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About Joanna Williams

Joanna Williams is the Public Relations Manager at Telling Tales.
2811, 2017

Junior Reporter Discovers a new author at Telling Tales

By |November 28th, 2017|Blog, Featured, Latest News, Press Club|0 Comments

New author at Telling Tales
By Mara H., 8
Naseem Hrab reads her new book at Telling Tales. The name of the book is Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend. It was so funny and fantastic.

She has been an author for only two years and has only published one book. The audience loved the story. […]

3010, 2017

Congratulations to the 2017 “Tell Your Tale” contest winners

By |October 30th, 2017|Blog, Contests, Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

Storybook characters come to life at Telling Tales
Every year kids love meeting historical and literary characters at the Telling Tales Festival. They learn about the stories, characters and authors in an interactive way. Families laugh with Cinderella’s Step Sisters, find out about the spirited Anne of Green Gables, and discover interesting tidbits of information from […]

2710, 2017

Storytelling Workshop Giveaway

By |October 27th, 2017|Blog, Contests, Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

Win a SIGNED Book!
We’re so excited about our new Storytelling Workshop on November 3rd, we’re giving away SIGNED books this weekend!

We’ll ask a new question each day on our Facebook page from Saturday, October 28, 2017 until Sunday, October 29, 2017. Simply reply in the comment section below the post by midnight for your chance to […]

2210, 2017

Budding journalists shine at the Telling Tales Festival

By |October 22nd, 2017|Featured, Latest News, Press Club|0 Comments

Announcing Telling Tales Press Club Journalism Workshop Winners
At this year’s Telling Tales Festival, our Press Club members had a special treat – a workshop with journalist and author Joyce Grant!

During this interactive workshop kids became official Telling Tales junior reporters. They received a press badge and learned all about what a journalist does. Joyce took […]

1610, 2017

Telling Tales Storytelling Workshop

By |October 16th, 2017|Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

Spend your PA Day Telling Stories with Telling Tales
Discover your own storytelling powers at our new creative workshop that focuses on telling stories through writing, illustration, drama, poetry and music. This FREE workshop is for families and kids in Grades 1 to 8.

Join Telling Tales authors and presenters for a morning of storytelling. Learn improv and […]

1209, 2017

New journalism workshop aims to inspire budding journalists

By |September 12th, 2017|Blog, Contests, Featured, Latest News, Literacy|0 Comments

Kids: Become junior reporters and have your work published!
Join author and journalist Joyce Grant for a special Telling Tales Press Club Journalism Workshop during the Telling Tales Festival on Sunday, September 17, 2017. During this interactive workshop kids six and up can become a junior reporter and learn all about what a journalist does. Joyce […]

709, 2017

Stories Take You Anywhere

By |September 7th, 2017|Blog, Featured, Latest News, Literacy|0 Comments

Celebrating Canadian stories at the 9th annual Telling Tales Festival
Discover stories about family, friendship, adventure, and Canadian history at this year’s Telling Tales Festival. Plus, find out what inspires authors to write, learn drawing tips from illustrators, and listen to musical tales.

Join us this fall for amazing presentations for the whole family – kids, […]

1708, 2017

Show us where stories take you!

By |August 17th, 2017|Blog, Contests, Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

Enter the Telling Tales App Photo Contest to win an author visit to your school
Books are full of magic and adventure, and have the power to transport readers to new destinations.

We’re looking for creative and fun photos that feature your favourite reading spot. Whether it’s in your room, at the park, or on a cross-country […]

2407, 2017

Celebrating the sport of reading

By |July 24th, 2017|Blog, Featured|0 Comments

Kids’ Lit Quiz 2017 World Finals
During the Kids’ Lit Quiz 2017 World Finals, kids gathered to demonstrate their love and knowledge of books. Canada was host to the World Finals on July 3, 2017.

The Kids’ Lit Quiz has been inspiring and challenging young readers for over 25 years. They encourage kids to focus on teamwork, […]

707, 2017

Show your creativity in the 2017 Telling Tales Bookmark Contest

By |July 7th, 2017|Blog, Contests, Latest News|0 Comments

Enter the Telling Tales Bookmark Contest this summer
Here’s your chance to win awesome prizes and express your creative side! Create a bookmark showing how stories take you anywhere.

This contest is for children 3 to 14 years old. Two prizes will be given out in each of the following age categories:

3 to 4 years
5 to 6 […]

3006, 2017

City of Hamilton giving away free books to families

By |June 30th, 2017|Blog, Latest News, Literacy|0 Comments

Celebrate Canada 150 and Telling Tales with these special books!
The City of Hamilton is a proud supporter of Telling Tales. In anticipation of the Telling Tales Festival and Canada’s 150th anniversary, the City is giving away FREE books to children at Ontario Early Years Centres and Parenting and Family Literacy Centres, while quantities last. Children may […]

2006, 2017

2017 School Contest Judges Announced

By |June 20th, 2017|Blog, Contests, Latest News|0 Comments

Announcing the 2017 Stories Take You Anywhere School Contest Judges
Special guest judges will select winners in the 2017 Telling Tales Stories Take You Anywhere School Contest.

