Children’s books about Notre Dame stories
The Spirit of Christmas At Notre Dame
Echoing the classic poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, “The Spirit of Christmas at Notre Dame” celebrates the joy of childhood with a whimsical story for Fighting Irish fans of all ages. On the eve of final exams, first-year student Grace worries about all the papers and tests.
But a magical ride around campus in Santa’s sleigh helps her recapture the carefree wonder of childhood Christmases past. This special Santa – inspired by Notre Dame’s iconic leader, Father Theodore Hesburgh – helps Grace discover how the spirit of Notre Dame also evokes feelings of family warmth, enchantment and spiritual comfort.
Iconic view of Santa’s sleigh over campus is page 13 in the book.
Notre Dame’s famed leprechaun has rallied fans for decades, but the leprechaun wasn’t the first mascot to help the team shake down the thunder…
Clashmore Mike, a spunky Irish Terrier originally given as a gift to Knute Rockne, inspired and entertained fans for more than 40 years before the leprechaun. From 1924 to 1965, Clashmore Mike’s antics on and off the field brought the team more than luck – the little terriers had a better record than any other mascot in college football.
Dublin to Dome is a sequel to Clashmore Mike Comes Home. An old terrier in the Irish village of Clashmore recalls how he accidentally joined a family emigrating to America in 1924 and wound up as the original mascot of Fighting Irish football. Available from Amazon and Corby Books.
Notre Dame fans of all ages will enjoy the adventures of Mikey, a modern-day Irish Terrier who comes to campus for a tailgate party with his family. Mikey gets lost from his people, but through his exploration of campus, discovers the true story of Clashmore Mike. Available from Amazon, Corby Books and the ND Bookstore.
Clashmore Books story
Susan Guibert and Brendan O’Shaughnessy began writing Notre Dame children’s books in 2010 when both were working in Communications at Notre Dame.
Susan decided they should write a children’s book because there weren’t many good ones in the Notre Dame Bookstore. When Brendan asked what it should be about, Susan said, “a dog.” Brendan had been researching why Notre Dame was called the Fighting Irish, and had read about Clashmore Mike, the mascot before the leprechaun. He replied, “I know what dog it should be” — and an idea was born.
The first children’s book Corby Books ever published, Clashmore Mike Comes Home came out in 2011 and sold out its first printing in six months. The sequel, Clashmore Mike – Dublin to Dome, came out in 2012. Both are meant to entertain kids with the illustrations and story while also teaching readers some little-known Notre Dame history.
Their most recent book takes the venture to another level with a new visual style and rhyming couplets for the text. Chicago artist and recent ND graduate Nicholas Gunty drew the beautiful illustrations. And featuring Fr. Ted Hesburgh allowed them several opportunities to meet the legend, who was kind enough to endorse the book.