Author Eoin Colfer in 2012. His ‘Artemis Fowl’ series is set to be rendered on screen next year. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Once upon a time Irish children’s literature consisted of a handful of authors with a middling profile and modest domestic sales. Apart from two main (...)

I’m a Girl!: for the heroine of Yasmeen Ismail’s book her sex is a point of pride, even if it defies stereotype and the expectations of those around her

“I’m a girl!” the heroine of Yasmeen Ismail’s picture book of the same name shrieks as she scoots around, making messes and unbearable noise. “I’m sup(...)