Children and Teen Collections
Picture books, DVDs, graphic novels, audio books, exam guides, musical instruments and more ....
There are thousands of picture books available in all our libraries for sharing with younger children. Our range includes the timeless traditional fairytales, the modern classics including the much loved Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, The Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr, Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and more. We purchase new stock regularly so you can enjoy newly published bestsellers like recent favourites Oi Frog and Friends Series by Kes Gray or the funny and interactive I say OOH you say AAH by John Kane.
Board books are perfect for little fingers and are both tactile and durable. Many of the books have special features such as lift-the-flap and touch-and-feel to delight both babies and toddlers. And the simple concepts and bright colours are important for early learning. Titles range from finger and nursery rhyme books to firm favourites like Dear Zoo or the Spot the Dog books by Eric Hill. There are also board books to help start little ones on the road to learning numbers, counting, colours and shapes.
Irish Language Picture Books
All of our libraries have a collection of picture books in the Irish Language. Some of these books are translations of popular titles originally published in other languages. Others are written and published in the Irish language.
Dual Language Picture Books
Some of our branches have a range of dual language picture books which have a story written in both English and another language. These include Albanian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, French, German and more.
We have a selection of large format picture books in most of our libraries. These oversize books are great for sharing stories with a group of children and often come with great tips and activities to show you how to get the most out of the story for you and your child. Lots of the most popular picture books are available in this format like A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson, Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen.
All our libraries have an excellent collection of early readers. With Early Reader books children practice phonics and letter blends and can gradually increase the amount of text they are able to read alone.
We stock Oxford Reading Tree, Red Rocket Readers, DK Readers, Wolf Hill, Usborne Farmyard Tales, Colour Young Puffin, Usborne Young Reading, O’Brien Pandas and Flyers, Reading Ladder, Orion Early Readers and Happy Families series among others.
For more information on these collections and on early literacy see our section on Reading Supports
Our fiction collection for children who are reading by themselves includes chapter books from all your favourite authors and series alongside classic novels and many more hidden gems.
To help your child find their next read we have an interactive online guide to children's authors that will make easy work of picking something new to read, based on what the children already like. "Who Next..."
Age Range 6-12
We have a growing collection of graphic novels with titles ranging from series like Teen Titans, Big Nate and Dog Man to wonderfully illustrated versions of classic Fairy Tales as well as Pokemon, TinTin and Superhero adventures.
We stock the full collection of Less Stress More Success Revision Guides for both Leaving and Junior Certificate. The newest editions are for use in the library only but you can also borrow some of these copies to use at home.
Teen Graphic Novels
Whether you like Manga or Marvel Comics we have something for you in our Young Adult Graphic Novel Collection. We also stock other popular series such as Bleach and Naruto and if you can't find something to match your tastes on our shelves you can request titles via our online catalogue.
Our DVD collections for children include popular movies, TV series and animations. You can borrow our DVDs for 3 weeks just like our books.
Audio books are a versatile way of sharing stories in your family. Play an audio book on those long car journeys to keep the kids amused or listen together at bedtime. You can also use an audio book alongside the printed book to help struggling readers to improve their skills.
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