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Someone very clever created a blank bookshelf on Capel Street in Dublin… and I let loose with a sharpie!  

On the airwaves!

I was let loose on the radio again, thanks to the gang at Culture File, this time talking the YA reading trends and what is coming next. John Green*, RJ Palacio, Scott Westerfield and Sarah Rees Brennan all get a name check. *The podcast was recorded two weeks before John signed w/ Puffin UK. Fault [...]

The latest issue of Inis Magazine is out now! Inis 37 talks to Korky Paul, Meg Rosoff, Melvin Burgess, Andrew Whitson and Siobhán Parkinson on what being the Children’s Laureate really involved! Reviews look at new books from Chris Judge, John Green, Sarah Crossan, Chris Haughton, David Mackintosh and Martin Salisbury’s brilliant new book Chidlrens’ [...]

Children’s Book Awards 2012

Another week… another Children’s Books Ireland BIG day. This time it’s the Children’s Book of the Year Award! Looking forward to #cbiawards: http://bit.ly/KW7ye5 Mark O’Sullivan’s wonderful My Dad is Ten Years Old is shortlisted: http://bit.ly/KW8hfi Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Penguin Ireland [...]

This happens to me too…

You’ve seen this… right?

Stuart Dredge chooses 10 apps that might change Julia Donaldson’s mind… Donaldson is dead set against the idea of a digital Gruffalo adaptation - ideological and a little stubborn, maybe, but certainly makes for an interesting argument. There’s something fun about her anarchic “I think it would be good if a few people like me [...]

Every sentence is packed with wit, strange but appropriate neologisms, and jostling clusters of consonants that are there for no other reason than sheer delight in language.
Tony Bradman

Tony Bradman reviews China Miéville’s Railsea

Mean Girls

Megan Abbott talks cheerleaders and bitchiness on We Love This Book.

Harry goes to microscope

Imogen Russell Williams is drawn in by comics annuals.

Have you met Robby Auld?

Have you met Robby Auld? The 16 year old book critic?

The Most Comma Mistakes

Catching up on the CBI Conference 2012

There were good lucks, excitement and teaser pics (those CBI folk can be cruel)…  Wishes we could be at #CBIConf with @sharkeytweets tomorrow! Good luck with everything @KidsBooksIrel - it’s going to be a good one! Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Walker [...]

A recent Carnegie UK Trust research report found that 40% of people in Northern Ireland used a library in the last year - the lowest usage across the UK.

NPR’s Fresh Air remembers Maurice Sendak

I have nothing now but praise for my life. I’m not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more. … What I dread is the isolation. … There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will [...]

YA Magazine

Have you met YA Magazine yet?

Art Spiegelman draws Maurice Sendak.

Tom Gauld’s epic character poster.

Before I wrote Curious, I felt like I was going to be one of those pushy parents. But afterwards, I realised I had satisfied myself. Some parents want the kids to be what they haven't been able to be. Now, I have two rules for the kids: I want them to be happy and to be kind. More than that and you're doing it for yourself.
Mark Haddon

Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak, one of the most influential and highly regarded children’s illustrator and author, has passed away aged 83.

Branford Boase

You’ve seen the Branford Boase shortlist… right?

Making Beauty and The Beast

Don Hahn and Paige O’Hara talk Beauty and the Beast - remembering Howard Ashman (he brought us some of the most memorable songs Disney have ever released) Enjoy!