Museums and galleries around the country have been welcoming visitors back this week after a long period of closure.

The Museum of Literature, Ireland, on Dublin's Stephen's Green is dedicated to celebrating the best in Irish literature, and for its opening exhibition MOLI is concentrating on picture books and, in particular, the Irish author Chris Haughton.

Most homes with small children will have a copy of books like A Bit Lost or Shh, We Have a Plan and the Dubliner has sold over 3.5 million copies of his books worldwide, with A Bit Lost currently translated into 27 languages.

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Sarah Webb, who curated the exhibition said Haughton is one of Ireland's most important picture book creators and describes his work as 'colourful, vibrant and joyful'. She says it's important to celebrate his work at MOLI as it introduces children to reading.

Chris himself was delighted to be featured, and to represent picture book creators at the museum. He says he feels his work fits in well with the Irish oral tradition, as people like reading aloud and performing stories.

Director of MOLI, Simon O'Connor says he can't wait to see people coming through the museum's door again. He says it's important to remember that authors like Chris Haughton are often the first Irish writer young people are exposed to and that the exhibition is 'colourful and light and fun' - exactly, in fact, what people need.

Purple Squirrel: The Stories of Chris Haughton is at MoLI now - find out more here.