Children and Young People

Join 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. Find out more here.

Storywalks and Storytrails

A fun activity combining reading and exercise that you can enjoy as a family. Find out more about storywalks, storytrails and @storyw@lks 


Wild World Heroes – Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge, encourages reading for pleasure for children aged 4 to 11 over the summer holidays.Teaming up with WWF for 2021, this year’s theme is Wild World Heroes which inspires children to explore ways of helping to save the planet. 

 With ideas from WWF, the Challenge focuses on action for nature and tackling real-world environmental issues, from plastic pollution and deforestation to wildlife decline and nature loss. Through taking part in the Challenge, with free packs from public libraries or online, children will be able to join six fictional characters – ‘wild heroes’ – to help solve some of these threats, learning about the importance of the environment while helping to restore nature levels in the neighbourhood of ‘Wilderville’.

 A ‘Welcome to Wilderville: Meet the Heroes’ digital campaign will run over summer with a different weekly habitat theme, led by the Wild World Heroes, including Woodland, River, Farm, Town, Home/School and the Beach. The characters and landscape are illustrated by award-winning children’s author and illustrator Heath McKenzie.

 You can find out more about the national campaign on the dedicated Summer Reading Challenge webpage.

In Kirklees Libraries, we’ll be able to give you your SRC collecting pack and stickers when you first come to visit us over the summer. You can visit us as much as you like and read as many books as you want too. Don’t forget to tell us what you think of them, then come back to the library to collect your medal and certificate!

Find more inspiration in our Summer Reading Challenge video.

You might also like to get involved in our events such as the Emily Gravett “Tidy” storytrails in parks around Kirklees (mentioned above) and by taking part in n online Zoolab Naturetown story session- aimed infant school children but fun for all! You can find out further information or book your place (essential so we can send you a Zoom link!) on our Ticketsource pages.



Back to School- Transition Mission

Join the local poet with an international career, Rappaman, as he gets you ready for moving up from Primary to Secondary School with some poetry.

Windrush day 22nd June 2021

A fun flag making activity to celebrate Windrush Day Tuesday 22nd June, click link to further details about Windrush day and a children’s printable activity here 


Fair Trade Fortnight: 22nd February – 7th March 2021

Learn more about Fair Trade from campaigner (and Kirklees Libraries’ Writer in Residence) Christina Longden and find out how illustrator Stephen Waterhouse designs and creates Advent Calendars (for Fairtrade brand, Divine Chocolate) each year, before he shows you how to have a go at drawing too. Find out more here.


Being All I Can Be

Click through to watch aspirational videos of tracks written, performed and illustrated by young people.

Walk A Day In My Shoes : By the Young Adult Carers from Barnardo’s, giving an insight into their world.


Read and Feed with Bev Juniper

A fun session for families with young children, including easy recipes to prepare as well as ideas of some great books to share together. Watch the Read and Feed session here.


All Join In

A series of fun, engaging videos of families with children under the age of five performing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in languages spoken in their home. Produced to engage more families in singing with their children. Find out more here.