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Show us where stories take you!

By |August 17th, 2017|

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 […]

Show your creativity in the 2017 Telling Tales Bookmark Contest

By |July 7th, 2017|

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 […]

City of Hamilton giving away free books to families

By |June 30th, 2017|

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 […]

2017 School Contest Judges Announced

By |June 20th, 2017|

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. […]

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

By |June 15th, 2017|

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 […]

Let the Telling Tales Literacy Campaign Begin

By |May 18th, 2017|

 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 […]

Poised for a Great Future

By |May 15th, 2017|

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 […]

Sharing Magical Tales

By |April 25th, 2017|

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 […]

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 […]