Telling Tales Festival

On Demand

Age / Grade 4-6 / Kindergarten 6-8 / Grades 1-3

Join our host Josh Taylor and Canadian children’s authors Deborah Kerbel, Andrew Larsen, Sarabeth Holden, Paul Covello and Vikki VanSickle, along with special guests My Friend Christopher and Simon Frank, for a virtual storytelling picnic. Be sure to watch for your favourite picnic location in our photo montage.

Deborah Kerbel

Deborah Kerbel is an award-winning author and the recipient of the IODE Jean Throop Book Award, a Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award Honour Book winner, and a SYRCA Shining Willow Award finalist. Her book, Slow Moe, is about a little girl who has a brother who is as slow as a snail. Join us as Deborah reads from her book and talks about fast and slow animals. Maybe you will even find out how can we be patient with our family, even when it is hard.

My Friend Christopher

My Friend Christopher is a performer on a mission to bring vintage music styles to new audiences. His debut album (Dec. 2019) is a roots soundtrack for daily challenges like getting dressed, whistling practice, and understanding what the cat wants. Join us as he shares the gift of song with our audience. Sing along, get up and dance, or just sit back and enjoy the music.

Andrew Larsen

Join Andrew Larsen as he presents I Do Not Like Stories. Young readers will adore this engaging tale of a boy who does not like stories. Experience this funny look at how a cat may change someone’s thoughts on storytelling, even those who are sure they don’t like stories.

Picnic Spots

We all have a favourite picnic spot. It may be our own backyard, a local park, a historic location or a special spot surrounded by nature. Across our neighbourhoods and around the world, picnics are a great way to get together to share stories, spend time outdoors (or maybe you prefer an indoor picnic!) and enjoy some tasty food.  Join our host Josh Taylor on a trip to some of your favourite picnic spots.

Join the fun and submit a photo or drawing of your favourite picnic location, then tune in and see if it is featured during our broadcast.

Sarabeth Holden

Join Sarabeth Holden for her presentation of Please Don’t Change My Diaper.

What toddler likes getting their diaper changed?

In this hilarious rhyming book, a little boy sees his world crumble around him as his mother prepares to change his diaper. But surrounded by a little love and feeling fresh and clean, he realizes that things may not be so terrible after all . . . unless he ever needs his diaper changed again!

Fun for babies, toddlers, and parents alike, this humorous book brings to life a scene familiar to all parents.

Simon Frank

Simon Frank is a Hamilton-based artist who utilizes the natural environment as the source of both raw materials and inspiration for his continually evolving landscape-based art practice. Frank has participated in exhibitions both nationally and internationally and has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Join Simon as he talks about burrs – the natural material that he often uses for making art, as well as telling a bit of the story about the Burrman – where he covered himself in burrs.


Paul Covello

Join Paul Covello as he reads from his newest book, Canada Fun, and does some drawing. Be sure to grab a pencil and paper to draw along with us.

This bright and joyful board book is perfect for young animal lovers and book lovers alike.

Vikki VanSickle

Join Vikki VanSickle for her presentation of Teddy Bear of the Year.

The teddy bear picnic gets a modern twist in this warm and fuzzy picture book about a young teddy bear who learns that small acts of kindness can make a big difference.

Download the Teddy Bear of the Year Activity Kit and join the fun on September 20th!

Our friends at the Hamilton Public Library have some fun and educational activities for you to try! Download this bug bonanza activity and give it a try.
HPL Bug Bonanza Activity