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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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

2004, 2017

6 Ways to get Books for Free in Hamilton

By |April 20th, 2017|Blog, Featured, Latest News, Latest News, Literacy|0 Comments

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. […]

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 […]

1303, 2017

How To Make Reading A Family Activity No Matter Your Age

By |March 13th, 2017|Blog, Early Literacy, Featured, Latest News, Latest News, Life Style, Literacy|0 Comments

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 […]

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 […]

2502, 2017

9 Hidden Reading Nooks In Hamilton Ontario

By |February 25th, 2017|Blog, Featured, Latest News, Latest News, Life Style, Literacy|0 Comments

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 […]

902, 2017

6 Inspiring Insta-Poets You Need To Follow Right Now

By |February 9th, 2017|Blog, Featured, Latest News, Latest News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 […]

202, 2017

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

By |February 2nd, 2017|Blog, Featured, Latest News, Literacy|0 Comments

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 […]

2601, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Family Literacy Week with Kenneth Oppel

By |January 26th, 2017|Blog, Contests|0 Comments

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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: […]

606, 2016

School Contest Judges Announced

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

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, […]

1005, 2016

Behind the Scenes with Kevin Sylvester

By |May 10th, 2016|Blog, Contests, Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

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 […]

2503, 2016

We’re looking for sponsors!

By |March 25th, 2016|Blog, Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

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 […]

703, 2016

Telling Tales is a Top 100 Festival in Ontario

By |March 7th, 2016|Blog, Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

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 […]

103, 2016

A Tongue Twisting Celebration!

By |March 1st, 2016|Blog, Contests, Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

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 […]