children's books

Magical book found in Dublin - READ All About It!

The Boook of LearningWe invite children to delve into the world of Ebony Smart, a 12-year old girl whose world has just changed forever  - a new home in Dublin that is full of secrets, a magical book that unlocks the mystery to her past and a mysterious boy called Zach who befriends her – for the Citywide Reading Campaign for Children 2016.

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

Moone Boy Thrills Hundreds!

Moone BoyThere were some 400 children in the audience at a special 'Moone Boy' event in Dublin's Liberty Hall yesterday (14th October). Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy, co-authors of 'Moone Boy: The Fish Detective' were there entertaining the children and reading from the second in the hilarious illustrated series inspired by the Sky TV series they co-wrote.

The event was organised by the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Office in conjunction with Dublin City Public Libraries.

Shirley Hughes, a Children's Favourite

DoggerChildren's author and illustrator Shirley Hughes (b. 1927) has just become the first person to win the inaugural Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award. This new award is for making "an outstanding contribution to children's literature".

Hughes is best known as the creator of the beautifully illustrated Alfie picture books and the picture book 'Dogger', the latter winning the Kate Greenaway medal for book illustration in 1977. Dogger has also been voted the public’s favourite Kate Greenaway Medal winner of all time. Hughes again won the Kate Greenaway medal in 2003 for 'Ella's Big Chance', her adaptation of the Cinderella story. In total she has authored more than 50 books and illustrated over 200.

The Children's Book of 2015 is... Once Upon an Alphabet

Once Upon an Alphabet'Once Upon an Alphabet' by Oliver Jeffers was announced as the winning title of the 25th Children's Books Ireland (CBI) Book of the Year Award on Tuesday (19th May) at a ceremony held in the Light House Cinema in Dublin.

(From Press Release) "Picturebook creator Oliver Jeffers has won the 25th CBI Book of the Year Award and is the third author ever to win both the Book of the Year Award and the Children’s Choice award for his title 'Once Upon an Alphabet'. Presenting twenty-six original and innovative stories about the letters of the alphabet, the book combines clever text and engaging line drawings. The judges said, ‘Every school, every home, every person should have at least one copy, as this is a book that bears repeated readings. Each letter of the alphabet is introduced with its own story, each one weaving in and out of one another, asking the reader to make connections and cross-references. Although this is an alphabet book, the cleverly constructed stories and quirky line drawings make this the perfect read for children of all ages.'"

Picture Book Wins 2015 Waterstones Children's Book Prize

Blown Away

Meet Penguin Blue! Meet 'Blown Away', the 11th winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the debut work of Rob Biddulph! 

It's a windy day, and Penguin Blue has a brand new kite - but where's he going on this maiden flight? In this fun and enjoyable picture book written and illustrated by Rob Biddulph, Penguin Blue and his friends go on a gloriously illustrated adventure full of good ideas, homesickness and the perils of kites. 

The Waterstones Children's Book Prize has three categories, from which the overall winner is selected. Biddulph's 'Blown Away' had won the Best Illustrated Book category; other category winners were: Sally Green, winner of the best book for teenagers with 'Half Bad', and Robin Stevens, winner of best young fiction with 'Murder Most Unladylike'.

Danger, Danger READ All About It!

Bookcover:  Danger is Everywhere by David O'DohertyHave you ever wondered is your teacher a vampire or is your pet cat in fact a dangerous tiger? This spring we are inviting boys and girls in Dublin to become qualified ‘dangerologists’ by reading Danger is Everywhere by David O’Doherty as part of our Citywide Reading Campaign for Children. This fun handbook points out the dangers of everyday objects from your schoolbag and pet cat to the dangers of having a party or brushing your teeth.

This book has great illustrations by Chris Judge and will appeal to both girls and boys of mixed reading abilities. There will be an author and illustrator visit to public libraries as well as city-centre based events to promote this campaign. The final event of the campaign will take place as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival.

Junior Book Club Choices 2014

Our Junior Book Clubs are a very well-read bunch having devoured 100 books in 2014!

Jacqueline Wilson, David Walliams, Roald Dahl and Louis Sachar were the most popular authors among our Junior Book Clubs in 2014. Here are a few books that got a big thumbs up:

Bookcover: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell Bookcover: The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams Bookcover: Queenie by Jacqueline Wilson My Brother's Shadow by Tom Avery

Our Children's Books of the Year

Bookcover: The Sleeper and the SpindleHere are just a few of the magical children's books we enjoyed reading both  to the children in our lives and ourselves!

The Sleeper and The Spindle by Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Chris Riddle
"My favourite childrens book was Neil Gaiman's The Sleeper and the Spindle - a retelling of Sleeping Beauty/ Snow White."
Marc

Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne 
"There have been many books about the First World War published this year but this book is a story told from a unique angle. A children's story that can be enjoyed as much, if not more, by adult readers."
Ronan

Irish comedians have been making children and librarians laugh this year!
Moone Boy: The blunder years by Chris O'Dowd and Nick V. Murphy and Danger is Everywhere by David O'Doherty, illustrated by Chris Judge

The Most Borrowed Books in 2014

Irish Times Survey photoThe Irish Times today (Mon, 17th Nov) published a story - "Survey reveals the most borrowed library books in Ireland" - listing,as the title states, the most borrowed books in Irish public libraries in the year to date. Dublin City Public Libraries contributed to the survey of course, and for your delectation we reproduce below some of the data we furnished. Topping the fiction list in Dublin City is the winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 'The Sound of Things Falling' by Colombian author Juan Gabriel Vásquez. Interesting to note also that the list is dominated by titles on the Award shortlist. The most popular non-fiction title has been the book selected for last April's Dublin: One City, One Book reading initiative, 'If Ever You Go: a Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song'.

The top children's title, 'The Powers: the Not-So-Super Superheroes' by Kevin Stevens, in fact topped the overall list here in Dublin City, while the 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' series has proven to be the best read series by some distance. As if to demonstrate the 'power' of library reading initiatives, 'The Powers' was the 2014 Citywide Read for Children choice. 

(titles links below are to the library catalogue)

The Children's Book of the Year is... Hagwitch!

HagwitchCongratulations to Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick for picking up the Children's Book of the Year award with her novel HagwitchEight titles were shortlisted for the 24th CBI Book of the Year Awards, the shortlist having been announced on Tuesday, 18th March last.

Book Summary: Two lives, four centuries apart, but a dark secret ties them together. It's summer, and the world of the theatre barge is coming to life. It's Lally's world and the only one she's ever known. But when her father pulls an ancient piece of wood from the canal and fashions it into a puppet, strange things begin to happen. Soon Lally starts to wonder whether there is something sinister about the wooden doll - could she be connected to the mysterious hagwitch?

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