Resource Library

Resource Library
List of Books Available from our Resource Library at Clare County Childcare Committee:

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

  • 500 Tips for working with Children with Special Needs by Betty Vahid, Sally Harwood and Sally Brown
  • A User Guide to the GF/CF Diet for Autism, Asperger Syndrome & AD/HD by Luke Jackson
  • AD/HD Handbook: A guide for parents and professionals on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder by Alison Munden and Jon Arcelus
  • Anti-bias Curriculum, Tools for Empowering Young Children by Louise Derman-Sparks and the A.B.C. Task Force
  • Altogether Better Video - from "Special Needs" to equality in education by Micheline Mason and Richard Rieser
  • Autism and Asperger Syndrome Edited by Uta Frith
  • Cerebral Palsy Handbook: A Practical Guide for parents and carers by Marion Stanton
  • Children and the Revolution of Diversity Edited by Aldo Fortunati and Barbara Pagni
  • Children's Language and Communication Difficulties: Understanding, identification and intervention by Julie Dockrell and David Messer
  • Creative Play Activities for children with disabilities: a resource book for teachers and parents by Lisa Rapppaport Morris Linda Schulz
  • Developing Positive Identities Diversity and Young Children - Early Childhood in Focus 3
  • Disability awareness pack from Hope Education 
  • Diversity and Equality in Early Childhood, An Irish Perspective by Colette Murray and Mathias Urban
  • Down Syndrome – The Facts (2nd Edition) by Mark Selikowitz
  • Dyslexia – an introductory guide (2nd Edition) by Jim Doyle
  • Dyspraxia in the Early Years by Christine Macintyre
  • Éist, Respecting Diversity in Early Childhood Care, Education and Training by Colette Murray and Annie O’Doherty
  • Genius Genes: How Asperger's Syndrome changed the World (article) by Michael Fitzgerald and Brendan O’Brien
  • George and Sam - Daily life with two autistic sons by Charlotte Moore 
  • Good Practice in Caring for Young Children with Special Needs (Second Edition) by Angela Dare and Margerat O Donovan
  • Handbook for Learning Support Assistant: Teachers and Assistants Working Together by Glenys Fox
  • Hands Around the World 365 Creative Ways to Build Cultural Awareness and Global Respect by Susan Milord
  • How to Manage Communication Problems in Young Children (3rd Edition) Edited by Myra Kersner and Jannet A. Wright
  • Let’s talk about it – Extraordinary Friends by Fred Rogers
  • Life behind glass, A personal account of Autism Spectrum Disorder by Wendy Lawson
  • My Social Stories Book by Carol Gray
  • Pavee Children - a Study on Childcare Issues for Travellers Research by Colette Murray Pavee Point Publications 
  • Playing, Laughing and Learning with Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Practical Resource of Play Ideas for Parents and Carers by Julia Moor
  • Realising Potential, Equality, Diversity and Inclusive Practice in Early Years by Imelda Graham From Barnardos x 2 
  • Refugee Children and Childcare: A Guide to help children staff support refugee children and educational services from Cork City Childcare 
  • Respect, Education without Prejudice, a challenge for Early Years Educators in Ireland papers presented at a Pavee Point conference in 1998 in Dublin x 2
  • Songs of the Irish Travellers - Traditional ballads and lyric songs 1967-75 CD
  • Supporting and Developing an Anti-Bias/Anti Discrimination Approach in Early Childhood from Clare County Childcare Commitee
  • Supporting Identity, Diversity and Language in the Early Years by Iram Siraj-Blatchford and Priscilla Clarke 
  • The essential guide to Special Education in Ireland by David J.Carey
  • The Raineys, Pavee Point Travellers Centre CD
  • Topics in Downs Syndrome - Teaching reading to children with Down Syndrome.A guide for Parents and Teachers by Patricia Logan Oelwein
  • Travellers and Fellow Travellers Keepers of the Flame, Pavee Point Travellers Centre CD
  • Understanding Each Other: A Resource to Support Bilingual Communication from Kerry and Clare County Childcare Committees
  • Unlearning Discrimination in the Early Years by Babette Brown
  • Valuing Difference in Early Childhood Care and Education: An Irish Perspective DVD
  • What Difference? Working effectively with children who have Special Needs in Early Years Settings DVD Limerick City Childcare Committee
  • What If All The Kids Are White - Anti-Bias Multicultural Education With Young Children and Families by Louise Derman-Sparks and Patricia G.Ramsey
  • ‘Your Child’s Journey’ - Choosing Childcare a Parent's Guide DVD x 2

