Events for Kids Around Ireland Bringing Books to Life

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At Mykidstime we are big book fans, and we think encouraging kids to read is a good thing. Getting to meet an author, enjoy a book-themed workshop or even see it brought to life on stage, are all exciting opportunities for kids. Here are some of the book-ish events for kids around Ireland that are bringing books to life in 2019!

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We’ve hunted around for some of the upcoming literary events for kids, from book signings to festivals to stage shows and outdoor theatre. There’s something for all ages and all tastes!


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Book Events for Kids in Ireland

Book Signing with Derek Landy, author of Skulduggery Pleasant

Derek Landy book signing for book events for kidsJune 7th and 8th at Eason Swords, Dublin and Eason Belfast

Author Derek Landy will be signing copies of his new bookSkulduggery Pleasant: Bedlam‘ at Eason Swords, Dublin at 3:30pm on Friday 7th of June, and at Eason Belfast at 12pm on Saturday 8th of June.

Here’s a synopsis of the new Derek Landy book: On a desperate journey to recover her sister’s lost soul, Valkyrie Cain goes up against the High Sanctuary itself, and there’s nothing Skulduggery Pleasant can do to stop her. With Abyssinia’s grand plan about to kick off in a night of magic, terror, and bloodshed, it falls to Omen Darkly to save the lives of thousands of innocent people.

Book Signing with Deirdre Sullivan, author of Tanglewood and Brine

Deirdre Sullivan book signing for book events for kids

June 7th at Dubray Books, Galway

Deirdre Sullivan will be at Dubray Galway on Friday 7th June at 6.30pm for the launch of her new book Perfectly Preventable Deaths.

Deirdre is a writer from Galway; her books include Prim Improper, Improper Order and Primperfect, which was the first YA novel ever to be shortlisted for the European Prize for Literature. Her 2016 novel Needlework was awarded a White Raven and the CBI Honour Award for fiction. Deirdre’s most recent book, Tangleweed and Brine, a collection of dark fairy-tale retellings, won an Irish Book Award for Best Young Adult Book of the Year 2017.

In Deirdre’s new book Perfectly Preventable Deaths, fifteen-year-old twins Madeline and Catlin move to a new life in Ballyfran, a strange isolated Irish town, a place where the earth is littered with small corpses and unspoken truths. A place where, for the last sixty years, teenage girls have gone missing in the surrounding mountains…

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Emil and the Detectives, The Ark, Dublin

June 14th and 15th at The Ark, Dublin

Emil and The Detectives will be at The Ark Dublin on 14th Jun at 6pm and Saturday 15th June at 2pm and 4pm.

This play is about a child’s adventure into a precarious world of untrustworthy adults, in a bid to right a wrong. It tells the story of Emil as they head off to the big city to see relatives when something valuable is stolen. It’s about the determination of Emil and a bunch of kids who rally round to solve the crime and catch the culprit.

This play is based on Erich Kästner’s 1929 novel, which was ground-breaking in its time and it is performed by two actors, immersed in smoke and mirrors, with a lovely cinematic score. Dark and light, intrigue and delight, it will captivate audiences both young and old. Best suited for ages 8+.

The Twits

the twits

June 15th, 16th, 22nd & 23rd at dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum

The 2019 Roald Dahl Summer Production at dlr Mill Theatre is The Twits, taking place on June 15-16th and Jun 22-23rd at 2pm and 4pm.

Mr and Mrs Twit are the smelliest, nastiest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything, except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough….

Tickets: Adults €16, under 12s €14, Groups of 10+ €12 p/p and can be booked online.

