children's books

"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.

CBI Book of the Year shortlist

CBI Book of the Year AwardsLooking at the CBI Book of the Year Awards 2017 shortlist it's been another great year for children's book publishing in Ireland. We're delighted to hear that six of the ten books on the shortlist were published in Ireland. The shortlist covers all ages from the very young - Chris Haughton's beautifully illustrated, charming Goodnight Everyone, which works wonders for little children and their tired parents at bedtime, to older teenagers with Needlework by talented author Deirdre Sullivan.  We're excited to see more quality Irish language books being recognised too.  It's heartening to see the books on the shortlist covering a great variety of themes, genres and reading ages.

Early Numeracy Week

NumeracyDid you know that we are taking part in the Early Learning Initiative's Early Numeracy Week? The Central Library (ILAC Centre), Charleville Mall, Ringsend and Pearse Street Library have numeracy corners set up that are full of books and activities, so that you and your child can read and play together. Why not join in with these activities from 13 February to 10 March 2017. These libraries will also have counting and number books on display until 10 March and your librarian will be able to recommend books too.

Guess how much I love you!

 That's not my fox...The chosen book read by the Ballymun Library Baby Book Club last Tuesday was 'That's Not My Fox'. We had already covered ‘That’s Not My Lion’ and ‘That’s Not my Elephant’ from the publisher Usborne’s ‘That’s Not My...’ series of books. Each page of these books contains bright pictures and patches with various textures.  The series aims at developing sensory and language awareness among young children and the books are great to read at home, on trips and at bedtime.  We sang ‘I’m a Foxy, Foxy Fox’ to the tune of ‘London Bridge’ to complement the story.

Chinese New Year reads for children

Chinese New Year Festival 2017The Chinese New Year festival runs from 28 January to 12 February with lots of events and celebrations taking place around Dublin. Established in 2008, the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) celebrates, promotes and deepens the understanding of the Sino/Irish relationship and is a great opportunity to learn more about this rich and ancient culture with your children. We've picked a selection of picture books to share with your toddlers and preschoolers and chapter books, arts & crafts and non-fiction books for primary school children; as well as some bilingual books to introduce your child to Chinese language.