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion CHILDREN’S BOOKS

  • A Family for Sammy (explains Foster Care process to young children) by Kate Gaynor
  • A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
  • All Kind of Beliefs: A Lift the Flap Book Illustrated by Emma Damon
  • All Kinds of People: A Lift the Flap Book by Emma Damon
  • And Tango Makes Three - Story about a penguin with two fathers by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
  • Black is Brown is Tan by Arnold Adoff and Emily Arnold McCully
  • Black White Just Right by Marguerite W.Davol and Irene Trivas
  • Children Don't Divorce by Rosemary Stones
  • Daddy, Papa and Me by Leslea Newman
  • Everyone Loves Bubbles by Constantina O’Sullivan
  • First Place (helps children to accept & overcome speech impediments) by Kate Gaynor
  • French Flash Cards
  • George's Garden Dual Language English and Bengali
  • Going to the Supermarket, Swimming, the Restaurant, Doctor, Dentist and Hair Dresser -  6 books by Avril Webster
  • Handa’s Hen by Eileen Browne (Big Book)
  • Hatties House - Dual Language English and Turkish
  • Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman and Diana Souza (Story about a young girl with two mothers)
  • Hello Peanut by Rachel Anderson and Debbie Harter
  • Helping Others : Introducing children to good manners and character 
  • I'm Special - Story About Feelings by Jen Green
  • I See Things Differently: A first look at autism by Pat Thomas
  • Ian's Walk – A story about Autism by Lauroe Lears
  • Joe's Special Story (explains inter-country adoption to young children) by Kate Gaynor
  • Just Like My Dad - Dad is a lion in this story, celebrates the child/father relationship by David Melling
  • King for a Day by Rukhsana Khan and Christine Kromer
  • Let's Feed the ducks by Pamela Venus
  • Let's go to bed by Pamela Venus
  • Let's go to playgroup by Pamela Venus
  • Let's have fun by Pamela Venus
  • Love Ramadan - Hassan and Aneesa by Yasmeen Rahim
  • Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes
  • Mama Zooms by Jane Cowen Fletcher x2 (mother is a wheelchair user)
  • Mei Ling's Hiccups by LEmza e Mei Lingut - Albanian & English
  • Mixed Blessings: A children’s book about a multi-racial family by Marsha Cosman
  • Mommy, Mama and Me by Leslea Newman
  • Mothers are Everywhere by Karen Wallace and David Axtell
  • My Daddy and I - A father and son story by P.K. Hallinan
  • My Holiday Family by Kate Gaynor
  • My Parent's Divorce - How can I deal with…? By Sally Hewitt
  • My Two Grannies by Floella Benjamin and Margeret Chamberlain
  • Peter's Party Dual Language English and Chinese
  • Rosie's Room Dual Language English and Gujarati
  • Ruby's Rabbit by Norfolk Traveller Education Service x 2 
  • Shaun's Wellies by Norfolk Traveller Education Service x2
  • So Much by Trish Cooke and Helen Oxenbury (Story about Baby and Afro-Carribean Home Life)
  • Something Else by Kathryn Cave and Chris Riddell
  • Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross (wheelchair user)
  • The Bravest Girl in School (explains to children with diabetes importance of medicine/diet) by Kate Gaynor
  • The Feelings Book by Todd Parr
  • The Okay Book by Todd Parr
  • This is My Hair by Todd Parr
  • The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith
  • The Lost Puppy (shows young children positive aspects from using a wheelchair) by Kate Gaynor
  • The Special Stories Series 2 by Kaye Gaynor (Autism / Hearing Difficulties/ Down Syndrome)
  • The Winner (explains Asthma to young children) by Kate Gaynor
  • Tom's Special Talent by Kate Gaynor and Eva Byrne (story has a focus on Dyslexia/Learning Difficulties) x 2
  • Two Eyes, A Nose and a Mouth by Robert Grobel Intrater
  • We are all alike, we are all different written and illustrated by The Cheltenham Elementary School Kindergartners
  • We Belong Together by Todd Parr (Adoption)
  • We Can Do It by Laura Dwight
  • Where's Mouse - set in a Traveller Halting site x2 (Big Book)

