Children's Authors

  • Patrice Aggs

    Aggs, Patrice

    Patrice Aggs was born and brought up in the United States, but now lives in West Sussex, England. She has illustrated over thirty-five picture books for children. In the early 1980s she was part of the team which produced the animated film The Snowman.

    Patrice is currently writing picture books, illustrating and printmaking.   (more)

    • Strawberry Squirt
    • Ducks in Trouble
  • Sheila Agnew

    Agnew, Sheila

    Sheila Agnew was born in New York and grew up in Dublin with her sister and two brothers. They liked to pretend to be the children in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

    Although Sheila couldn’t quite make it to Narnia, she set out to experience what she could of this world.   (more)

    • Marooned in Manhattan
    • Central Park Showdown
  • James Allison

    Allison, James

    James Allison is from London and is a professional writer. Demon From the Deep End is his first book for children.

    • Demon from the Deep End
  • Mary Arrigan

    Arrigan, Mary

    Mary Arrigan is an award-winning writer of fiction for children and teenagers. She has been shortlisted for the Readers Association Award, the Bisto Award and the White Raven Award.

    • Milo and One Dead Angry Druid
    • Milo and The Raging Chieftains
    • Milo and the Pirate Sisters
  • Mairéad Ashe FitzGerald

    Ashe FitzGerald, Mairéad

    Mairéad Ashe FitzGerald grew up in County Clare. She is a graduate of NUI Galway and University College Dublin where she studied Archaeology. Mairéad taught Irish and History before working in publishing for many years. Being invited by OBP to write books allows her to indulge her passion for research into Ireland's history, archaeology and literature.

    • Exploring the World of Colmcille
    • P is for Poetry
    • Sailor Bear
    • Celtic Tales of Enchantment
  • Philip Barrett

    Barrett, Philip

    Philip Barrett is an illustrator, designer and comic artist originally from Co. Donegal and currently living in Dublin. He has been self-publishing comics since 2001, including writing and drawing 9 issues of his catch-all title 'Matter' and contributing to numerous anthologies. In 2010 the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry published Philip's 'best-of' collection 'The Human in Me'.   (more)

    • Where's Larry This Time?
    • Where's Larry? The Colouring Book
    • Where's Larry?
  • Bermingham, Ann

    Ann Bermingham has worked in many different areas throughout her career, but this is the first time that she has added writer to that list. She has previously worked as a teacher, a journalist and a librarian. She now works as a counsellor in a women’s refuge in Coolock, County Dublin. She is married with four children.
    • Trouble for Tuffy
    • Jimeen
    • The Big Fight
  • Gary Blackwood

    Blackwood, Gary

    Gary Blackwood has written novels for young readers including Wild Timothy, Beyond the Door and The Dying Sun. His involvement in the theatre, both as a playwright and as an amateur actor, goes back a long way ... though not quite to Shakespeare's day. Gary lives with his wife and two children on an acre of land surrounded by cow pastures outside Carthage, Missouri.
    • Shakespeare's Scribe
    • Tina and the Tooth Fairy
  • Gerry Boland

    Boland, Gerry

    Born in Dublin, Gerry Boland is a writer, teacher and committed environmentalist.

    • Marco Moves In
    • Marco: Master of Disguise
    • Marco: Moonwalker
    • Thar an Trasnán
  • Sarah Bowie

    Bowie, Sarah

    Sarah Bowie is an illustrator, author and cartoonist who lives in Dublin. She is a founder member of The Comics Lab and her work has been published in a range of books, comics and magazines. Sarah Bowie's first picture book, Let's See Ireland, was published in Spring 2016.

    • Let's See Ireland!
    • We're Going to the Zoo!
  • Brianóg Brady Dawson

    Brady Dawson, Brianóg

    Brianóg Brady Dawson is a primary school teacher from County Sligo. She now lives in Dublin with her husband and two children.

    Her first book, Granny's Teeth, became a No.1 Bestseller, and was now followed by seven more stories about the mischievous Danny who always ends up in trouble, even when he's trying to be good! 

    • Danny Brown and the Big Surprise
    • Danny Brown and his Daft Dog
    • Danny Brown and the Talking Teeth
  • Brandt, Beate

    Beate Brandt has a translation degree from the University of Saarbrücken. She moved to Ireland in 1994, where she set up a localisation company with her partner in 2002. She lives and works in Ireland and Germany.

    • Die Beliebtesten Irischen Sagen
  • Marian Broderick

    Broderick, Marian

    Marian Broderick is a writer and editor who lives and works in London. She is second-generation Irish; her parents are from Limerick and Donegal. She spent every summer of her childhood in Ireland and has developed strong links with the place and the people. Wild Irish Women: Extraordinary Lives from History proved hugely popular and Marian furthered her research to bring the reader more wild Irish women in this volume.


    • The Witch Apprentice
    • The Witch in the Woods
    • A Witch in a Fix
  • Browne, Elena

    Elena Browne has worked in the book industry for many years and is now working in publishing. She loves books and dogs so has decided to combine the two in Take the Lead. Elena lives in Dublin but travels the country selling books. 

