Children's Books Ireland Collection at DCU Library Exhibition 2023
Click the covers below to learn more about the books on show as part of this exhibition.
The Shadows of Rookhaven was written by Pádraig Kenny, illustrated by Edward Bettison, and published by Macmillan Children’s Books in London, 2021. This book is a sequel to The Monsters of Rookhaven. Both titles have won the Honour Award for Fiction, in 2021, and 2022, respectively at the KPMG Children's Books Ireland awards. The books follow Mirabelle, a half human, half monster and her family in their village of Rookhaven. This sequel explores themes of family, belonging, loss, and difference.
Rescuing Titanic: a true story of quiet bravery in the North Atlantic was written and illustrated by Flora Delargy and published by Wide Eyed Editions, London in 2021. This is Delargy's debut book for children and won the Eilís Dillon Award for a first children's book at the KPMG Children's Books Ireland awards in 2022. The book tells the story of how the little ship Carpathia saved 705 passengers of the Titanic from the icy waters of the North Atlantic.
Gut Feelings is written by C.G. Moore, illustrated by Becky Chilcott, and published by uclanpublishing, Preston in 2021. This verse novel won the Book of the Year Award at the KPMG Children's Books Ireland Awards in 2022. The story centres on Chris and a diagnosis he received aged 11 that would change the rest of his life. This coming of age novel shines a light on chronic illness, who we are and how we live.
The Henna Wars is written by Adiba Jaigirdar, illustrated by Nabigal-Nayagam Haider Ali, and published by Hodder Children’s Books, London in 2021. This book is a double award winner taking both The Judges’ Special Award and the Junior Juries’ Award at the KPMG Children's Books Ireland Awards for 2022. This Young Adult novel is a coming out story following Nishat, a Bangladeshi teenegar living in Dublin.
Frindleswylde is written by Natalia O'Hara, illustrated by Lauren O’Hara, and published by Walker Books, London in 2021. This book is the O'Hara sisters third children's book and won the Honour Award for Illustration at the KPMG Children's Books of the Year Awards in 2022. Frindleswylde is a mysterious boy who sneaks into Cora and Granny's house in the woods, and steals the light from their lantern. Without it, Granny will not be able to find her way home in the dark.
The Wilderness by Steve McCarthy was published by Walker Books, London in 2022. This book is Steve's picturebook debut and won the Honour Award for Illustration at The KPMG Children's Books Ireland Awards in 2023. The story follows The Vasylenko family who are all keen adventurers... except for Oktober. Oktober much prefers warm comforts and a good book, and fears a creature known as The Wildnerness. This books follow Oktober on a family hike outside of his comfort zone and towards the very thing he fears.
The Book of Secrets by Alex Dunne, with cover illustration by Shona Shirley Macdonald was published by O’Brien Press, Dublin in 2022. It won the Eilís Dillon Award in 2023. The Trooping Fairies arrive in Clonbridge for their revels, awakening other creatures with mischief and chaos in mind. Cat Donnelly and her friends are planning the ultimate trick-or-treating strategy, but with the Fairies in town, this Halloween she needs all her courage and cunning to save her family.
Girls Who Slay Monsters: Daring Tales of Ireland’s Forgotten Goddesses by Ellen Ryan, and illustrated by Shona Shirley Macdonald, was published by HarperCollinsIreland, Dublin in 2022. It is 2023 winner of the KPMG Book of the Year Award and Junior Juries’ Award. Unsung stories from ancient Irish myths re-imagined for nine to twelve-year olds. From mermaids and fashionistas to athletes and farmers, meet goddesses of all shapes and sizes from Ireland's ancient myths. Stand by their sides as they wield magic, fight monsters, and protect the powerless - and you might discover that you, too, are a force of nature.
The Boy Who Lost His Spark by Maggie O’Farrell, and illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini was published Walker Books, London in 2022. It is winner of the 2023 Honour Award for Fiction. The book follows, Jem, whose family has moved to the countryside and he does not like it one bit. It’s an old cottage on the side of a hill, where strange things keep happening. Jem’s sister Verity is certain it is the work of a “nouka”, an ancient creature from local folklore that lives deep down inside the hill. Jem, however, is adamant that there is no such thing. But this small mythical creature, so attuned to the hearts and minds of others, does exist. And, what’s more, it is determined, through mischief and mayhem, to help Jem reignite the spark within himself once more.
