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To The Island by Patricia Forde and Nicola Bernardelli To The Island by Patricia Forde and Nicola Bernardelli

This enchanting story from Patricia Forde introduces us to a young girl called Fia who longs to see the mythical island of Hy Brasil, said to appear off the West coast of Ireland every seven years. Fia, the young girl in the story creeps out of bed to the quayside, travels on a silver moonbeam to the island where she rides on the back of a giant butterfly, dances with enchanted creatures, and swims to the bottom of the sea where pirate treasure awaits.
Stunning atmospheric illustrations by Nicoal Barnardelli make To The Island a book for keeps for all the family.
Also available in Irish as An t-Oileán Thiar

 
Only A Tree Knows How to be A Tree by Mary Murphy Only A Tree Knows How to be A Tree by Mary Murphy

This is a beautiful thought-provoking story written and illustrated by Mary Murphy.
Mary illustrates how every living creature is unique. Dogs can move their ears to tell us how they feel, fish flash their jewels as they swim in the sea, birds can fly, build nests, hatch eggs and can sing. The message is.. that every person on earth is different but only you know how to be you.

 
The One With The Waggly Tail: Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood by Sarah Webb and Steve McCarthy The One With The Waggly Tail: Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood by Sarah Webb and Steve McCarthy

An amazing collection of favourite rhymes that we all know and love and could quite easily be lost to today's children if it weren't for this beautiful book. Remarkable illustrations by Steve McCarthy bring every rhyme to life. Be prepared to be catapulted back to your childhood and even if you have to borrow a young child, you must share these rhymes so that we can pass on their magic to the next generation.

 
Reindeer Down by Natasha Mac a’Bhaird Reindeer Down by Natasha Mac a’Bhaird

Santa’s sleigh is flying over Ireland, delivering presents to all the boys and girls. But Dancer hurts her leg and can’t pull the sleigh. The littlest and cleverest reindeer, Rory, has a great idea and calls in the help of his friends, the herd of fallow deer grazing in the Phoenix Park to save the day. An enchanting Christmas tale with an Irish twist.

 
Have You Seen the Dublin Vampire by Una Woods Have You Seen the Dublin Vampire by Una Woods

Picture books set in Ireland are always firm favourites among Irish families and Have You Seen the Dublin Vampire is no exception. Young readers are taken on a tour around Dublin city in the hunt for the Dublin Vampire. The journey takes in O’Connell Bridge, Trinity College, Grafton St., the Natural History Museum, St. Stephen’s Green, Bewley’s, Dublin Castle and Temple Bar etc. in this charming, rhyming picture book.
The story lilts along:
In an old part of Dublin, right down by the sea,
There’s a moon-shaped park with a creepy old tree.
The Vampire wakes up as the sun’s going down. He hops on the ghost bus and rides into town.

Little children will love the rhyme and repetition in this story. An ideal choice for a nightly, favourite read.

 
Wee Donkey’s Treasure Hunt: An Adventure Around Ireland by Erika McGannWee Donkey’s Treasure Hunt: An Adventure Around Ireland by Erika McGann

A clever introduction to Ireland’s famous places of interest for very young children by Erika McGann. Wee Donkey sets out to bring souvenirs of Ireland to his ageing grandad.
The Wee Donkey thought, “I can’t turn back the years. But I can get Grandad some great souvenirs.”
Wee Donkey’s first stop is the Jeannie Johnston followed by the Round Tower at Glendalough and on he goes to bring back Blarney Castle, The Giant’s Causeway, and the sea on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Gerry Daly’s illustrations transform the book into a treasure for keeps.

 
Scúnc agus Smúirín by Muireann Ní ChiobháinScúnc agus Smúirín by Muireann Ní Chiobháin

Little Scúnc is inseparable from his soft toy friend, Smúirín. Scúnc adores the soft cuddly feeling of his little toy but most of all he loves his smell. Anytime Scúnc feels sad or anxious, a sniff of Smúirín makes everything ok again until the day when Smúirín loses his special smell. Mommy Scúnc causes the comforting smell to disappear when she decides Smúirín needs a wash. But like all Moms, Scunc’s Mom solves the problem. Soon Scúnc realizes that snuggling up to his Mom is the best comfort in the world.

 
While We Can’t Hug by Eoin McLaughlin While We Can’t Hug by Eoin McLaughlin

This beautifully illustrated picture book will bring joy to adults and children alike. It demonstrates in the loveliest way how we can show someone that we care, even if for most of this year, we can’t hug. Tortoise and Hedgehog are sad they can’t hug right now but Owl says there are loads of other ways to show each other we care. Dancing, painting and singing are some options for us all to stay and play together at a safe distance.

 
Uinseann Donn le Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin Uinseann Donn le Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin

Uinseann Donn is a grumpy bear. Some of the things he most dislikes are buzzing bees, twittering birds and fluttering butterflies. He longs for the long dark winter when he can be alone, undisturbed. He can’t wait for the snow to come when he can settle down for his winter sleep. But this time as he snuggles up to sleep, he is disturbed by a sound he has never heard before. Scréachaíl aisteach! This is a sound that will change his life forever. This beautiful picture book in Irish published by Futa Fata tells an endearing story of how important friendship is in all our lives.

 
Go to Sleep Hoglet! The Adventures of an Irish Hedgehog by Bex Sheridan Go to Sleep Hoglet! The Adventures of an Irish Hedgehog by Bex Sheridan

As all the hedgehogs snuggle up for the Big Winter Sleep, one little hedgehog lies awake down by the riverbank thinking of Rabbit’s Super Special Secret and many other things including what the world is like when Christmas comes. Hoglet ignores the sound advice from the woodland animals. Fox, Badger, Bat and even a sheep advise him to go back home to sleep, but Hoglet snuffles happily along on his adventures.
He finally finds the Christmas magic of Rabbit’s secret in the world of humans but wisely decides he prefers being in the heart of his own family just in time for his first Big Winter Sleep.
A charming Christmas story with amazing illustrations that’s ideal for sharing. It offers lots of opportunity for chats about family and the world of nature all around us.

 
The Dead Zoo by Peter DonnellyThe Dead Zoo by Peter Donnelly

Young children and parents will be very familiar with Peter Donnelly’s “President” books, The President’s Cat, The President’s Glasses etc. which have been best sellers and award-winners over the past 2 years.
The Dead Zoo is set in a very old museum full of stuffed animals. Mr. Gray is in charge and he doesn’t like people. In fact he doesn’t even like children! He is perfectly happy among all the stuffed animals at the Zoo. So when a real, live mouse decides to move into the Dead Zoo, Mr Gray decides she must go.
But things take a change of direction when he needs the little mouse’s help.
Another instant classic from the creator of the award-winning President picture book series.
Ryan Tubridy rates this picture book as his favourite book from anywhere in the world this year!

 

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