Kildare County Council launches new 'Johnny Magory' book as part of its Disability Week 2023

December 6 2023, 02:33pm


Renowned Irish children’s author Emma-Jane Leeson, in collaboration with County Kildare Access Network (CKAN) has launched a new book ‘Johnny Magory and the Mystery of the Missing Puppies’ as part of Kildare Disability Week which coincided with International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Sunday 3 December.

Commissioned by the Council and Creative Ireland to depict disabled children, author Emma-Jane Leeson has delivered an enchanting new addition to the beloved Johnny Magory series, following the quest of seven children from Kildare, five of whom are disabled, to find their missing assistance puppies.

Copies of the book will be donated to every public library in Ireland, as well as distributed to every primary school in Kildare, making this heart-warming adventure accessible to children across the country.

The book is inspired by the toy assistance puppies from Maynooth Access Group’s ‘Our World’ inclusive toy collection.

The ‘Our World’ initiative recently won the creative places category at the IPB Pride of Place awards.

The ‘Our World’, programme is a sustainable lending and educational resource, consisting of a collection of diverse and inclusive toys and accessories.

The resource is used by all, helping to teach children acceptance, normalising difference, and promoting empathy and compassion, ultimately leading to a more inclusive society.