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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 […]

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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 […]

Explore Your World at the 2016 Telling Tales Festival

By |May 18th, 2016|

Explore Your World at the 2016 Telling Tales Festival
 Discover how books can take you anywhere
Go on an adventure at this year’s Telling Tales Festival. Hear what inspires authors to write, discover drawing tips from illustrators, and listen to musical tales. This literary celebration is not to be missed!

There is something for all ages, including the […]

Behind the Scenes with Kevin Sylvester

By |May 10th, 2016|

Behind the Scenes with Kevin Sylvester

At Telling Tales we are thrilled to promote literacy and really get kids excited about reading. New this year we have created a very special school contest where three lucky schools have the chance to win an exclusive author visit!

And who better to spread this great news than the […]

Celebrate Mother Goose Day with a Nursery Rhyme Contest

By |May 1st, 2016|

Did you know today is Mother Goose Day? Pull out your favourite nursery rhyme, poem or song and tell us your favourite, because we’re celebrating with a special book giveaway!

Here’s your chance to win Little Jack Horner Live From the Corner by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Mike Boldt. It’s a fun story that features […]

We’re looking for sponsors!

By |March 25th, 2016|

We’re looking for sponsors!
Show your support for children’s literacy
Are you a businesses or organization interested in supporting a love of reading among children in our community? Consider sponsoring the Telling Tales Festival – Canada’s most important children’s literary festival. All sponsors will be recognized throughout our 2016 marketing campaign, which kicks off in early May.
Sponsor […]

Presenting a “St. Patrick’s Day” Telling Tales Press Club Story

By |March 17th, 2016|

Presenting a “St. Patrick’s Day”
Telling Tales Press Club Story
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a special story by one of our Press Club members.

Lauren W., 6, from Hamilton loves writing and drawing! She wrote another story about two best friends, a dolphin named Sparkle and a turtle named Joey. Now […]

Telling Tales is a Top 100 Festival in Ontario

By |March 7th, 2016|

Telling Tales is a Top 100 Festival in Ontario
We are thrilled to announce that Telling Tales is a Top 100 Festival in Ontario once again! Thank you to Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) for recognizing our festival – we are so proud to have earned this prestigious designation since 2012! ‪

The Telling Tales team accepted our Top 100 […]

A Tongue Twisting Celebration!

By |March 1st, 2016|

We’re celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a special book giveaway!

Here’s your chance to win one of two SIGNED books by Canada’s own female Dr. Seuss: Sheree Fitch!

The talented wordsmith mesmerized us at the Telling Tales Festival this past September with the speed and ease of her storytelling – she makes it look so easy!

Sheree Fitch […]

Love is in the air!

By |February 14th, 2016|

Celebrate Valentine’s Day and Family Day with our LOVEly Contest!
We love kids stories, especially ones that celebrate family and love! To mark this special long weekend we came up with a sweet contest.
Win A Book!
Win your very own SIGNED copy of Never Let You Go by Patricia Storms. This book is about the enduring love […]

Presenting a “Fishy” Telling Tales Press Club Story

By |February 13th, 2016|

Presenting a “Fishy” Telling Tales Press Club Story
We’re proud to publish a sequel!
One of our young Press Club members has submitted a new story. Lauren W., 6, from Hamilton is a budding author and illustrator that loves animals – especially dolphins. She wrote a story about two best friends: a dolphin named Sparkle and a […]

Snuggle up and read on Family Literacy Day!

By |January 27th, 2016|

 
Family Literacy Day is Wednesday, January 27, 2016
What is Family Literacy Day?
Family Literacy Day was started by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and doing activities together as a family. Their goal is to encourage families to spend just 15 minutes a day having fun and learning together!

There […]

Presenting a Telling Tales Press Club Horse Tale

By |January 21st, 2016|

Presenting a Telling Tales Press Club Horse Tale
We are excited to feature a special Telling Tales Press Club story from our latest member: author and illustrator, Adrienne S., 9, from Burford. She loves taking horse riding lessons and wrote a story inspired by her experiences taking care of horses!

We would love to hear about your hobbies […]

Presenting a Nutcracker Tale

By |December 23rd, 2015|

Presenting a Nutcracker Tale

Enjoy this special Press Club exclusive story by our latest member Kase B., 7 of Binbrook. His mom won tickets to the Ballet Jörgen Canada performance of The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition! He attended the performance on December 5, 2015 at Hamilton Place and was inspired to write and draw his favourite part […]

Inspired by stories, tales and rhymes

By |December 21st, 2015|

St. George elementary school students discover what it takes to be an author

Over 200 students from kindergarten to Gr. 4 enjoyed a private author presentation this fall. This experience was made possible as part of the Telling Tales App Photo Contest. Entrants had to take a picture of their favourite reading spot, and Wendy Rose […]