As we continue to adjust to the “new normal” of school and childcare with COVID-protocols, it’s heartening to know that fun things are still happening! Last year we told you about Telling Tales, and now we are happy to share that the festival is returning this year in a format that makes it accessible to everyone!
Telling Tales is a storytelling festival for children who love stories and their families. Every year for over a decade, the Telling Tales Festival has put together an engaging reading list of children’s literature for readers of all ages, levels, and interests, and have invited some of Canada’s best children’s literature authors to weekend festivals around Hamilton.
This year, they’re taking their entire festival circuit online, with talks, discussions, and book readings broadcast on YouTube and Facebook. These broadcasts are free to watch and can be streamed from anywhere – so unlike previous years, you don’t have to make it out to Hamilton to participate in the fun!
This year’s theme is “Stories Connect Us!” – a theme that makes sense for any year but is particularly important in 2020. After months of social distancing and being unable to meet up in person with our friends, family, and neighbours, Telling Tales is reminding us of the power that stories have to build communities and maintain connections with each other.
The fun begins on September 20th and continues on to the 24th. You can find all of their scheduled panels on their website by clicking here. And don’t worry if you miss one of their events: all of the videos will be available on demand after the festival is over.
At Today’s Family, we believe that community involvement is an incredibly important aspect of early childhood education. We believe that children should be fascinated with and empowered by their surroundings. That is why we support local initiatives like Telling Tales – we know that they make our communities a better place and enrich the lives of our children.
For more information, please visit their website. We’re looking forward to watching all of these events, and we hope you are, too – whether you’re in Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand, or Norfolk.