Children's Book Festival
Celebrate the best of new Irish books and writing for children.
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Children’s Book Festival is a nationwide celebration of children’s books and reading. The festival, scheduled to run through the month of October, is a central tenet of the national Right to Read strategy. Dublin City Libraries are delighted to present a range of book themed events and activities with authors, illustrators and storytellers. This year, our schools programme will feature online events with classes from primary level invited to attend by their local library.
Selected highlights for Week 3 of our programme include:
On Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st October, Kevin Street, Pembroke, Dolphin’s Barn and Ringsend libraries welcome Juliette Saumande for a range of creative writing, poetry and language translation workshops. Children will script new stories based on some classic tales and complete a series of creative writing challenges!
Juliette is a French writer and translator of children’s books living in Dublin. Her most recent publication is My Little Album of Dublin, published by O’Brien Press.
Sam Thompson is the author of Wofstongue, a novel that brings the reader into a hidden world of talking animals, where language is power. Inspired by the author’s own son’s difficulty with speech and his love of wolves, Wolfstongue is a beautifully written, thoughtful fantasy adventure that has the feel of a future classic in making. Drumcondra and Raheny libraries will host an online session for children age 10+ with Sam Thompson on Thursday 21 October.
Pádraig Kenny's new book The Shadows of Rookhaven is a story about family and forgiveness, and the sequel to critically acclaimed The Monsters of Rookhaven. It is the time of The Great Configuration, a once in a hundred years event. Family and monsters descend on Rookhaven from all over the country to take part. But amid the guests there is an interloper. One who is disguised and has an eye on their destruction….
A treat awaits the audiences of Central and Donaghmede libraries on Thursday 20th October, as Padraig will read from his new novel, introduce an interactive element and finish with a Q & A session.
Author led sessions and workshops that appeal to children of all ages will encourage children to enjoy the experience of reading and promote children’s books and stories. The above is only a selection of the range of events hosted by libraries this week.
Teachers are requested to contact their local library to find out details of individual events scheduled for the branch.