children's books

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.

Suggested Books for Babies

Zeki Loves Baby ClubIt’s never too early to introduce your child to a love of books.  Dublin City Libraries holds a vast array of books suitable for all ages, even newborns! The Baby & Toddler Book Clubs have been running successfully at Ballymun Library since September 2016.  The aim of the clubs is to encourage a love of books and reading between parents/carers and their children in an informal and relaxed setting.

Here's a list of books they have read and songs/rhymes that you can share with your baby. We will be updating this page regularly so please do check back.

Suggested Books for Toddlers

Slug needs a HugIt’s never too early to introduce your child to a love of books.  Dublin City Libraries holds a vast array of books suitable for all ages, even newborns! The Baby & Toddler Book Clubs have been running successfully at Ballymun Library since September 2016.  The aim of the clubs is to encourage a love of books and reading between parents/carers and their children in an informal and relaxed setting.

Here's a list of books they have read and songs/rhymes that you can share with your toddler. We will be updating this page regularly so please do check back!

Preparing for Preschool

ColoursReading books to your child is an excellent way of teaching them about numbers, colours and animals before he/she starts school.  The Baby Book Club already covered the concept of numbers through Julia Donaldson’s (author) and Axel Scheffler’s (illustrator) Tales from the Acorn Wood series: Counting before Christmas. We returned to this series last week and read Colours.  The group sang The Rainbow Song to complement the theme of the story.

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