Here are all our events for families, children and young adults. Select events from our Programme for Schools or our traditional Hay Days programme, there is also a selection of interactive workshops to enjoy.
Please note: Hay Days events are available for free replay for the duration of the festival - after this you will be able to find them on Hay Player. Programme for Schools events and workshops will be free to replay for the duration of the festival and then free on Hay Player.
Trocito. Un pedacito de tela que soñaba con ser bandera is a book written by Carmen McEvoy and Mariana Sansone about a grandmother and her granddaughter who together transform a bit of cloth lost on the ocean into one of the most important of patriotic symbols: the flag. McEvoy and Sansone, respectively a historian and a political scientist, and also mother and daughter, present this wonderful illustrated story for children, one that deals with, among other things, the construction of Peruvian identity.
For children ages 4 to 6
If there is something that classic works have in common, it is that they can be interpreted and reinterpreted again and again, and at each turn we can find a new view or possible meanings, in such a way that the dialogue between the work and each new period is always up-to-date. The entertaining and versatile Mexican illustrator, writer and musician Juan Gedovius presents the classics by Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and The Hunting of the Snark, in versions illustrated by him. At this event, Gedovius will share the story of Alice, the girl who, one summer’s day, came across a white rabbit who was wearing a jacket and carrying a pocket watch, and followed it until she fell into the legendary Wonderland, and discovered a varied and unforgettable group of characters. He will talk to the children who attend about his own adventure transforming these great works into pictures.
For all ages
mónimo is an independent Latin American publishing house born in 2021 that seeks to build a children’s catalogue focusing on fiction, from Peru. Its first book is the collection of Peruvian Gods, beings and spirits in the form of the alphabet: Diosario. Using humour and with a unique visual narrative, it seeks to bring us close to the fantastic world that this country embraces. With an interdisciplinary group of talents from different nationalities, Diosario is built with its feet on the ground, placing the most venerated creatures at a close distance while we touch the sky. With the writer of the book Elena Fernández Ferro (Argentina), the illustrator Mariana Río (Portugal) and the editor Julia Viñas (Argentina).
For children ages 2 - 8
El ABC de los seres fantásticos en Perú, the most recent publication by the gifted children’s writer Christian Ayuni, is an album book that presents the alphabet illustrated with extraordinary figures from the ancient myths and legends of Peru. Christian will share the stories and images of these marvellous beings at this event.
For children ages 5 to 10
Amaia Arrazola is an illustrator, writer and muralist. She is the author of the book and game Animales fantásticos, which can be used to combine shapes and the sounds that animals make to create new, fantastic animals. Amaia invites us to free our imaginations to roam through the pages of this book full of extraordinary creatures yet to be discovered.
For children ages 1 to 3
Download Amaia's drawings to do this activity here
Jorge Eslava is the prolific author of over fifty books for children and young adults, as well as several poetry books and works of non-fiction. He has won the IBBY Prize for Children’s Literature, the 1981 Peru Young Poetry Prize, and the 1982 Copé Prize. At this event he presents his most recent title, Rodillas sucias, a book with six stories about the traditional games enjoyed by Peruvian children, written for the bicentenary of the nation’s independence, to be commemorated with the assistance of the country’s children.
Ages 8 and above
Roxana Valdivieso, known for her talent as a singer, now shares with the world two great passions of hers: illustration and writing. She presents her book Las aventuras de Sami, a storybook that invites us to think about the importance of caring for the animals with which we share the planet, particularly those in danger of extinction. In this story, Sami, a finch that lives in the mountains of southern Peru, must save the egg in which his friend Surito is growing, with the help of many other animals. Roxana presents this wonderful tale about Peruvian fauna.
For children ages 3 to 6
According to Javier Cercas, “a hero is a person who does not fail at the only moment at which failure is unthinkable” and the history of Peru is full of examples of brave men and women who fit this definition. This book commemorates those heroic individuals who have contributed to building the nation and Peruvian culture, some of them who are well known, others who are forgotten or made invisible, but heroes nonetheless. This book reflects on Peruvian identity, the multi-ethnic and multicultural character of the country, with its two hundred year history and development being celebrated now, through images created by some of the country’s most talented illustrators. The book’s editor, Víctor Ruiz, will talk about this engaging compilation of stories and illustrations.
For children ages 9 to 12
The acclaimed Peruvian writer Renato Cisneros presents his first book for children, Julieta salió a buscar. This illustrated book tells the tale of a young girl who is looking to cool down on a hot day. Her search for a pool leads her into all kinds of adventures. Renato presents this entertaining story marking his debut in children’s literature.
For children ages 4 to 6
Ana Pez (Spain) is an illustrator, art teacher and historian. In this fun event Ana shares an activity based on her book Mi pequeño hermano invisible, where we can learn how to draw invisible figures. For this activity we will need: blue and orange markers and red cellophane paper. To share your drawings with Ana, you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag Ana on Instagram at @ana_pez
For children ages 6 to 13