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

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Don't Open that Box

Belzoni the cat and Greta the chicken try to get to grips with a hungry crocodile that has just eaten Granny.
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Teaching ideas for first/second class from the O'Brien Reading Programme

Ed's Funny Feet

Written by Eoin Colfer, Illustrated by Woody Fox

Ed Cooper has a problem with his big toes. Even his DIY foot-straighteners don't work and he has to wear very uncool 'correction shoes'.
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Teaching ideas for second class from the O'Brien Reading Programme Supplement

Jigsaw Stew

Jack MacAnoolie tries to save his family when they eat stew made from a jigsaw!
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Teaching ideas for second class from the O'Brien Reading Programme Supplement

The Leprechaun Who Wished He Wasn't

Written by Siobhán Parkinson, Illustrated by Donald Teskey

Laurence is a leprechaun who has been small for 1100 years and is sick of it! He wants to be TALL. He wants to be cool. Then he meet Phoebe, a large girl who wants to be small.

Teaching ideas for second class from O'Brien Reading Programme

The Lough Neagh Monster

Written by Sam McBratney, Illustrated by Donald Teskey

When NESSIE arrives from Scotland to visit her monster cousin NOBLETT there is bound to be trouble.


Noblett loves his peaceful secret garden and has little time for his troublesome cousin from Loch Ness.

Teaching ideas for second class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Trouble for Tuffy

A Katie and Ted Story

Written by Ann Bermingham, Illustrated by Marie Burlington

Katie and Ted get into serious trouble while Mum is out – but Tuffy the dog saves the day.
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Teaching ideas for second class from O'Brien Reading Programme