An Slipéar Gloine le Fearghas Mac Lochlainn, maisithe ag Paddy Donnelly, Futa Fata, An Spidéal. 2022. Buaiteoir – Gradam Speisialta na Moltóirí, 2023.
Athinsint álainn ar scéal Luaithrín, inste le samhlaíocht, le drámatúlacht agus le draíocht. Tá Luaithrín curtha trína chéile ag a leasmháthair, Camilla, agus ag a beirt deirfiúracha gránna, Straoisín agus Smaoisín.
An Slipéar Gloine by Fearghas Mac Lochlainn, illustrated by Paddy Donnelly, and published by Futa Fata, An Spidéal in 2022. It is winner of the Judges Special Award 2023. It is an Irish language retelling of Cinderella through rhyming verse. Luaithrín is upset by her step-mother, Camilla, and her two awful daughters, Straoisín and Smaoisín.
Asking for It by Louise O’Neill published by Quercus Publishing, London in 2015. It won the 2016 Honour Award for Fiction. Asking For It is a novel about the life-shattering impact of sexual assault, rape and how victims are treated. Emma O'Donovan is different. She is the special one - beautiful, popular, powerful. And she works hard to keep it that way. Until that night . . . Now, she's an embarrassment. Now, she's just a slut. Now, she is nothing. And those pictures - those pictures that everyone has seen - mean she can never forget.
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer was published by Viking Press, London in 2001. It was winner of a Merit Award in 2002 and was adapted into a film in 2020. At just twelve years old, Artemis Fowl is a criminal genius. No scheme is too dastardly, no plot too devious. And he's just discovered that fairies are real.
bog child by Siobhan Dowd was published by David Fickling Books, Oxford in 2008 - one year after the author's death. It was winner of the Book of the Year Award in 2009. It is an historical novel set in 1980s Ireland. Digging for peat in the mountain with his Uncle Tally, Fergus finds the body of a child: a child who appears to have been murdered. As Fergus tries to make sense of the mad world around him – his brother on hunger-strike in prison, his growing feelings for Cora, his parents arguing over the Troubles, and him in it up to the neck – a little voice comes to him in his dreams. Slowly, the mystery of the bog child unfurls. The novel explores the sacrifices made in the name of peace, and the unflinching strength of the human spirit.
The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, with cover by Oliver Jeffers, was published by Bloomsbury, London in 2012. It was the winner of the Eilís Dillon Award in 2013. The Weight of Water is a coming of age story which tackles the alienation experienced by many young immigrants. Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt with pictures by Oliver Jeffers was published by HarperCollins, London in 2013. It was winner of Children’s Choice Award in 2014. Drawing a picture is lots of work. Now these crayons have had enough. When Duncan opens his crayon box, all he finds is notes which say ‘we quit’. Orange and Yellow are bitter rivals. Blue is sick of water. Beige feels unloved. Will they ever draw pictures together again?
Savage Her Reply by Deirdre Sullivan, illustrated by Karen Vaughan, and published byLittle Island Books, Dublin in 2020. It was the 2021 winner of the Book of the Year Award. It is a dark, feminist retelling of ‘The Children of Lir’. Aífe marries Lir, a king with four children by his previous wife. Jealous of his affection for his children, the witch Aífe turns them into swans for 900 years.
Shh! We Have a Plan is written and illustrated by Chris Haughton, and was published by Walker Books, London in 2014. It was winner of Honour Award for Illustration in 2015. The friends are out for a walk. Suddenly, they spot it – a beautiful bird perched high in a tree! They simply must have it and – ssh! – they have a plan.
Mór agus Muilc le John Óg Hiúdaí Neidí Ó Colla, Kim Sharkey a mhaisigh, Éabhlóid, Gaoth Dobhair. 2019. Buaiteoir Gradam Eilís Dillon in 2020. Is scéal traidisiúnta é seo faoi bheirt charachtar, Mór agus Muilc, agus mar a chasann siad le portán ar an trá agus na heachtraí a tharlaíonn dóibh ina dhiaidh sin.
Mór agus Muilc by John Óg Hiúdaí Neidí Ó Colla, illustrated by Kim Sharkey and published by Éabhlóid, Gaoth Dobhair in 2019. It was the 2020 of the Eilís Dillon Award.
Bliain na nAmhrán le Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin, maisithe ag Christina O’Donovan, Brian Fitzgerald, Tarsila Krüse agus Jennifer Farley, Futa Fata, An Spidéal in 2016. Amhráin agus Rannta faoi cheithre shéasúr na bliana le dlúthdhiosca. Buaiteoir – Gradam Speisialta na Moltóirí, 2017.
