children's books

Spooktacular reads at Ballymun Baby & Toddler Book Club

Halloween at Ballymun LibraryThe Baby and Toddler Book Clubs at Ballymun Library hosted Hallowe’en themed story sessions on Tuesday 25 October.  Everyone 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.  This is a lovely story where Spot has the difficult task of deciding which costume to dress up in for Hallowe’en.

The toddlers heard the story Usborne Noisy Spooky Book.  This picture book has an attached sound panel which brings an interactive element to the storytelling.  It was a big hit with the toddlers who loved the ghoulish sound effects that accompany the story! The groups learned spooky Hallowe’en rhymes and the children received goody bags.

Baby and Toddler Book Club

Baby with bookIt’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. Read on to find out more about these book clubs and see what books they are reading!

What happens at the book clubs?

Summer Stars Book Reviews

Mr GrumpyCongratulations to all who participated in the Be a Summer Star Reading Challenge. Our libraries were buzzing this summer with so many children getting involved and reading lots and lots of books.

We also got some amazing book reviews and drawings from our readers from Coolock, Donaghmede, Inchicore, Marino and Rathmines Libraries for you to check out. Thank-you to all our fantastic reviewers!

So if you are wondering what to read next, why not get some advice from our Summer Stars?

Right: Mr Grumpy by Lynn, aged 9

Going to School

SchoolGoing to school for the first time is a big milestone in a child's life. It's an exciting, yet somewhat nervous time for the whole family.  We have put together a list of some of our favourite 'Going to School' books, which we hope will help your family navigate this new experience. All books are available to borrow or reserve in your local library.  Included are books suitable for preschoolers starting play school or Montessori.

You can help prepare your child by sharing some of these books together. Reading with a parent or family member is a comforting and reassuring activity for young children.  This quiet time together is perfect for answering questions and discussing things that may be on your little one's mind. 

2017 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children Book Selected!

Dave RuddenWe are delighted to announce that 'Knights of the Borrowed Dark' by Dave Rudden, published by Puffin Books, is the chosen book for the 2017 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children.

This reading initiative is organised by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service as part of its UNESCO City of Literature programme with the aim of encouraging children to read for pleasure.<--break->

Talking children's books with Laureate na nÓg

PJ and MagsLaureate na nÓg, PJ Lynch recently visited Rathmines Library to talk children's books and the Summer Stars Reading Programme with Librarian Mags Curley.  If you are looking for book recommendations for children, from babies to teens, you won't want to miss this video! There is still time to register children for the Summer Stars Reading Programme in your local library. The programme aims to encourage children to read six books over the summer holidays. And not forgetting younger children, this year we are also asking parents to sign up to read six books to their babies, toddlers or preschoolers. At the end of the summer, children who complete the challenge will be invited to a party in their library to receive their award certificate. 

Image: PJ Lynch and Mags Curley in Rathmines Library on 22 July 2016. Courtesy Laureate na nÓg project

PJ has written and illustrated The Boy who Fell off the Mayflower and illustrated over 25 children's books, including the wonderful Once upon a Place, a collection of over 17 stories, compiled by Eoin Colfer while he was Laureate na nÓg.

A New Harry Potter? Yes, but...

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildQuestion: When might a Harry Potter not be a Harry Potter? Stumped? Answer: When it is not written by J.K. Rowling!

So what then is this we hear of a new Harry Potter book to be launched on the 31st July? Indeed it's true, the eight book in the series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II, is to be officially launched in Livraria Lello (Lello Bookstore) in Porto in Portugal. Now it might be a tad unfair to say it is not a J.K. Rowling book as, though not penned by her,  it is based on an original story by her together with a number of others. And it is officially the eight book on the Harry Potter series. So there, record clarified.

CBI Book of the Year Awards Announced

CBI Book of the Year Awards 2016Congratulations to Sarah Crossan, Louise O'Neill, Lauren O'Neill, Fatti (Kathi) Burke and John Burke who have just been been named winners of the CBI Book of the Year Awards 2016. The awards celebrate the very best in Irish children's literature and are open to any children's book written in English or Irish by Irish born or resident authors and illustrators. The fantastic CBI Award winners, picked from a strong shortlist, were announced at Smock Alley on Monday 23 May at 1pm.

Sarah Crossan is the first author to win both the book of the year and the children's choice. One is the original and sensitive story of 16 year old conjoined twins Grace and Tippi. The judges said ‘Crossan’s signature blend of lyricism and realism addresses complicated dynamics of family, identity, sisterhood and difference. Told in verse and in the first person, this elegant, sensitive story will stimulate reflections and conversations about discrimination, diversity, difficult choices and the bonds of love.’ (from CBI Blog) The children's choice award is decided by young readers across the country through a shadowing scheme.

Here's the full list of winners:

Yasmeen Ismail makes Little Rebels Children's Book Award Shortlist

Yasmeen IsmailTo have one is nice, to have two might be seen as just plain greedy, but we make no apologies for highlighting yet more success for Irish authors. Having just posted about John Boyne being shortlisted for the 2016 Little Rebels Children's Book Award, with great delight we want to highlight the shortlisting also of Yasmeen Ismail for the very same award! Yasmeen is nominated for her picture book 'I'm a Girl!', which coincidentally was also shortlisted for the 2015 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards (category 'Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year – Junior').

John Boyne makes Little Rebels Children's Book Award Shortlist

John BoyneJohn Boyne's is likely a familiar name to most of you, he having gained worldwide recognition for his fourth novel, 'The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas', published in 2006 and adapted for cinema in 2008. That book won the Irish Children's Book Award in 2007 as well as the Bisto Children's Book of the Year Award. Well, his name popped up again recently in the context of another award, this time the 2016 Little Rebels Children's Book Award for which he has been shortlisted for 'The Boy at the Top of the Mountain', alongside Dublin-born children's illustrator Yasmeen Ismail.

The shortlist (for books published in 2015), which include three picture books, is as follows: