Children’s Book Festival

What Is The Children’s Book Festival?

The annual Children’s Book Festival helps spread the enjoyment of books and reading among children and families, authors and illustrators, teachers and librarians all over Ireland. Join us as we celebrate books, stories and creativity in Kildare this October. 

1. Online events at home

2. Events for Schools

3. On Demand

Our 2020 Catalogue of events

Online Events At Home

Debbie Thomas Writing Workshop 

Best of Both Worlds – Three Day Creative Writing Workshop with Author Debbie Thomas for 8 to 11 year old 

Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th October, 11am to 12pm Online via ZOOM 

Want a chance to exercise your imagination over the midterm break and learn what it means to create a world within books? 

Join Author Debbie Thomas for a three-day creative writing workshop exploring the Best of Both Worlds. Attendees will work together over the three days to create their own nation complete with maps, laws and have a fun look at what makes a good friend, from superheroes to real-life qualities that participants think are important in a friend.  

Booking is required  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/124907047341 

This event will be delivered online and children can access the workshop from home on a PC or laptop. A parent or guardian must be present for the workshops.  

CBI Book Clinic

Zoom Book Clinic for Kildare Libraries Children’s Book Festival with Children’s Books Ireland 

Saturday 17th October 10am – 12pm 

Saturday 7th November 10am – 12pm 

Not sure what to read next or looking for a new series to read? 

Book your child in for a 15-minute zoom session with a Children’s Book Ireland Book Doctor. Based on the chat with the book doctor, each child will receive a book prescription from the Book Doctor via email to their parent or guardian following their consultation.  

Booking required: Places are limited and must be pre-booked by emailing celbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie with ‘book doctor’ in the subject heading and your child’s name.  

Creative Writing for 14 to 16 year olds  

From the inside out: Characters that read like people and places that are more than just settings with author Shauna Gilligan .

In these interactive Creative Writing Workshops we will explore how to create characters that read like real people and how to bring a believable sense of place to your setting. 

What will I be doing?  

Reading some examples of vibrant characterisation and scene setting. 

Discussing the topics and sharing your ideas.  

Doing writing exercises that will bring your character and setting alive. 

Sharing your writing with the group – only if you are comfortable doing so. 

Giving and receiving feedback from the facilitator and the group on your writing. 

29th and 30th October 2020 2pm – 3.30pm  

Booking requiredhttps://www.eventbrite.ie/e/123347847733 

This event will be delivered online and participants can access the workshop from home on a PC or laptop. 

Sinéad Burke – Break the Mould 

Suitable for children aged 8+ and their parents or guardians 

Sinéad Burke is an advocate, activist, teacher, and a British Vogue Contributing Editor. She also happens to be a little person at three and a half feet tall. Reflecting on her experiences growing up, Sinéad offers a heartfelt and inspiring guide to young readers on believing in themselves and finding comfort and pride in their own skin. From the power of being different and discovering self-love, to inspiring children to use their voices to be an ally and show friendship to others, Sinéad helps readers break the mould and find their place in the world. 

In this session Sinéad will talk about her activism and what inspires her; she’s also interested in hearing about your hopes and dreams for how you plan to take your place in the world.  

Preparation: Read Break the Mould, available at your library, and look up some of Sinéad’s achievements and talk about how to take your place in the world, prepare a question for the author.  

Tuesday 27th October, 11am  

Booking required. https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/124839778137 

This event will be delivered online and children can access the workshop from home on a PC or laptop. A parent or guardian must be present for the workshops.  

Wayne O’Connor: Choose Your Own Adventure 

Enjoyable for the whole family, most suitable for 9 – 12 year olds 

Join artist and storyteller Wayne O Connor as he leads you through an adventure whose path and outcome is determined by your own actions! A fun, interactive session filled with crucial choices, games and puzzles to overcome the challenge. 

Wayne O Connor is a Sligo based artist and storyteller with a huge interest in Myth and Folklore. He has worked on numerous games and books and his storytelling sessions are known for their high energy, humor and  lots of interaction. 

Booking required 

28th October at 11am: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/choose-your-own-adventure-tickets-124908070401 

29th October at 2pm: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/choose-your-own-adventure-tickets-124909075407 

This event will be delivered online and children can access the workshop from home on a PC or laptop. A parent or guardian must be present for the workshops.  

Author Visits For Schools

Gabrielle Kent, author of the Knights and Bikes novels; Wayne O’Conor, artist and storyteller; Sharna Jackson, author of the High-Rise Mystery series; Sinéad Burke, advocate, activist, teacher, and British Vogue Contributing Editor; Maeve Devoy, writer and workshop facilitator; and Jackie Burke, author of the Grindlewood series. 

Teachers, please contact your local library branch to register your interest in library events. 

Available On Demand – At A Time That Suits You!  

Draw a Dinosaur Scene with award winning illustrator Tarsila Krüse

This is the first of a four-part series. You will learn how to sketch out a scene, draw some popular dinosaur characters, and then add colour to make your illustration come alive.
Share your drawings on Social Media with the hashtag #DrawADino

Follow Tarsila’s  Four Part Draw a Dinosaur scene tutorial  

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Watch Neil de Burca’s wonderful Kildare stories  

A good word never broke a tooth… Join Niall de Burca for magical storytelling that will transport you to another time and place. These high energy stories will fill you with giggles and show you a side of some well-known tales you might not have heard before.

If you are inspired by Niall’s stories, try your own imagination session after the video, and tell your own great story.

The transformation of Lord and Lady Fitzgerald of Kildare

Leprechaun! Leprechaun! Kildare I love ya truly!

Kildare Library Staff read wonderful stories and introduce rhyme time – join in here

We Recommend!

Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola on YouTube  (Age 5+ ) 

A Puffin Storytime and draw-along for children, with the author and Illustrator of picture book Look Up! Settle down to watch Look Up! then grab your crayons & draw Luna the cat in six easy steps:

Get your pen and paper ready for a draw-along of Rocket, the hero of Look Up!, with illustrator Dapo Adeola. Then author Nathan Bryon will give you a sneak peek of their brand new story Clean Up!

While we can’t hug (Age 3+)  

Instead of hugging, Hedgehog and Tortoise find lots of other ways to share their friendship, from writing letters and drawing rainbows, to singing and dancing together. When you think about it, there are lots of ways to show someone you love them. That feels like the most positive message we can give our children at the moment. 

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/news-and-features/features/2020/june/while-we-cant-hug-eoin-mclaughlin-on-writing-a-physical-distancing-picture-book/

How to draw a Puffling, with illustrator Gerry Daly (Age 5+)

Gerry Daly is a great friend to Kildare’s Beyond the Book Festival, and he’s recorded this tutorial to show you how to draw Puffling. You can read all about Puffling’s adventures in Erika McGann and Gerry Daly’s book, Where are you Puffling? Available now in your local library.

Lost for books? 

An exciting way to find books for young children is through the booktrust book finder website or alternatively though the guides brought out by Children’s Book Ireland every year. Copies of the guides can be found for free at your local library too! 

Try our ‘Who Next?’ service, a guide to children’s authors, you just your library card number to log-in:
https://www.whonextguide.com/

Be sure to look out for more events and activities throughout the week on our social media channels.