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Halfway up the Stairs is named An Post Bookshop of the Year!

On Wednesday 22nd November, at the annual An Post Book Awards, we were named Bookshop of the Year! We are so happy and so proud of this achievement, especially considering how brilliant the other five bookshops on the shortlist are. Congratulations to Bridge Books, Bridge Street Books, Liber, Maynooth Bookshop and O’Mahony’s.

Here are some pictures from the night (taken by Ger Holland, for writing.ie)

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Your Summer Story Starts Here

Recommended Picture Books (We love these books!)

We Are the Wibbly by Sarah Tagholm and Jane McGuinness Order here

The Mermaid Moon by Briony May Smith Order here

The Golden Hare by Paddy Donnelly (Irish author) Order here

Dexter Lost his Boo-Woo by Shane Hegarty and Ben Mantle (Irish author) Order here

Waiting for Froggo by Alice Courtley Order here

Little Lion Girl by Olivia Hope and Fiona Woodcock (Irish author) Order here

The Ballad of Cactus Joe by Lily Murray and Clive McFarland (Irish illustrator) Order here

There’s a Tiger on the Train – Mariesa Dulak and Rebecca Cobb Order here

The Girl and the Mermaid by Hollie Hughes and Sarah Massini Order here

Sixth Class going into First Year (a range of our favourite new books)

Summer Stories – our choices for 6th class going into 1st year

Global by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, illustrated by Giovanni Rigano (Irish author) Order here

An award-winning graphic novel about Sami and Yuki, two different young people who are trying to survive.

The Traitor in the Game by Triona Campbell (Irish author) Order here

The second book in this teen thriller series set in the world of gaming. Age 13+

Burning Crowns by Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber (Irish author) Order here

The third book in this funny, fast-paced romantasy series. Age 13+

Me and Aaron Ramsey by Manon Steffan Ros Order here

A powerful and moving book about football fan, Sam, and his relationship with his dad.

Movies Showing Nowhere by Yorick Goldewijk and Laura Watkinson (Translator) Order here

A super clever time-travel novel, something a bit different.

The Whisperwicks: The Labyrinth of Lost and Found by Jordan Lees Order here

Outstanding fantasy adventure with brilliant world building.

A Drop of Golden Sun by Kate Saunders Order here

Charming, funny historical fiction about family and friendship, set around a Hollywood movie during 1973.

The Tower Ghost by Natasha Mac a’Bháird (Irish author) Order here

A twisty, gripping murder mystery story set in a boarding school.

Into the Witchwood by Méabh McDonnell (Irish author) Order here

Terrific fantasy adventure set in an enchanted wood.

The Fights that Make Us by Sarah Hagger-Holt Order here

Jesse is non-binary and is looking for her place in the world. Then she finds her cousin’s teenage diaries, which spotlight LGBTQ+ history.

Age 6/7+

Pablo and Splash by Sheena Dempsey (Irish author/illustrator) Order here

The Magician Next Door by Rachel Chivers Khoo, Illustrated by Alice McKinley (Irish author) Order here

This Lake is Fake by Julian Gough, illustrated by Jim Field (Irish author) Order here

Lola and Larch Fix a Fairy Forest by Sinéad O’Hart, illustrated by Rachel Seago (Irish author) Order here

Evil Duck and the Feather of Fortune by Chris Judge (Irish author/illustrator) Order here

Dinosaur Pie by Jen Wallace, illustrated by Alan O’Rourke (Irish author and illustrator) Order here

Bertha and Blink: Rumble in the Jungle by Nicola Colton (Irish author/illustrator) Order here (to come)

Adventure Mice: Mice on the Moon by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre Order here

Bear and Bird: The Adventure and Other Stories by Jarvis Order here

Happy Hills: Attack of the Giant Danger Kittens by Sophy Henn Order here

Age 9+

Milly McCarthy and the Sports Day Shambles by Leona Forde and Karen Harte (Irish author/Irish illustrator) Order here

Movies Showing Nowhere by Yorick Goldewijk and Laura Watkinson (Translator) Order here

The Weather Girls by Sarah Webb (Irish author) Order here

Pirates of Darksea by Catherine Doyle (Irish author) Order here

The Whisperwicks: The Labyrinth of Lost and Found by Jordan Lees Order here

A Drop of Golden Sun by Kate Saunders Order here

Artezans: The Forgotten Magic by L. D. Lapinski Order here

The Tower Ghost by Natasha Mac a’Bháird (Irish author) Order here

Into the Witchwood by Méabh McDonnell (Irish author) Order here

Mega Robo Bros: Nemesis by Neill Cameron Order here

Nina Peanut is Amazing by Sarah Bowie (Irish author/illustrator) Order here

The Fights that Make Us by Sarah Hagger-Holt Order here

The Houdini Inheritance by Emma Carroll (out 2nd July) Order here

Fallout by Lesley Parr (out 4th July) Order here

Teen Books

King of Nothing Nathanael Lessore  Order here

The Traitor in the Game by Triona Campbell (Irish author) Order here

(Start with book 1 A Game of Life and Death if you haven’t read it yet) Order here

Burning Crowns by Catherine Doyle and Katherine Webber (Irish author) Order here

 (Start with book 1 Twin Crowns if you haven’t read the series yet) 

Me and Aaron Ramsey by Manon Steffan Ros Order here

I Am Wolf by Alastair Chisholm Order here

Island by David Almond, illustrated by David Litchfield Order here

The Things We Leave Behind by Clare Furniss Order here

On Silver Tides by Sylvia Bishop Order here

YA (Age 15+)

Something’s About to Blow Up by Sam Blake (Irish author) Order here

Little Bang by Kelly McCaughrain (Irish author) Order here

The Boy Next Door by Jenny Ireland (Irish author) Order here

Iris Green, Unseen by Louise Finch Order here

Who Watches This Place by Amy Clarkin (Irish author) Order here

The Reappearance of Rachel Price by Holly Jackson Order here

Murder on a Summer Break by Kate Weston Order here

Catfish Rolling by Clara Kumagai (Irish author) Order here

Girl, Goddess, Queen by Bea Fitzgerald Order here

Apocalypse Cow by O.R. Sorrel Order here

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Our Books of the Year 2023

There were so many wonderful books published in 2023, it was very difficult to choose our Books of the Year!

