Telling Tales School Contest

Your school has a chance to win a visit from a Telling Tales presenter!

The Challenge:

  1. As a class, choose a book from the 2017-2018 Telling Tales Reading List for inspiration
  2. Together as a class, use your imaginations to create a picture, collage, video, song, or poem based on this year’s theme: Stories Take You Anywhere
  3. Teachers, register your class using the form below
  4. Briefly explain how your creation relates to the book your class chose
  5. Complete the on-line contest submission form


  • Open to Kindergarten to Grade 10 classes in Canada
  • Three age categories: Primary K-Gr. 3, Junior Gr. 4-6 & Intermediate Gr. 7-10
  • Three lucky schools will win a special author visit by one of this year’s amazing Telling Tales presenters
  • All entries must be received by midnight on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
  • Click here for a detailed marking rubric
  • Your explanation can be a written or video summary (max. 500 words or 60 second video) that details why you chose the author/theme, the medium and why you would love an author visit. Please include a link or picture of your creation.
  • A Telling Tales committee will narrow down the top entries.
  • An expert panel of independent judges will make the final decision, and select the three winners.
  • All schools will receive a certificate for participating.
  • Winning schools will be notified by March 9, 2018.
  • Schools within a three-hour travel radius of Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton, Ontario, will win a live author visit; schools further away will win a Skype visit.
  • Author visits will take place during the 2017-2018 school year.


A few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:  

  • Create your own illustration to celebrate Canada’s 150th, like illustrator Derek Douglas.
  • Write a creative story about your class going on an adventure by just using your imagination, like the characters in Ted Staunton’s Harry and Clare’s Amazing Staycation.
  • Become a storyteller like Itah Sadu, and share a video of your own cultural traditions.
  • Explore what it means to be a family like The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue.
  • Venture into space like the characters in Kevin Sylvester’s MINRS series.

The Telling Tales Festival is an amazing day when kids big and small get to hang out with authors, illustrators and musicians, meet historical and literary characters, and have a blast. It happens every September at Westfield Heritage Village in Rockton, Ontario, and guess what? It’s FREE.


TellingTalesSchoolContestWe invite you to share this unique and wonderful opportunity with your school.

Please consider posting a link to the video on your school website, or sharing this flyer with classrooms, post it on your school website, or in your school newsletter. Thank you!

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Looking for more inspiration? 

See what the winning students created for our 2016 School Contest.

Hear what the teachers and authors had to say about the 2016 school contest experience.

And read about the wonderful author experiences from these schools:

To register for the contest, please enter your details below and click send.

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