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Cruinniu na nÓg Dublin Relaxed Events with Dublin City Council and Childrens Books Ireland

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June 15th

Fun book events for kids at Charleville Mall Library and Cabra Library to celebrate Cruinniú na nÓg

Book Events for Kids at Charleville Mall Library, Dublin 1

Please note each session can accommodate max 15 children. To book email [email protected] or phone 01 8749619

Juliette Saumande: 10.30-11.15am (3-6 year olds)

Juliette Saumande is officially obsessed with stories: she reads them, writes them, translates them, reviews them, recommends them and has been known to talk about them in her sleep. She will be reading and telling some of her favourite stories in a gentle fashion in the first session of the morning at Charleville Mall Library.

Paul Timoney: 12.15-1pm (3-6 year olds)

Paul Timoney tells stories to people of all ages, and knows how to make children laugh with his brilliant tales. Paul can tell stories that engage all of the senses, with lots of fun props to touch and play with that fully engage children with the story. He will helping children make their own bugs with character and personalities and will then tell some stories about the bugs the children have made.

Book Events for Kids at Cabra Library, Dublin 7

Please note each session can accommodate max 10-15 children. You can book your child’s place by emailing [email protected] (Senior Librarian Anne Pigott)

Debbie Thomas Workshop: 2-2.45pm (5-8 year olds)

Debbie Thomas believes that stories live everywhere: up trees, around the corner, under the sofa and of course inside heads. As well as writing them herself, she loves helping other people find them. Come and join her in Cabra Library to invent your own characters, pack them off on adventures and decide just how happily-ever-after they should live.

Paul Timoney Workshop: 3-3.45pm (3-6 year olds)

Paul tells stories to people of all ages, and knows how to make children laugh with his brilliant tales, with lots of fun props to touch and play with that fully engage children with the story. He will helping children make their own bugs with character and personalities, and will then tell some stories about the bugs the children have made for Cruinniú na nÓg.

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The Gruffalo Live on Stage! at Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

The Gruffalo Live

June 19th-23rd at Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

The Gruffalo: Live on Stage! will be at Pavilion Theatre Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st June at 4pm, and on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June at 11am, 2pm and 4.30pm.

A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood… Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the high-spirited Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Songs, laughs and monstrous fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world! Suited to ages 3yrs+

Tickets: €15/13; Family of 4, €49

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Pride & Prejudice

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June 20th at The Round Tower, Clondalkin

Chapterhouse Theatre presents Pride & Prejudice at The Round Tower Clondalkin on Thursday 20th June at 7pm. Please bring your own rugs, low backed seating and weather-proof gear.

Take a step back in time to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s notorious heroine. When Elizabeth meets the terse and abrupt Mr. Darcy, she loathes him at first sight. But is there more to him than meets the eye? Enjoy an evening of theatre beneath the stars and The Round Tower, basking in the glow of this timeless classic. Tickets will sell fast so don’t miss out on our community event of the summer!

Tickets: Adults €19, Children €14, Family ticket €56 (2 adults & 2 kids) and can be booked online.

CBI Book Clinic at Wexford Library

June 22nd

book clinic for book events for kidsWexford Library invites parents and children to book a consultation on Saturday 22nd June 2019, 11am – 3pm with one of Children’s Books Ireland’s friendly Book Doctors, who are ready to offer the best advice for the young readers in your family.

The consultation begins with some questions about books the young reader previously enjoyed, as well as activities, movies, TV shows and video games they enjoy. This lets the Book Doctor know a little bit more about the patient so she can write a book prescription, which is a personalised list of books recommended for the individual patient. Every patient and their family leave with a Reading Passport containing this book prescription which they can use to help them borrow some books from the library!

Please drop into Wexford Library or phone them on 053 919 6760 to book a slot for your child/children.

Book signing with Liz Pichon, author of Tom Gates

Liz Pichon book signing for book events for kids

July 5th at Eason Dundrum, Dublin

Liz Pichon, author of the popular Tom Gates series will be signing copies of her newest book Tom Gates: Mega Make and Do at 12pm on Friday 5th of July at Eason Dundrum, Dublin.

