Noelle Brown and Iseult Casey in Monday’s Child. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Monday’s Child The Barn Theatre, Kilkenny **** This play for ages four and over presents important life issues in an accessible way. I(...)

Ereaders have given comfort to many a bookish parent, feeding or rocking an infant through the night. An ereader provides its own light source and can(...)

Artist Helen Barry works with young children at Wee Care

Thomas Johnston is a traditional musician and educational specialist. By day he works at St Patrick’s College, researching diversity in music educa(...)

From left, Deborah Treisman; Paul Muldoon; director of the Arts Council Orlaith McBride (not on the selection panel); Paula Meehan; Siobhán Parkinson; Juan Gabriel Vásquez; and Blake Morrison

‘We want a writer who will be a vehicle for the word,” says poet Paul Muldoon, chair of the selection panel for the Laureate for Irish Fiction, who(...)

King’s popularity ensured the technological experiment would be a success. Photograph: Stacey Cramp/The New York Times

The first books about the Kindle began to appear around the same time as the Kindle was launched at the end of 2007. Stephen King’s novella Ur was (...)

A Quentin Blake illustration in Roald Dahl’s The Twits

A is for Ahlberg Husband-and-wife team Allan and Janet Ahlberg are responsible for some of the best British picture books of the late 20th cent(...)

Elf Factory: offers early-years audiences an opportunity to enter Santa’s workshop

Draíocht, Blanchardstown ****   Elf Factory is an intimate theatrical experience that offers early-years audiences an opportunity(...)

The dastardly Captain Hook (Nicholas Grennell)

Gaiety Theatre , Dublin *****   There is barely a baddie in sight in this show, which is Lavishly staged by Daryn Crosbie, who a(...)

Composer Brian Irvine

The Ark, Dublin ****   This classical concert for children aged four and up is composed by Brian Irvine, with lyrics by John McI(...)

Sleeping Beauty: a refreshing antidote to some of the more commercial children’s entertainment on offer at Christmas

Lambert Puppet Theatre, Dublin ***   Pantomime meets puppetry in Sleeping Beauty, a bare-bones rendition of the traditional fairy(...)