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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A Garden for Tom

Written by Una Leavy, Illustrated by Margaret Suggs

Tom would love to have his very own garden and Dad arranges it for him. But Tom is impatient. Things are not growing fast enough for him …


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Teaching ideas for first class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Amy's Wonderful Nest

Written by Gordon Snell, Illustrated by Fergus Lyons

Amy, a little robin, is alone and has to fend for herself. She decides to build a nest, but she doesn't know how!
Panda 5

Teaching ideas for first class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Bad Hair Day

Written by Catherine Doolan, Illustrated by Maeve Kelly

Finn is trying desperately to be cool, but nothing works. Until he tackles his hair...
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Teaching ideas for first/second class by Anne O'Carroll

Barry's New Bed

Written by Una Leavy, Illustrated by Moira McNamara

Your first real bed is a big adventure – but a little scary too!
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Teaching ideas for first class from the O'Brien Reading Programme Supplement

Danny and Baby Do It All

Written by Brianóg Brady Dawson, Illustrated by Michael Connor

Why does Danny Brown want his baby sister Susie's Baby Do-it-all? It can only mean more TROUBLE for poor Danny!
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Teaching ideas for first class from the O'Brien Reading Programme Supplement

Danny Brown and the Monster Toothbrush

Written by Brianóg Brady Dawson, Illustrated by Michael Connor, Coloured by Alan Nolan

Danny hates brushing his teeth, so when he gets a new toothbrush he wants to get rid of it! He tries flushing it down the toilet, burying it in the garden and throwing it for Keano, his dog, but it keeps coming back!

A fun story about a boy who can't help getting into trouble. Illustrated in colour throughout.

Teaching ideas for first class from the O'Brien Reading Programme

Danny Brown and the Talking Teeth

Written by Brianóg Brady Dawson, Illustrated by Michael Connor, Coloured by Alan Nolan

Danny Brown is always in trouble.
Why did he take Granny’s teeth to school?
Just WHAT was he thinking?
Now Mum is cross, teacher is cross,
and Granny is VERY cross.
But Danny was only having fun, wasn’t he?

Teaching ideas for 1st class from the O'Brien Reading Programme

Danny's Sick Trick

Written by Brianóg Brady Dawson, Illustrated by Michael Connor

Danny hates Auntie Bessie's dinners so much that he decides to get sick so that he won't have to visit her! Another hilarious Danny story.
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Teaching ideas for first class from the O'Brien Reading Programme Supplement

Fireman Sinead

Written by Anna Donovan, Illustrated by Susan Cooper

Sinead has decided what she will be when she's big – a fireman. There are no women fireman everyone tells her, but Sinead doesn't listen …
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Teaching ideas for first class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Granny Makes a Mess

Written by Brianóg Brady Dawson, Illustrated by Michael Connor

Why does everyone blame Danny for the mess, when Granny did it?
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Teaching ideas for first class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Katie's Cake

Written by Stephanie Dagg, Illustrated by Stephen Hall

Katie finds that it's not easy to replace icing once you've licked it all off the cake.
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Teaching ideas for first class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Katie's Caterpillars

Written by Stephanie Dagg, Illustrated by Stephen Hall

Katie just loves her pet caterpillars. Then she goes on holiday and can't wait to greet them on her return. To her dismay they have changed! Who wants silly old butterflies as pets? Not our Katie …
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Teaching ideas for senior infants from O'Brien Reading Programme