Children's Authors

  • Claire Ranson

    Ranson, Claire

    Claire Ranson was born in England where she completed a degree in English Literature and a Master's in Children's Literature. She has worked with Poetry Ireland and Children's Books Ireland. She now lives in Dublin with her husband and two children.
    • Sally Go Round The Stars
  • Jane Ray

    Ray, Jane

    Jane Ray's distinctive style has established her as a highly successful artist both for her paintings and her wrapping paper and cards. Increasingly well-known too as an illustrator, her picture books have attracted enormous attention around the world.
    • The Twelve Dancing Princesses
    • Noah's Ark
    • The Story of Creation
    • Making Millions
    • Diary Detectives
    • Scavenger Hunt
  • Reynolds, Barry

    Dubliner Barry Reynolds is a character designer/concept/visual development artist and illustrator who has worked on the Oscar-nominated, animated movie The Secret of Kells, on Aardman and Sony Pictures Animation’s Arthur Christmas, and on Irish language graphic novels, An Táin and Deirdre agus Mic Uisnigh, where his artwork helped these Irish legends to a new readership.   (more)

    • The Great Big Book of Irish Wildlife
    • Adam's Starling
    • Oscar Wilde - Stories for Children
    • My Book of Kells Colouring Book
    • Brendan the Navigator
    • Exploring the Book of Kells
  • Rosenstock, Gabriel

    File, fear haiku, úrscéalaí, drámadóir, gearrscéalaí, údar-aistritheoir breis is 160 leabhar, an chuid is mó acu sa Ghaeilge. I measc na ngradam a bronnadh air tá an bonn Tamgha-i-Khidmat ó Rialtas na Pacastáine. Is ball d’Aosdána é.

    • Zombaí
    • Taibhse
  • James Roy

    Roy, James

    James Roy has worked for many years as a paediatric and emergency nurse in various hospitals. In addition to his work with young people in the health setting, he has written several award-winning books for children and teenagers.
    • The 'S' Word
  • Eimear Ryan

    Ryan, Eimear

    Eimear Ryan is from Co. Tipperary and lives in Cork. She writes about sport for the Irish Examiner and is an editor for the literary journal Banshee. Her fiction and essays have appeared in Winter Papers, Granta, The Dublin Review, The Stinging Fly, Town & Country (Faber) and The Long Gaze Back (New Island).   (more)

    • Cora Staunton
  • Eoin Ryan

    Ryan, Eoin

    Eoin is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design with a BA in Visual Communications. He has worked in the Film and Television industry as a writer, designer and animator for clients that include Porsche, Unilever and RyanAir. Eoin's animated film DEMON won best short animation at the 2006 Galway Film Fleadh.   (more)

    • My Ireland Counting Book
  • Juliette Saumande

    Saumande, Juliette

    Juliette Saumande is officially obsessed with children’s books: she reads them, writes them, translates them, reviews them, recommends them and has been known to talk about them in her sleep. She is a French writer and translator of children’s books living in Dublin. 

    • My Little Album of Dublin
  • Elizabeth Shaw

    Shaw, Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Shaw was born in Belfast and lived most of her life in Berlin, where she moved after the Second World War. Well-known as an artist, she wrote and illustrated 23 books for children, many of which have been translated into several languages.

    Her website (currently in German) is

    • The Little Black Sheep of Connemara
    • An tUan Beag Dubh
    • The Little Black Sheep
  • Bex Sheridan

    Sheridan, Bex

    Bex Sheridan is an artist, writer and graphic designer with a great love of animals. She is often asked to illustrate animals, from pet portraits to wildlife. As a child, Bex dreamed of having a house filled with animals when she grew up – which is what she now has! She and her husband Jay have their own mini-menagerie: it began with one rabbit and now there are also dogs, birds (of many kinds), a lizard and even a hedgehog!

