Children’s Books Ireland, Bookseed

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Programme name Country Date of information
Children’s Books Ireland, Bookseed Ireland 4 Dec 2019


Question Answer
About Organisation  
Organisation name Children’s Books Ireland
Organisation address First Floor, 17 North Great Georges St, Dublin 1, Ireland
Goal/objective We strive to make books central to every child’s life on the island of Ireland by increasing children’s access to books through our bookgifting programme, developing audiences for children’s books, and supporting and celebrating excellent authors and illustrators.  
Contact Person Daiden O’Regan
Position of Contact Person Projects and Communications Manager
Contact email  
Contact Telephone Number  
Organisation website
Organisation type National reading for pleasure promotion organisation – we are an arts organisation and a registered charity  
How many staff does your organisation employ? 7 people
About Programme  
Basic details  
Programme name Bookseed
Country/Province/City where the programme takes place Limerick City and County
Year started 2019
Programme goal/objective Book gifting to babies in first year of life, with evaluation of programme by Mary Immaculate University built in to allow us to advocate to government for a national roll out of early years bookgifting.
Funding sources J.P McManus Benevolent Fund and Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI)
Geographic coverage a) Municipalities – 6 health centres in Limerick City and County
b) Second wave of 8 health centres in Limerick County
Purpose of the programme  
Not for profit? yes, not for profit
Religious or political purpose? none
Is the programme universal or targeted? Universal. Every baby that presents at the selected health centres within our chosen geographical area will be gifted books, but we don’t have universal coverage of Limerick City and County
How many children does your programme serve a year? 1,050 per year, with the potential to increase to 2,100 per year over two years
At what age/gifting period do children receive your programme.  Birth – 6 months, 6 – 12 months
Is your delivery model consistent across your geographic area, or are there regional differences? Consistent
Book Packs  
What are the contents of your gifting pack? (Please provide details of books and resources) 1st pack – Owl Bat Bat Owl board book by Mary Louise Fitzpatrick, Bookseed reading guide, Limerick Libraries flyer, Canvas totebag.  
2nd pack – Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton, Flyer with invitation to storytime at local library.  
3rd pack (collected at local library) – Goodnight Like This by Mary Murphy.
Is your programme offered free of charge to all families? Yes
What are your primary ‘points of contact’ with the population you serve?   Library, Health clinic
Who gifts/hands-out your pack to families?   Healthcare workers, librarians
If your programme uses volunteers, please give more details  
Diversity provision  
Does your program include provisions or resources for children with special educational needs? no  
What language populations does your programme serve? The first book to be gifted is a picturebook with no words. This was chosen specially to make a provision for parents where literacy levels may be low, or where English is not spoken.  
Evaluation and research  
Have you conducted programme evaluation or research (including longitudinal)? If yes, has this evaluation/research been published?  We are in the process of evaluating this programme with Mary Immaculate University and we hope to have a robust piece of research to publish in two years.


Videos and Powerpoints

17 Nov 2020 meeting – Progress and evaluations of new programmes

Daiden O’Regan, Childrens Books Ireland