A new reading guide from Children’s Books Ireland celebrating picture books and illustration is now available at all Louth branches.
Picture This article presents more than 230 recommended readings for children and young people from 0 to 18 years old, which have been reviewed by experts in children’s literature.
The guide aims to break down barriers to reading for children, making books of all kinds accessible to children in Louth, including those who may have reading difficulties or whose first language is not English or French. ‘Irish.
Each review comes with a “Read Also” recommendation, bringing the total number of books included to over 450.
Picture This focuses on books with strong visual narratives, including wordless or silent books, graphic novels and comics, picture books for all ages, and graphic journal-style texts.
The guide aims to highlight books, series and texts to encourage reluctant readers or those with language barriers to engage in reading.
Commenting on the launch of Picture This, Elaina Ryan, CEO of Children’s Books Ireland, said:
“Pictures are important. They are rich and expressive and joyful and complex. As a child, they’re our first dip into the world of storytelling – but they’re not something to leave behind once a child gets comfortable with reading text. The images on the page are not just a stepping stone, they are a journey in themselves.
“Presenting an alternative route to the linear progression from picture books to chapter books, we want Picture This to give children and young people in Louth just a little space to discover the love of reading at their own pace. , to read stories in formats they have never known or would never have considered returning to an illustration over and over again, experiencing the joy of finding something new each time.
“We particularly hope these stories will have particular appeal to young readers with reading difficulties, or those whose first language may not be English or Irish.”
Books in Irish
A testament to the increased visibility of excellent children’s books like Gaeilge, the guide, whose Irish name ‘Amharc! Breathless ! Feach! translates to “Look! See! Look!” offers 29 books in Irish.
These include new releases, such as An Slipéar Gloine by Fearghas Mac Lochlainn and Paddy Donnelly, and family favorites such as Geansaí Otto by Sadhbh Devlin and Tarsila Krüse. All books by Irish authors, illustrators, publishers or those written in the Irish language are highlighted in the guide with a trefoil.
Picture This is now available free of charge from all libraries in Ireland and from sixty participating bookstores across the island. The guide can also be downloaded free of charge from the Children’s Books Ireland website: childrensbooksireland.ie.
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