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 to two magical days at Royal Botanical Gardens’ Hendrie Park.  Stories are celebrated and shared year-round through virtual author visits 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!

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.”