“Kids like to get up early and to stay up late, which can make the festival day really long. So we were conscious that we could try and structure the day around the rhythm of a typical family day.”  Photograph: Anna Kerslake

I was 18 when I went to my first music festival, the tickets to the short-lived Oxygen sessions a gift to mark my ascension to adulthood. As a festiva(...)

Lynn Haughton: ‘The most sustainable resources are the ones we have.’

Growing up in Killiney in south Co Dublin, siblings Chris and Lynn Haughton’s father was always building things: from doll’s houses for Lynn, to whole(...)

A Child of Books, by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston, celebrates the joy of reading and has the feel of a classic

While adult readers are more likely to pack a Kindle in their holiday suitcase than a stack of books, younger audiences have proved more resistant to (...)

Production shot from ‘Into the Blue’. Photograph: Neil Harrison

Imagine. A young boy who can’t communicate suddenly laughs. A girl who has never spoken starts to sing. An infant, only nine weeks old, starts trackin(...)

Peepo by Alan and Janet Ahlberg: recommended reading for toddlers aged  18 months and over

In 2014, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown launched an initiative called Babies Love Books to promote the importance of reading to young children. Reaching ou(...)

Festival buzz: Bees! was exquisitely conceived. Photograph: Ros Kavanagh

During the recent short run, at Dublin Theatre Festival, of Bees!, a gently instructional musical for children created by WillFredd Theatre, our beeke(...)

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(...)

The lull in children’s publishing that characterises the immediate post-Christmas period is, where 2014 is concerned, already well and truly ov(...)

Oliver Jeffers work (above) ‘combines wit, intelligence and extraordinary originality’

SARAH CROSSAN is the author of The Weight of Water and dystopian young adult series Breathe . When you were younger, was there a book that change(...)