Our team of children’s booksellers carefully selected their favourite books of the year in each category. We added together all these and came up with our overall selection. And from these books we chose our unanimous overall winner:

We are delighted to announce our overall Book of the Year is The Girl Who Fell to Earth by our Laureate na nÓg, Patricia Forde! A thought provoking, sci-fi adventure, perfect for age 11+.

Our Picture Books of the Year

The Mermaid Moon by Briony May Smith (age 4+). Order here

Kevin’s in a Mood by Sarah Bowie (age 3+). Order here

It’s Too Dark Puffling by Erika McGann & Gerry Daly (age 3+) . Order here

Little Wolf by Peter Donnelly (age 4+). Order here

Age Six Plus Books of the Year

The Wishkeeper’s Apprentice by Rachel Chivers Khoo (age 7+). Order here

Bear and Bird by Jarvis (age 6+). Order here

Adventuremice: Mice on the Ice by Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre (age 6+). Order here

Age Nine Plus Books of the Year

The Rescue of Ravenwood by Natasha Farrant (age 9+). Order here

Tyger by SF Said (age 11+). Order here

Milly McCarthy is a Complete Catastrophe by Leona Forde, illustrated by Karen Harte (age 8+). Order here

The Girl Who Fell to Earth by Patricia Forde (age 11+). Order here

The Final Year by Matt Goodfellow, illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton (age 11+). Order here

Teen Books of the Year

A Game of Life or Death by Triona Campbell (age 13+). Order here

Freya Harte is not a Puzzle by Méabh Collins (age 13+). Order here

Young Adult Books of the Year

Catfish Rolling by Clara Kumagai (age 15+). Order here

Murder on a School Night by Kate Weston (age 15+). Order here

Wise Creatures by Deirdre Sullivan (age 15+). Order here

Gift Books of the Year

Gods Don’t Cry by Ellen Ryan, illustrated by Conor Merriman (age 8+). Order here

I Am The Wind, edited by Lucinda Jacob & Sarah Webb, illustrated by Ashwin Chacko (age 8+). Order here

The Swing by Britta Teckentrup. Order here

Irish Language Books of the Year

Dogman Scaoilte Amach (Unleashed) by Dav Pilkey (age 8+). Order here

Gealach agus Grian by Muireann Ní Chíobháin, illustrated by Brian Fitzgerald (age 2+). Order here

Graphic Novels of the Year

Bumble & Snug and the Shy Ghost by Mark Bradley (age 6+). Order here

Mexikid by Pedro Martín (age 11+). Order here

Some more favourites from 2023!

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Best Independent Bookshop in Ireland!

We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to have been named Best Independent Bookshop in Ireland, 2022, as well as being shortlisted for Children’s Bookseller of the Year!

We are so proud of this achievement! There are so many wonderful indie bookshops in Ireland, especially our fellow nominee, Little Acorn Books in Derry, and it is a real honour to receive this accolade, especially as a dedicated Children’s Bookshop.We have a wonderful team of dedicated children’s booksellers – Trish, Amanda, Meriel, Kathleen and our Events Manager, author Sarah Webb. We work hard to get the best books into children’s hands and we are lucky there are so many wonderful children’s books out there!

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Books of the Year 2022

All five of us at Halfway up the Stairs cast our votes for our favourite books published in 2022. There were two books that were unanimously chosen as our Top Books of the Year and we chose a selection of our top 20 books across all categories that we loved! You can follow the links below to find out more about the books.

Picture Book and Novel of the Year

Be Wild Little One by Olivia Hope, illustrated by Daniel Egnéus – Picture Book of the Year

The Light in Everything by Katya Balen, cover art by Sydney Smith – Novel of the Year

Picture Books

A Dress with Pockets by Lily Murray, illustrated by Jenny Lovlie

Amuigh Faoin Spéir by Sadhbh Devlin, illustrated by Brian Fitzgerald

Be Wild Little One by Olivia Hope, illustrated by Daniel Egnéus – Picture Book of the Year

Fox & Son Tailers by Paddy Donnelly

The Wilderness by Steve McCarthy

Well Done, Mummy Penguin by Chris Haughton

Six plus

Bumble & Snug and the Excited Unicorn by Mark Bradley

Loki by Louie Stowell

The Shop of Impossible Ice Creams by Shane Hegarty

Nine Plus

Frankie’s World by Aoife Dooley

The Chestnut Roaster by Eve McDonnell

The Light in Everything by Katya Balen – Novel of the Year

The Lost Whale by Hannah Gold

The Sackville Street Caper by Alan Nolan

While the Storm Rages by Phil Earle

Teen/ Young Adult

Big Bad Me by Aislinn O’Loughlin

My Heart and Other Breakables by Alex Barclay

Twin Crowns by Catherine Doyle & Katherine Webber

Truth Be Told by Sue Divin

Reference/ Gift Books

Be Inspired by Sarah Webb, illustrated by Graham Corcoran

Girls Who Slay Monsters by Ellen Ryan, illustrated by Shona Shirley Macdonald

Some more of our favourites:

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