Curriculum Planning and Documentation 

  • A Practical Guide to Activities for Young Children (currently checked out by Geraldine Cosgrove)
  • A Trip Around the World Activities Book by Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company
  • Aistear: The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework from NCCA (2009)
  • Art Experiences for Young Children from Barnardos 
  • Another Trip Around the World Activities Book by Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company
  • Autumn and Winter Festivals - themes for early years by Carole Court
  • Boys & Girls Superheroes in the Doll Corner by Vivian Gussin Paley (1986)
  • Creative Art and Activities from Partnership Tra Li
  • Creative Resource for Infants & Toddler (2 nd Edition) by Judy Herr and Terri Swim
  • Cultivating Creativity in Babies, toddlers and young children 
  • Entertaining and Educating Young Children from Usborne Publishing
  • Entertaining and Educating Babies & Toddlers from Usborne Publishing
  • Family Learning Resource Guide from Clare Family Learning Project
  • Gymnastics activities for infants: 2nd Edition by Jim Hall
  • I am We Are - Activities Pack: Creative Activities to help Children Explore their Identities
  • Learning Stories in Practice by Margaret Carr and Wendy Lee 
  • Let’s Have Fun from Kerry County Childcare Committee 
  • Observing Child Development Inspiring DVD’s for early years and education: All About the Outdoors from Siren Films 
  • Planning in the moment with Two- and Three-Year Olds: Child Initiated Play in Action by Anna Ephgrave 
  • Play by Lisa Murphy
  • About Me - Progression in Play for Babies and Children from Baby and Beyond
  • Dens and Shelters - Progression in Play for Babies and Children
  • Dolls and Soft Toys - Progression in Play for Babies and Children
  • Bikes, prams and Pushchairs - Progression in Play for Babies and Children
  • Finger Play and Rhymes - Progression in Play for Babies and Children
  • Mark Making - Progression in Play for Babies and Children 
  • Movement and Beat - Progression and Play in Babies and Children
  • Going Out – Progression in Play for Babies and Children 
  • Small World Play - Progression in Play for Babies and Children
  • The Natural World - Progression in Play for Babies and Children 
  • The Sensory World - Progression in Play for Babies and Children 
  • Role Play - Progression in Play for Babies and Children
  • Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories: Storytelling and Story Acting in the Early Years, Trisha Lee 
  • Role Play by Judith Harries from Practical Preschool
  • Self Esteem Games - 300 fun activities that make children feel good about themselves by Barbara Sher
  • Talk and Listen Together by the Basic Skills Agency
  • The Breathing Circle - Learning through the movement of the natural breath by Nell Smyth (Steiner/Waldorf Teacher and Educational Consultant) 
  • The Language of Art by Ann Pelo 
  • The Right to be Me by Claire Warden
  • The Usborne Book of Art Ideas: Over 200 ideas
  • New Youth Arts & Crafts Book by Alan Dearling and Howie Armstrong illustrations by Gubby

