children's books

World Refugee Day 2018

UNHCRWednesday 20 June marks World Refugee Day. It is an opportunity to salute the strength and courage of refugees; the solidarity of those countries, including Ireland, who assist refugees; and the contribution refugees make to countries around the world.  To mark World Refugee Day, the UNHCR are asking us to stand together #WithRefugees and read a refugee book. Reading fiction and autobiography is an excellent way to explore human experiences and foster empathy and understanding in both children and adults.

There are many powerful first hand accounts by refugees as well as books written about refugees - including award-winning fiction. 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.

Easter bunny loves reading too!

Easter fun at BallymunWith over 30 people in attendance, we had a morning of magic and fun at Ballymun Library last Tuesday, 27th March.  The Easter Bunny paid a surprise visit and left lots of surprises for our junior patrons.

The Baby/Wobbler Book Club met at 11am and read ‘Spot’s First Easter’ by Eric Hill.  We’ve read many books so far about our doggy friend, Spot, including ‘Where’s Spot?’ and ‘Spot Says Goodnight’.  In this story, we joined Spot and his friends as they go on an Easter Egg Hunt together.

Photo: Maria Sheahan (Book Club Facilitator, left) with Daniel Heenan and his mother, Gabriela Arakaki

Easter Fun at Ballymun Library

Spot's First EasterDon’t miss our Easter-Themed Book Club sessions for babies to preschoolers next Tuesday 27 March at Ballymun Library.  Maria Sheahan (Book Club Facilitator) has invited the Easter Bunny to check out what fantastic services the Library provides and to leave some treats for our junior patrons.

The Baby/Wobbler Book Club will meet at 11am and will read ‘Spot’s First Easter’ by Eric Hill.  We’ve read many books so far about our doggy friend, Spot, including ‘Where’s Spot?’ and ‘Spot Says Goodnight’.  In this story, we join Spot and his friends as they go on an Easter Hunt together.

CBI Book Awards 2018 Shortlist Announced!

CBI Book AwardsAs big fans of children's books we are always excited when the Children's Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards shortlist is announced. As usual they reflect the quality of Irish writing, illustration and publishing for children.  Many of these are already firm favourites with Dublin City Public Libraries readers - young and old.  Congratulations to the writers and illustrators whose ten books who will now compete for the prestigious awards. These awards include the Children's Choice Award, which is voted for by youth readers from all over the country.

The CBI Book of the Year Awards celebrate excellent literature and illustration for children, and were established in 1990. CBI, which administers the awards, will again be working closely with reading groups from schools, libraries and bookshops across the island of Ireland. These young readers will choose the winner of the Children’s Choice Award. Reading groups nationwide are invited to sign up for the shadowing scheme via www.childrensbooksireland.ie.

Who Next…? A guide to children's authors

Children's booksWho Next...? is specially designed to help parents, teachers and librarians in encouraging children and young people to explore the world of reading. When children ask: “Who can I read next?” or “Who writes like my favourite author?”, the answers are in Who Next…? 

This is a great tool to help children explore the world of reading. As the award winning author, Alan Gibbons, says “A reading child is a successful child”. Writers of children’s fiction are listed with suggestions of other authors who write in a similar way, together with key book and series titles.

Story Time project highlights benefits of reading with your children

Story timeRegular reading at home with your child encourages the development of social and communication skills and improves your child's thinking, language and self-expression.

The fantastic Story Time Project aims to support reading at home and gives parents tips and suggestions on ways to read to, and with your children, such as putting on an animated voice to enliven characters.  Pausing to ask open questions such as “I wonder why.....” for instance encourages children to think, talk, ask questions, and relate the story events to their own life – thus internalising the language and using it in a context outside of the book.

This is different than the way most of us might read to our children – I read, you listen. This more interactive storytime is lots of fun and parents often find they learn new things about their children.  Parents are enthused because they understand that this is helping their children - and it is fun. Feedback is incredibly positive.

Bubble Street Gang return for 2018 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children

Making MillionsOver the next two months, children across Dublin are invited to continue the adventure with the Bubble Street Gang as Making Millions by Erika McGann is the chosen book for the 2018 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children.

The aim of the campaign is to promote reading for pleasure so girls and boys across the city are encouraged to pick up a copy of Making Millions, the second book about Cass and the Bubble Street Gang, in their local library or bookshop. The book is suitable for children 7-10 years.

The launch of the 2018 campaign took place today, 17 January in Pearse St Library, where enthusiastic readers of the book met the author.   

Erika McGann said, “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.”

Christmas books for babies and toddlers

That's not my santaWe had a lovely session last Tuesday, 19 December with all junior book clubs.  Everyone dressed up in Christmas jumpers and festive gear as we sang songs and read stories. Each of the children received a free book as well as stickers and jellies.  The Baby Book Club read That’s Not My Santa...  which is part of the publisher Usborne’s series of tactile baby book.  The Wobbler Book Club read I Love You Father Christmas by Emma Dodd and Giles Andreae.  This is a lovely story all about why babies love Santa Claus.  Finally, the Toddler Book Club read the classic tale, Stick Man, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.  All of the chosen books are perfect Christmas read for little ones.

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.

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