The school contest encourages students to work together for a chance to win an author experience at their school. As a class, students select a book from the 2017 Telling Tales Reading List. […]

1506, 2017

Join Telling Tales and the McQuesten Neighbourhood for a Celebration of Stories

By |June 15th, 2017|Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

Celebrating Stories at McQuesten Neighbourhood’s Heritage Harvest
Listen to stories, participate in activities, plus meet an author and illustrator! During the McQuesten Neighbourhood’s Heritage Harvest Canada 150 Celebration on June 24, 2017 enjoy literary readings and activities from a Telling Tales presenter.

Visit the Telling Tales booth for more information about our year-round activities including exciting […]

1805, 2017

Let the Telling Tales Literacy Campaign Begin

By |May 18th, 2017|Blog, Featured, Latest News, Literacy|0 Comments

 Celebrating Canadian Stories in 2017
Illustrator, writer and broadcaster, Kevin Sylvester, officially kicked-off the 9th annual Telling Tales program! Telling Tales is a yearlong community initiative dedicated to promoting literacy and inspiring a love of reading. This campaign includes many fun and engaging initiatives for kids, teens, and families to get them excited about reading, writing […]

1505, 2017

Poised for a Great Future

By |May 15th, 2017|Blog, Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

Announcing the new Telling Tales Board of Directors
Over the past nine years Telling Tales has developed and expanded, but we have always remained true to our initial vision of inspiring a love of reading and improving literacy levels in children and youth.

Telling Tales started in 2009 as a project sponsored by Rotary Club of Hamilton […]

2504, 2017

Sharing Magical Tales

By |April 25th, 2017|Blog, Contests, Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

Enjoying a magical story time at Bellmoore
The winning photo!Students at Bellmoore Elementary School in Binbrook enjoyed a magical story time filled with mythological creatures and wonder! This unique author experience was the top prize in the 2016 Telling Tales App Photo Contest.

We asked literary fans to snap and share a picture of their favourite reading […]

1704, 2017

Volunteer Spotlight: Julie Shea

By |April 17th, 2017|Blog, Featured|0 Comments

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers – you are the reason our Festival is so successful!

To celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Month, we wanted to recognize one of our dedicated volunteers.

As part of the Festivals and Events Ontario Top 100 designation, we are able to recognize a volunteer. This year Julie Shea was recognized and […]

704, 2017

Creating characters at Adelaide

By |April 7th, 2017|Blog, Contests, Featured, Latest News, Literacy|0 Comments

Illustrator and author Ruth Ohi visits Adelaide Hoodless
Students at Adelaide Hoodless Elementary School in Hamilton picked up some neat illustration tips from author and illustrator Ruth Ohi on March 24, 2017. The creative students won an author visit as the top prize in the 2016 Telling Tales Explore Your World School Contest.

The winning class was inspired by […]

1003, 2017

Picture an Author

By |March 10th, 2017|Blog, Contests, Featured, Latest News, Literacy|0 Comments

Barbara Reid visits John T. Tuck Students
Students at John T. Tuck Public School in Burlington enjoyed a special author visit by Barbara Reid on March 2, 2017. The talented students from Mrs. Hill’s JK-SK class won an author visit as the top prize in the 2016 Telling Tales Explore Your World School Contest.

Together the winning […]

2401, 2017

Share stories together on Family Literacy Day

By |January 24th, 2017|Blog, Contests, Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

Share stories together on Family Literacy Day
Enter the Telling Tales Family Literacy Day Book Giveaway
Family Literacy Day is on Friday, January 27, 2017 – it’s a day dedicated to reading stories together as a family. At Telling Tales we think this is a great initiative. We’re celebrating by giving away SIGNED books all week long!
Win […]

3012, 2016

Telling Stories at Strathcona

By |December 30th, 2016|Blog, Featured, Latest News, Literacy|0 Comments

Telling Stories at Strathcona
Strathcona Elementary School in Hamilton was the first-place winner the 2016 Telling Tales Explore Your World School Contest. On December 15, 2016 they enjoyed their prize – an author visit by Andrew Larsen!

The winning class worked together to create a large masterpiece inspired by Andrew’s book The Imaginary Garden. As their prize, […]

3011, 2016

Giving the gift of literacy to children in our community

By |November 30th, 2016|Blog, Featured, Latest News, Literacy|0 Comments

Giving the gift of literacy to children in our community
Telling Tales presents $10,000 to local literacy organizations
For the past eight years, Telling Tales has been proud to give back to literacy projects in the Hamilton community. These contributions directly support local youth, and assist in achieving the Festival’s goals of celebrating stories throughout the year […]

2511, 2016

Christmas comes early at Telling Tales

By |November 25th, 2016|Blog, Contests|0 Comments

Christmas comes early at Telling Tales
Celebrate the holiday season with tickets to the Nutcracker
Get into the holiday spirit with music, dance, and spending time with family. Ballet Jörgen has generously donated family passes to their upcoming performance of The Nutcracker. This Canadian holiday tradition takes place on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Hamilton Place.

