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Before we get started, a quick heads-up:
11.30am \ 20 october \ free
Join us for a special Halloween-themed storytime this Saturday. Grab yourself a cushion for an hour-long interactive story session with storyteller Ruth Concannon who will be reading some great stories such as Winnie's Haunted House. Spoooooooooky. Fancy dress is not only welcome, but actively encouraged.
Suitable for ages 3-10. Storytime is always free and always fun. Our only rule is that children are always accompanied by a responsible adult.
Because Autumn is such a beautiful time of year, and you may be spending some of these cold sunny days out and about, we wanted to introduce you to two new children's books relating to Ireland's weather and wildlife. First up is Dr. Hibernica Finch's Compelling Compendium of Irish Animals (€18).
"It’s all about the animals – insects, birds, fish, amphibians, crustaceans, mammals and even lizards – that burrow, run, buzz, hide, wallow, dig, tweet, hunt, flutter, bellow, scuttle, fish, peck, scramble, nest, fly, hop, sing, hoot, swim, graze and generally swan around in Irish seas, in the air above our heads and in Irish bogs, fields, hedgerows, cliffs, rock-pools, roof-spaces, mountaintops, ditches, gardens, valleys, trees, riverbeds, outcrops, pastures, forests, streams, beaches, cities – a celebration of our wildlife and our habitats," says publisher Little Island. Wow, sounds like they have literally everything covered! The illustrations in this book are really special. It's a great guide for enthusiastic outdoor explorers.
Next up is The Great Irish Weather Book by Joanna Donnelly and Illustrated by Fuschsia MacAree (€20). This book has vibrant illustrations, as well as interesting facts and weather experiments.
"Get ready to learn about cold fronts and climate change, satellites and scientists. forecasting and broadcasting - even discover how storms get their names!"
Two gorgeous Irish children's books, about our unique fauna and climate, to get quietly excited about. Dare I say, they might even make nice Ch******s presents. Books this beautiful are a great way to cultivate a life-long love of nature.
It's definitely too early to talk about Ch******s.
book of the week #36
This week's book of the week is All Through the Night: Night Poems & Lullabies edited by Marie Heaney. With poems from Eavan Boland, Seamus Heaney, Paula Meehan and W. B. Yeats, to name but a few, this book is for everyone; "From tiny tots who battle against bedtime, to grown-ups who yearn for the shelter of untroubled sleep, All Through the Night is the perfect bedside book for all stages of life." Sounds like the perfect thing for these dark and cosy Autumn nights.
you can get your discounted copy of All Through the Night right here
last week's book of the week was Melmoth by Sarah Perry
see you next week!