When Oakfield School is unexpectedly closed, what’s Tom and the gang to do?!? A weeks’ worth of drawing, doodling, games, stories and activities in this fantastic new illustrated offering from bestselling author of the Tom Gates series, Liz Pichon.

The Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs

June 29th at dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum

Miriam Lambert Puppeteer Presents… The Three Little Pigs on Saturday 29th June at dlr Mill Theatre with shows at 12pm and 2pm.

Mummy pig is so proud of her little piglets, encouraging them to dream big and follow their hearts. Like all little ones, it’s not long before they’re all grown up and have to make a life for themselves. In this interactive solo puppet production, experience the three little pigs’ adventures and their encounter with a very hungry Big Bad Wolf.

Miriam Lambert has been at the heart of the Irish puppetry industry since her childhood, having grown up with the Lambert Puppet Theatre in Dublin. Trained by her mentor and father, the late Master puppeteer Eugene Lambert, she has played an integral part in the creation of many of the legendary puppet characters and performances in the renowned Lambert productions. Her unique and creative style of puppetry is a theatrical joy for both child and adult to behold.

Tickets are €10 and can be booked online.

Hinterland Festival of Literature and Arts, Kells, Meath

June 29th and 30th

Here are the child-friendly events and workshops at the 2019 Hinterland Festival in Kells:

Jason Byrne and Oisín McGann: Saturday 29th June at 10am

Join comedian Jason Byrne for a deadly introduction to his first children’s book, The Accidental Adventures of Onion O’Brien: The Great Ape Escape. He’ll be joined by illustrator Oisín McGann. Suitable for ages 9+. Tickets €6

Marvellous Medicines with Kelly Gartland: Saturday 29th June at 4pm

Roald Dahl is still as popular as ever and his books regarded as modern-day classics. How could Hinterland not celebrate his phizz-whizzing stories? Inspired by the works of Roald Dahl, Kelly Gartland will be inventing some magical medicines with the kiddles. With games – and a lot of mess! – there will be some splendiferous fun had by all. Suitable for ages 4+. Tickets €5

The Great Roald Dahl Treasure Hunt: Sunday 30th June at 2pm at Insomnia Café, Farrell Street

The shop windows of Kells will show off some of the zany characters created by the great children’s writer Roald Dahl. Just call into Insomnia Café between 2pm and 2.30pm, get your form and your start time and begin the search for the Fantastic Mr. Fox, a golden ticket, George’s medicine and a lot more. Please bring your own clipboard. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the Treasure Hunt. All welcome, free event.

Sadhbh Devlin:

Author Sadhbh Devlin will read her picture book Bí ag Spraoi Liom and afterwards discuss inventions and creativity with the children, who will then have a chance to design their own inventions.

Léifidh Sadhbh Devlin, údar Bí ag Spraoi Liom, a scéal agus pléifidh sí cruthaíocht agus cumadóireacht leis na páistí. Beidh deis ag na páistí a chumadóireacht féin a dhéanamh agus measín dá cuid féin a dhearadh. Suitable for ages 4+. Tickets €5

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Tom Gates Live

Tom Gates at Birmingham Stage Company

July 3rd-6th at Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Based on the best-selling books by Liz Pichon, this brand-new story arrives in the Olympia Theatre Dublin for the very first time from July 3rd to 6th 2019.

Tom’s doing everything possible to stay out of trouble, but somehow, he’s got THREE sad faces on the school achievement chart! And getting another sad face means he can’t go on the SCHOOL TRIP! Moany Marcus Meldrew is making things worse and now Tom has annoyed his grumpy sister Delia. Can his best friend Derek help? Will Rooster the dog stop eating his homework?

Brought to you by the award-winning producers of Horrible Histories and Gangsta Granny, this show is pure fun for the whole family, whether you’re a lover of the books or new to Tom Gates and his friends.

