Online Activities

Libraries – join online without needing proof of identification or address, and access the BorrowBox app immediately for access to eBooks and audiobooks. 

Irish public libraries provide all users with a wide range of free online services including eBooks, audiobooks, eMagazines, online courses and online newspapers.  

Share a Story

Family Friendly HQ and Children’s Books Ireland have teamed up to launch a new initiative, #ShareAStory. While many family members, especially grandparents, are finding it tough staying away from loved ones, this initiative can help them to enjoy reading together while staying apart. A helpful video featuring CEO of Children’s Books Ireland, Elaina Ryan. In the video Elaina explains how grandparents can still read a bedtime story to their grandchildren by following a few simple tips. The partnership also includes a new reading hub on Family Friendly HQ. This new hub includes recommended reads and themed reading lists from Children’s Books Ireland alongside reviews by the FFHQ team as a helpful resource for families. 

KPMG Reading Hero Award

During these challenging times, KPMG, as sponsor of the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards, is calling on teachers, parents, guardians, relatives, friends and librarians to nominate their KPMG Reading Hero. All over the island of Ireland extraordinary young people whose participation and interest in books and reading outside of the awards is remarkable. In the lead up to the awards, a weekly competition based on a creative writing or illustration activity and judged by a number of our shortlisted artists, will keep young readers feeling creative, with a €100 weekly prize.

Let us know about your Reading Hero in 500 words or less. The KPMG Reading Hero Award recognises a young person’s potential and gives them encouragement to pursue their chosen path. You can nominate a primary/secondary school student from Ireland who you feel fits the criteria for this award. Your nominated Reading Hero may a voracious reader or has completed their first book overcoming learning or language difficulties to do so. Perhaps your KPMG Reading Hero has inspired their friends to read or set themselves and/or others a reading challenge? Or maybe there’s something unique or original about their love of books and reading that you’d like to share with us. Whatever it is we’d be delighted to hear from you. Please include the following details with your entry: name, age, address, school details and class.

Email (no attachments please) your submission to by May 8 2020.

We will announce the results of our KPMG Reading Heroes competition on May 19 2020.

The KPMG Reading Hero will receive a €200 / £180 book voucher and their school will receive €1000/£900 book token and a set of the books shortlisted for the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards. There will be five runner up prizes of €100 /£90 book tokens for each nominated runner up.

Other online activities for children and young people by Irish artists and organisations

On the Children’s Books Ireland YouTube channel, new videos of our KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards shortlisted artists will be uploaded twice a week leading up to the awards announcement on 19th May. These are a mix of readings and activities for all ages.

The O’Brien Press Design-a-Cover competition with Children’s Books Ireland closes 1st May. The winner will have their design published as the new cover for Gordon Snell’s The Supermarket Ghost

The Imagine Nation playbook, published by Children’s Books Ireland and An Post, is free to download and features activities and creative writing prompts from some of Ireland’s best authors and illustrators. Two new pages as Gaeilge to be released Monday 20th April. 

GIY Know it Allmanac’s is offering free downloads of chapters of their book, illustrated by Fatti Burke:

An Post hosted a live Draw with Don Conroy session to mark the publication of #ImagineNation which can be viewed on their Facebook Page.

Poetry prompts for teenagers by Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan can be found on her Instagram under #poetrychallenge.

Scéal an Lae le Futa Fata –
Leabhair as Gaeilge read aloud 

Walker Éireann soundcloud – Irish translations of classic and modern picturebooks read aloud

Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltachta colouring competition – 

Sarah Webb with MoLI (Museum of Literature Ireland – Creative Bursts – 

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald is doing live readings on her Facebook page from her novels for age 9+. Currently reading The List of Real Things; The Apple Tart of Hope is available in full.

Poetry Ireland have shared a video of Deirdre Sullivan showing how to make a sensory poem or story.

Ceardaíocht le Sadhbh Devlin – a tutorial on how to make simple shadow puppets, hosted by Foras na Gaeilge.

A couple of days a week, Oliver Jeffers is doing stay at home story time in his Instagram Live. Unfortunately, past readings are not available.

Marvel Comics artist Will Sliney’s #WeWillDraw has been featured on the RTÉ Home School Hub; lots of how to videos available on his YouTube channel.

Things to Do with Alan Nolan – lots of drawing activities.

Glucksman Gallery Creativity at Home series has art activities with instructional videos on their website.

The Ark at Home also has art activities as well as live performances.