Sora app

Our JCSP Libraries have a collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks that our students and staff can access anytime, anywhere and it’s free to all JCSP/DEIS schools. It’s really easy to use just download the Sora app to your phone and choose St Pauls from the list. Email me for your login details even if you would like one for a child/ nephew/niece or anyone who might appreciate it).

Teaching and Learning Resources


Borrow Box

This is a similar app available through the public libraries- even if you’re not currently a member, where you can also access eBooks and audiobooks and you can also access daily newspapers and hundreds of eMagazines free to your phone/tablet through their RBDigital app. To join public libraries online: fill out this form with your name, address, email and some other details & set your PIN to access all the online services.

Other Writing and Reading Inspiration

In addition to Ms Fallon’s Speech Writing competition several authors, illustrators etc. are running online workshops or competitions at the moment – some that I’ve shared on social media include the following in case any of you are trying to entertain your children who are at home:

Author and Laureate na nÓg, Sarah Crossan, is live on Instagram every day at noon @sarahcrossanwriter if you know a young person in need of inspiration -or even for yourself she’s great for writing prompts, workshops, Q&A sessions

John Boyne is running a SHORT STORY COMPETITION, with lots of book tokens to give out as prizes. 3 categories: 6-10 year olds, 11-14 year olds & 15-18 year olds. Each category will have an overall winner (€ 200 book token) & also 5 winners of a € 100 book token & 10 winners of a € 50 national book token.

Picture book artist and author Oliver Jeffers has some fantastic picture books and each evening he is reading his books live and telling the story behind making them on his Instagram live at 6pm or you can watch them later at

Dublin City Libraries @dubcilib introduced us to Earful the library seagull, who speaks Dublinese and likes chips and ice-cream. However, as there are very few humans about the chips are down and he’s a bit out of sorts. They are asking people to write him a poem, draw a picture and share it.

Author, Sarah Webb is doing a daily video with linked word games, story prompts and writing challenges #CreativeBursts for children

Design A Cover Competition: Children’s Books Ireland has joined with The O’Brien Press to give children the opportunity to have their artwork featured on the cover of a professionally published book. They are looking for help in re-jacketing Gordon Snell’s The Supermarket Ghost. Find out more here

Illustrator Rob Biddulph #DRAWWITHROB is posting some draw-along videos that parents could watch with their kids and, hopefully, make some nice pictures.