Specific Curriculum Focus: STEAM 

  • Reggio-Inspired Mathematics by Richmond School District
  • Creative Investigations in Early Engineering and Technology by Angela Eckhoff
  • Spot Bakes a Cake by Eric Carle for Mathematics 

Specific Curriculum Focus: Outdoor Play & Nature

  • 50 Exciting things to do outside by Ros Bayley and Lynn Broadbent
  • Balanced and Barefoot by Angela J. Hanscom
  • Buds of the Banner, A Guide to Growing Native Trees and Shrubs in Clare x2 
  • Every Nursery Needs a Garden: A step by step guide to creating and using a garden with young children by Ann Watts
  • For the Kids! A family friendly guide to outings and activities for children in Ireland
  • Great Gardens for Kids by Clare Matthews
  • Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
  • Look Look Look Again x 4: Winter, Autumn, Summer and Spring
  • Nature and Young Children Encouraging Creative Play and Learning in Natural Environments by Ruth Wilson
  • Nurture Through Nature: Promoting outdoor play for young children from IPPA
  • Outdoor Play Matters: The Benefits of Outdoor Play for Young Children from Barnardos
  • The Fascination of Learning by Doing in the Outdoors. Simple Ideas and Big Results for Supporting Language Development in Young Children from Cork City Partnership Ltd. 
  • The Living Farmland, a Guide to Farming with Nature in Clare from Clare County Council
  • The Potential of a Puddle - Outdoor Play by Claire Warden

Environment Design in Early Years 

  • Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky
  • Loose Parts: Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers by Daly and Beloglovsky
  • Designs for Living and Learning by Margie Carter 

Children's Books

  • Acker Backa Boo! Games to Say and Play from Around the World by Opal Dunn and Susan Winter
  • Baby Dazzlers – Glittery garden
  • Baby Dazzlers – Sparkly day
  • Boots for a bridesmaid
  • Brothers by Debbie Bailey Photos by Susan Huszar
  • Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus - Words and Pictures by Mo Willems
  • Five Little Monkeys - Over 50 Action and Counting Rhymes by Zita Newcome
  • How Many Sleeps till Christmas? By Mark Sperring and Sebastian Braun
  • If you’re not from the prairie by David Bouchard
  • It's my pond by Claire Garralon
  • Mum's Jumper by Jayde Perkin
  • We All Went on Safari A Counting Journey Through Tanzania
  • While We Can't Hug by Eoin Mc Loughlin
  • Stories from Eiriu's Island
  • The Family Book by Todd Parr
  • The Red Lemon by Bob Staake 
  • Tony the Turtle Bundle of 3 Books by Valerie Sheehan 
  • The Bogle Wogles by Jennifer and Peter Hornsby
  • Traction Man is Here by Mini Grey

Music and Songs for Children

  • High low Dolly Pepper with CD 
  • Mango Spice with CD - Caribbean Songs
  • Merrily to Bethlehem CD
  • Nursery Rhymes and Children's Songs - Carousel, 40 Best loved Songs for Children of All Ages CD
  • Sing Hey Diddle Diddle with CD 
  • Singing sack book with CD
  • Start with a Song CD - 44 songs 
  • Start with a song book: 70 Songs for the Early Years

