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Children's Book Festival 2022

Children's Book Festival 2023

Children's Book Festival 2021
Children's Book Festival Programme 2023 (pdf file)

Children’s Book Festival events take place in all branches of Clare Libraries in October. The annual festival helps spread the enjoyment of books and reading among children and families, authors, illustrators, teachers and librarians all over Ireland.

Famous Irish writers including Laureate na nÓg Patricia Forde and Ellen Ryan will be here to speak to children about their new books.

TV presenter Flor McCarthy will share a selection of amazing letters written by children to the Presidents of Ireland.

Tech Steps’ provide LEGO robotics and coding classes.

Our children’s theatre Teddy’s Haunted House show comes courtesy of the Barking Dog Company and The Cool Food School will show children that making food is fun while promoting healthy eating habits.
É anna Ní Lamhna will be here to introduce her wonderful new book for children Wonders of the Wild.
Archaeologist and heritage-educator Francesca Callaghan’s hands-on workshops explore how archaeologists use science to find objects in the ground and what they tell us about the everyday lives of children in the past!

And that’s not all…
Other visiting authors are Alan Nolan and Erika McGann, both of whom have new books to share with us.
Aidan Courtney will share his favourite illustration tricks and techniques at his drawing sessions and Grainne O’Brien, author of the very popular A Limerick Fairytale, will be here to meet with junior classes.
Children and parents can pick up a reading prescription from the Book Doctor at the CBI Children’s Book Clinic at Shannon Library.

Stories and Soundscapes workshops with award-winning musician Etain McCooey will link the joys of reading and music in fun, participative events.

Clare Libraries staff look forward to collaborating with teachers in Primary Schools again for the biggest celebration of books and reading in the library’s calendar. The Children's Book Festival is a central pillar of the Right to Read Government initiative which provides a nationwide focus on library and literacy services to children and adults.

To book events and to find out about other activities happening throughout October contact your local library branch.

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Children's Book Festival 2022