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 […]
Explore A Literary World At Telling Tales
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 […]
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: […]
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Presenting a “Fishy” Telling Tales Press Club Story
We’re proud to publish a sequel!
One of our young Press Club members has submitted a new story. Lauren W., 6, from Hamilton is a budding author and illustrator that loves animals – especially dolphins. She wrote a story about two best friends: a dolphin named Sparkle and a […]
Family Literacy Day is Wednesday, January 27, 2016
What is Family Literacy Day?
Family Literacy Day was started by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and doing activities together as a family. Their goal is to encourage families to spend just 15 minutes a day having fun and learning together!
Presenting a Nutcracker Tale
Enjoy this special Press Club exclusive story by our latest member Kase B., 7 of Binbrook. His mom won tickets to the Ballet Jörgen Canada performance of The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition! He attended the performance on December 5, 2015 at Hamilton Place and was inspired to write and draw his favourite part […]
Enter the Telling Tales Ho Ho Ho-liday Giveaway
What better way to spend time with the family this holiday season than snuggling up with a good book?
Here’s your chance to win a new book to add to your collection, or win a family pass to take the family out for a nice day at the Art […]
Presenting a Creative Tale
Enjoy this featured story by our latest Press Club member Gabriel V., 9 of Hamilton. He wrote a great story involving magic, adventure and carrots!
Gabriel attended the 7th Annual Telling Tales Festival on Sept. 20th and submitted this terrific story. We would love to hear about your experiences at the festival this year! Write […]
Telling Tales presents $12,000 to local literacy organizations
The Telling Tales Festival is a one-day event, combined with a yearlong commitment to promoting literacy and inspiring a love of reading. One way we do this is by donating back to local literacy organizations. “It’s incredibly satisfying to be able to give $12,000 back to literacy projects […]
Celebrate the season with five days of giving
Kick-off the festive holiday season by enjoying a Christmas classic. Our friends at Ballet Jörgen have generously donated tickets to their upcoming performance of The Nutcracker. This Canadian holiday tradition takes place on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Hamilton Place.
Enter our latest contest to win tickets
We would love to […]
We have a great story by author and illustrator Chloe B., 6, from Hamilton. She drew a gorgeous picture and wrote a short story about being an artist.
Chloe attended the 7th Annual Telling Tales Festival on Sept. 20th and submitted this terrific story. We would love to hear about your experiences at the festival this year! Write a […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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! […]
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 […]
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 […]
Join us in the Large Meadow and Celebrate 10 Years of Making Hamilton the Best Place to Raise a Child!
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]