Throughout the year, Telling Tales works with local community programs and organizations to bring authors and children together for fun and engaging events. We know the power of reading and how it can change a child’s life for the better.

Boy holding up artwork

If you are a community based organization that would be interested in partnering with us, please email our community liaison for more information.

Did You Know? 

  • Almost 40% of Canadian youth do not have adequate literacy skills (TD Canada Trust, Literacy Matters: A Call to Action).
  • A 1 % increase in literacy in our population could boost our national income by $32 billion (TD Canada Trust, Literacy Matters: A Call to Action).
  • A spectrum of research has shown that children who have access to reading materials, and whose families value the development of an array of communication skills (reading, writing, drawing, performance, music) will have better health and social outcomes later in life regardless of the socioeconomic circumstances in which they were raised (Canadian Language & Literacy Research Network [CLLRN], 2009; Grenier, 2008; McCain, Mustard, & Shanker, 2007).
  • Dr. Daniel Coleman, Professor of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University has observed that “children who have access to reading material have a leg up” arguing that “access to reading is access to self-determination. It is how a person can become independent as a thinker.” Dr. Coleman sees the Telling Tales Festival as an effective way to provide this for families in Hamilton and has recently described its contribution to our community through a video posted by one of Telling Tales sponsors.

Presenter Chad Solomon putting on a puppet show at Niwasa EarlyON

Our Storytellers in the Community Program brings the magic of the festival closer to home: connecting Telling Tales artists to families through our year-round partnerships with The Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs of Hamilton, The Eva Rothwell Centre and The Niwasa Biindigen Hub’s EarlyON Child and Family Centre. 

We are grateful to the following foundations whose funding has ensured local children have access to extracurricular programs like these. Their support has meant that kids and their families will meet, learn from and be inspired by professional Telling Tales authors, right in their own neighbourhoods.

Our sincere thanks to:

The following funds through the Hamilton Community Foundation:

Edith H. Turner Foundation Fund
Community Arts Fund
Ontario Endowment for Children and Youth in Recreation
The Malloch Foundation Fund

The following funds through The City of Hamilton:

The City Enrichment Fund
EarlyON Child and Family Centres of Hamilton

The following fund through the Government of Canada:

Canada Council for the Arts
Public Outreach Fund

You can help us reach more children in our schools and communities. Learn more about how your donations make a difference.

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