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6 Ways to get Books for Free in Hamilton

By |April 20th, 2017|

If you love to read, you know how expensive it can be to speed through book after book! Buying books brand new can be an exciting purchase and the smell of fresh pages is truly irreplaceable, but there are also some wonderful ways to enjoy the character of used and free books here in your community. […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Julie Shea

By |April 17th, 2017|

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 […]

Creating characters at Adelaide

By |April 7th, 2017|

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 […]

How To Make Reading A Family Activity No Matter Your Age

By |March 13th, 2017|

Happy March Break! This week is the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with books, games, and the company of family. Finding ways to read together can be difficult, especially with varying age groups and interests, but there are plenty of ways to add family story time to your routine no matter what age […]

Picture an Author

By |March 10th, 2017|

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 […]

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Children’s Books

By |March 8th, 2017|

It’s international women’s day! We’re celebrating strong women, “may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.” We’ve compiled a list of Canadian children’s books to read with the young girls in your life today:
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

A story about magnificent dreams and the hard work that goes into […]

GIVEAWAY: Jon-Erik Lappano and Kevin Sands

By |February 25th, 2017|

Sometimes when you’ve dug into a great read, all you need is a change in your environment to really immerse yourself in the new world of your imagination. Hamilton is full of awesome spots to be productive or relax with a book! We wrote about the nine best hidden reading nooks in town, so now all you […]

9 Hidden Reading Nooks In Hamilton Ontario

By |February 25th, 2017|

There are a lot of reasons why reading at home may not be as relaxing as we’d like to think: writer’s block, bad lighting, falling asleep on top of your homework, noise, etc. What you need is a change in your environment and luckily Hamilton is full of awesome spots to be productive or relax […]

9 Classic Children’s Books You Didn’t Know Were Written By Canadians

By |February 16th, 2017|

Whether you’re just picking up these books for the first time, or you haven’t seen them in years, children’s books have a special place in all of our hearts. There’s excitement in hearing them before bed, and nostalgia in seeing their front cover 10 years later. What you may not know is how many of […]

Family Storytime at the Hamilton Public Library

By |February 13th, 2017|

Bring the whole family for storytime at the Hamilton Public Library until February 27th! Discover stories, rhymes, music, finger puppet plays and flannel boards that appeal to a wide age range (birth to 5 years). Check out the HPL website for programs specific to toddlers, kids and teens as well!
Monday
10:00am – Westdale

10:30am – Ancaster, Mount […]

6 Inspiring Insta-Poets You Need To Follow Right Now

By |February 9th, 2017|

Poetry has undoubtedly taken over the Instagram sphere. From perfectly placed novels accented with succulents and coffee, to minimalist black typewriter text bleeding through white paper, poetry has a very particular aura and these pictures truly can say a hundred words. If you’re a teen looking to feel inspired, set your mind free with these […]

9 Ways to Improve Your Literacy Without Changing Your Lifestyle

By |February 6th, 2017|

Most of us would love to read more. Whatever our excuse, often many of us feel like we just don’t have the time in our day to read for fun. The truth is, there are many simple ways you can improve your literacy without altering your overall lifestyle. Here are nine simple steps to kickstart […]

E-books vs. Paperback: The Science Behind How You Read

By |February 2nd, 2017|

The advantages of going digital are obvious. Things like portability, storage, and cost-efficiency, but what’s less obvious is how these new age devices are impacting the quality of reading.
A study published in the Library & Information Science Research Journal in 2014 found that out of 143 10th grade students, e-books were significantly preferred. It also […]

GIVEAWAY: Family Literacy Week with Kenneth Oppel

By |January 26th, 2017|

Born in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, Kenneth Oppel first knew he wanted to write stories around the age of 12. He started off with sci-fi adventures and progressed to sorcery tales of dragons before phasing into humorous stories at age 14. His first published work, Colin’s Fantastic Video Adventure was in 1985 and fulfilled […]

Share stories together on Family Literacy Day

By |January 24th, 2017|

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 […]

Telling Stories at Strathcona

By |December 30th, 2016|

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, […]

Giving the gift of literacy to children in our community

By |November 30th, 2016|

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 […]

Christmas comes early at Telling Tales

By |November 25th, 2016|

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 […]

Telling Stories at Telling Tales

By |November 12th, 2016|

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 […]

Announcing the 2016 Explore Your World School Contest Winners

By |October 5th, 2016|

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 […]

Explore A Literary World at Telling Tales

By |September 13th, 2016|

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 […]

Picture Book Giveaway

By |September 12th, 2016|

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 […]

Click and snap your way to an author visit

By |September 8th, 2016|

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 […]

Tween Book Challenge

By |August 18th, 2016|

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 […]

Recommended Reading List

By |August 14th, 2016|

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 […]

Teen Book Giveaway!

By |August 6th, 2016|

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 […]

Enter the Telling Tales Bookmark Contest!

By |July 20th, 2016|

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 […]

Memories made at Telling Tales

By |July 13th, 2016|

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 […]

Oh Canada!

By |July 1st, 2016|

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 […]

Go on an adventure with Scott Chantler!

By |June 24th, 2016|

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: […]

Win Tokyo Digs a Garden!

By |June 11th, 2016|

Win Tokyo Digs a Garden!
Wrap up the end of Canadian Environment Week with a special book giveaway
Win a copy of Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano! This book is an imaginative tale of urban environmentalism.

How do you promote conservation and the natural world around us? Do you go for hikes, participate in community clean-ups, […]

Win If I Had a Gryphon

By |June 7th, 2016|

Win If I Had a Gryphon
Share your pet pics to win!
Here’s your chance to win an adorable new picture book by author Vikki VanSickle.

Her first picture book If I Had a Gryphon just came out in February. This laugh-out-loud pet story with a twist, features magical creatures in realistic situations. Do you have the perfect pet? […]

School Contest Judges Announced

By |June 6th, 2016|

School Contest Judges Announced 
Special guest judges will select winners in the Telling Tales 2016 Explore Your World school contest
We have a new contest that encourages students to work together for a chance to win an author presentation at their school. As a class, students select a book from the 2016 Telling Tales Reading List. Then together, […]

Exhibit at the Telling Tales Festival!

By |June 1st, 2016|

Exhibit at the Telling Tales Festival!
Do you own a small business? Want to reach families and support literacy in our community?

Then consider joining us in the large meadow by becoming an exhibitor.

Our Exhibitor’s Marketplace is a great venue to promote your product or service in a fun and creative way.

The large meadow is a busy […]

Win a signed Kevin Sylvester book!

By |May 22nd, 2016|

Win a signed Kevin Sylvester book!
This long weekend we’re kicking off the Telling Tales contest book giveaway season with the author/illustrator who helped us kick-off this year’s Festival. Here’s your chance to win one of two signed Neil Flambé books by Kevin Sylvester! This popular culinary mystery caper series is a great addition to any […]