Show times on Wednesday to Friday are at 2pm and 7pm, and 2.30pm and 7pm on Saturday. Tickets priced from €18 and available from Olympia Theatre Box Office or

Wuthering Heights

wuthering heights

July 11th at Emo Court Walled Garden, Laois

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents the wild and tempestuous love story of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, set on the beautiful and mysterious Yorkshire moors, at Emo Court Walled Garden on Thursday 11th July at 7.30pm. Bring along a rug, blanket and a picnic and settle in for an evening of theatre beneath the stars.

This tale of passion and revenge has thrilled readers and audiences alike for generations. Now, in an adaptation by award-winning writer Laura Turner, is set to entrance audiences for an evening of theatre beneath the stars. Can Catherine and Heathcliff’s love endure, or will the forces of nature tear them apart?

Tickets are priced €19 for adults, €14 for children and a family ticket for two adults and two children at €56. To book call 057 8626573. Doors open at 6.30pm and the performance commences at 7.30pm.


cranford at Fota House

July 12th at Fota House, Cork

Cranford will be at Fota House on Wednesday 12th July at 6.30pm, as an outdoor theatre event for all the family performed by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Bring your own rugs or low-backed seating to enjoy the show.

Step back in time and find yourself whisked into the world of small-town life in Victorian England. In the sleepy village of Cranford, a mysterious new arrival is setting hearts aflutter… But can lost loves and old friendships withstand the drama of snobbery, gossip, and social scandal?

Tickets can be booked online.

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West Cork Literary Festival

Mark Wickham West Cork Literary Festival

July 12th-19th

West Cork Literary Festival takes place Friday 12th to Friday 19th July 2019, and here’s a selection of the children’s/teen events taking place:

Teenage Workshop with Stephen James Smith: Saturday 13th July at 3pm

Poetry workshop for teens (14-18 years) with Stephen James Smith at Bantry Library. Admission free, 15 people max, booking is required.

Teenage Reading with John Boyne: Sunday 14th July at 3pm

My Brother’s Name is Jessica is the stunning and timely new novel from John Boyne, the bestselling and award-winning author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. John will be reading from the new book at St. Brendan’s Hall. Ages 12+. Admission €6, booking recommended.

Teenage Reading with Cethan Leahy: Wednesday 17th July at 3pm

Tuesdays Are Just As Bad, written by Cethan Leahy, is a witty YA novel that deals with the serious issues of depression and teenage suicide. Cethan will be reading from the new book at St. Brendan’s Hall. Ages 14+. Admission €6, booking recommended.

Children’s Illustrating Workshop with Mark Wickham: Thursday 18th July at 10am

Join illustrator Mark Wickham in an interactive workshop at St. Brendan’s Hall for ages 5-12 years, testing and creating a collaborative, modular drawing game. Admission €3, booking is required.

Teenage Workshop with Fighting Words: Thursday 18th July at 3 pm

Teenagers (13-16 years) are invited to join this creative writing workshop at St. Brendan’s Hall, which will see them turn a prickly situation into an incredible tale. Admission free, 30 people max, booking is required.

Children’s Workshop with Fighting Words: Friday 19th July at 10am

Workshop at Bantry Library for 4-6 year olds, developed by Graffiti Theatre Company, involves a mix of circle time and small group interactive work that sees the children create their own ‘Dot’ character and the world through which this character will travel, which they then share in a storytelling circle. Admission free, 15 people max, booking is required.

CBI Book Clinic @ Fingal Libraries

July 13th

book clinic for book events for kidsAre you a young reader? Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your bookshelves at home? Do you need a prescription for a new read? Then pop along to the CBI Book Clinic, where the CBI Book Doctors will be ready to offer the best advice for young readers.

The CBI Book Clinic will be at the Swords and Howth Libraries on Saturday 13th July:

  • Swords Library 10.30am – 12.30pm
  • Howth Library 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Children will leave with a CBI Reading Passport, and a prescription for their next read to take to their local bookshop or library. The Book Clinic is always free of charge and drop-in on a first come first served basis, although waiting lists will apply during busy periods.

