Poetry, fancy dress and illustrations – literary adventures with Kirklees Libraries

Kirklees Libraries will be launching an exciting online reading development programme for children in Kirklees next week.

What’s it all about?

Library Adventures Live! will be the start of a fantastic programme aimed at encouraging more children to read for pleasure which will help with their long term literacy skills.  There will be authors reading from their work; illustrators running draw-alongs and sketching people’s suggestions, and an amazing variety of inspiring and creative activities to take part in. The programme will be streamed live on Facebook and will be available on YouTube later on.

Who is it for?

The online programme of events is for children aged 4 – 11 years old. Children can watch and join in with their families at home and teachers can use the sessions with children in school.  Parents can also use the sessions to support homeschooling.

Councillor Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for children in Kirklees to reach new literary heights through reading for fun and creative activities.  The programme will support young children to take an interest in reading from an early age, improve literacy, early language development and attainment for all ages. It will also help parents give their children the start they need to aspire and achieve academic ambitions now and in the future.”

How will it help children?

The fun adventures are designed to encourage reading for pleasure and stimulate creativity. The diverse programme will include sessions designed to engage reluctant readers, offer playful activities for younger children and give updates on what’s trending in children’s fiction.

Kirstie Wilson, Development Librarian at Kirklees Libraries and Winner of the Best Local Authority Arts Champion in the Hearts for the Arts Awards said:

 “Taking the children’s activity programme online enables us to bring inspiring authors and illustrators from all over the country into homes and schools in Kirklees. There are no restrictions on how many children can join in or when they can access these marvellous opportunities. Library Adventures Live! is not just for lockdown, it’s for the long term.”

How can children get involved?

Children will be set a challenge at the end of each session which must be submitted to Kirklees Libraries who will create an online display of all the work received.

The adventures begin on 14 July with children’s author and poet, Joseph Coelho.

If your child is taking part in the weekly challenges, please email their work to LAL@kirklees.gov.uk along with their name, age, and your permission to display their work on the Kirklees Libraries website. Or you can upload to Twitter with the tag @kirkleeslibrary #MyLibraryAndMe.

The first challenge, is to write a funny poem, we can’t wait to see your creations!

Schedule of events

All our adventures are listed below.

Guest(s) Date and Time Adventure
Joseph Coelho Tues 14 July, 11am Performance poetry
Zombierella: Fairy Tales Gone Bad
Rebecca Patterson Tues 21 July, 11am Activity with a dressing up robot theme
A Robot Girl Ruined My Sleepover
(2012 winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize)
Matt Oldfield and Tom Palmer Tues 28 July, 11am Football and reading
Johnny Ball: Accidental Football Genius
Emma Rea Tues 04 Aug, 11am Environmental concerns and reading
My Name is River
Josh Lacey Tues 11 Aug, 11am Encouraging a love of reading and writing
Hope Jones Saves the World
Rappaman: Donavan Christopher Tues 18 Aug, 11am Local poet and rap artist
Jack Noel Tues 25 Aug, 11am Draw-along
My Headteacher is an Evil Genius
Simon James Green and Gerry Parson Thurs 27 Aug, 11am **Special Adventure**
Llama Glamarama festival event and draw-along
A celebration of summer in the absence of regional festivals
Ross Montgomery Tues 01 Sep, 11am Imagination, fascinating facts and plenty of jokes
The Midnight Guardians
Tasneem Kausar Tues 08 Sep, 11am Draw-along
Local artist and Manga illustrator
Derek Keilty Tues 15 Sep, 11am Pirate-themed storytelling and creative writing
NI author of Flyntock Bones: The Sceptre of the Pharaohs. One of the Times Top 20 Summer Reads
Anthea Simmons Tues 22 Sep, 11am Lighting Mary – fictionalised biography of Mary Anning (paleontology, fossil hunting, dinosaurs)
Winner of the 2020 UCLAN STEAM Children’s Book Prize – Middle Grade Category
Dom Conlon and Conrad Burdekin Tues 29 Sep, 11am Space-themed poetry workshop
This Rock, That Rock; Space Cafe
Testament Tues 06 Oct, 11am Rap performance and poetry workshop
Playwright, performer, hip-hop artist.
2019 Channel 4 Writer in Residence at Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester
Nadine Kaadan Tues 13 Oct, 11am Isolation, friendship and family
Tomorrow – 2019 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal nominated picture book about children living with wartime conditions, inspired by the Syrian conflict.
Ross MacKenzie Tues 20 Oct, 11am Fantasy adventure
Catherine Fisher Tues 27 Oct, 11am The Clockwork Crow, The Velvet Fox, The Midnight Swan
Author of the Incarceron series; also steampunk fantasy series.
Jenni Jennings Thurs 30 Oct, 11am **Special Adventure** Halloween themed adventure
Malice in Underland – gothic debut
Sarah Morrell Tues 03 Nov, 11am Reading adventure
Molly’s Magic Brolly
Maz Evans Tues 10 Nov, 11am Myths/Legends – writing activity
Who Let the Gods Out? series
Nikki Young Tues 17 Nov, 11am Time School series
First World War, post Second World war refugee experience
Katie and Kevin Tsang Tues 08 Dec, 11am Building empathy, emotional resilience, promoting cultural diversity
Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Space
David Litchfield Tues 15 Dec, 11am Themes of music and empathy
The Bear, the Piano and the Little Bear’s ConcertThe Bear and the Piano series of picture books
Jo Loring-Fisher Tues 12 Jan, 11am Nature and mindfulness – draw-along
Taking Time; Maisie’s Scrapbook
Jon Mayhew Tues 19 Jan, 11am The Spybrarian

New MG fiction

Jennie Poh Tues 26 Jan, 11am Storytelling and textile activity
The Pirate Tree – diverse picture book
Hannah Lee Tues 02 Feb, 11am Identity and empowerment
My Hair
Kim Hillyard Tues 09 Feb, 11am Identity and self-belief
Mabel and the Mountain, picture book debut
Ashok Banker and Sandhya Prabhat Tues 16 Feb, 11am Cultural diversity and identity
I Am Brown – storytelling and draw-along
Katherine Orton Tues 23 Feb, 11am MG Historical fantasy – part of the WoMentoring project
Author of Nevertell and Glassheart
Onjali Q.Rauf Tues 02 Mar, 11am Inclusion, bullying and homelessness
The Night Bus Hero2019 Carnegie Medal longlisted author; founder of the NGO Making Herstory, a women’t rights organisation tackling the abuse and trafficking of women and girls in the UK and beyond


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