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Beyond the Stars Twelve Tales of Adventure, Magic and Wonder - Compiled by Sarah Webb

Fourteen year old Emma Brade from Lancashire should be feeling pretty happy right about now. Winner of the Beyond the Stars writing contest her story will be included in a collection of twelve stories along side Irish writers Roddy Doyle, John Boyne, Niamh Sharkey, Derek Landy and more. Twelve stories of winter and wonder and the profits all going to creative writing mentoring charity, Fighting Words, how could you not put this book onto anyone’s wish list. Available from October 9th.


Once Upon An Alphabet - Oliver Jeffers

We always welcome a new book by Oliver Jeffers and Once Upon An Alphabet does not look like it will disappoint. Featuring a short story for each of the letters this will bring the alphabet to life in a whole new way. With the usual beautiful Jeffers illustration style and something of an Edward Gorey feel to it, I am sure this will be a hugely popular book with kids and parents alike. 

Ballyroan Library - Box Architecture

I am a lifelong, hardcore library user (and librarian) so there was no chance Edie wasn’t going to be brought to the library as soon as she could hold a book. Luckily for us the newly rebuilt by Box Architecture, award winning Ballyroan library opened up in April this year and we have been regular visitors since (we would probably be living there half the time if it hadn’t been for the amazing summer weather). Edie spends hours perusing the enormous selection of children’s books, enjoying the many cubby holes, window seats and comfy reading areas provided and always brings a large selection home. There is also a huge children and adult DVD/blu-ray section with all the Disney movies and box sets you could hope for. Storytime for children aged 3-6 is held on Tuesdays at 3.30 and there is a CoderDojo in the pipeline for older kids. There are tons of activities for adults and children held throughout the year with everything from writers’ talks to puppet shows so far. There is a dedicated exhibition space which has hosted a number of eclectic exhibitions. Full details of all library goings on can be found at the Ballyroan library Facebook page.

World Book Day - Thursday 7th March 2013

Only one more day until World Book Day and your chance to take part in a free online festival featuring Charlie and Lola author Lauren Child, My Naughty Little Sister illustrator Shirley Hughes and many more. Get details of the full program and register here and find out about local events from World Book Day Ireland here.

Mountains to Sea Dlr Book Festival

Its that time of year again with Mountains to Sea Dlr Book Festival already underway. Family events include Super hero illustration workshops, Monster book lunch and our favourite for the youngest readers, the Picture book picnics. There will be story telling and colouring and readings from one of our favourite picture book authors, Chris Judge. Fingers crossed he might give a preview of the newest Beast book which is on it’s way soon. Find out about all the events and pre book a spot for the picnic here

This Moose Belongs To Me - Oliver Jeffers

Another beautiful picture book from one of our household favourites, Oliver Jeffers. This Moose Belongs To Me tells the story of friendship and ownership with the usual wonderful illustration we have come to expect. Check out the book trailer above and buy it here. (via Sarah Webb)

Children’s Book Festival 2012 - Steve McCarthy Illustration

The Children’s Book Festival 2012 isn’t starting until October but if the events are as good as the festival poster by illustrator Steve McCarthy we should be in for some treats. Keep track of festival events here and see more of Steve McCarthy’s work here

The Incredible Book Eating Boy - Earagail Arts Festival

Oliver Jeffers’ The Incredible Book Eating Boy is brought to life for Earagail Arts Festival using puppetry and physical theatre by the Bootworks Theatre Company tomorrow and Friday in Letterkenny Central Library. A big hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2011 the performance takes place in their unique black box theatre and is performed for one parent and child only each time in five minute slots. More details and booking here.

Ladybird Prints

You know those Ladybird book covers that are burned into your brain since childhood, well here is a new way to do the same for your own kids. More than 4,500 images from Ladybird book covers and illustrations of the 50s and 60s are now available as prints and canvases for your nursery decor pleasure. Check out the full range and let all the memories come flooding back here. (via Kickcan & Conkers)

The Hueys - New series of books and competition from Oliver Jeffers

The Hueys in The New Jumper is the first in a new series of picture books by one of our household favourites, Oliver Jeffers. Featuring a group of characters, the Hueys, who all look the same until one day, Rupert decides to knit a new jumper. To follow the progress of the book tour follow 'Oliver's Tour Diary' and make sure to enter the make your own Huey competition here. If you simply want to buy the book now, you can purchase through amazon at the Candestore.

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