Thursday, 9 October 2014

Carrigallen Library visit- CBF 2014


Carrigallen in Co.Leitrim looks like any other public library but what sets it apart is the fact that over half the stock is children's books. Quite often the children's section is a corner tucked away but as this is such a tiny space, it was quite an eye opener to see so much devoted to children. It's just so heartwarming to see families being actively encouraged to participate in a rural community.

As always, it was a pleasure to meet three junior classes yesterday, we had a lot of fun.











Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Reviews for Recommended Reads - CBF 2014


I love these books! You'll find these and more in this year's Recommended Reads by CBI in libraries and bookshops.


Stars in jars review

SADIE CRAMER
  
(2014 AGE 5-8)
CHRISSIE GITTINS, ILLUSTRATED BY CALEF BROWN
STARS IN JARS
A&C BLACK AN INPRINT OF BLOOMSBURY 2014 (PBK) £6.99 ISBN 9781408196939
A fantastic collection of poems ranging from the humorous to the absurd which imaginatively coerce the reader to glimpse other worlds. Gittins has a wonderful facility for creating a story in a nutshell. This is a perfect compendium for any classroom as stories sound great when read aloud. Black and white illustrations decorate some of the pages.
READ ALSO: The Humpback's Wail 2010




Firefly July review

Sadie Cramer


(2014 All ages)
SELECTED BY PAUL B.JANECZKO, ILLUSTRATED BY MELISSA SWEET
FIREFLY JULY - A YEAR OF SHORT POEMS
CANDLEWICK PRESS 2014 (HBK) 48pp £12.99 ISBN 9780763648428
A wonderful anthology by over thirty American poets, Firefly July takes us on a magical journey throughout the four seasons. The perfect marriage of rich minimal text and glorious illustration, each page sings, forming unique, colourful snapshots of the world. This is an essential for every primary school classroom/library. [SKC]
READ ALSO: Worlds Afire


Squishy Mcfluff  - The invisible cat! Review


SADIE CRAMER

(2014 AGE 5-8)
PIP JONES, ILLUSTRATED BY ELLA OKSTAD
SQUISHY MCFLUFF THE INVISIBLE CAT!
FABER AND FABER 2014 (PBK) 70pp £5.99 ISBN 9780571302505
Ava discovers an imaginary cat in her garden whose mischievous ways wreak havoc everywhere she goes. Driven to distraction by the mess and chaos, Ava's parents eventually draft in help to change the cat's behaviour. Jones deservedly won the inaugural Greenhouse Funny Prize in 2012 with this debut book and it's sure to be a hit with cat lovers who enjoy humorous rhyme. Fresh, sixties inspired illustration make this a very appealing read and would translate well into animation. [SKC]
SEE ALSO: squishymcfluff.com/




Squishy McFluff - The Invisible Cat - Supermarket Sweep


Sadie Cramer

(2014 Age 5-8)
PIP JONES, ILLUSTRATED BY ELLA OKSTAD
SQUISHY MCFLUFF THE INVISIBLE CAT- SUPERMARKET SWEEP
FABER AND FABER 2014 (PBK) 75pp £5.99 ISBN 9780571302529
We see the return of the havoc wreaking invisible cat, Squishy McFluff. The second instalment in a side splitting new series, this book is even funnier than the first. Children will relish the mayhem and the wonderful retro illustrations which match the writing perfectly. An excellent book for new readers [SKC]
READ ALSO: Squishy McfFuff The Invisible Cat
SEE ALSO: squishymcfluff.com/


A Book is a Book review


SADIE CRAMER

(2013 AGE 5-8)
JENNY BORNHOLDT, ILLUSTRATED BY SARAH WILKINS
A BOOK IS A BOOK
GECKO 2013 (HBK) 38pp ISBN 9781877579929
Investigating what constitutes a book, this is thought provoking writing about books. Did you know a book is also a door? Why not find out how and engage with other challenging ideas in this beautifully illustrated full colour edition. Each page brims with joy and is sure to provoke further questions and imaginings. [SKC]



Monday, 6 October 2014

CHILDREN'S BOOK FESTIVAL 2014 - MEATH





Meath County libraries poster

Chris Haughton's fantastic Festival poster


The Children's Book Festival 2014 kicked off on October 1st in libraries, schools and bookshops all over the country. I was delighted to meet four school groups in Duleek, Athboy, Dunboyne and Drumshaughlin. Thanks to the wonderful librarians for such a warm welcome and to the children for making it such a lot of fun. I had an absolute ball. Thank you all :-)
Duleek Boys school
Rathmore N.S


             Gaelscoil Thulach na nÓg 


Dunshaughlin library





The particularly fantastic 5th class from St. Seachnall's N.S