Mother and daughter pen dual language children’s book

Mother and daughter duo, Ånne Hoey and Leah Egan have been telling stories for over 50 years combined.

School teacher and storyteller Ånne has over 40 years of working with children as a primary school teacher. Leah is an award-winning actor, director, narrator and playwright with over a decade of experience in the audiobook, theatre and Film & TV industry. 

Together, mother and daughter, they released their first children’s book publication, Smokie the Dragon, in 2020. The Irish language edition, An Dragan Lasán, launched June 1st and is currently available in store and online on 

Smokie the Dragon/An Dragan Lasán

“Smokie the Dragon lives a lonely life. Alone in her swamp cave, she wishes for a friend. One day, an unexpected visitor comes her way. Will Smokie be brave enough to embark on a fun and magical adventure through the skies?”

The book is aimed at children aged 3-8 years on the themes of friendship, bravery, fantasy and kindness.

The Irish language edition contains a keyword glossary. Both books include conversation starters and activity pages to enhance learning and keep young minds engaged. 

Teachers and school staff are entitled to 10% off all Finicky Heart publications. Simply visit and enter discount code TEACHER10 for 10% off at checkout! 

To find out more about Finicky Heart Books you can visit their website at 

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