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Our top sellers of 2021

Yet again we have a top 30 to be proud of! We are so happy to have such a strong representation of Irish authors – 19 out of our top 30 books are written by Irish authors/ illustrators, and 7 of our top 10! This is testament to the amazing quality of talent in our shores. Our number 1 is the book that captured the hearts of the nation, A Hug for You.

1. A Hug for You by David King, illustrated by Rhiannon Archard, tells the story of the virtual hug created by David’s son Adam who stole the heart of the nation on The Late Late Toy Show in 2020. It is a beautifully illustrated reflection of the past two years and the importance of sharing the love. We had a wonderful visit from the King family in November – a fantastic day to remember! This book was also the worthy winner of the Junior Children’s An Post Book of the Year and was also one of the finalists for overall An Post Book of the Year. (Irish, Irish Published, 2021, Picture Book)

2. The Little Bee Charmer of Henrietta Street by Sarah Webb – a wonderful historical novel set in the Dublin tenements in 1911, this is a book about friendship, resilience and circus life with a hint of magic! We have been very lucky to have Sarah work in the shop since August and we held a signing event and an online launch in October (Irish, Irish Published, 2021, 9-12)

3. Boot by Shane Hegarty: All three books from the Boot series sell incredibly well for us, but as the first in the series, Boot – Small Robot, Big Adventure is a firm favourite of ours to recommend for strong readers aged 7+. Shane visited the shop with his family during the summer and signed lots of copies of all three books. (Irish, 2019, 5-8, #6 last year)

4. Rabbit’s Bad Habits by Julian Gough & Jim Field (Irish, 2016, 5-8, #12 last year)

5. Up on the Mountain by Peter Donnelly (Irish, Irish Published, 2021, Picture Book)

6. Dog Man: Mothering Heights by Dav Pilkey (2021, 5-8)

7. There’s a Ghost in this House by Oliver Jeffers (Irish, 2021, Picture Book)

8. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (2019, Gift Book, #1 last year)

9. The Summer I Robbed a Bank by David O’Doherty (illustrated b2y Chris Judge) (Irish, 2021, 9-12)

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