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World Read Aloud Day

As part of World Read Aloud Day on 24th February, our newest team member Imelda took the opportunity to visit some local schools to join the teachers in celebrating books and to foster a love of books amongst their pupils.                   In St. John’s N.S in Sligo Town, 5th Class teacher Avril O’Hanlon read aloud from Rebellion in the Village, one of our boo
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Taunagh National School read Rebellion in the Village

Taunagh N.S. in Riverstown, Co. Sligo got in touch with us recently as they were interested in reading one of our books, Rebellion in the Village. Written by children in Scoil Ursula, Sligo Town together with writer Mary Branley, the novel was published by Kids’ Own in 2013.  As pupils in Taunagh N.S were recently studying the French Revolution and as Rebellion in the Village is set during that same period in h
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Call for papers, presentations and workshops! Arts in Education National Day

To mark the Arts in Education Portal’s 1st birthday, an Arts in Education National Day has been initiated. Taking place on 23rd April 2016, this national celebration aims to bring together members of the arts in education community from all across Ireland, to share, learn, talk, network, get inspired, and continue interrogating best practice in the field. The Portal is inviting proposals from organisations or individ
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Join us at the Sligo Children’s Book Festival 2016

Kids’ Own is delighted to partner with The Model and the Hawk’s Well Theatre to host the fourth Sligo Children’s Book Festival, celebrating family literacy and creativity of parents and young children. The action-packed festival will run from 3rd-6th March 2016 and features the return of the Kids’ Own Book Factory to inspire children and parents alike! The launch of the fourth Children’s Book Festival will take place
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Virtually There: Exploding imaginations and other adventures in Strandtown

Before Christmas, Virtually There Curator Ann Donnelly visited Strandtown PS to find out what the pupils of this Belfast school are doing for this phase of the Virtually There online residency project.  Pre visit, I am very excited to get into the classroom and see how the project is working in this setting. It has been a long time since I had the privilege of seeing things from the perspective of the children and cl
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New features on the Arts in Education Portal

The Arts in Education Portal, the key national digital resource of arts in education practice in Ireland, was launched in May 2015. The Portal is an initiative of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Education and Skills. Kids’ Own – in consultation with an editorial committee – led the development of content for the Portal and are currently content managers. Development has been o
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Kindness: New book project with pre-school children

Kids’ Own is currently working with six childcare settings in Waterford, Kilkenny and Carlow to create a new book with pre-school children, exploring the gift of kindness. Artist Naomi Draper and writer Mary Branley have been leading the creative sessions. The Kindness Project is funded by the ESB Energy for Generations Fund and is delivered in partnership with Carlow, Kilkenny and Waterford Childcare Committees. Pro
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Virtually There: New Partners

New partners by Ann Donnelly, Virtually There Project Curator “The crux of successful work is a strong partnership between artist and teacher.” -Orla Kenny, Director of Kids’ Own at VT Artist and Teacher day, Ulster Museum Acknowledging this crucial partnership at the heart of the online work, Kids’ Own has looked for ways to support and sustain that relationship, starting at the beginning 
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Reflections on The Book Press at The Dock by writer Mary Branley

After a 10-week whirlwind of bookmaking activity, children taking part in the Kids’ Own Book Press at The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, unveiled the books they created at a special showcase event in December 2015. Writer Mary Branley reflects on this unique after-school programme:   The Book Press in The Dock came to a cracking end with all our writers and illustrators finishing their books with not a m
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