Bliain na nAmhrán!
Bliain na nAmhrán is a beautiful book is accompanied by a CD with fun songs about the four seasons of the year.

From the blooming of spring, through the joys of summer and the coziness of autumn, all the way to the playfulness of winter, the lyrics from the songs are beautiful and fun! A thoroughly entertaining experience!

Published by Futa Fata
Written/Composed by Tadhh Mac Dhonnagáin and John Ryan
Illustrations by Tarsila Krüse (Cover and Autumn)
Brian Fitzgerald (Summer)
Christina O’Donovan (Spring)
Jennifer Farley (Winter)
Musicians: Kathleen Chualáin
Children from Connemara & Scoil Sailearna
ISBN 978-1-910945 21-6
Age 3 – 7

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“The book is a jewel in itself! Futa Fata is renowned for excellence picturebooks, and in this one a specific artist illustrates each season: Christina O’Donavan (spring), Brian Fitzgerald (summer), Tarsila Krüse (autumn) and Jennifer Farley (winter).

The book offers humor and affection in the songs – they appeal greatly to the young and old. The book is very suitable for schools as well as families with children learning Irish at home.”

– Aonghus Ó Halmhain, Gobblefunked

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Ná Gabh ar Scoil! (Irish)
Colin is excited about his first day of school. He has new clothes, a new backpack and his lunchbox is filled with nice food. But he has one problem – Mom doesn’t want him to go to school!

A laugh-out-loud story of a little bear who cannot not wait to go to school his mom who cannot bear the idea of it.

Published by Futa Fata
Written by Myra Zepf
Illustrations by Tarsila Krüse
ISBN 978-1-910945-27-8
Age 5+

  • Selected as IBBY Book Choice for Europe’s Children’s Books in European Languages

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“A loving story of how a family goes through the feelings and concerns of when a child starts school, Mary Zepf’s text is open and lovely and the funny drawings by Tarsila Krüse allow rich opportunities to be discussed in classrooms.”

– Hannah Deacon, CBI Judge Young Book of the Year Award Panel