Theory and Research on Development and Learning 

  • 101 Games for social skills by Jenny Mosley and Helen Sonnet
  • Childcare and Education 6th Edition by Tina Bruce and Carolyn Meggitt 
  • Child Development An Illustrated Guide by Carolyn Meggitt and Gerald Sunderland
  • Experiencing Reggio Emilia, implications for pre-school provision by Lesley Abbott and Cathy Nutbrown
  • From Birth to Five years - Children’s Developmental Progress by Mary D. Sheridan
  • Introducing Loris Malaguzzi by Sandra Smidt 
  • Introducing Bronfenbrenner by Noirin Hayes, Leah O’Toole and Ann Marie Halpenny
  • Just stop and think - helping children plan to improve their behaviour by Fiona Wallace
  • Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3-8 years) from Eithne Kennedy, Elizabeth Dunphy, Bernadette Dwyer, Geraldine Hayes, Therese Mc Phillips, Jackie Marsh, Maura O’Connor, Gerry Shiel.
  • Oral Language in early Childhood and Primary Education (3-8 years) by Gerry Shiel, Aine Cregan, Anne Mc Gough and Peter Archer.  
  • Play it safe - A guide to preventing children's accidents  
  • Preschool in three Cultures: Japan, China and the United States from Joseph J. Tobin, David Y.H. Wu, Dana H.Davidson.
  • The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegal and Tina Payne Bryson 
  • What does it mean to be three?: A practical guide to child development in the Foundation Stage 
  • What does it mean to be four? A Practical Guide to Child Development in the Foundation Stage By Jennie Lindon
  • Your young child’s behaviour: How can we help from Barnardos

Early Learning and Care Level 5/6 Textbooks

  • Assisting Children with Special Needs – An Irish Perspective. 2nd Ed by Eilis Flood 
  • Child Development - FETAC Levels 5 & 6 by Eilis Flood 
  • Child Health & Well-Being by Niamh Gaine 
  • Early Childhood Curriculum by Eilis Flood & Catriona Hardy 
  • Early Childhood Education, Society and Culture Edited by Angela Anning, Joy Cullen and Marilyn Fleer
  • Work Practice and Experience in Childcare by Martina Coombes & Joanne Russell
  • Sociology of Childhood Studies 
  • Supervision and Leadership in Childcare by Eileen Mc Partland 

Leadership and Management in the Early Years 

  • Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children from Tusla
  • Essential Skills for Managers of Child-Centred Settings by Shelly Newstead and Emma Isles-Buck (2005)
  • Essential Skills for Managers of Child-Centred Settings by Shelly Newstead and Emma Isles-Buck 2nd Edition (2012)
  • Intentional Leadership for Effective Inclusion in Early Childhood Care and Education by Mary Moloney and Eucharia McCarthy 
  • Legislation handbook for childcare providers (2008) from Barnardos
  • Professional Development in Early Childhood Care and Education from IPPA 
  • Quality Early Years Care and Education: What to look for in an Early Years Service from Barnardos (2016)
  • Supporting Quality Guidelines for Best Practice in Early Childhood Services from Barnardos
  • To Compliance and Beyond: A Guide for Early LEarning and Care & School Age Childcare Services from Dublin City CCC
  • To do or not to do – Ethical Practice Guidelines from National Children’s Nurseries Association x 2 
  • Towards Quality Daycare – minimum quality standards in a nursery from National Children’s Nurseries Association x 4 

Working with Families - Parent Partnerships 

  • Involving Parents in their Children's Learning by Margy Whalley and the Pen Green Centre Team
  • Learning Together: A parent's guide to early childhood learning from Barnardos (2010) x 2 
  • Learning Together: A parent's guide to early childhood learning from Barnardos (2018)
  • Parents Matter Supporting the Birth to Three Matters Framework Edited by Lesley Abbott and Ann Langston
  • The Key Person Approach: Positive Relationships with Children in the Early Years from Barnardos 
  • Working in Partnership with Parents: A Guide for Early Childhood Professionals from Barnardos (2019)

