Festival Sunday Children’s Programming

Join us for author readings, drawing demonstrations and lots of interactive fun! And don’t miss Stella’s birthday party!


Picture this!
12:30 -1:30 P.M.
Kevin SylvesterGargantua Jr. (Groundwood Books) 
Gargantua Junior wants to grow up to be just like Mom. Before Junior was born, Mom had a reputation for being a little wild – she wreaked havoc everywhere she went with her monster strength and fiery flames. But now she prefers to repair some of the damage, and she only knocks over buildings that are supposed to come down. Gargantua Junior would like to help out, but Mom says, “You’re too little.” So Junior sets out to show her that she’s wrong …

Guy and Patricia StormsMoon Wishes(Groundwood Books)
In Moon Wishes, the moon shines to guide a journey home, glistens beautifully on icy snow, and wishes peace and safety for travelers, friends and troubled hearts. Milan Pavlović’s dreamy watercolor illustrations complement this sweet story. Children and the adults who read to them will be delighted as moon wishes reach over icebergs, into towns, through forests and under the sea.

Catherine HernandezI Promise(Arsenal Pulp Press)
Featuring tender-hearted illustrations by renowned artist Syrus Marcus Ware, I Promise captures with love and honesty the intimate moments of parenting in all their messy glory – while showcasing the many shapes, sizes, and colours that families come in, and emphasizing that every queer family starts with the sacred promise to love a child.

Storytelling with Brad Woods
1:30-1:45 P.M. 
Brad Woods has told stories at festivals, theatres, conferences, and pubs all over North America and the UK. He tells traditional tales, literary classics and personal stories. His stories have been featured in a variety of broadcasts and publications including CBC Radio 1 and, in The Globe and Mail. Brad has told to all ages and in every type of venue imaginable. He is the recipient of the 2016 Alice Kane Award for Storytelling and used it to travel to Lesotho (Southern Africa) to tell, trade and collect stories on behalf of Bracelet of Hope.


Marie Louise Gay – Fern and Horn (Groundwood Books)
1:45-2:15 P.M.
Fern and Horn are twins who look like two peas in a pod or two stars in the sky – but they have different ways of seeing the world. They try to outdo each other with imagination and improvisation, using crayons and pencils, ripped-up paper and cardboard boxes. Illustrations full of vibrant colour, collage and exquisite detail complement the story, which looks at the endless imagination and creative energy of young children.

Stella’s Birthday Party with Marie-Louise Gay
2:15-2:45 P.M.
You’re invited to a birthday celebration!
Beloved picture book Stella, Star of the Sea was first published twenty years ago. Since then, the Stella and Sam series has had its own TV show, has been translated into twenty languages and has entertained children around the world. Join us to celebrate 20 years with Stella and Sam and the creative genius of Marie-Louise Gay. Enjoy a reading and some special birthday party fun!

Storytelling with Brad Woods
2:45 – 3:00 P.M.


Mireille Messier Sergeant Billy: The True Story of the Goat Who Went to War, and Treasure.
3:15-3:45 P.M.
Sergeant Billy (Tundra Books):

During World War I, a goat named Billy was adopted by a platoon of soldiers and made his way across the ocean to be part of the war effort. This charming true story follows Sergeant Billy from his small prairie town to the trenches of World War I and back, through harrowing moments, sad moments, moments of camaraderie and moments of celebration.

Treasure (Orca Book Publishers):
When two siblings go on a treasure hunt, they aren’t sure exactly what kind of treasure they are looking for. Their curiosity pays off when they find the biggest, shiniest, most mysterious and precious treasure hidden just over a hill. Told exclusively in dialogue, this story exudes a sense of wonder at the natural world and encourages readers to look for the everyday treasures that surround us.

3:45 – 4:00 P.M. – Storytelling with Brad Woods


Marvelous Middle Grade!
Kevin SylvesterThe Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem (Scholastic)
At the age of 13, Jessica Flem discovers that she has the ability to transform her mucus-filled tissues into slimy magical helpers. And just in time, too. It turns out there are forces both good and evil who have had their eyes on her and three other “special” kids since their exposure at birth to a mysterious element called reidium.

Janet WilsonOur Future: How Kids Are Taking Action
Janet Wilson’s Our Future: How Kids Are Taking Action highlights young people from across the globe who are raising awareness about what issues matter to them most and working to protect the future of the world we all share. From climate action to cyber bullying, from gun violence to animal protection, these young activists have brought about real change.

Jess KeatingElements of Genius: Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray (Scholastic)
“Let the official record show that, I, Nikki Tesla, did not intend to destroy the world.”
There are only so many times a kid can invent an instrument of global destruction without getting grounded. So when Nikki’s death ray accidentally blows up her bedroom (if you can call a pet ferret with an itchy trigger finger an accident), she’s sent to the only place that can handle her…