Bliain na nAmhrán by Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin, illustrated by Christina O'Donovan, Brian Fitzgerald, Tarsila Krùse and Jennifer Farley and published by Futa Fata, in 2016. Bliain na nAmhrán is a collection of Irish-language songs of the seasons, winner of the Judges' Special Award 2017.
Maitríóisce le Siobhán Parkinson, foilsithe ag Cois Life, Baile Átha Cliath i 2011. Buaiteoir na Gradamdhuaise d’Fhicsean ag Gradaim Leabhair na Bliana CBI 2012. Lá breithe Mara atá ann. Tá trí bliana déag bainte amach aici. Ach an bronntanas a thugann a máthair di ná sraith bábóg maitríóisce ón Rúis – an saghas bronntanais a gheobhadh cailín beag, agus bábóigín amháin acu caillte, fiú. Nuair a théann Mara agus a cara Dorota ar thóir na bábóige is lú, áfach, nochtann eolas nach raibh barúil ag Mara faoi roimh ré.
Maitríóisce by Siobhán Parkinson was published by Cois Life, Dublin in 2011. It was winner of Honour Award for Fiction in 2012. Mara celebrates her thirteenth birthday. But her mother gives her a present of Matrioshka dolls from Russia, more a gift for a younger girl, and even then, one of the dolls is missing. When Mara and her friend Dorota go in search of the missing doll they make some discoveries.
Daideo le hÁine Ní Ghlinn, foilsithe ag Cois Life, Baile Átha Cliath, i 2014. Buaiteoir na Gradamdhuaise d’Fhicsean ag Gradaim Leabhair na Bliana i 2015. Buachaill ar a theitheadh óna thuismitheoirí. Seanduine ar a theitheadh óna pháistí. Castar ar a chéile iad ar an traein go Baile Átha Cliath. Éisteann siad le scéalta a cheile. Tuigeann siad a chéile. Cén toradh a bheidh ar an gcairdeas nua seo?
Daideo by Áine Ní Ghlinn was published by Cois Life, Dublin in 2014. It was the 2015 winner of the Honour Award for Fiction. A boy on the run from his parents. An old man on the run from his children. They meet on the train to Dublin and listen to each other’s stories. They understand each other. What will be the result of this new friendship?
Nóinín le Máire Zepf, foilsithe ag Cois Life, Baile Átha Cliath i 2019. Buaiteoir Ghradam Leabhar na Bliana i 2020. Casann Nóinín, déagóir cúthail, ar fhear óg ar an idirlíon. Níl sé cosúil leis na gasúir ar scoil: tuigeann sé go smior í, agus titeann sí i ngrá. Ní maith léi am a chaitheamh lena cara is fearr, Eimear, níos mó – tá sí go huile is go hiomlán gafa.
Nuair a théann sí chun casadh leis an fhear óg, ní thagann sí ar ais.
Cuireann Eimear an milleán uirthi féin. Nochtann an sceon, an briseadh croí, agus leochaileacht an duine. Léigh scéal Eimear agus í ag dul i ngleic le ceisteanna faoi iontaoibh a bheith agat as daoine agus as an saol.
Nóinín by Máire Zepf was published by Cois Life in 2019.
Nóinín is a shy, reserved teenager. When she meets a young man online, she knows he isn’t like the others boys at school: he understands her totally and she falls for him, head over heels. She doesn’t have much time anymore for her best friend, Eimear – she’s hooked on her newfound love.
When Nóinín ventures out to meet him offline, she never comes back.
Heartbroken, Eimear blames herself for Nóinín’s disappearance. How can anyone know who to trust?
An Tóraíocht le Colmán Ó Raghallaigh, maisithe ag The Cartoon Saloon, agus foilsithe ag Cló Mhaigh Eo i 2002. Buaiteoir gradam i 2002. Tá an grá agus and t-éad fite fuaite lena chéile sa scéal tragóideach seo ina chuireann Gráinne an laoch óg, Diarmaid, faoi gheasa í a bhreith leis ón bhfear a bhfuil sí geallta leis.
An Tóraíocht by Colmán Ó Raghallaigh, illustrated by The Cartoon Saloon, agus published by Cló Mhaigh Eo in 2002. Merit award winner 2003. A haunting tale of love and jealousy where Gráinne and Diarmaid are relentlessly pursued by Fionn whose desire for revenge must inevitably lead to tragic consequences. A graphic novel illustrated by the Cartoon Saloon.