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 […]
Giving the gift of literacy to children in our community
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Teen Book Giveaway!
Do you know a teen that loves to read? Be sure they visit the Telling Tales Festival this fall to discover some exciting new books. This year we have a special Teen Stage that features talented Canadian authors Shane Peacock and Kevin Sands!
We’re celebrating with a special contest. Here’s your chance to win The […]
Enter the Telling Tales Bookmark Contest!
Create a bookmark
Here’s your chance to win fabulous prizes! Use your imagination and creativity to show us how you and your family explore your world.
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 […]
Our newest Press Club member Jordan L., 13 from Hamilton enjoys attending the Telling Tales Festival with her sister and mom. She has shared some special moments, including her fondest festival memories. Thank you so much for sharing these special times with us Jordan!
The Telling Tales Press Club is designed to encourage kids aged 6-14 […]
Win a Canadian book in the Telling Tales Canada Day giveaway
We’re so proud of all our Canadian presenters, we’re giving away a book a day for the next week as part of the Telling Tales Canada Day giveaway. To celebrate Canada’s birthday we’re featuring a few of our authors this week and their all-Canadian […]
Win Tokyo Digs a Garden!
Wrap up the end of Canadian Environment Week with a special book giveaway
Win a copy of Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano! This book is an imaginative tale of urban environmentalism.
How do you promote conservation and the natural world around us? Do you go for hikes, participate in community clean-ups, […]
Win If I Had a Gryphon
Share your pet pics to win!
Here’s your chance to win an adorable new picture book by author Vikki VanSickle.
Her first picture book If I Had a Gryphon just came out in February. This laugh-out-loud pet story with a twist, features magical creatures in realistic situations. Do you have the perfect pet? […]
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, […]
Exhibit at the Telling Tales Festival!
Do you own a small business? Want to reach families and support literacy in our community?
Then consider joining us in the large meadow by becoming an exhibitor.
Our Exhibitor’s Marketplace is a great venue to promote your product or service in a fun and creative way.
The large meadow is a busy […]
Win a signed Kevin Sylvester book!
This long weekend we’re kicking off the Telling Tales contest book giveaway season with the author/illustrator who helped us kick-off this year’s Festival. Here’s your chance to win one of two signed Neil Flambé books by Kevin Sylvester! This popular culinary mystery caper series is a great addition to any […]
Explore Your World at the 2016 Telling Tales Festival
Discover how books can take you anywhere
Go on an adventure at this year’s Telling Tales Festival. Hear what inspires authors to write, discover drawing tips from illustrators, and listen to musical tales. This literary celebration is not to be missed!
There is something for all ages, including the […]
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 […]
Did you know today is Mother Goose Day? Pull out your favourite nursery rhyme, poem or song and tell us your favourite, because we’re celebrating with a special book giveaway!
Here’s your chance to win Little Jack Horner Live From the Corner by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Mike Boldt. It’s a fun story that features […]
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.
Presenting a “St. Patrick’s Day”
Telling Tales Press Club Story
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a special story by one of our Press Club members.
Lauren W., 6, from Hamilton loves writing and drawing! She wrote another story about two best friends, a dolphin named Sparkle and a turtle named Joey. Now […]
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 […]
Celebrate Valentine’s Day and Family Day with our LOVEly Contest!
We love kids stories, especially ones that celebrate family and love! To mark this special long weekend we came up with a sweet contest.
Win A Book!
Win your very own SIGNED copy of Never Let You Go by Patricia Storms. This book is about the enduring love […]
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 […]
Presenting a Telling Tales Press Club Horse Tale
We are excited to feature a special Telling Tales Press Club story from our latest member: author and illustrator, Adrienne S., 9, from Burford. She loves taking horse riding lessons and wrote a story inspired by her experiences taking care of horses!
We would love to hear about your hobbies […]
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 […]