Fallen Star Stories: childrens books & other ephemera
Niamh Sharkey's Favourite Things!
From today's Herald, there's a wonderful interview all about Niamh Sharkey's favourite things. Niamh's new picturebook 'On the Road With Mavis and Marge' is out now and, as I've said before, it's wonderful. This was my picturebook of the week when it first came out. During the Children's Bookfest, Niamh will be here there and everywhere reading to children and their families (and some schools, I hope). She'll be in Galway on Saturday, 16th October at Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, Middle Street at 10.30 am and 1 pm as part of the Baboro International arts Festival for Children. (I'm soooo jealous, guys.) So be sure to catch her, if you can. In the meantime, follow this link for some great insight into Niamh and her brilliant work. (p.s. to Niamh...I love the Ravenous Beast in all his forms and I'm a huge Moomin fan, too.) http://www.herald.ie/lifestyle/femme/favourite-things-niamh-sharkey-2365696.html
(You can find my recommendation of '...Mavis and Marge' on my Picture Books page.)
The Rights of the Reader; Daniel Pennac, illustrated by Quentin Blake Summer is here and we do encourage summer reading with numerous incentives and programmes. It is important for children (of all ages) to 'keep their reading up' outside of school time. This is the time when kids develop their own taste in books and can be free to read books of their own choosing. And this is the single most important factor in young people developing a lifelong reading habit. But how do we, as the 'gatekeepers' of kids reading, encourage them properly without running the risk of thrusting pressure and our own ideas on them? Do that and you'll run the risk of pushing them away from reading, and there are already so many distractions for the young reader to contend with that can tempt them elsewhere. Published by Walker Books; 9781406300918 In 1992, French writer Daniel Pennac originally published this little gem of a book; The Rights of the Reader. I highly recommend
Today was another busy, excited day in the bookshop as the World Book Day Extravaganza continues! I read to 3 very lively classes...some lovely, boisterous little ones who really enjoyed the story-time and a bright, inquisitive older class that thoroughly enjoyed hearing a bit from David Baddiels' The Parent Agency. But the best part of the day was a visit from Patricia Forde, who spoke to a class from Scoil Ide. Trish shared information about how she became an author, how and why we tell stories and her last book The Wordsmith. She even gave a glimpse into the book she's working on now...but I can't give anything away....apart from this; this is going to be great! And here's some more photos!
HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!!!!! Welcome to my post for the WONDERSCAPE Blog Tour , celebrating the arrival of the brilliant new book by Jennifer Bell. The spine-tingling concept of Wonderscape really caught my imagination, with its' blend of time travel and gaming as the backdrop of an intriguing mystery and some unlikely historical heroes along for the ride. Get ready to jump in.... WONDERSCAPE author: Jennifer Bell cover illustration: Paddy Donnelly Walker Books (4 June 2020) ISBN: 9781406391725 A mysterious explosion at 27 Peacepoint Estate draws the immediate attention of 13-year-olds Arthur, Cecily and Ren. On their way to school, they hear a dog whimpering inside the cottage and run in to rescue the poor pup. They are sucked through a portal and find themselves locked in a cabin of a ship called The Principia , captained by none other than Sir Isaac Newton...and strangest of all, in the year 2473. Arthur, Cecily and Ren are lost in the Wonderscape, an in-reality g