Gangsta Granny

July 18th

gangsta granny

Gangsta Granny presented by Heartbreak Productions will be at Westport House, Mayo, Thursday July 18th 2019 @ 7pm.

Meet Ben, an 11-year-old want-to-be plumber fed up with spending his Friday nights at granny’s. All she wants to do is play scrabble and eat cabbage – not exactly his idea of fun!

Hungry and bored Ben goes searching for something more edible in the kitchen and stumbles upon an old biscuit tin. The tin holds more than just digestives, however, it contains Granny’s biggest secret…

Ben’s Granny is an international jewel thief – and she needs his help to pull off her biggest heist yet, stealing the crown jewels!

Age 7+, Running Time: 2 Hours inc Interval

The Secret GardenThe Secret Garden Chapterhouse things to do in Ireland

July 26th at Belvedere House

The Secret Garden will be performed by Chapterhouse Theatre Company as a wonderful outdoor theatre event at Belvedere House on Saturday July 26th from 7-9pm. Bring your own rugs or low-backed seating; if the weather is inclement the show will be moved indoors, if possible.

Join young Mary Lennox on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle’s house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk around every corner. As she makes new friends and encounters magical creatures, Mary has one burning question: where is the location of her uncle’s secret garden, and where has he hidden the key?

Tickets: Adult €16, Child (aged 4-17) €12, Under 4s go free. Family (2 adults and 2 children, aged 4-17) €48. 10% Discount for Season Ticket Holders. Tickets can be booked online.

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island chapterhouse

July 28th at Powerscourt Estate, Wicklow

Treasure Island is coming to Powerscourt on Sunday 28th July from 1:30-4:30pm. Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company for this brand-new adaptation of everyone’s favourite swashbuckling pirate adventure, Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Bring rugs or low back seating and a picnic to enjoy during the show.

When he stumbles across a coveted treasure map, young Jim Hawkins finds himself on an epic adventure in the hope of finding Treasure Island. But not everyone is to be trusted, and a dark secret is lurking on board the ship…

Don’t miss this much-loved story, adapted for stage in one of the most beautiful open-air venues Ireland has to offer. Secrets, pirates, gold: will young Jim Hawkins discover Treasure Island?

Gates to the Walled Gardens where the performance will be held are open at 1.30pm. Visitors are welcome to tour Powerscourt Gardens in its entirety using their theatre tickets in advance of this (i.e. There is no additional cost to visit the Gardens). Powerscourt Gardens are open from 9.30am on the day of the performance.

Tickets: Adult €19, Child (aged 5-15) €16, Under 4s go free, Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) €56. Tickets can be booked online.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden Chapterhouse things to do in Ireland

August 1st at Fota House, Cork

The Secret Garden will be performed by Chapterhouse Theatre Company as a wonderful outdoor theatre event at Belvedere House on Thursday August 1st. Bring your own rugs or low-backed seating; if the weather is inclement the show will be moved indoors, if possible.

Join young Mary Lennox on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle’s house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk around every corner. As she makes new friends and encounters magical creatures, Mary has one burning question: where is the location of her uncle’s secret garden, and where has he hidden the key?

Tickets can be booked online.

Room on the Broom

room on the broom

December 18th 2019 – January 5th 2020 at Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

“IGGETY ZIGGETY ZAGGETY ZOOM!” Jump on board the broom with the witch and her cat in Tall Stories’ fun-filled adaptation of Room on the Broom, the best-selling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

The witch and her cat are travelling on their broomstick when they pick up some hitch-hikers – a friendly dog, a beautiful green bird and a frantic frog. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – it snaps in two… just as the hungry dragon appears!
Will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? Find out in the magical Olivier Award nominated show for everyone aged 3 and up.

Tickets: €18.50 each, Family Ticket (1 adult + 3 children OR 2 adults + 2 children) €64

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