Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Of course, my interest here is primarily in the programme for young people.
Cuirt offers the Cuirt Labs and brings authors, illustrators and other creative artists of all sorts into the lives of our students, giving them entertainment and inspiration. From primary through to young adults, the workshops give young people the opportunity to meet and work with some of the best and most popular in Ireland today. This year, we have Tatanya Feeney, Erika McGann, Caroline Busher, Gerard Siggins, Claire Hennesy, Shirley-Anne McMillan, Dave Rudden....and many others sharing their time and talents in what proves to be a fascinating and exciting time. While the schools have been busy booking places for their classes, there is always ample opportunity in booking events for the kids and all the family. And there are some events for kids as Gaeilge, for the Irish language speakers. The Saturday/Sunday workshops will be of great interest to young people aged 12-18. Truly something for everybody! See what you can book now:
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Born in 1948, Erlbruch began working in childrens publishing in 1985, when he first illustrated James Aggreys' The Eagle Who Would Not Fly. Best known for his work in 1994 on Werner Holzwarths' The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business, Erlbruch has shown himself to be both a traditional and innovative illustrator at the same time. He is unafraid to tackle difficult subject matter in his illustrations, while displaying a sensitivity, delicacy and delightful humour.
Last years' winner, Meg Rosoff is quoted as saying, “Erlbruch gives the impression that he is an artist incapable of sentimentality, but his drawings have a delicacy and a sweet humour that helps us cope with the immensity of the subject.”
Congratulations go to Wolf Erlbruch for receipt of this prestigious award; and for his continued commitment to excellence and to enriching the lives of children everywhere.
The award is given each year and is worth 5 million Swedish Krona (£445,000). It is given to an author or illustrator of childrens' books who has demonstrated high artistic quality and integrity while representing a commitment to the rights and welfare of children and young people. In memory of the exceptional Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking, Ronia the Robbers' Daughter and many, many other books, the Swedish government founded this award to encourage and inspire anyone involved in childrens' literature.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
The Waterstones' prize for illustrated books went to the sumptuous and entertaining picture book, There's A Tiger in The Garden by Lizzie Stewart. Bright, beautiful and contemporary, the illustrations jump off the page in a story that is both exciting and reassuring, without losing an ounce of fun. In the older fiction category, Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence stood out as being bold, honest and filled with rounded, believable teen characters.
The quality and strength of all the winners stands as testimony to the type of contemporary childrens' literature being produced. Absolutely exceptional work! Well done and congratulations to you all!
Monday, March 13, 2017
Everything you need to know about the awards and Shadowing scheme is on the website. Just follow the link:
Sunday, March 12, 2017
We were also treated to a visit by Marguerite Tonery, who graciously spoke to two class groups and took us all away to Kapheus, the fantastical world of light. The kids from St Nicholas Primary and Scoil Iognaid were mesmerised by the journey...as was I. Marguerite has three Kapheus books out now, each one as amazing as the each other.
Finally, I had a visit from the 1st/2nd class from St Nicholas Primary, during which I got to read to them! My favourite thing to do. We read A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston, The Knight Who Wouldn't Fight by Helen & Thomas Docherty and, of course, Where The Wild Things Are By Maurice Sendak. It wouldn't be a World Book Day celebration without it!
Big thank yous to everyone! I'm already looking forward to next year.
Monday, March 6, 2017
I started off last week with a visit to Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh in Galway, where I spoke with 4 wonderful class groups. We, of course talked about World Book Day...now in its' 20th year...and what the kids had been reading, their favourite books, etc. I also read to them from one of my favourite books published over the past year, Perijee and Me by Ross Montgomery. The enthusiastic response from the children and the teachers was very much appreciated. I should also mention that, while there, I ran into Geraldine Mills, who was there to speak to 4 slightly older class groups about her absolutely brilliant book, Gold. (Lucky kids!) A huge thanks to the school for inviting me out to meet such a great group of young people.
On Thursday, March 2nd...World Book Day itself, one of my
favourite authors, Nicola Pierce visited Charlie Byrnes Bookshop and spoke to two local school groups, the 6th year class from St Michaels Boys School and 5th/6th class from St Nicholas Primary. She spoke about her writing life, how a book comes into being and focusing on her new and fabulous historical fiction book for young people, Kings of the Boyne. The kids were fascinated and had many thoughts and questions...and a few customers even joined the session. It was fabulous! Thank you so much once again, Nicola! As usual, you were brilliant!
To round off the week, on Friday the 2nd year class from Scoil Iognaid arrived for a very special treat: Julian Gough was in to tell us all about the lives of Rabbit and Bear as portrayed in his books; Rabbits' Bad Habits and The Pest in the Nest.
After giving us Rabbit and Bears' back story, he even worked with the kids to create a story of their own involving a cat-gummy bear stuck inside a crocodiles' stomach and how he was going to get out. It was lively and amazing! Thank you very much, Julian! The kids and I had the best time ever!
This upcoming week, I have a few more WBD events happening...so I'll keep you updated.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
This Thursday, 2nd of March, is World Book Day 2017 and we are celebrating 20 years!That's right. For 20 years, we have been celebrating the one day per year especially set aside to sing the praises of childrens' literature, reading and the pure joy and delight of books. That is really what it's all about. And I have absolutely loved every year; seeing the school kids, reading to them, watching them interact with authors, illustrators and story-tellers...it is utterly amazing.
As always, there is a special selection of books published for World Book Day.
We have Peppa, The Famous Five, Horrid Henry, those crazy Underpants-loving Aliens and much more, including a special offering from David Walliams....Blob!
These World Book Day books cost only one World Book Day €1.50 voucher each, which are distributed to schools and given to each child. (The World Book Day vouchers are only valid from 27th February through the 26th of March...so don't forget.) This way, every child can get a book of their own. The books are displayed in bookshops throughout the country. All you have to do is take your child into a bookshop with their voucher and let them pick up a book.
Also, there are events, storytime activities, author visits...more than you can imagine happening in your area. And not just on World Book Day...they could be happening all month long. We all like to pull out all the stops to bring the joy of books to school children. Check with your local bookshop, library or ask your school what events are on offer. Or check the website below for events in your area.
Happy World Book Day, everybody!