    • Run for the Hills
    • Irish Farm Animals
    • Go To Sleep, Hoglet
  • Gerard Siggins

    Siggins, Gerard

    Gerard Siggins was born in Dublin in 1962. Initially a sports journalist, he worked for many years in the Sunday Tribune, where he became assistant editor. He has written several books about cricket and rugby. His Rugby Spirit series has sold over 65,000 copies and is hugely popular with sports-loving children around the world.   (more)

    • Football Fiesta
    • Rugby Redzone
    • Rugby Spirit
  • George Otto Simms

    Simms, George Otto

    George Otto Simms was born in Dublin in 1910. He took his BA, MA, BD, PhD, and DD degrees at Trinity College, Dublin. Ordained a priest of the Church of Ireland in 1936, he spent his working life in the service of the church and was Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland from 1969 until his retirement in 1980.   (more)

    • Exploring the Book of Kells
    • Brendan the Navigator
  • Peter Sirr

    Sirr, Peter

    Peter Sirr lives in Dublin. He is a prize-winning poet as well a critic, essayist  and translator. For many years he was Director of the Irish Writers’ Centre and was also editor of the national poetry magazine, Poetry Ireland Review. He has published eight collection of poetry with The Gallery Press, including The Thing Is (2009), winner of The Michael Hartnett Award, and Selected Poems (2004).   (more)

    • Black Wreath
  • Gordon Snell

    Snell, Gordon

    Gordon Snell has written many books for children as well as comedy for adults. He lives in Dublin. He was married to the best-selling author Maeve Binchy for many years, before she sadly passed away in 2012. 

    • Amy's Wonderful Nest
    • Tina and the Tooth Fairy
    • The Supermarket Ghost
  • Ian Somers

    Somers, Ian

    Ian Somers lives in Dublin and works as a graphic designer.

    • The Secret Gift
    • Million Dollar Gift
    • The Hidden Gift
  • Maddie Stewart

    Stewart, Maddie

    MADDIE STEWART lives in Northern Ireland and is also the author of Peg and Clever Daddy.
    • Hal's Sleepover
    • The Romanian Builder
    • A Garden for Tom
    • Bróga Thomáis
    • No Shoes for Tom
  • Swift, Jonathan

    Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), was the author of Gulliver's Travels, one of the world's greatest satirical fantasies. He was Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin from 1713-1745.

    • Gulliver
  • Margaret Tarrant

    Tarrant, Margaret

    Margaret Tarrant was a prolific English illustrator that created posters, greeting cards, calendars, postcards and books for fifty years. She was most popular during the 1920’s and 1930’s for her romantic depiction of children, fairies and animals. She died on 28 July 1959.
    • Nursery Rhymes
  • Marilyn Taylor

    Taylor, Marilyn

    Marilyn Taylor was born and educated in England, and has an economics degree from London University. She was a school librarian in a Dublin secondary school for 16 years and a college librarian.

    Her first novels for young adults were the Jackie and Kev trilogy, Could This Be Love, I Wondered? (1994),  Could I Love a Stranger? and Call Yourself a Friend?.   (more)

    • 17 Martin Street
    • Faraway Home
    • The Lough Neagh Monster
    • The Blue Horse
    • The Leprechaun Who Wished He Wasn't
    • Alfie Green and a Sink Full of Frogs
    • Alfie Green and the Fly-Trapper
    • Alfie Green and the Conker King
    • I Won't Go To China
    • The Dreaming Tree
  • Treacy, Carol Ann

    Carol Ann Treacy is an Irish children’s author, illustrator and graphic designer. She lives in Kilkenny in a very messy house with her husband, two children and a bunch of wild cats; She loves to travel and sometimes wishes she could fly. She thinks geese are great. Honk!

    • Barney Goose
  • William Trevor

    Trevor, William

    William Trevor has received world wide acclaim for his novels, short stories and plays and is the winner of many major literary awards. He was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork, in 1928, where his father was a bank manager. When he was growing up, the family lived in many different towns in Ireland.

