Tuesday 26 October, 3pm-4pm
The Animal Crackers Family Challenge with Alan Nolan and Sarah Webb
Age 7+ and their families
Do you like animals, art, quizzes and having fun? If so, this event is for you!
In association with Dublin City Libraries Citywide Reading Campaign, we are delighted to host the Animal Crackers Family Challenge at the Hugh Lane Gallery.
Hear all about some of Alan and Sarah’s favourite animals and draw an exotic animal with Alan. Plus play some of their favourite animal-themed games, like Alive, Extinct or Just Plain Stinky, and Animal Record Breakers.
Sarah Webb is an award-winning children’s writer. Her books include Blazing a Trail: Irish Women who Changed the World (illustrated by Lauren O’Neill) and A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea: Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood (illustrated by Steve McCarthy), both winners of Irish Book Awards.
Sarah also runs creative writing clubs for children and teens, reviews children’s books for the Irish Independent, and programmes children’s and family events for book festivals and MoLI (Museum of Literature Ireland). A part-time children’s bookseller, Sarah is passionate about bringing children and books together and was awarded the Children’s Books Ireland Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Books in Ireland. Her latest book, The Little Bee Charmer of Henrietta Street has recently been published.
Alan Nolan is the author and illustrator of Fintan's Fifteen, Conor's Caveman and the Sam Hannigan series for the O’Brien Press. His latest books, Sam Hannigan and the Last Dodo, and Animal Crackers (with Sarah Webb) are both out now. Alan lives in Bray, County Wicklow with his wife, three sons and an evil cat called Chewie. Alan also featured regularly on RTE.ie during lockdown with fun ‘how to draw’ segments.
The Book - Animal Crackers:
Crammed full of facts, pictures and cartoons from Sarah Webb and Alan Nolan this is the perfect book for children who want to know more about our furry, feathered (and scaly!) friends.
With a special section on Irish wildlife, and the 'Irish Animal Detective' activities, children will want to explore their gardens, parks and beaches to seek out all kinds of native animals. Animal Crackers also provides fun facts and engaging activities that kids will love - from how to draw your favourite animals to suggestions on how you can help save the planet!
For more information on the Citywide Read see