Bubble Street Gang return for 2018 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children

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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.”

“The Citywide Reading campaign has a simple but important aim – to get children reading for fun and pleasure. This is the seventh year of the Dublin City Public Libraries initiative and this year’s choice, Making Millions by Erika McGann, will definitely keep young minds enthralled with its engaging plot.” says Dublin City Librarian Margaret Hayes.

The campaign is run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council Public Libraries, in partnership with O’Brien Press, and runs from January to March 2018.

Copies of the book are available in all Dublin City Public Libraries as well as in all good bookshops. Reserve a copy of Making Millions in the library catalogue.

Erika will be meeting hundreds of young readers throughout our libraries during the campaign. There will also be free events in the National Library of Ireland, Dublin City Gallery – Hugh Lane and as part of St Patrick’s Festival.

The project is funded by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Details of the campaign, including the first two chapters of the book and a Reading Guide for teachers and parents, can be found at http://www.dublincityofliterature.ie/projects/citywide-read/

About the book:

Cass and her best friends, Lex and Nicholas, are the Bubble Street Gang. They investigate crimes, solve mysteries and have brilliant adventures. They’ve even got their own secret clubhouse. Now the gang need money and they have some genius ideas on how to make it.  But Cass also has a mystery to solve. Who is the invisible boy? And why can’t anyone else see him. Join Cass and the Bubble Street Gang as they start Making Millions. Suitable for children seven plus.

About the Initiative:

This is the seventh year of the reading initiative.  In previous years books chosen for the Citywide Reading Campaign included Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent by Alan Early, The Nightmare Club series featuring Annie Graves, The Powers by Kevin Stevens, Danger is Everywhere by David O’Doherty and Chris Judge, The Book of Learning by E.R. Murray and last year’s book was Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage children to read for pleasure. Multiple copies of the chosen book are bought for Dublin City Libraries and hundreds of children attend events in their local Dublin City Council library with the author. There are also events in bookshops and other locations.

Key Events During the Campaign

Saturday 10 February, 3pm-4pm
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1.
As part of the Citywide Reading Campaign, join author Erika McGann who will read from her book Making Millions followed by a Q&A. Erika will be accompanied by illustrator Vince Reid, who will discuss the illustrations he made for Erika’s book as well as leading a practical demonstration on what it takes to make a great illustration! Suitable for ages 6-10 years old.
Free, no booking required although numbers may be limited

Sunday 18 March 12-5pm
St Patrick’s Festival. Big Day Out 63 Merrion Square.
Join our creepy ghost tour, squeeze into our mysterious ​storytelling tent by torchlight, or try the shadow puppetry and illustration workshop, then leap into the exciting adventure room with puzzles and or see how bendable your are in our fun outdoor gymnastics zone.  Special readings from the book will be provided from its author Erika McGann throughout the day. Suitable for ages 6+ More details will be available nearer the time at www.stpatricksfestival.ie


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