This is a very special year for us for two reasons. First of all, we are delighted to be celebrating our tenth year spreading the love of reading across Donegal. Secondly, this we have also teamed up with The Laureate Na Nóg Sarah Crossan on her poetry project called #WeAreThePoets. This means we will not only be focusing on poetry this year, but also teaming up with Sarah to organise a series of workshops across the county. In addition, Read DL will be hosting a range of other celebratory events for our very special birthday!
Our chosen book this year is Hopscotch in the Sky by Lucinda Jacob. Lucinda is a poet, illustrator and author of fiction for young people. She has written and illustrated a number of picture books and storybooks for new readers, scripts for the national broadcaster RTÉ and poetry for older children, published in numerous collections.
From ice creams to Christmas trees, flying grannies to reading mermaids, haiku to rhyming verse, Hopscotch in the Sky takes children on a magical poetic journey through the seasons of the year. Funny and touching, sweet and sharp, these poems are full of life and verve.
This beautiful book also includes a rainbow of enchanting illustration by award-winning artist Lauren O’Neill, winner of the Children’s Books Ireland Award for Illustration in 2016.
‘This is a charming, accessible collection from one of Ireland’s best poets for children, Lucinda Jacob. She covers all kinds of topics from friendship to school and her work cries out to be read aloud. The classy, expressive illustrations by Lauren O’Neill make this a pocket treasure.’ – The Irish Independent from their list of best children’s books of 2017