~ Dennis Lee, Author and Poet
~ Rukhsana Khan, Children’s Author & Storyteller
~ Evan Munday, Author, Illustrator & Cartoonist
~ Jude Johnson, Singer, Songwriter & Children’s Entertainer
~ Ruth Ohi, Illustrator & Author
~ Paul Fralick, TURKEY Rhubarb
~ Jodi Guilmette, Early Years System Manager, Children’s and Home Management Services, Best Start Hamilton
The children and families in our school board, particularly those in equal opportunity schools, so look forward to this event each year. The day is filled with wonderful activities: a chance to meet their favourite authors, engage in music and movement, explore and learn about Canadian history, and experience the everyday life of our early settlements. Children and their families engage in hiking the various trails and coming upon unexpected vignettes such as train stations, barns and Pioneer homes. It is an especially profound experience for the children in our system who come from socio-economically deprived circumstances; these families look forward to returning to Telling Tales year after year.
Every year, greater numbers of children from our schools participate, and their feedback is always extremely positive. We are proud to provide transportation to facilitate families’ continued involvement.
This experience supports the literacy goals of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. There are numerous activities that the children engage in after the festival: writing and engaging in oral communication about their experiences, writing their own short stories and poetry, and linking their experience at the festival with the expectations in various curricula, such as social studies where they learn about early European settlers and first Nations peoples.
It is absolutely thrilling to be a part of this tremendous event. Our board sincerely thanks the event planners and organizers who provide this rich experience to our children every year.”
~ Mrs. Toni Kovach, Assistant-Superintendent of Education