Teaching Ideas from the O'Brien Press Reading Programme


Comprehensive teaching ideas for books for all reading ages, all available to download.

They were originally produced as part of the O'Brien Reading Programme.

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black_flag.pngBlack Flag: Picture books and storytelling to read aloud

purple_flag.pngPurple Flag; For readers aged 5+ (includes Pandas)

yellow_flag.pngYellow Flag: For readers aged 6+ (includes Flyers)

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A Winter of Spies

Ireland’s War of Independence: when the truth can get you killed

Sarah becomes involved in spying for Michael Collins during the War of Independence.

Teaching ideas for sixth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Amelia

The year is 1914 and Amelia Pim will soon be thirteen. There are rumours of war and rebellion, and Dublin is holding its breath for major, dramatic events. But all that matters to Amelia is what she will wear to her birthday party ...

Teaching ideas for fifth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Benny and Babe

Benny suffers a severe blow to his pride when he meets Babe. He may be a wise guy, but she is at least three steps ahead of him, and they are on her territory.

Teaching ideas for sixth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Benny and Omar

Moving to Tunisia is a real eye-opener for a young Wexford hurling fan. Eoin Colfer's hilarious debut novel.

Teaching ideas for sixth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Brian Boru

Emperor of the Irish

An enthralling account of the life of Brian Boru, who grew to become High King of Ireland before dying in the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.

Teaching ideas for fifth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Call of the Whales

An adventure story set in the endless days of a freezing Arctic landscape, with a haunting presence in the form of the magnificent bowhead whales.

Teaching ideas for sixth class from the O'Brien Reading Programme Supplement

Cherokee

Gene's grandfather, Cherokee, is a famous jazz musician and Gene travels the world with him. He loves the life and his only ambition is to be a musician too. But his aunt is totally opposed to the idea ...

Teaching ideas for fifth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Faraway Home

Two Jewish children are sent from Nazi-occupied Austria to a refugee farm in Northern Ireland. Will they ever see their families again? Based on the true story of Millisle refugee farm in Ards, Co Down.

Teaching ideas for sixth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (maybe)

Beverley, Elizabeth, Kevin, Gerard and his cat visit the mysterious Lady Island, expecting some adventure and a little danger. But nothing prepares them for their encounter with the strange inhabitant of the island.

Teaching ideas for fifth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

In Deep Dark Wood

When Bella Blackwell moves in next door, life takes a frightening and thrilling turn for Mia. Her brother and granny don't trust "The Bird Woman", and when she disappears their fear become real. A thrilling adventure story from Ireland's best-selling children's author.

Teaching ideas for fourth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

No Peace for Amelia

It's 1916 but Amelia Pim's thoughts are on Frederick Goodbody and not on the war in Europe. Then Frederick enlists. The pacifist Quaker community is shocked but Amelia is secretly proud of her hero …

Teaching ideas for sixth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Red Hugh

The Kidnap of Hugh O'Donnell

In 1857 the old Irish clans struggled desperately to hold on to their lands against Queen Elizabeth, who also had the Spanish Armada to worry about. Could this be Hugh O'Donnell's opportunity to escape from Dublin Castle?

Teaching ideas for sixth class from O'Brien Reading Programme