We Have A Great Story To Tell.

Members of the media are invited to help us spread the word. Media Inquiries: communications@tellingtales.org

Key Messages:

  • Throughout the years we have always been and will continue to be a FREE festival, we are very proud to offer the Festival free to all, so it is accessible to everyone.
  • The Telling Tales Festival is now recognized as Canada’s most important children’s literary festival.
  • Telling Tales has been recognized provincially as one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals since 2012.
  • We proudly promote local and Canadian authors and illustrators.
  • Telling Tales celebrates stories – Our vision is to inspire a love of reading and improve literacy in children and youth.
  • At Telling Tales our long-term goal is to strengthen and support much needed literacy programs in the Hamilton area and our surrounding communities, all year long.
  • Literacy is an essential step in breaking the cycle of poverty.
  • With the help of our generous sponsors and the school boards, Telling Tales is able to bring in over hundreds of students and their families from high priority neighbourhoods. These special guests get to spend the day in the country exploring, listening and watching stories come alive. This is the real reason for Telling Tales.
  • At the Telling Tales Festival children can experience books first hand – authors read from their own books, and costumed actors bring literary and historical characters to life so children can interact with them.
  • We firmly believe that reading opens up the door to a world of possibilities and opportunities.
  • Telling Tales is helping to put books in the hands of kids that need it most.


Media Releases 2019

August 30, 2019

2019 Telling Tales Festival Press Release

May 17, 2019

Exciting News from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sports

May 1, 2019:
Telling Tales Festival Features an All-Star Lineup


Telling Tales in the News 2019

September 14, 2019

YourTV Halton – Susan Jasper interview

September 12, 2019
Richard Scrimger and Kevin Sylvester CHCH Morning Show

September 12, 2019

Hamilton Spectator front page story about Telling Tales and Sharon and Bram

September 7, 2019

Cable 14 Hammer Happenings interview with Nicola Winstanley and Susan Jasper
September 7, 2019

Fika With Vicky podcast – Telling Tales segment starts at 59.49

May 1, 2019

Telling Tales Festival Features an All-Star Lineup: Sharon and Bram are bringing Skinnamarink to Hamilton

May 7, 2019

Telling Tales Announces Lineup for 11th Annual Festival

May 16th, 2019

Students, authors, and award-winners come together at this year’s Festival of Trees

Winter 2018

Canadian Children’s Book News


Media Releases 2018

September 25, 2018:
Embrace the Power of Stories: Celebrating 10 magical years of Telling Tales

September 7, 2018:
The 10th annual Telling Tales Festival champions literacy and books in a unique family setting

May 2, 2018:
Powered by Stories: Launching 10 years of Telling Tales


Telling Tales in the News 2018

September-October 2018: Sherman Hub News
Powered by Stories: Celebrating 10 years of Telling Tales

September 18, 2018: Leggat Care Foundation
Celebrating Telling Tales 2018

September 17, 2018: Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Telling Tales 2018

September 16, 2018: Global News
10th Anniversary of Telling Tales: A Family Festival of Stories

September 16, 2018: Global News
Telling Tales – Celebrating Stories

September 16, 2018: Fresh Radio 95.3
Telling Tales – Celebrating Stories

September 14, 2018: CBC Here & Now
Dennis Lee on the Telling Tales Children’s festival

September 13, 2018: CHML 900 Bill Kelly Show
David Bouchard interview

September 10, 2018: Quill & Quire
Ten years of Telling Tales

September 10, 2018: Ancaster News
10th Telling Tales Festival in Rockton to show ‘super’ side of stories

September 6, 2018: Hamilton Spectator
Ten years of Telling Tales: Popular literary festival brings authors, performers, and readers together for a day of fun

July-August 2018: Sherman Hub News
Great kids’ books for the summer

May 4, 2018: Hamilton Spectator
Telling Tales announces lineup for 10th annual festival

May 4, 2018: Flamborough Review
Telling Tales announces lineup for 10th annual festival

March-April 2018: Sherman Hub News
How to Encourage a Love of Reading

January-February 2018: Sherman Hub News
Kids: Become a Junior Reporter!