    Trevor's Ballroom of Romance is well known from its filmed version.   (more)

    • Juliet's Story
  • Martin Waddell

    Waddell, Martin

    Martin Waddell is one of the most popular and successful authors for children. His books have been published internationally and sell worldwide. They range in age from read-aloud, full-colour picture books for the very young to books for teenage and young adult readers. He has written more than ninety books (some of them under his pseudonym, Catherine Sefton) and has won many awards.   (more)

    • Sailor Bear
  • Stephen Walsh

    Walsh, Stephen

    Stephen Walsh has a long association with leprechauns. He is the inventor of the emblematic leprechaun costume seen at many public events. He participated in a record breaking gathering of leprechauns which made the Guinness Book of Records in 2011, and he has run several marathons dressed as a leprechaun.   (more)

    • Brendan and the Blarney Stone
    • Gulliver
    • My Ireland Counting Book
    • The Secret of Kells
  • Sarah Webb

    Webb, Sarah

    Sarah Webb is a children’s author who combines writing with schools visits, reading and giving workshops at festivals, and teaching creative writing. She has won two Irish Book Awards for her children's books (for A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea and Blazing a Trail), as well as the Children’s Books Ireland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Books, awarded in 2015.   (more)

    • A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea
    • Blazing a Trail
    • Animal Crackers
  • Liz Weir

    Weir, Liz

    LIZ WEIR is a professional storyteller who works with all age groups promoting the traditional art for which Ireland is world famous. A children’s librarian by training, she now travels the world telling stories to adults and children, organising workshops on storytelling, and speaking at courses for parents, teachers and librarians.   (more)

    • Here, There and Everywhere
    • Boom Chicka Boom
  • Grace Wells

    Wells, Grace

    Grace Wells is a writer and poet. Born in 1968, she grew up in central London. On leaving school, she began working in the film and television industry, ultimately becoming a freelance producer. Fuelled by her lifelong desire to write, and through a roundabout path, she came to Ireland in 1991. She now lives in Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary with her two children.   (more)

    • Ice Dreams
  • Gerard Whelan

    Whelan, Gerard

    Gerard Whelan was born in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, and has lived and worked in several European countries. After some time living in Dublin, he has returned to live in his native Wexford. He is the author of many books for children and a multiple award-winner. His first novel, The Guns of Easter, won the Eilís Dillon Memorial Award for first-time writers.   (more)

    • War Children
    • The Guns of Easter
    • A Winter of Spies
  • Maureen White

    White, Maureen

    Maureen White is a playwright, teacher at the Gaiety School of Acting and dramaturg for Rough Magic Theatre Company. This is her first novel for young adults.

    • The Butterfly Shell
  • Mark Wickham

    Wickham, Mark

    Mark Wickham is an award winning illustrator and designer from West Cork. His personal and commercial work has been published and exhibited internationally. He recently made a 100ft floating sculpture that glowed in the dark.

    • Brian and the Giant
    • Brian and the Vikings
  • Wilde, Oscar

    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day.   (more)

    • Oscar Wilde - Stories for Children
  • Una Woods

    Woods, Una

    Úna Woods is an illustrator and author who lives in Dublin. She loves making illustrations for children, and her work has been published in books, magazines and websites.

    She loves working with bright colours and patterns in her illustrations. She grew up in Clontarf, very close to where Bram Stoker was born.

    • Have You Seen the Dublin Vampire?
  • Enda Wyley

    Wyley, Enda

    ENDA WYLEY is a teacher and poet, and has had several books published.
    • I Won't Go To China
    • Boo and Bear
  • Megan Wynne

    Wynne, Megan

    Megan is a writer and fully qualified teacher. She has taught at secondary and primary level. She has also worked as a supervisor of trainee teachers in university.

    In 2007 Megan founded her creative school to combine her love of writing and teaching. Her aim is to inspire and build confidence in children.   (more)

    • The House on Hawthorn Road
  • Yeats, W. B.

    William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as an Irish Senator for two terms.

    • The Moon Spun Round
    • A Rosette for Maeve?
    • Colm's Lambs