Christmas 2017: Books for Children

Eason book buyer David O’Callaghan gives his top recommendations for Christmas 2017

15:41 7 Dec 2017 Elaine Power 15:41 Thursday 7 December 2017

Eason book buyer David O’Callaghan was in studio giving us his top recommendations for children's books for Christmas 2017. In case you missed it, here's what he thinks are best buys:


Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

Written for his first born, as an introduction and a guide to the world we live in – Oliver Jeffers has surpassed himself with this quite beautiful gift book for young inquisitive minds everywhere.

A stunning Achievement

The President’s Glasses by Peter Donnelly

Fantastically funny & hilarious tour around Dublin with the President’s Pigeon as he tries to deliver his glasses. All the major landmarks are featured in the witty and bold adventure

Socks for Mr. Wolf by Tatyana Feeney

A tale of a dancing dapper wolf who simply loves his socks. But when a hole appears in one of them …… a crisis situation unfolds and this very cute story tells the tale of how he overcomes this disaster.

A Sailor Went To Sea, Sea, Sea by Sarah Webb & Steve McCarthy

Gift edition book of Favourite Rhymes and & Songs from an Irish childhood, wonderfully illustrated by Steve McCarthy. Perfect Irish Gift

Beyond The Sky: You and the Universe by Dara O Briain

The solar system, the galaxy & beyond – as seen through the unique eyes of Dara O Briain

Using his uber nerd love of all things space, Dara brings a fresh & fascinating look at all that is above and around us in this wonderfully illustrated education by stealth book.

Factual. Funny. Out of this World.

Special Edition MAPS by Aleksandra & Daniel Mizielinska

Beautifully produced & stunningly realised journey around the globe.

From meeting the people, to their favourite dishes to the varied cultures – this “Education By Stealth” treat is a must have for curious minds everywhere.



Amelia Fang & The Barbaric Ball by Laura Ellen Anderson

Isadora Moon Goes on a School Trip by Harriet Munchester

Am a huge fan of these slightly quirky books for younger readers. Very similar to the Judy Moody books in the sense that the lead female characters are very independent, decisive & funny.

The major difference here is that Isadora is Half Fairy / Half Vampire and Amelia is simply ALL vampire. With illustrations throughout, these are 2 characters are perfect for parents & kids looking for something slightly different to the expected.

Dog Man Book 3 - A Tale of Two Kitties by Dav Pilkey

Author of bestselling Captain Underpants series, Dogman has now become a bona fide hit in it’s own right.  A crime busting tale of a “normal” beat cop with the head of a dog with wacky illustrations & full colour throughout. This is awesome.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Fantastic new fiction, this tells the tale of Morrigan Crow who is due to die at the age of eleven but as the clock strikes midnight a delightful stranger by the name of Jupiter North takes her away to the secret city of Nevermoor. Mystery, Magic and 4 Trials – what more do u need?Inventive, funny, action packed – this is a cracker of a start to what should be a great new series.

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Kate DiCamillo writes beautifully about love & loss in this classic tale of coping with estranged parents and friendship. Writing in a most elegant way, as always – Kate DiCamillo adds such a powerful voice to young Raymie who deals with life’s curveballs in a most decisive manner, one which is a must read for any young girl.


And of course, you can’t really discuss fiction without mention the phenomenon’s that are David Walliams “BAD DAD” and Jeff Kinney “Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 12 – The Getaway”

Consistently among the Top 4 Yearly Bestsellers in overall books (including adult books) for the last 5 years, these have helped move Middle Grade to being one of the top performing categories and have spurned a massive industry of bestsellers for this age group.

And for children who already have Bad Dad or Diary of a Wimpy Kid, here are some excellent alternatives are :



The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green 

A mystery novel with a backdrop of mental health – Green never dumbs down his writing for his audience and delivers another classic.

Goodnight Stories For Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women

Wonderfully produced &Beautifully illustrated gift book.

This is one of the must have gifts for Christmas.

With over 100 women from throughout history who changed the world, these reinvented bedtime stories are simply a delight and a nescessity for all young girls.

Tangleweed & Brine By Deirdre Sullivan (illustrated by Kzaren Vaughan)

Classic feminist retellings of the fairy tales we all know wonderfully illustrated throughout by Karen Vaughan. Deirdre has such a literary way with words. And her visionary retellings are quite breath taking. Recent winner of DEPT51 Teen/YA Book of the Year at Irish Book Awards.

This is another must read gift.

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Like all her previous novels, Sarah Crossans’ latest book is written in verse. Always beautifully written – set in Texas, this story of Joe and his brother Ed, who is on death row is harrowing, stunning and heart breaking.

Genuine Fraud by e. Lockhart

This unreliable narrator thriller, with it’s female protagonist reads like a Talent Mr Ripley but is written in a reverse style which slowly peels back the true revelation of the lead characters actions.

From the author of the brilliant “We Were Liars” comes another YA must read.