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Children’s Environmental Field Guide

2016 A partnership project with our local school, St. Patrick’s NS in Maugherow, Co. Sligo, supporting children in learning more about environmental, sustainability and biodiversity issues through a creative process with an artist, writer and environmental scientist. Supported by the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund and IT Sligo Environmental Science Department, the project will result in the publicatio
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The Kindness Project

2015-2016 “Kate and Caoimhe checked their cubes to see if the kindness was still there.” Fiona, Tigh Sugradh Childcare Setting, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford 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. This project builds on our previous early years work and seeks to create opportunit
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Grandad built our house

2015 A book project and national construction safety initiative led by the Health & Safety Authority, and delivered by Kids’ Own in partnership with the HSA, Kilkenny Education Centre and the Association of Teachers’ Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI). Primary school children from across Ireland took part in a competition led by the HSA about life and safety in the construction industry, submitting creative wri
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100 Year History Project

2014 – 2016 Kids’ Own, in conjunction with the Kilkenny Education Centre and the Belfast Education and Library Board, is leading the ‘100 Year History Project’ for 12 primary schools North and South of Ireland. The project is funded by The Department of Foreign Affairs Reconciliation Fund. The ‘100 Year History Project’ provides an opportunity for children north and south and from all backgrounds to engage with
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Bouncing Away

2014-2015 What makes children happy? What are their coping strategies within their daily lives? And how should they be supported to develop as resilient individuals? In autumn 2014, Kids’ Own, in partnership with the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and the Psychology Service (PCCC) in Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan, began a collaborative book project with young people in County Sligo exploring children
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Starting School

2014-2015 What’s it like in big school?  In 2014, Kids’ Own partnered with Kilkenny County Childcare Committee and Kilkenny Education Centre on Starting School, a book project supporting young children in the transition to primary school. Artist Orla Kenny and writer Mary Branley collaborated with junior infants in four schools in County Kilkenny. The children had the opportunity to creatively explore their exp
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Too Cold for Sharks

2014-2015 A book project and national ocean and coastal safety initiative led by the Health & Safety Authority, and delivered by Kids’ Own in partnership with the HSA, Kilkenny Education Centre and the Association of Teachers’ Education Centres in Ireland (ATECI). Children from primary schools throughout Ireland took part in an ‘On the Ocean’ competition organised by the HSA, submitting artwork, short stories and
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I Can Taste the Rain

2014-2015 What factors influence our decisions about the way we travel? What can we discover by choosing new ways of travelling from one place to another? How can we encourage children and families to explore the outdoors and think differently about their journeying experiences in their local area? These were just some of the questions we explored with children in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, as part of our ‘Smarter Tra
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Rebellion in the Village

November 2013 A new model of publishing for Kids’ Own, this historical novel was written by 11 and 12 year old children in Scoil Ursula Primary School, Sligo, alongside their teacher Ms Hoey and Kids’ Own writer and poet Mary Branley. The children worked with Mary to research, plan, structure, write, illustrate and edit the book, the publishing costs for which were covered by pre-sales. As a historical novel – set du
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Only a giant can lift a bull

June – Nov 2013 A book project and national farm safety initiative led by the Health & Safety Authority, and delivered by Kids’ Own in partnership with the HSA and Kilkenny Education Centre. Working with 86 children from all around the country, Kids’ Own artists Sharon Kelly and Orla Kenny and writer Jo Holmwood, toured to six education centres across the country, where the workshops with the competition winners
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