Children’s Books Ireland launches reading campaign

Children’s Books Ireland launches reading campaign

Children’s Books Ireland (CBI) is hoping to get kids across the country reading in October through the "Read Everywhere in 2015", campaign.

For the campaign, also known as "Níl Turas Níos Fearr Ná Turas le Leabhar!" in Irish, CBI will run a range of activities, including a "The Danger is Everywhere Hallowe’en Extravaganza" with Irish author and comedian David O’Doherty and illustrator Chris Judge. They will be talking about their books Danger is Everywhere and Danger is Still Everywhere at the National Gallery of Ireland on the 31st October. 

Activities in in libraries, schools and arts centres throughout Ireland will run throughout October, and the CBI "book doctors" will tour festivals, including the Baboró festival in Galway on 17th October, recommending books and providing activities for younger children.

CBI has also made this year’s Inis Reading Guide, which is free every year at libraries, available to buy on its website. The guide contains 270 book reviews, organised by age section from 0-2 up to YA alongside specialist poetry and non-fiction, and a special section on classics that have been translated into the Irish language.

Finally, this year’s O’Brien Press cover design competition will be launched during the campaign. This year, publisher O’Brien Press is asking for a cover design for Gillian Purdue’s Conor’s Canvas, which will be republished in spring 2016.

The Read Everywhere in 2015 campaign is supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency and Foras na Gaeilge. CBI also receives regular funding from the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.