Supporting Infant and Toddler Care and Education

  • Birth to Three Matters - Supporting the framework of effective practice Edited by Lesley Abbott and Ann Longston
  • Dear Parent Caring for Children with Respect by Magda Gerber 
  • Fragile Families Fragile Solutions: A history of supportive services for families in poverty by Robert Halpern
  • Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome - A user guide to adolescence by Luke Jackson
  • Helping children to be competent learners: From Birth to 3 by Ann Roberts and Avril Harpley
  • Navigating the way through Toilet Learning by Childspace 
  • Unfolding of Infants Natural Gross Motor Development by Dr. Emmi Pikler 
  • Raising a Secure Child by Kent Hoffman, Glen Cooper and Bert Powell
  • Respect by Toni Christie 
  • Rethinking Attachment for Early Childhood Practice by Sharne A Rolfe
  • No Bad Kids by Janet Lansbury €14.99
  • Self-Reg by Dr. Stuart Shanker 
  • This is Me! Observation Guidelines for Babies and Toddlers. NIPPA.
  • Toddlerobics by Zita Newcome
  • Toilet Time Training Resource Pack 
  • Toilet Training and the Autism Spectrum a Guide for Professionals 
  • School Aged Childcare (SAC)
  • A Practical Guide to Activities for Older Children: Supports work in play settings for ages 4-16 by Miranda Walker
  • After School The Way Forward: Good Practice Guidelines For the Development of a Quality After School Service - Guidelines compiled by Esther Pugh
  • Beyond Toddlerdom - Keeping 5 to 12 year olds on the rails by Dr. Christopher Green
  • Child's Play 1 & 2 - games for life for children by Wil Van Haren & Rudolf Kischnick
  • Learning to be confident, determined and caring by Karen Brunskill
  • Making Play Work - The promise of after-school programmes for low-income children by Robert Halpen
  • School's Out- A Practice Manual for Providers DVD (School Age Childcare) from Limerick Childcare Committee x2
  • Voice and Choice Edited by Mary Moloney, Ann Higgins and Sandra Ryan x 2

Childminding Specific 

  • Best Practice Guidelines for Childminders- The Lagan Family Daycare Network x2
  • Childlinks: The Home Learning Environment from Barnardos 
  • Childminding – a step-by-step guide by Jackie Harding and Liz Meldon-Smith
  • Childminders Guide to Play and Activities by Lee Allison
  • Good Practice in Childminding by Christine Hobart and Jill Frankel
  • The Childminding Handbook by Patricia Hayes Murray

Leabhar agus Ceol as Gaelige

  • Amhrain do Phaisti - CD Gniomhamhrain Saothair, Amhrain do Chluichi agus Amhrain don Imirt Aithrise
  • An Treoir maidir le Sugradh Cuimsitheach AIM
  • Cairt Eagsulachta Chomhionannais Agues Chuimsithe agus Theoirlinte Don Churam Agus Don Oideachas Luathoige - An Roinn Leanai Agus Gnothai Oige, 2016
  • Damhsa Na gCoinini - CD Seanamhrain agus Rannta Traidisiunta le Ceol Nuachumtha D'Og agus Sean 
  • First Irish Word Book Usborne Farmyard Tales by Heather Amery & Stephen Cartwright 
  • Fobairt Naionrai Teoranta - DVD outlines Advantages of Sending your Child to Irish Language Pre-school Service
  • Irish language CD's Music and Stories: Cochaillin Dearg, Am Codlata i Lár na Coille, Na Tri Mhuicin agus 3 scéal eile and An Sicin Beag Bui 
  • Lamhleabhar do Striurthoiri Naionra Eagarthoir: Deirdre Ui Ghradaigh 
  • Maidin sa Naionra - CD Amhrain agus Rannta do Phaisti Oga a gCanadh ag Treasa Ni Cheannaigh agus Maire Breathnach
  • SarShaothar sa Naionra, Quality model for Naionra

Bereavement and Grief 

  • Let’s Talk About When Someone Dies by Molly Potter
  • Someone to talk to, a handbook on childhood bereavement by Pat Donnelly x2
  • Someone Very Important Has Just Died by Mary Turner
  • Young Children Grieve too: A guide for parents and Carers of Children Under 6 Who have Been Bereaved from Barnardos

Membership for the Resource Library is €10 and resources can be borrowed for a month maximum.