Rí Rá Children’s Festival of Literature

$5 per person, per event

$15 Festival Pass
(+ get 20% off books)

$50 Festival Family Pass
(2 adults + 2 kids OR 1 adult + 3 kids + 20% off books)

FREE for Junior Joyce & Family Circle Members

To buy tickets over the phone, call IAC’s box office at 866-811-4111

Photo Credit: Vitaliy Piltser

Irish Arts Center and Children’s Books Ireland present
Rí Rá Children’s Festival of Literature

A festival celebrating Irish children’s literature.

Sunday, October 2

After a successful debut last fall, the second annual Rí Rá Children’s Festival of Literature returns with some of the very best Irish children’s authors and illustrators, recently recognized at Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards..

Rí Rá brings children and their families together to creatively engage with literature and encourage readers tall and small to discover new books, meet the creators, and share their love of literature through readings and storytelling workshops. Stay all day, or pop in to play at one of our many events for kids, teens, and adults.

Supported by The Irish Institute, Inc.


Between workshops, don't miss our special guest, the Children's Books Ireland Book Doctor! Our Book Doctor will listen to your child's likes and dislikes and prescribe books they'll love to read.

11 AM - 11:45 AM
Suggested age group: 4 + (all ages welcome)

Take an encyclopedic yet imaginative and exciting tour around Ireland and the country's cultural traditions with stories and live drawings by father-daughter team, John and Kathy "Fatti" Burke. Irelandopedia won the 2016 Children's Books Ireland Judges' Special Award and Eilis Dillon Award.

Giants and Tiny People: Drawing Characters with Lauren O'Neill
12:30 PM - 1:15 PM
Suggested age group: 6 + (all ages welcome)

Do you like to draw? Join CBI Honour Award-winning illustrator Lauren O'Neill in exploring how she created fantastical images and characters for the new book made from an old classic, Gulliver, and then design your own character for a bookmark!

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower
2 PM - 2:45 PM
Suggested age group: 8 + (all ages welcome)

You may think you know the story of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower, but have you heard of the passenger who fell off the ship in the middle of a wild Atlantic storm? Learn about John Howland and his very, very important descendants when PJ Lynch, Ireland's current laureate for children's literature, tells the story and draws from The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower.

PJ Lynch
2 PM - 2:45 PM
The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower

A Novel Made of Poems
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Suggested age group: 12 + (all ages welcome but most appropriate for teens/adults)

Sarah Crossan, winner of the CBI Children's Choice and Book of the Year awards and the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016, will discuss her book One, a story about the lives of conjoined twins Grace and Tippi. Special guest youth moderators and poets from Urban Word NYC's creative writing program will lead a conversation with the author about novel-writing in verse.

Children’s Books Ireland is the national children’s books organization of Ireland. Through many activities and events CBI aims to engage young people with books, foster a greater understanding of the importance of books for young people, and act as a core resource for those with an interest in books for children in Ireland. The CBI Book of the Year Awards are the most prestigious in Ireland and offer one of the few opportunities for national and international recognition of Irish authors and illustrators.

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