Come Celebrate Stories with Us

For more than a decade, Telling Tales has celebrated a love of reading and the important role that Canadian storytellers play in shaping our children’s futures. We believe that through inspiring a love of reading, stories can change people’s lives. Our signature festival and year-round interactive programming for children and youth invite children to read, write and imagine. By raising awareness of the importance of literacy in our communities we are helping to create the next generation of leaders. Every time we light the spark that inspires a greater love of reading in a child, we are one step closer to fulfilling our mission.

Our mission is to deliver outstanding literary programming for children and youth that raises awareness of the importance of literacy in our communities.”

Our vision is to inspire a love of reading and improve literacy in children and youth.”

Once Upon A Time…

Our story begins, as many stories do, with an idea. An idea to create a festival where children and the books they love were the main attraction. A festival where homegrown Canadian authors, illustrators and storytellers would be spotlighted and given the opportunity to connect with fans and new audiences. An idea that grew to become Telling Tales.

Telling Tales Festival began as a Rotary project which quickly won the support of a record number of clubs in the Hamilton-Burlington area. Schools, libraries, and like-minded organizations and volunteers jumped on board to build a village truly committed to raising readers. Over the years, the festival has grown beyond a magical day at Westfield Heritage Village to include a new day, Nature Tales, at the Royal Botanical Gardens.  Stories are celebrated and shared year-round through outreach programs for schools, communities and the digital world.   

Telling Tales became a charitable not-for-profit organization in 2017. As we move into the new decade, we look forward to continuing our goal of providing children and youth with outstanding literary programming, raising awareness of literacy in our community, and showcasing the best Canadian artists. Join us as we write the next chapter of our story!

Infographic of Telling Tales Success