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Books Aren't Just for Christmas, You Know

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No, books aren't just for Christmas; they're for life! And the book gifts you gave or received are ones that will remain in your memories forever. I took a look at the childrens' books sold over this holiday season, and thought I'd share some of the bestsellers (from Dubray Books, Galway branch) that were not the ones that were heavily promoted or advertised. There are some pretty surprising entries here:

Pea's Book of Best Friends by Susie Day sold really well for me. This is a lovely, charming, quirky story about a young girl, Pea, whose mother is a best-selling author. They move out of their dingy little flat into a wonderful house in London and have to start new school and make all new friends. Delightful family drama!






Toby Alone by Timothee de Fombelle is always a favourite among young readers, and this Christmas season was certainly no different. It made the top 10...again!


Inkheart by Cornelia Funke... what can I say? It's one of my very favourites.

The Girl…

Tracking Santa!

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First, I wanted to thank all of you who have been following my Advent Calendar of Books. We're nearly there now. Just a few more days... and I  hope you've all enjoyed my Advent Calendar. Feel free to comment on a few of your own seasonal favourites!
Now, down to business.... I know there are quite a number of you who are anxiously waiting Santa. Remember, you have to be asleep before he arrives! But, if you're like me, you'll want to track Santa's progress as he makes his annual epic journey. So... here's the NORAD Santa tracker link for you to visit and download. Get the latest as Santa circumnavigates the globe!
http://www.noradsanta.org/en/

The Original and the BEST Grinch.. and something to remember

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This is the original ending to How The Grinch Stole Christmas (narrated by Boris Karloff) and it still leaves me smiling, but with a lump in my throat and eyes starting to well. I think we should remember this while we are rushing around.... hope you enjoy it.

And here is my favourite quote... if you've been following the Advent Calendar of Books page, it's on day one. And it's one I have known by heart since I was a small child. That's a long time ago!
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

Mise agus an Dragún

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Fantastic! The wonderful, brand new Mise agus an Dragún picture book , written by Patricia Forde, illustrated by Steve Simpson and published by Futa Fata was featured on the cover of this weekends' Sunday Business Post! The article was featuring 'Worlds of Wonder'... great books for childrens' Christmas Gifts! Well done, all.

Galway Christmas Market

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While you're out and about, hurrying around trying to find exactly the right gifts for those special someones in your life, don't forget to take some time to actually enjoy the season. (we hurry and worry too much!) While the Galway Christmas Market offers loads of unique and interesting gifts (and FOOD... wonderful food), you really should enjoy it, just for the atmosphere. Every day, there are wonderful mini-events happening, from caroling to storytelling to childrens' workshops. (This past weekend, the storytelling featured Oisin the Brave, a new storybook from  Eire's Kids of Oranmore!) And don't forget to ride the carousel... how often do you get the chance right in the heart of Galway?
http://www.galwaychristmasmarket.ie/
http://www.eireskids.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=51