Our 2022 festival will be live and in person! We can’t wait to see everyone at our two day festival at the Royal Botanical Gardens on September 24 & 25. Our beloved Nature Tales will become a very special part of our Telling Tales Festival with a dedicated Nature Tales Zone. Both Celebrating Graphic Novels (June) and Imagination Station (Oct-Mar) will remain virtual.

We are excited to bring an all-star line-up of authors, illustrators and storytellers sharing their stories and engaging audiences. Our very popular Giant Book Swap & Shop will return and we have lots of other surprises to share once we launch our full season on May 30.

Imagine in the Park on June 4, 2022

Telling Tales returns to the great outdoors at Hamilton’s fabled Gage Park, with our friends from Imagine in The Park. Look for the bandshell and you’ll find The Telling Tales performance tent. We’ve invited along a few of Canada’s best-loved picture book authors, who will entertain our youngest audience members with readings from their latest stories.

Aimee Reid

As a child, Aimee was a voracious reader and could often be found—curled in a corner, tucked in the crook of a tree limb, or crouched by a book rack in the grocery store aisle—carried away to the world of a book. Find a shady spot at Gage Park and join Aimee as she reads from Welcome Home; a cozy, lyrical picture book about the joy of welcoming a new baby.

Nadia L. Hohn

Nadia L. Hohn is a writer and educator whose stories are inspired by her childhood memories, Jamaican heritage and her world travels. Her first picture book, Malaika’s Costume, won the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Story Award, the ETFO Children’s Literature Award and was the 2021 TD Grade One Book Giveaway winner. In the latest of her series, Malaika experiences TWO surprises. Join Nadia at the Telling Tales Tent to find out what they are! Before her presentation, take part in a creative activity where you will colour your very own carnival headdress, just like Malaika’s.

Andrew Larsen

Andrew Larsen is a Telling Tales audience favourite and the author of many books for children, including Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden; The Bagel King, The Imaginary Garden and A Squiggly Story. Meet Andrew as he tells us about Another Squiggly Story. This time, the boy in the Squiggly Story is learning how to write an autobiography.

Can’t wait to see your favourites? Our 2021 and 2020 virtual presentations are now available to watch on-demand.