Why is Telling Tales Important

Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. … Many children in every part of the world are starved for something that feeds and nourishes their soul in a way that nothing else ever could or ever would. ..We must understand that every child has a right to the experience of culture. We must fully understand that without stories and poems and pictures and music, children will starve.
– Philip Pullman
The power of stories and the power of literacy — these are superpowers that change children’s lives forever. In a world of hectic work schedules, electronic device addiction, declining funding for the arts in schools, as well as cultural and monetary barriers, children from every kind of background can struggle with reading. Low literacy rates, like poverty, persist and high dropout rates are often the result. The stats are clear that the higher the literacy rate level, the more likely the child is to stay in school and thrive in life.

We are providing new platforms for Canada’s leading children’s authors, illustrators, storytellers and musicians to interact with children, youth and their families. We love to connect the inspiring and talented rock stars of children’s literature with the right audience -and then watch the sparks fly.

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With your support, we are building a community of readers, writers, and storytellers who share your commitment to literacy. With your ongoing help, Telling Tales can fulfill its commitment to inspire a love of stories in even the most reluctant of young readers.