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Enjoy our ‘Life’s a Beach’ Press Club Picture

By |October 28th, 2015|

Presenting a Telling Tales Press Club drawing inspired by the beach!
We love this illustration from our latest Press Club member:  Mateo Z., 6, from Hamilton.

Look at all the detail and his use of colours – marvelous job Mateo!

He handed in his picture at the 7th annual Telling Tales Festival on Sept. 20th and earned an […]

Tell Your Tale at Telling Tales

By |October 23rd, 2015|

Congratulations to the 2015 “Tell Your Tale” contest winners!

At Telling Tales our goal is to bring stories to life. One way we do this is by having literary and historical characters in costume, strolling around the Festival talking to kids.

We are very fortunate to have Westfield Heritage Village volunteers dressed as historical characters and Creative […]

A Photo is Worth a School Author Visit

By |October 16th, 2015|

A Photo is Worth a School Author Visit
 With the Telling Tales App Photo Contest
This year winners clicked and snapped their way to win! We asked people to submit creative and fun photos that featured a favourite reading spot. Congratulations to Wendy Rose of St. George – she is the grand prize contest winner! She took […]

Presenting a Sunny Press Club Story

By |October 13th, 2015|

Enjoy This Summertime Press Club Story!

We have a great story by author and illustrator Alexandra R., 6, of Hamilton. She drew a beautiful picture of her family and wrote a short story about her favourite season.

Alexandra attended the 7th Annual Telling Tales Festival on Sept. 20th and submitted this fantastic story. We would love to hear about your […]

The 7th Annual Telling Tales Festival: An Awesome Celebration of Literacy

By |September 21st, 2015|

Canada’s FREE children’s literary festival happened on Sunday, September 20th at Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton, Ontario – and it was AWESOME!

A crowd of over 7,000 children and their families were entertained by over 25 of Canada’s best children’s authors, illustrators, storytellers and musicians.

The Book of Awesome author Neil Pasricha launched his brand new children’s […]

Presenting a Spooky Press Club Story

By |September 18th, 2015|

We are thrilled to feature a special Telling Tales Press Club story from our seasoned Press Club members: Victoria B., 9, and Emma C., 10, both from Hamilton.

They wrote a spooky adventure story! Fantastic job girls! Just for entering, Victoria and Emma earn an exclusive Telling Tales Press Badge, Souvenir Program and Telling Tales poster! […]

Win the adventure story Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book

By |September 16th, 2015|

Can you imagine being pulled into a steampunk comic book? How cool would that be?

Find out in Richard Scrimger and Marthe Jocelyn’s Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book. Win a copy by entering our latest contest!

All you have to do is tell us the name of your favourite comic book or graphic novel.

The contest runs from September […]

Enter Our Awesome Contest!

By |September 12th, 2015|

Win Awesome is Everywhere Before it’s Available in Stores!

Neil Pasricha, best known for The Book of Awesome is coming out with a new children’s book, Awesome is Everywhere. In fact, Neil will introduce the world to his book at the Telling Tales Festival on Sept. 20, 2015!
Win his first children’s book – have a copy […]

Celebrate Hamilton Best Start’s 10th Anniversary at the Telling Tales Festival!

By |September 11th, 2015|

Join us in the Large Meadow and Celebrate 10 Years of Making Hamilton the Best Place to Raise a Child!
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Hamilton Best Start is thrilled to celebrate its 10th Anniversary at the Telling Tales Festival.

Visit Hamilton Best Start in the large meadow as we celebrate this special anniversary. The Hamilton Best Start booth will offer a […]

Win a SIGNED book by talented Metis author David Bouchard!

By |September 7th, 2015|

Win a SIGNED book by talented Metis author David Bouchard!
David Bouchard is Canada’s bestselling Aboriginal author.

His book, The Great Law, is an introduction to the Great Law, which is also called the Great Peace. It combines art and music with traditional teachings.

Here’s your chance to win this stunning book that features a wonderful rhythmic narrative […]

Awesome Comes to Telling Tales

By |September 4th, 2015|

Experience stories in all forms and ignite your inspiration!
Let your imagination soar at Canada’s FREE children’s literary festival on Sunday, September 20th, at Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton, Ontario. Join 30 of Canada’s best children’s authors, illustrators, storytellers, and musicians who promise to entertain and delight over 7,000 children and their families. This year’s […]

Tell Us Your Favourite Children’s Story!

By |August 30th, 2015|

Win a Children’s Book Publishing Guide!
Are you interested in writing your own children’s book? Enter our contest for your chance to win Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books: A Guide to Getting Published from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. It’s a comprehensive guide that features practical advice and resources to help get your children’s book published.

To […]

Volunteer Spotlight

By |August 26th, 2015|

Telling Tales is the story of volunteerism and community spirit
Our volunteers are amazing! They are dedicated and really love what they do.

We are so grateful to the over 25 volunteers who devote their time and energy all year long to organize, plan, promote and fundraise for the Festival; and we are so appreciative of the […]

Win an author visit to your school!

By |August 22nd, 2015|

Enter the Telling Tales App Photo Contest
The top prize is an exclusive author visit! Be a literary hero at your school, plus, get a signed book by the presenting author!

Snap a picture in your favourite reading spot using the FrameIt! feature on the Telling Tales App. There are lots of amazing prizes to be won […]

Terrific Tongue Twisters!

By |August 19th, 2015|

Enter the Sheree Fitch Tongue Twister Contest
Do you remember all of the fun poems and word rhymes you would repeat as a child? They can be tricky and trip up your tongue – but they are so much fun!

