EMWF In Your Own Backyard
Online Series For Kids

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All featured books are available for sale at The Bookshelf in Guelph, our bookselling partner. Orders can be made online at bookshelf.ca or by phone 519-821-3311 x1. Free shipping or curbside delivery in Guelph. $10.00 shipping cost outside of Guelph.


Tuesday June 9, 10:30-11:00 a.m. EST (online)
EMWF Kids: You and Me Both and Going Up!

Presenters: Authors Mahtab Narsimhan (You and Me Both), and Sherry J. Lee and illustrator Charlene Chua (Going Up!)
Ages: 2 to 7 (but all friends welcome!)

This event will include ASL Interpretation.

A story of two classmates who love all the same things and have so much in common – they might as well be twins!

A story about elevator ride to a birthday party that turns into a shared experience bursting with joy.

Join the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival for a fun-filled event that celebrates friendship, diversity, and the things in life that brings us closer together! Hear the authors read their stories and get a sneak peak behind the scenes of Going Up! with illustrator, Charlene Chua.

A take-away activity will include a chance to win a copy of the books.

Learning themes: counting, friendship, belonging, community, diversity and multiculturalism

More events to come! We'll update this page as details are confirmed for our full series of events running May - October 2020.

Past Events:

Thursday May 21, 10:30-11:00 a.m. EST (online)
EMWF KIDS: Music for Tigers

Presenter: Author Michelle Kadarusman
Ages: 8-12 (but all animal lovers welcome!)

This event will include ASL Interpretation.

Learn about the mysterious animal at the centre of Michelle Kadarusman's new middle grade novel, Music for Tigers. The thylacine, more commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger, was a dog like marsupial with dark tiger stripes across its back. It was Australia's largest carnivorous marsupial before it was hunted into extinction over eighty years ago. But is the Tasmanian tiger really extinct? Michelle will talk about recent reported sightings of the Tasmanian tiger and the inspiration behind her story.

A take-away activity will include a chance to win a signed copy of the book.

Learning themes: Extinction, conservation, cryptid species, Australian geography and history


Tuesday May 26, 10:30-11:00 a.m. EST (online)
EMWF KIDS: What Grew in Larry’s Garden

Presenters: Author Laura Alary and illustrator Kass Reich
Ages: 4 to 7 (but gardeners of all ages are welcome!)

This event will include ASL Interpretation.

Grace thinks Larry's garden is one of the wonders of the world. In his tiny backyard next door to hers, Larry grows the most extraordinary vegetables. Grace loves helping him --- watering and weeding, planting and pruning, hoeing and harvesting. And whenever there's a problem --- like bugs burrowing into the carrots or slugs chewing the lettuce --- Grace and Larry solve it together. And when that garden faces its biggest problem yet, Grace follows Larry's example to find the perfect solution.

Learning themes: Generosity, community activism, care for the environment, life science exploration of growth and changes in plants. There are education connections to caring, cooperation, empathy, kindness, perseverance, and teamwork.

Thank you to our supporters:
The Pollock Family Fund (Lead Funder, Children's Programming)
The Angel Gabriel Foundation, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Department of Canadian Heritage, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation, The Ontario Arts Council and Wellington County.