Library Adventures Live!

Library Adventures Live! is a magnificent online programme of events for children aged 4 – 11 to reengage them with reading. Children can watch and join in with their families at home, teachers can use the sessions with children in school or may even use the sessions to support home schooling. The fun adventures are designed to encourage reading for pleasure and stimulate creativity. From storytelling, draw alongs, poetry and creative activities to do at home, there’s something for everyone. The diverse programme will include sessions designed to engage reluctant readers, playful activities for younger children and updates on what’s trending in children’s fiction.

Watch the regular sessions live every Tuesday at 11am on the Kirklees Libraries YouTube, Facebook or Twitter channels, or watch them later on catch up. You can get involved by sending in your questions live via social media whilst the sessions are on, or e-mailing questions to us in advance at lal@kirklees.gov.uk.

Don’t forget to keep checking this page and our social media for details of extra special LAL!+ events on different days and times.

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New adventures – coming soon

Natasha Farrant

11am, 25th May 2021

Voyage of the Sparrowhawk event- winner of the 2021 Costa Children’s Book Award

Caryl Hart and Bethan Woollvin

11am,  1st June 2021

Meet the Oceans

Conservation and protecting our oceans

 M.G. Leonard

11am, 8 June 2021

 Twitch – publishes 3 June. Regional setting (Calder Valley), with themes of friendship and the environment. Combines a love of birding with an engaging crime/mystery element.

Jo Loring Fisher

11am, 15 June 2021

 Just Like You: Jo’s beautiful picture book uses simple language and imagery to remind us that we are all inherently the same and to promote empathy towards others…a perfect book for Refugee Week.

Alex Wharton

11am, 22 June 2021

 

Debut poetry collection – Daydreams and Jellybeans.

A celebration of life, love and diversity

 

 

Watch previous adventures here:

LAL+ Greenaway Shadowing with Sharon King-Chai

10am, Wednesday 19th May 2021

Greenaway award shortlisted illustrator Sharon King-Chai talks about her beautiful, innovative picture book Starbird and treats us to a reading of it. Discover her artistic style and inspirations before being guided through a creative artistic challenge.

John Agard and Piet Grobler

11am, 18th May 2021

Coyote’s Soundbite: A Poem for Our Planet Join us for a special perfomance from one of Britain’s foremost cross-cultural voices, John Agard. We are delighted that inventive illustrator Piet Grobler will also be with us, live from Portugal.

LAL+ Eid Special with Sarah Shaffi

11am, Thursday 13th May 2021

 

All About Eid – a celebratory event of Eid ul Fitr (12 – 13 May), with activity fun galore!

Eve Ainsworth

11am, 11 May 2021

Acclaimed author Eve Ainsworth will be talking about Lost and Magpie and how to write about the issues that matter to you. Most suitable for 9+.

Suzanna Hubbard

11am, 4 May 2021

The Problem with Pierre – draw-along, themes of friendship, family, belonging, home and alternative lifestyles. Draw-along and character development.

Lesley Parr

11am, 27 April 2021

The Valley of Lost Secrets, Lesley Parr’s first novel, was released in January 2021. It was immediately picked as Waterstones’ Children’s Book of the Month and has received rave reviews ever since. Aimed at the 9-12 age range, this debut children’s novel centres on a lonely evacuee and a spooky discovery in a Welsh village in September 1939.

Jo Loring-Fisher

11am, 20th April 2021

Wolf Girl Picture book with a magical, environmental theme to compliment Earth Day. Jo shares the book,  shows how to draw one of the characters and answers your questions. 

Jenny Pearson

11am, 13 April 2021

The Incredible Record Smashers : Friendship and action in this brand new funny, pacy novel along with a brilliant record breaking quiz.

Reading for Pleasure with Venessa Taylor

11am, 6 April 2021

Venessa Taylor is the author behind new junior reader series, All Cultures United: Baller Boys. Aimed at encouraging young boys to find pleasure in reading, the football-themed stories are written with young readers in mind.

Draw along with Daniel

Gray-Barnett

11am, 30 March 2021

Draw along with the award-winning illustrator of the heart-warming picture book, The Pocket Chaotic.

Friendship and Families with Sarah Hagger-Holt

11am, 23 March 2021

Join Sarah Hagger-Holt, author of Nothing Ever Happens Here and Proud of Me as she discusses family dramas both on the page and off. 

Runaway Food with Stephen Waterhouse

11am, 16 March 2021

 

 

Stephen Waterhouse talks about life as an author/illustrator, reads his fun picture book The Runaway Chapati and shows us how to draw our own characters. 

Laughter and Well-Being with Simon James Green and Helen Rutter

11am, 9 March 2021

Funny fiction with Simon James Green and Helen Rutter, a World Book Day tie-in event (4 March 2021)

LAL! + Rappaman 

2pm, 4th March 2021

Celebrating World Book Day with local poet and Rap artist  Rappaman aka Donavan Christopher  with poems and fun.

