Teaching Ideas from the O'Brien Press Reading Programme


Comprehensive teaching ideas for books for all reading ages, all available to download.

They were originally produced as part of the O'Brien Reading Programme.

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  • Trouble for Tuffy

    Trouble for Tuffy

    A Katie and Ted Story
    Written by Ann Bermingham and Marie Burlington

    Katie and Ted get into serious trouble while Mum is out – but Tuffy the dog saves the day.
    Flyer 2

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  • Ed's Funny Feet

    Ed's Funny Feet

    Written by Eoin Colfer, Illustrated by Woody Fox

    Ed Cooper has a problem with his big toes. Even his DIY foot-straighteners don't work and he has to wear very uncool 'correction shoes'.
    Flyer 4

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  • The Lough Neagh Monster

    The Lough Neagh Monster

    Written by Sam McBratney, Illustrated by Donald Teskey

    When NESSIE arrives from Scotland to visit her monster cousin NOBLETT there is bound to be trouble.
    Noblett loves his peaceful secret garden and has little time for his troublesome cousin from Loch Ness.

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  • Don't Open that Box

    Don't Open that Box

    By Conor McHale

    Belzoni the cat and Greta the chicken try to get to grips with a hungry crocodile that has just eaten Granny.
    Flyer 8

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  • Jigsaw Stew

    Jigsaw Stew

    By Conor McHale

    Jack MacAnoolie tries to save his family when they eat stew made from a jigsaw!
    Flyer 6

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  • The Big Fight

    The Big Fight

    The Story of the Táin
    Written by Frank Murphy, Illustrated by Kieron Black

    The hero Cúchulainn is forced to fight his friend Ferdia in this epic story of Queen Maeve and the Brown Bull of Cooley. A simple retelling for younger readers.
    Flyer 3

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  • The Leprechaun Who Wished He Wasn't

    The Leprechaun Who Wished He Wasn't

    Written by Siobhán Parkinson, Illustrated by Donald Teskey

    Laurence is a leprechaun who has been small for 1100 years and is sick of it! He wants to be TALL. He wants to be cool. Then he meet Phoebe, a large girl who wants to be small.

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