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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 […]

2210, 2017

Budding journalists shine at the Telling Tales Festival

By |October 22nd, 2017|Featured, Latest News, Press Club|0 Comments

Announcing Telling Tales Press Club Journalism Workshop Winners
At this year’s Telling Tales Festival, our Press Club members had a special treat – a workshop with journalist and author Joyce Grant!

During this interactive workshop kids became official Telling Tales junior reporters. They received a press badge and learned all about what a journalist does. Joyce took […]

1610, 2017

Telling Tales Storytelling Workshop

By |October 16th, 2017|Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

Spend your PA Day Telling Stories with Telling Tales
Discover your own storytelling powers at our new creative workshop that focuses on telling stories through writing, illustration, drama, poetry and music. This FREE workshop is for families and kids in Grades 1 to 8.

Join Telling Tales authors and presenters for a morning of storytelling. Learn improv and […]

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 […]

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. […]

1506, 2017

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

By |June 15th, 2017|Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

803, 2017

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Children’s Books

By |March 8th, 2017|Early Literacy, Featured, Latest News, Latest News, Life Style, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 […]

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 […]

1602, 2017

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

By |February 16th, 2017|Early Literacy, Featured, Latest News, Latest News, Literacy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 […]

1302, 2017

Family Storytime at the Hamilton Public Library

By |February 13th, 2017|Early Literacy, Featured, Latest News, Latest News, Literacy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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 […]

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 […]

602, 2017

9 Ways to Improve Your Literacy Without Changing Your Lifestyle

By |February 6th, 2017|Featured, Latest News, Latest News, Literacy|0 Comments

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

510, 2016

Announcing the 2016 Explore Your World School Contest Winners

By |October 5th, 2016|Contests, Featured, Latest News, Literacy|0 Comments

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 […]

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 […]

1209, 2016

Picture Book Giveaway

By |September 12th, 2016|Contests, Featured, Latest News|1 Comment

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 […]

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 […]

1808, 2016

Tween Book Challenge

By |August 18th, 2016|Contests, Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

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 […]

1408, 2016

Recommended Reading List

By |August 14th, 2016|Featured, Latest News|0 Comments

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 […]