Here’s your […]

1211, 2016

Telling Stories at Telling Tales

By |November 12th, 2016|Blog, Contests, Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

Telling Stories at Telling Tales
Congratulations to the 2016 “Tell Your Tale” contest winners!

Literary and historical characters are very popular at the Telling Tales Festival. They bring stories to life as they stroll around Westfield talking to families. Children have the opportunity to meet and speak with characters like Anne of Green Gables, Cinderella’s evil step […]

510, 2016

Announcing the 2016 Explore Your World School Contest Winners

By |October 5th, 2016|Contests, Featured, Latest News, Literacy|0 Comments

Announcing the 2016 Explore Your World School Contest Winners
This year we ran our first national contest for schools. We wanted to help promote the many talented Canadian authors and illustrators among students. The idea was to choose a book from our reading list for inspiration – and using our theme Explore Your World, students were asked to […]

1309, 2016

Explore A Literary World at Telling Tales

By |September 13th, 2016|Blog, Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

Explore A Literary World At Telling Tales
Book launches, story readings, author signings and family fun await
Read them here first! The Telling Tales Festival is delighted to launch several brand new Canadian books this fall. Award-winning author KENNETH OPPEL launches his latest captivating novel, Every Hidden Thing, described as Romeo and Juliet meets Indiana Jones. JEREMY […]

1209, 2016

Picture Book Giveaway

By |September 12th, 2016|Contests, Featured, Latest News|1 Comment

Picture Book Giveaway
Win a beautiful picture book
We’re giving away a picture book a day to celebrate talented Canadian authors and illustrators, and because we’re so excited the 8th Annual Telling Tales Festival is almost here!

Be sure to have a look at our presenter schedule and plan your visit!

We’ll ask a new question each day on […]

809, 2016

Click and snap your way to an author visit

By |September 8th, 2016|Blog, Contests, Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

Click and snap your way to an author visit
Enter the Telling Tales App Photo Contest to win an author visit to your school
We want to see your favourite reading spot! Snap a selfie, or a photo of a loved one reading a book in their favourite reading spot for an opportunity to win an exclusive […]

1808, 2016

Tween Book Challenge

By |August 18th, 2016|Contests, Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

Tween Book Challenge
There is only one month until the Telling Tales Festival and we’re celebrating with a huge book giveaway!
This year we have a special Tween Stage that features talented Canadian authors and illustrators including Scott Chantler , Kevin Sylvester and Mahtab Narsimhan. Many other presenters with a tween focus will be at stages around […]

1408, 2016

Recommended Reading List

By |August 14th, 2016|Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

Recommended Reading
Canadian book titles for kids of all ages
Discover a new title and meet new literary friends with the Telling Tales 2016 Reading List. Whether the kids love adventure, history, mysteries, or you’re simply looking for a great book to snuggle up and read together, this list is sure to keep the kids captivated! It’s […]

608, 2016

Teen Book Giveaway!

By |August 6th, 2016|Contests, Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

Teen Book Giveaway!
Do you know a teen that loves to read? Be sure they visit the Telling Tales Festival this fall to discover some exciting new books.  This year we have a special Teen Stage that features talented Canadian authors Shane Peacock and Kevin Sands!

We’re celebrating with a special contest. Here’s your chance to win The […]

2007, 2016

Enter the Telling Tales Bookmark Contest!

By |July 20th, 2016|Contests, Featured, Latest News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Enter the Telling Tales Bookmark Contest!
Create a bookmark
Here’s your chance to win fabulous prizes! Use your imagination and creativity to show us how you and your family explore your world.
Who can enter?
The contest is open to children from 3 to 14 years old. There are eight prizes to be handed out in total! Two […]

1307, 2016

Memories made at Telling Tales

By |July 13th, 2016|Featured, Latest News, Press Club|0 Comments

Our newest Press Club member Jordan L., 13 from Hamilton enjoys attending the Telling Tales Festival with her sister and mom. She has shared some special moments, including her fondest festival memories. Thank you so much for sharing these special times with us Jordan!

The Telling Tales Press Club is designed to encourage kids aged 6-14 […]

107, 2016

Oh Canada!

By |July 1st, 2016|Contests, Featured, Latest News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Oh Canada!
Win a Canadian book in the Telling Tales Canada Day giveaway
We’re so proud of all our Canadian presenters, we’re giving away a book a day for the next week as part of the Telling Tales Canada Day giveaway. To celebrate Canada’s birthday we’re featuring a few of our authors this week and their all-Canadian […]

2406, 2016

Go on an adventure with Scott Chantler!

By |June 24th, 2016|Blog, Contests|0 Comments

Go on an adventure with Scott Chantler!
Books can take you to different places and times. Immerse yourself in an exciting tale with Scott Chantler’s graphic novel adventure series the Three Thieves. This collection of seven different quests takes place in many exciting destinations.

Here’s your chance to win a book from this popular series. The prize: […]