Children’s Books Ireland offers hundreds of new books for school libraries

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, 05/20/2022. Tags: Parenthood
Applications are now open for the Children’s Books Ireland Book Donation Projects 2022-2023, offering schools across Ireland the opportunity to receive hundreds of books for their school library, lesson sets to keep for their pupils, author and illustrator visits, and more.

These book donation projects focus on needy or disadvantaged schools. They provide equal opportunities for students to read great books, bring artists into the classroom virtually or in person to boost their reading enjoyment, and support teachers with resources to promote reading for enjoyment and creative engagement with books.

Children’s Books Ireland is particularly interested in schools that are already making efforts to promote reading for fun and diversity and inclusion with the limited resources available to them. There are many packages on offer and their team will endeavor to match the winning schools to the most suitable project.

What can schools receive?

  • Hundreds of new, great, and varied books for your school library
  • Class sets that students can own and keep
  • Visits from well-known Irish children’s authors and illustrators
  • Resource packs and bespoke classroom materials
  • Training and support from dedicated Children’s Books Ireland staff

Elaina Ryan, CEO of Children’s Books Ireland, said:

“We love working with schools to create excitement around reading and to select brilliant books that will appeal to all types of readers, from the reluctant to the avid. We know that these libraries have an immediate impact on the students who receive them as well as lasting positive change for students for years to come.

Maria Boyne, Director of Holywell ETNS, Swords (participants in the 2021 Every Child A Reader book donation project – photo), said:

“We at Holywell are delighted to have been selected to receive the ‘Every Child A Reader’ library. This brilliant collection of books reflects the diverse and inclusive nature of our school and will give our students the chance to find themselves in a book. This will help us further develop the reading culture in this school and help every child become a reader. We sincerely thank Children’s Books for this incredible opportunity and look forward to working with them.

Applications for these book donation projects close on Friday, June 10, 2022 at 5 p.m. All primary and secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are invited to apply. Applications are assessed on their particular needs and ambition for the projects, with successful schools notified by the end of September 2022.

Link to apply:

More information about Children’s Books Ireland’s 2022-2023 book donation projects can be found on their website at, or by contacting a member of their book donation team directly at bookgifting

For media enquiries, contact: Claire Hourihane (087 324 04560)


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