Sheree Fitch is fantastic with rhyming and word play – so tell us your favourite tongue twister. […]

Presenting a Telling Tales Press Club Story for Horse Fans

By |August 18th, 2015|

We are excited to feature a special Telling Tales Press Club story from our latest Press Club member: Allison W., 9, from Hamilton. She loves horses! She wrote a tale about the adventures of a pony named Patch.

Just for entering her fantastic story, Allison earns an exclusive Telling Tales Press Badge, Souvenir Program and Telling […]

Helping adults with low literacy has a positive impact on future generations

By |August 6th, 2015|

Helping adults with low literacy has a positive impact on future generations
We usually think of literacy meaning the ability to read and write, but it also includes math and computer skills. These are all important abilities people need in order to succeed in life.

When adults get a late start on their education and need some […]

Featuring a Telling Tales Press Club “under the sea” friendship story

By |August 3rd, 2015|

We are thrilled to present a special Telling Tales Press Club entry!
We have a great entry by our newest Press Club member: Lauren W., 6, from Hamilton.
She wrote her own story about two friends, and even made her own illustrations. Fantastic job Lauren!
Just for entering this wonderful story she earns an exclusive Telling Tales Press […]

Become a member of the Telling Tales Press Club!

By |July 18th, 2015|

How would you like to see YOUR creation on OUR website?
We’re looking to showcase the work of talented elementary students. All you have to do is send us your writing or drawings, and we’ll feature them on our blog! If you know a student between the ages of six to 14, tell them about the […]

The Telling Tales Bookmark Contest is Back!

By |July 7th, 2015|

Design your very own bookmark
Be creative! Be colourful!
Show us why you and your family love to read.
Enter this fabulous contest to win great prizes.
 
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 prizes will be given out in each […]

Read on this Summer!

By |July 2nd, 2015|

Let your imagination soar with this delightful book selection
Enjoy stories from authors and illustrators that will be presenting at the Telling Tales Festival. Over the summer catch up on some great books; then meet the author in person this fall!

There are lots of books to choose from – and for all age groups. So whether […]

Be an Ambassador

By |June 27th, 2015|

Help support the Telling Tales Festival
Do you love Telling Tales? Want to help us out, but you’re not sure how?
Help us to spread the word about our wonderful Festival, and in turn help to encourage a love of reading for children of all ages.
Check out our new Social Media Ambassador Toolkit!
Every little bit helps
We share […]

Join us in the Large Meadow

By |June 8th, 2015|

Become an exhibitor at the 2015 Telling Tales Festival
Here’s your opportunity to reach families and show your community support for local literacy. We’re looking for local businesses that want to reach Hamilton and area families. In 2014 Telling Tales enjoyed record attendance by welcoming more than 7,000 guests!
This is a great venue to promote your […]

Presenters Across Canada Join Telling Tales 2015

By |May 20th, 2015|

Wish there was more “Alligator Pie”?

By |April 15th, 2015|

A Board Book For Every Baby

By |March 11th, 2015|

Did you know that babies in the womb can hear their mothers’ voices?
So reading to your child should begin even before they are born! There are many positive developmental benefits to beginning literacy in early childhood. That’s why it’s so important to give babies board books, even in their first year. “It’s getting them familiar […]

Celebrate Family Literacy Day!

By |January 21st, 2015|

Family Literacy Day is Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Help us celebrate the joy of reading with a few exclusive promotions!
Win a Signed Book!
Win your very own copy of Dennis Lee’s “Alligator Pie”, Lesley Livingston’s “Starling”, or Ruth Ohi’s “Shh! My Brother’s Napping”. The best part – all three books have been SIGNED by the authors!!

Dennis Lee […]

Dennis Lee Returns to the 6th Annual Telling Tales Festival

By |August 5th, 2014|

Celebrated Canadian children’s author Dennis Lee returns to the Telling Tales Festival this year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his classic book Alligator Pie. Lee will be joined by more than 20 of Canada’s best children’s authors, illustrators, storytellers, and musicians who promise to entertain and delight over 7,000 children and their families.
“Dennis Lee […]

Introducing the Telling Tales Press Club

By |July 21st, 2014|

We Want You To Write For Us!
Do you love writing? Do you want to see your byline online? Are you between the ages of 6 and 14?
Then the Telling Tales Press Club is meant for YOU!
Join the Telling Tales Press Club for your own exclusive Telling Tales Press Badge, and receive:

Souvenir Program and Telling Tales […]

Step Back in Time at Westfield Heritage Village

By |June 3rd, 2014|

A magical place where stories and history come alive!
An important part of Telling Tales’ success is due to our location. The Festival is held at the historic Westfield Heritage Village, a living history museum. This year marks the Village’s 50th anniversary! We want to congratulate Westfield and all their volunteers for the hard work they […]

Telling Tales Festival Raises Funds For Literacy

By |December 6th, 2012|

The Telling Tales Festival supports literacy initiatives in Hamilton through its fundraising efforts. This year, $10,000 will be divided between Early Literacy Hamilton Affiliated Services for Children and Youth for its Read to Your Baby program, the Hamilton Literacy Council and the Rotary Summer Literacy Program.

Telling Tales Festival Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary

By |September 9th, 2012|

HAMILTON, September 5, 2013: The Telling Tales Festival is thrilled to celebrate its fifth anniversary in less than two weeks and anticipates 7000 to attend. In addition to featuring many literary stars and fun activities for kids of all ages, the festival offers everyone the opportunity to enjoy Westfield’s beautiful pioneer village setting – with […]