    • Take the Lead
  • Juanita Browne

    Browne, Juanita

    Juanita Browne, a Zoology graduate with an MA in Media Studies, has almost 20 years’ experience across television, radio, magazines, books, and newspapers. She works on natural history documentaries for television, including the multi-award-winning ‘Secret Life of the Shannon’ and ‘On a River in Ireland’, ‘Wild Cities’ and ‘Wild Ireland’.   (more)

    • The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife
    • Hide and Speak Irish
    • The Adventures of Shamrock Sean
  • Marie Burlington

    Burlington, Marie

    MARIE BURLINGTON illustrated Trouble for Tuffy in the O'Brien FLYERS series. Helpful Hannah was the first book she both wrote and illustrated herself. Marie is also the author and illustrator of Dear Me!
    • Trouble for Tuffy
    • The Little Witch Who Can't Spell
    • Helpful Hannah
  • Conor Busuttil

    Busuttil, Conor

    Conor Busuttil is a children’s picture book illustrator and passionate doodler. His most recent works include projects for the Blue Peter "Here be Dragons" competition, the exhibition and trail for Kew Gardens and working with Hampton Court Palace to bring their history to life for children.   (more)

    • The Children of Lir
    • Ulster Fairytales and Legends
    • My First Book of GAA
  • Bob Byrne

    Byrne, Bob

    Bob Byrne is a comic book artist and designer who lives in Dublin. His comics have appeared in dozens of publications throughout the world.

    Robots Don't Cry! is his first book for children.

    • The Supermarket Ghost
    • Robots Don't Cry!
  • Emma Byrne

    Byrne, Emma

    Emma Byrne is a graphic designer and artist. She is a graduate of Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. She has won numerous awards for her design including The IDI (Irish Design Institute) Graduate Designer of the Year, the IDI Promotional Literature Award for her work on Brown Morning, and a Children’s Books Ireland Bisto Merit Award for her work on Something Beginning With P: New Poems from Irish Poets.   (more)

    • The Most Beautiful Letter in the World
    • Spirit of the Titanic
    • The Lost Fairy
    • Moncaí Dána
    • A Witch in a Fix
    • The Witch in the Woods
    • The Witch Apprentice
  • Anna Carey

    Carey, Anna

    ANNA CAREY is a journalist and author from Dublin who has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent and many other publications. Anna’s first book, The Real Rebecca, was published in 2011, and went on to win the Senior Children’s Book prize at the Irish Book Awards. Rebecca returned in the critically acclaimed Rebecca’s Rules, Rebecca Rocks and Rebecca is Always Right.   (more)

    • Rebecca Rocks
    • The Making of Mollie
    • Rebecca is Always Right
  • Carroll, Mary

    Mary Carroll and Katie Long run PINE FOREST ARTS -- a famous name in children's art for the past 30 years. Creativity, innovation, fun and a wide range of skill and experiences are available to children everywhere through the arts centre and the exciting new Pine Forest Arts books.

    • Art & Craft Adventures 2
  • Cartoon Saloon

    Cartoon Saloon,

    Cartoon Saloon is a Kilkenny-based animation studio formed by Paul Young, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey in 1999. They are best-known for their Academy Award-nominated feature-length animations The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, but have also done a wide range of television programmes and some lovely illustration work for O'Brien Press books.

    • The Story of Ireland
    • The Secret of Kells
    • The Secret of Kells
  • Seamus Cashman

    Cashman, Seamus

    Seamus Cashman established Wolfhound Press Ltd in 1974 as a literary and cultural publishing house, and as publisher until 2001 won an international reputation for the press, earning many design, publishing and children's book awards over the years. A former teacher and book editor, his own published works include two co-edited and lasting volumes, Irish Poems for Young People and Proverbs and Sayings of Ireland.   (more)

    • P is for Poetry
    • The Big Brother
    • Juliet's Story
    • P is for Poetry
  • Judith Clarke

    Clarke, Judith

    Judith Clarke was born and educated in Sydney and now lives in Melbourne with her husband and son. She has worked as a teacher, librarian and lecturer, and has also published novels for younger readers and short stories and poetry in magazines.

    Her three Al Capsella novels and her collection of stories The Boy on the Lake were first published in Australia with great success, and later in America.   (more)

    • Friend of my Heart
  • Eoin Colfer

    Colfer, Eoin

    EOIN COLFER is the one of the world's favourite children's authors, and has written the international bestselling Artemis Fowl books. A former schoolteacher, Eoin lives in Wexford with his wife Jackie and sons Finn and Seán. He has worked in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy, as well as in Ireland.   (more)

    • Ed's Funny Feet
    • Ed's Bed
    • Benny and Omar
  • Nicola Colton

    Colton, Nicola

    Nicola Colton is an illustrator based in Dublin. Her style is playful and colourful and very much influenced by folktales/folk art, scenes in nature and children’s picture books.

    Her website is

    • Viva Alice!
    • Don't Ask Alice
    • Alice in the Middle
    • Hide and Speak Irish
  • Marita Conlon-McKenna

    Conlon-McKenna, Marita

    Born in Dublin in 1956 and brought up in Goatstown, Marita went to school at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Mount Anville, later working in the family business, the bank, and a travel agency. She has four children with her husband James, and they live in the Stillorgan area of Dublin.

