Sarah Webb, writing in the Irish Independent:
THERE has been a lot of doom and gloom about the state of the Irish book trade in the press recently. Happily, however, children’s books are holding their own and now account for up to 25 per cent of overall book sales, a figure which is increasing year on year.
The next big event on the calendar is the Children Books Ireland Conference, where our newly minted Laureate will be joined by fashion illustrator and milliner turned book guru David Roberts (Dirty Bertie), spoken word darling and best friend of Adele (yes, that Adele), Laura Dockrill, and US picture book maker, Leslie Patricelli.
Taking place at the cool Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield, Dublin, next Saturday and Sunday, it’s a must for anyone who wants to find out more about children’s books.
For further info about the world of children’s books visit www.childrensbooksireland.ie