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 monthly Tuesday sessions live 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

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

Watch our LAL! trailer here



New adventures – coming soon

Nyanda Foday

Tuesday 4th October 2022 

Special Libraries Week event celebrating the publication of Bookworms

A powerful debut poetry publication by Birmingham’s Young Poet Laureate




Catch up on past adventures:




Mini Grey


Tuesday 28th June 2022

Much-loved children’s author and illustrator, Mini Grey shares her amazing new book The Greatest Show on Earth. This session is sure to be a feast for the eyes and ears as Mini takes us on her journey of how she develops her ideas and guides us through an artistic challenge.  

Phil Earle


Thursday 23rd June 2022


The heroic Phil Earle, one of the most talented and unique voices in children’s literature will be introducing his eagerly anticipated new novel While the Storm Rages.

“A truly brilliant story of courage and resilience and exceptional animals. This wartime Incredible Journey (only far, far better) is definitely Phil Earle’s best yet” — Emma Carroll

This follows on from the phenomenal success of When the Sky Falls which was named the Times’ Best Children’s Book of 2021 and is shortlisted for the Carnegie medal.

Age 8+

Tarah L. Gear


Tuesday 7th June 2022

Tarah L Gear will be appearing on Library Adventures Live! fresh from the launch of her engaging new picture book. Just Like Grandpa Jazz explores themes of intergenerational relationships, race and dual heritage. Age 4-7.



Thursday 9th June 2022


We’ve an extra special LAL! event to celebrate Empathy Day. The acclaimed British-Chinese children’s picture book illustrator Yu Rong will be sharing her Greenaway shortlisted picture book Shu Lin’s Grandpa and guiding the audience through a creative artistic challenge. Age 7+. 

Annemarie Anang

Tuesday 14th June 2022

Annemarie Anang will be discussing her musical extravaganza of a book: I Am Nefertiti. This heartwarming, joyous, empowering story of identity and belonging is perfect for children aged 4-7. 

Peter Bently & Claire Powell

Friday 3rd June 2022

Family Jubilee fun with The Royal Leapfrog and The King’s Birthday Suit

Caryl Hart

Tuesday 24th May 2022

Caryl Hart sharing her delightful picture book Thank You for the Little Things with themes of well-being, mindfulness and family. Age 4-7.

Sue Cheung


Tuesday 17th May 2022 

Maddie Yip’s Guide to Life

A madcap new story from Sue Cheung, winner of the Diverse Book Award, filled with belly-laughs and packed with drawings! Age 8+

Adam Murphy

Tuesday 5 April 2022

Corpse Talk: Ground-Breaking Explorers.

Award-winning graphic novel non-fiction co-created with Lisa Murphy. Age 9+ 

Jake Hope/Genevieve Aspinall

Tuesday 22 March 2022

Cheesed Off!

It’s time for a P-A-R-T-Y with this playful and interactive picture book suitable for early years children.


Pooja Puri

World Book Day

Thursday 3 March, 11am

Meet the author of the laugh out loud A Dinosaur Ate My Sister (the first book selected for the Marcus Rashford book club) and find out more about her latest book, A Robot Squashed My Sister . Age 7+

Clare Helen Welsh and Laura Barrett

Tuesday 1st February



A sumptuous picture book based on the life of German artist and pioneer of silhouette animation, Lotte Reiniger. Early years, infants and up.

Melvin Burgess

Tuesday 25th Jan


A surreal, anarchic story that explores modern attitudes towards fame, fortune and education. One of the best writers in contemporary children’s literature. Age 7+

Julia Sarda

Tuesday 18th Jan, 11am

The Queen In The Cave

Julia will be discussing her illustration techniques and how after illustrating many books for other authors, she has now written and illustrated a book solo.

Konnie Huq Tuesday 30th November, 11am Get ready to meet Cookie – funny, science-obsessed and ready to take on the world! With live draw-alongs, brain-busting quizzes and games galore – prepare for non-stop comedy fun.

Ross Montgomery


11am, 16 November 2021 The Chime Seekers – immersive middle grade adventure fantasy

Phil Hickes


3pm, 26 October 2021

LAL+ Hallowe’en event

The Bewitching of Aveline Jones – book two in the Aveline Jones series.


Carlie Sorosiak


1pm, 5 October 2021 


LAL!+ Libraries Week event.

Roar Like a Lion – non-fiction by the author of My Life as a Cat and I, Cosmo. Animals, the environment and empowering children


Laura Dockrill

11am, 5th October 2021


Join Laura Dockrill sharing  her amazing book The Dream House. 

Ross Montgomery & Sarah Warburton


11am, 21 September 2021

 Back-to-School fun – 

Ten Delicious Teachers

Philip Ardagh

11am, 17th August 2021

Join our BIGGEST LAL! favourite, the awesome Philip Ardagh for a hilarious event featuring his picture book Bunnies on the Bus. Remember your pencil and paper for a bunny draw a long too!

Darren Simpson

11am, 10th August 2021

What you don’t remember can’t hurt you…

The immersive thriller, The Memory Thieves


Laura Mucha and Hannah Peck


11am, 3rd August 2021


Rita’s Rabbit – themes of identity and friendship 

Helen and Thomas Docherty


11am, 27th July 2021

The Screen Thief picture book launch

Clare Weze

11am, 20th July 2021

The Lightning Catcher

Climate change and the environment with themes of friendship and family.

Ewa Jozefkowicz

11am 13th July 2021

The Cooking Club Detectives

The fourth middle-grade book from Waterstones-shortlisted author Ewa Jozefkowicz about family, friendship and self-discovery, touching on themes of food poverty and online bullying. 9 years and up. 

AM Howell

11am 6th July 2021

The Mystery of the Night Watchers

From the award-winning author of The Garden of Lost Secrets and The House of One Hundred Clocks, A.M. Howell, comes a gripping new adventure filled with buried secrets and dark lies, set against the evocative backdrop of the Edwardian era. 9 – 12 years

 Happy 1st Birthday LAL!                            

 11am, 14th July 2021

 Join in the Birthday Celebrations for LAL’s 1st Birthday with super special guests ace space poet Dom Conlon and guest Librarian Alison plus silly hats and Conrad Burdekin’s ‘Caitlin Cakey Pants’ poem!

Rashmi Sirdeshpande

 11am, 29 June 2021

Good News
Fake news and sourcing reliable information via print and online.

A positive, reassuring and anxiety-eliminating book helping children change the way they think about the world suitable for 9+ years

Alex Wharton

11am, 22 June 2021

Daydreams and Jellybeans.

A celebration of life, love and diversity

Performance poetry and creative writing


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.

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. 

Caryl Hart and Bethan Woollvin

11am,  1st June 2021

Meet the Oceans

Conservation and protecting our oceans

Natasha Farrant

11am, 25th May 2021

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

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 performance 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


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 excerpts 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.


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