity to play and the grown ups have a chance to chat. 

Books to build new skills for your baby/toddler

Clap hands here come the puppiesWe had our last sessions of the Baby and Toddler Book Clubs on Tuesday, 27 June.  To celebrate, we had a little party for each group with jellies, sweets, juices and bubble mixtures.  The sessions had good attendances again with over 20 people at each group.

The Baby Book Club final book choice was Clap Hands Here Come the Puppies.  This book is aimed at babies and young toddlers.  The book is designed to develop sensory, language and physical awareness.  Each page contains bright pictures and patches with various textures. The book also encourages little ones to clap hands – a skill that most babies acquire by the age of 6 months.  It’s an ideal read for at home and on trips.  We sang ‘Six Little Dogs’ to the tune of ‘Six Little Ducks’ to complement the story.

Summer Stars 2017 Reading Challenge

Summer Stars

Join the Summer Stars Reading Adventure at Dublin City Public Libraries!

To take part in the National Reading Campaign, children are invited to register for the adventure at their local library and to read eight books over the summer months to complete the challenge! There will be rewards and incentives along the way and an Awards Day in September in each library.

Children can write a review of the book and submit it to www.summerstars.ie where they can also find colouring pages and activities.

World Refugee Day 2017

UNHCRTuesday 20 June marks World Refugee Day and the UNHCR are asking us to read a book about refugees. Reading fiction and autobiography is an excellent way to explore human experiences and foster empathy and understanding in both children and adults.

There is a great variety of books written about refugees - including award-winning fiction – and books by refugees themselves. Why not borrow one of these for you your local library? Do you have a book club? Maybe you would consider adding one of these titles to the reading list.

Stories for Young Children

Baby with bookHere is a small selection of stories available for young children to borrow at your local Library.  If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please ask a staff member.  Check this page for regular updates.

Colours

Tales from Acorn Wood: Colours (Based on the Tales from Acorn Wood books by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler)
My First Mr Men Colours

Alphabet

ABC by Kim Sebold

Firing imaginations and teaching skills through books

Hugs and kissesBallymun Library received our largest attendances to date last week as the Baby and Toddler Book Clubs were packed to capacity!  Despite the sizeable gatherings, both sessions listened attentively to the book choices and joined in enthusiastically with the songs. It’s fantastic to see a love of books and reading develop amongst the groups.  It’s also becoming clear what a brilliant social opportunity the clubs are for adults and children alike.  Many of the toddlers, in particular, are good buddies and play with each other following the book readings.

At the Baby Book Club we returned to the idea of books promoting loving relationships between adults and children.  We read a beautiful book written by Judi Abbot entitled ‘Hugs and Kisses’.  This is a very cute story which is written in very simple language about different animals sharing hugs and kisses with each other.  We also sang ‘You Are Special’ to the tune of ‘Good Night Ladies’ to accompany the book.

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.

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