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Early learning and care settings in County Cavan are invited to collect free book bags and other resources from their local library.

Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D., and Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys, T.D., recently announced the roll-out of the First 5 Little Library Initiative. We have 255 bags to distribute to the Early Learning Centres in the county and we will be in contact in the coming weeks to arrange collection. Each bag contains five carefully chosen books and helpful resources, including two specially developed booklets developed by Barnardos for the First 5 Little Library project; one on using books and stories with children under 5, and the other a guide to developing a little library in the early learning and care setting.  

The project aims to support the development of little libraries in early learning and care settings and encourage a love of books and reading among our youngest children.

The project is a collaboration between the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY), the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) and the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA).

Find out more on www.gov.ie

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MIND YOURSELF READING GUIDE

 

The ‘Mind Yourself’ reading guide contains reviews and recommendations of over 400 books for children and young people from birth to age eighteen and is designed as a ‘first-aid kit’ for worries, sadness, loneliness, anxiety and any number of feelings that a young person may want to explore during these anxious times of COVID 19!

The guide contains mental health and wellbeing information from Jigsaw and ISPCC Childline, including tips and coping strategies for young people and advice for adults on supporting children to build resilience.

The guide is available free of charge at your local library

 

Download a copy of the MIND YOURSELF READING GUIDE

 

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BOOKS MAKE THINGS BETTER

 

An exciting campaign with the Arts Council of Ireland to give visibility to authors and illustrators.

2020 has been an extraordinarily difficult year for the Irish literature sector and in response Children’s Books Ireland – supported by the Arts Council launched the Books Make Things Better reading campaign in September 2020. The campaign supports and promotes the Irish children’s literature sector through the publication of the Books Make Things Better reading guide – a 32-page publication that highlights children’s books published in 2020 by Irish authors, illustrators, and publishers, with original cover artwork by Oliver Jeffers.

 

Download a copy of the BOOKS MAKE THINGS BETTER GUIDE

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An exciting campaign with the Arts Council of Ireland to give visibility to authors and illustrators