To celebrate International Children's Books Day this April, IBBY Ireland have teamed up with various libraries around the country to bring young readers some exciting events around international books and the theme of fairy tales.
Tatyana Feeney was in Meath at the end of March and will be in Ballyroan Library, South County Dublin, tomorrow 8 April, running a Fairytale Monster Doodle. Come and draw an enormous castle and help fill it with monsters, fairies, princesses, dragons, or any other creatures you can imagine!
Debbie Thomas will run 'Nation Creation' workshops in Ballyroan Library on April 11 and Tallaght Library on April 27 and entice young writers to create their own countries, making up their own laws, deciding on their flags, customs and national treats!
Juliette Saumande will run a storytelling and writing workshop around Disaster David, her picturebook inspired by an Armenian folktale, in Ballyroan Library on April 12.
These events are free but some are school events while others are open to the public. Check out details with the venues.
Saturday 8 April from 2pm come and join us in Ballyroan Library for the launch of the Silent Books exhibition. Take a tour around the collection, join in a Monster doodle with Tatyana Feeney and meet Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick for a workshop around her wonderful wordless picturebook Owl Bat Bat Owl.
All events are free and family friendly! More info here.
You are all warmly invited on the Irish stand at the Bologna International Children's Books Fair next Tuesday 04 April for a drink and a chat. Come along!
IBBY Ireland is very proud to bring to Ireland the Silent Books exhibition to coincide with International Children's Books Day this April! This travelling collection of over 100 recent, exciting wordless picturebooks from around the world, from Argentina to the US via Finland, Iran and beyond will visit four libraries around the country: Ballyroan and Tallaght in South Dublin, dlr LexIcon, and Tralee in Co. Kerry with a launch in Ballyroan on Saturday 8 April.
Each leg of this free exhibition will also include hands-on activities from story time to illustration and writing workshops facilitated by local librarians and writers and illustrators such as Children’s Laureate PJ Lynch, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, Debbie Thomas and Tatyana Feeney. Check out each venue for details of those events.
Silent Books on tour:
Ballyroan Library: 1-18 April
Tallaght Library: 19-28 April
dlr LexIcon: 2-29 May
Tralee Library: 2-18 June
The Mountains to Sea festival is in full swing this week in Dun Laoghaire with lots of children's books events to delight school audiences and the general public. Don't miss the wonderful exhibition of art by Italian-born, French-based writer-illustrator Beatrice Alemagna and Ireland's own Chris Haughton.
These two picture-book creators have produced, in very different styles, work that oozes with respect for their target audience, reflecting a world at a child's eye level, but, always, with something for the adult reader in it too.
Valerie Coghlan in her piece for the Irish Times (over here) sums it up:
"This exhibition reminds us that picturebooks are not only the preserve of preliterate children, recalling the words of Randolph Caldecott, the 19th-century illustrator, who is sometimes credited with being the father of the modern picturebook. Caldecott said that a good picturebook always has something there for the adult as well as the child. He didn’t mean that children were excluded, but that older children and adults see more – and perhaps interpret a visual story differently as their understanding develops."
Beatrice Alemagna and Chris Haughton will be in conversation with Margaret Anne Suggs in the dlr LexIcon this Sunday at 12. More details here.
So head over to Dun Laoghaire and dive into a World of Colour: there's something in it for everyone!
[Alemagna] spends a lot of time observing children and her interest in childhood and its temporal fragility is evident throughout her work. Her most recent books The Marvellous Fluffy Squishy Itty Bitty (Thames and Hudson) and What Is a Child (Tate) evoke this, capturing the emerging individuality of the children who populate her pages. (Valerie Coghlan)
What better way to celebrate Paddy's Day than by reading great books written or illustrated by Irish children's book authors? There's lots to admire all round, for all age groups and in all genres. To help you pick a 'green' book this weekend, have a look at iBbY Ireland's selection of some of the best recently published books in English and Irish for iBbY Europe’s Children’s Books in European Languages. The selection can be searched by language and is widely consulted the world over.
Here are some of the titles we included: Ná gabh ar scoil! (Máire Zepf, ill. Tarsila Kruse, Futa Fata); An gabhar a raibh an-ocras go deo air! (Máire Ní Chualáin, ill. Natasha Rimmington, Futa Fata); Morf (Órna Ní Choileáin, ill. Olivia Golden, An Gúm); Rabbit and Bear (Julian Gough, ill. Jim Field, Hodder); Nothing Tastes as Good (Claire Hennessy, Hot Key); The Wordsmith (Patricia Forde, Little Island); The Ministry of SUITs (Paul Gamble, Little Island); Oasis (Eilis Barrett, Gill Books); Harold’s Hungry Eyes (Kevin Waldron, Phaidon) and more. Make sure to check these selections over here.
And if it's still not enough, the Children's Books Ireland's Book of the Year award shortlist was just announced this week.
Happy Paddy's Day!
The Bilingual Picturebook project comes from the belief that a child’s first contact with a book should always be in their native language. Demand for bilingual books is enormous, but there are very few available. To remedy this German charity BucherPiraten has assembled a network of book makers and promoters as well as translators to create a unique online database of bilingual book written by children for children.
With the guidance of writers and artists, ten children from Germany created the first book in the collection, Chocolate Cake in Hawaii, which was later translated professionally into Mandarin, Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish. This book was then uploaded on the website where it is downloadable for free by anyone who wants to read it... or translate it. Native speakers of any language can submit a new translation of this and all the other titles in the database. This translation is then reviewed by another native speaker before it is added to the collection.
Many of the books are also available as audio books. Before downloading your chosen title, you decide which two languages you need, for a unique experience to suit your linguistic needs.
More info here.
Welcome to the ‘GRA’ award, a brand new award judged by young Irish readers to reward brilliant début YA novels. The two shortlists (one for the junior award, the other for the senior award) were established by librarians working in a variety of Irish second level schools who are passionate about introducing students to great books.
The aim of the award is to highlight new authors and diversify the reading of young adults. It’s also an opportunity for students to voice their enthusiasm about good writing for their age group at a time during the school year when examinations are less pressing.
Voting forms and online voting links are on the “Rating Forms” page of the website; to help young people cast their votes, the GRA website provides handy critical thinking sheets over here. The school submitting most ratings will get a prize. The deadline is January 12 2017.
After the sobering choice of 'xenophobia' as Dictionary.com’s word of the year, what a brilliant burst of xenophilia at iBbY Ireland’s Once upon a Folktale competition!
Pupils at St Patrick’s Primary School in Celbridge wowed the audience and judges with superb storytelling: confident, creative and celebrating their diverse nationalities. The novel props included a gushing river of blue sheets pulled by string, and cardboard hexagons for the Giant’s Causeway.
Judges from Celbridge Library, International Education Services and iBbY Ireland praised the artistry and articulacy of performers who swept their audience round the world from Ireland to India, Romania to Kenya, Lithuania to Mexico and back. A huge thank you to the Principal and staff of St Patrick’s who made the time and space for their pupils to shine.
If you would like your school or group to get involved in the Once Upon a Folktale project, drop us a line!