Meath County Council are delighted to announce the appointment of author and illustrator
Tatyana Feeney as Writer-in-Residence for the Early Years Sector.
This residency is funded under the Little Library Book Bag initiative which supports early
literacy skills by gifting every child in Ireland starting school this September with a bag of
books. The stories in the book bags are about starting school, being happy with yourself, and
making friends. Every book bag also contains a library card, a library card wallet, and a
leaflet for parents on supporting their child’s transition from pre-school to primary school.

Tatyana has been working with the Early Years Sector since March 2022 and has already
visited twenty preschools and worked with hundreds of children across the county. She has
been reading stories and leading the children in a Meath Monster Doodle. Each ELC in the
county was gifted a copy of her book ‘Eva and the perfect rain’.
Tatyana Feeney is an author and illustrator who grew up in North Caroline but now lives in
Trim. Her books have been nominated for several awards including The UKLA Book Award,
the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, and the Kate Greenway Medal. Little Owl's Orange
Scarf was the winner of the Rotherham Children's Book Award in the Picture Book Category
in 2014. Her artwork has been exhibited in Dublin, Belfast, Vienna, Bologna, London and The
Hague. Illustrations from Small Elephant's Bathtime were included in the Society of
Illustrator's Original Art Exhibition 2015.

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Seán Drew praised the initiative “which will promote early language and
literacy development encouraging a lifelong love of books and reading in children”.
Chief Executive Jackie Maguire was delighted that Meath County Council Library Service
“received an allocation of funding to support Little Library events in 2022 which included
book gifting and lots of reading and art events with Ms. Feeney. Local authority public
libraries are delighted to be involved in the First 5 My Little Library initiative and we are
looking forward to welcoming all the 4 and 5-year-old children into our libraries to collect
their book bags and begin their library membership journey”.

Children who are starting primary school this September are welcome to drop into their
local Meath library to collect their book bag and to join their library.
The project is a collaboration between the Department of Children, Equality, Disability,
Integration and Youth (DCEDIY), the Department of Rural and Community Development
(DRCD), local authorities and the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA).