for October, 2018

Future Perfect

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‘More and more clearly, I came to realise that I must not look backward, but to the future, and … begin with children.’ Jella Lepman, founder of IBBY* Jella Lepman’s faith in children to shape a more peaceful, tolerant world was borne out this week, more than fifty years after she wrote those words in […]

Stories through sound and silence

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A mixture of speech and silence, words and pictures this week, with the chatter of Children’s Book Festival and the quiet of the Silent Books. Schoolchildren around Dublin learned how dragon DNA entered human gene history to create Aidan Mooney’s fire-breathing mum in My Secret Dragon. And in Galway, teachers, librarians, home-school liaison workers and […]

Wordless worlds

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Two wonderful, wonder-filled sessions with wordless picture books in County Clare this week. Syrian children brought their parents along to explore Clare Libraries’ set of Silent Books from around the world (based on the IBBY collection, (see We started by using props to create a group story where humans turned into cats, jumped into […]


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You’d think that once a book was on the shelves the story inside it would be over. But schoolchildren around Cork have been proving otherwise. Talks on My Secret Dragon during Children’s Book Festival have unearthed all sorts of different possible plotlines and motivations from the ones that drive the book. Reading short pieces from […]