Onjali Q. Rauf

11am, 2 March 2021

The Night Bus Hero – themes of inclusion, bullying, homelessness – World Book Day tie-in event (4th March)

Jack Meggitt-Phillips

11am, 23 February 2021

Exciting new talent Jack Meggitt-Phillips hosts a “beastly” quiz and reads exerpts from his hilarious illustrated historical fantasy fiction novel, The Beast and The Bethany.

LAL+ Paul Harfleet 10am, Wednesday 24th February 2021

Paul Harfleet introduces us to his book Pansy Boy and explains the project behind it. He also does a draw along…of bird song!

Sandhya Prabhat    3pm, 16 February 2021

I Am Brown – storytelling and draw-along with themes of cultural diversity and identity 

Kim Hillyard

11am, 9 February 2021

A story of kindness with the author and illustrator of the picture books Mabel and the Mountain and Ned and the Great Garden Hamster.

Hannah Lee

11am, 2 February 2021 Hannah Lee reads her delightful picture book My Hair. Boost your mood in this fun, fantastic, inspirational session with themes of identity and empowerment.

Sophie Anderson

11am, 26 January 2021 Sophie Anderson takes us through a magic portal to explore her latest fairy-tale adventure, The Castle of Tangled Magic.

Jon Mayhew

11am, 19 January 2021 Meet brilliant author Jon Mayhew and find out more about his brand new book, The Spybrarian. 

Jo Loring-Fisher

11am, 12 January 2021 Taking Time with author/illustrator Jo Loring-Fisher. Storytime and draw along.

Salma Zaman

11am, 5 January 2021

 

Bollywood Read and Dance with Salma Zaman. Salma reads her picture book Bollywood Princess followed by dancing and chapati making.

 

Robin Simpson

11am, 29 December 2020 Pantomime Special with Dame Dorothy Trott (Robin Simpson, the Lawrence Batley Theatre’s favourite dame).

Katherine Orton

11am, 22 December 2020 An enchanting magical adventure with Katharine Orton, author of Nevertell and Glassheart. Discover the inspiration behind Glassheart, including her grandparents’ war stories and her tips for writing spooky stories.

David Litchfield

11am, 15 December 2020 Musical storytelling with David Litchfield, author and illustrator of The Bear and the Piano series of picture books.

Katie and Kevin Tsang

11am, 8 December 2020

Sam Wu series (six-novel series) – latest is Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Space. Building empathy, emotional resilience; promotes cultural diversity

Nick Sharratt and Katrina Charman

11am, 1 December 2020
Go, Go, Pirate Boat! (shortlisted for the 2020 Booktrust Storytime Prize); also The Whales on the Bus, both authored with Katrina Charman.

Sarah Morrell

11am, 24 November 2020
Join children’s author Sarah Morrell who will take you on an exciting adventure with her latest book, ‘Molly’s Magic Brolly.

Nikki Young

11am, 17 November 2020
Time School series – First World War, post Second World war refugee experience (with time travel thrown in)

Matt Goodfellow

11am, 3 November 2020
Bright Bursts of Colour – a poetic adventure with Matt Goodfellow

Jenni Jennings

11am, 30 October  2020 Malice in Underland – gothic debut; Hallowe’en theme

Catherine Fisher

11am, 27 October 2020 Author of the Incarceron series; also steampunk fantasy series (The Clockwork Crow, The Velvet Fox, The Midnight Swan)

Ross MacKenzie

11am, 20 October 2020 Evernight. Fantasy/adventure:

Nadine Kaadan

11am, 13 October 2020
Tomorrow – 2019 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal nominated picture book about children living with wartime conditions, inspired by the Syrian conflict.

Testament

11am, 6 October 2020
Rap- performance/workshop

Dom Conlon & Conrad Burdekin

11am, 29 September 2020
Space-themed poetry workshop (This Rock, That Rock; Space Café)

Anthea Simmons

11am, 22 September 2020
Lighting Mary – fictionalised biography of Mary Anning (paleontology, fossil hunting, dinosaurs)

Derek Keilty

11am, 15 September 2020
Pirate-themed storytelling and creative writing.

Tasneem Kauser

11am, 8 September 2020 Draw Along with local artist and Manga illustrator

Ross Montgomery

11am, 1 September 2020
Imagination, fascinating facts and plenty of jokes

Simon James Green & Garry Parsons

11am, 27 August 2020
Special Llama Glamarama festival event and draw-along

Jack Noel

11am, 25 August 2020
Draw Along

Rappaman: Donavan Christopher

11am, 18 August 2020
Local poet and rap artist

Josh Lacey

11am, 11 August 2020
Encouraging a love of reading and writing

Emma Rea

11am, 4 August 2020
Environmental concerns and reading

Matt Oldfield and Tom Palmer

11am, 28 July 2020
Football and reading

Rebecca Patterson

11am, 21 July 2020
Activity with a dressing up robot theme

Joseph Coelho

11am, 14 July 2020
Performance poetry