    Marita was always fascinated by the Famine period in Irish history and read everything available on the subject.   (more)

    • Under the Hawthorn Tree
    • Wildflower Girl
    • Fields of Home
  • Connor, Michael

    Michael Connor is a school teacher who lives in Limerick.

    • An Buachaill Bó
    • Scuab Fiacal Danny
    • Conor's Canvas
    • Fireman Sinead
    • Sinead the Dancer
    • Sinéad ag Damhsa
    • Dare to Dream
    • The Story of Croke Park
  • Helen Corcoran

    Corcoran, Helen

    Helen Corcoran grew up in Cork, Ireland, dreaming of scheming queens and dashing lady knights. After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, she worked as a bookseller for over a decade. She lives in Dublin, writing fantasy novels and haunting coffee shops in search of the perfect latte.

    • Queen of Coin and Whispers
  • Corcoran, Rachel

    Rachel Corcoran is a freelance illustrator and designer from Dublin, Ireland. A member of Illustrators Ireland, Rachel's work appears in children's books and book cover illustrations. Rachel also runs her online shop where she sells her earth-kind illustrated greeting cards and prints. When Rachel is not illustrating, she loves to bake with her helper Billie the cat, garden with her outdoor cat Socks, and read books that are set in times long ago. 

    • Lily at Lissadell
    • Lily Steps Up
    • Aim High
    • Demon from the Deep End
  • Judi Curtin

    Curtin, Judi

    Judi Curtin is the best-selling author of the ‘Alice and Megan’ series, the 'Eva' series. several other books. Judi's new series, beginning with Time After Time, is about Beth and Molly, accidental time-travelling best friends. Judi Curtin won the Irish Book Award Senior 2017 for Stand By Me.

    • Time After Time
    • Stand By Me
    • You've Got A Friend
    • Le più belle Leggende Irlandesi
  • Stephanie Dagg

    Dagg, Stephanie

    Stephanie Dagg lives in West Cork and works as an editor. She has her own website with games, chat and talk about children's books.
    • Anna's Secret Granny
    • The Big Brother
    • Cáitín sa Chistin
  • Gerry Daly

    Daly, Gerry

    Gerry Daly was born in Dublin, grew up in County Wicklow. Gerry studied Fine art at IADT, worked as a graphic designer for several years, and later found work in developing websites.

    • Where Are You, Puffling?
    • Wee Donkey's Treasure Hunt
    • Cá Bhfuil Puifín Beag?
    • What Are Friends For?
    • Survivors
  • Patrick Deeley

    Deeley, Patrick

    Patrick Deeley is a teacher and poet. He has three books of poems to his name from Dedalus Press, with a fourth due next year. He also runs a workshop in Ballyfermot, specialising in children's poetry. Originally from Loughrea, County Galway, he has spent more than half his life teaching in Dublin.

    • My Dog Lively
    • Snobby Cat
    • Mo Mhadra Beoga
  • Donovan, Anna

    Anna Donovan, a former teacher, lives in Dublin and is the author of several books for young people.
    • Glac Sos Uimhir a hAon
    • Where's Murphy?
    • Cá bhfuil Murchú?
  • Noreen Doody

    Doody, Noreen

    Dr Noreen Doody is a writer and academic who has published extensively on W.B. Yeats and Oscar Wilde. She is a senior lecturer in English Literature and the former head of the Department of English at St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin. She currently teaches on the MA programme in Children’s Literature in the School of English, Dublin City University.

    • The Moon Spun Round
  • Doolan, Catherine

    Catherine Doolan is a primary teacher in a small rural school in Co Offaly. She teaches 9-12 year olds. Catherine is married with three young children. Bad Hair Day, Panda No. 22, is her first book.
    • Bad Hair Day
    • Drochlá Gruaige
    • Reindeer Down!
  • Malachy Doyle

    Doyle, Malachy

    Malachy Doyle grew up in Ireland, studied in England, brought up his children in Wales, and has now come back to live in Ireland again. He is the author of many popular picture books, retold folk tales and a number of novels for older readers, including the critically-acclaimed Georgie and Who is Jesse Flood?
    • Swap
  • Dunne, Bernard

    Bernard Dunne was born and raised in Neilstown, west Dublin, the place he still calls home. The son of Olympic boxer Brendan Dunne, he competed in his first boxing match at six years old, and spent the next twenty-three years training and perfecting his craft. Narrowly missing out on qualifying for the 2000 Olympics, Bernard went on to a hugely successful professional career, with twenty-eight wins from thirty fights.   (more)

    • Bernard Dunne
    • Diabolic Downloads
  • Glyn Evans

    Evans, Glyn

    Glyn Evans is a microbiologist with a passion for animal welfare and environmental conservation. Together with his partner and two sons, he lives on a farm in County Meath. It’s important to him that his sons grow up with animals around them and can learn about protecting nature. Wanting to share their love of animals with other children and adults, the family opened their farm to the public.   (more)

    • Irish Farm Animals