EMWF In Your Own Backyard
Online Series For Kids

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.


October 6, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. EST (online)
EMWF Kids: Hatch, by Kenneth Oppel – an event for schools!

Presenter: Kenneth Oppel
For ages:
10-14 (but all book lovers welcome!)

Presented in partnership with Wellington County Library

Fans left desperate for more at the end of Bloom will dive into this second book of the trilogy–where the danger mounts and alien creatures begin to hatch. Kenneth Oppel expertly escalates the threats and ratchets up the tension in this can’t-read-it-fast-enough adventure with an alien twist. Readers will be gasping for the next book as soon as they turn the last page…

Join Kenneth Oppel in conversation with the Wellington County Library for this exciting event for students aged 10-14. Enjoy an author visit without having to leave your classroom!

This event will include ASL Interpretation.


Tuesday, September 1st, 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EST (online)
EMWF Kids: The Barnabus Project, written and illustrated by The Fan Brothers

Presenter: Devin Fan
For ages: 5 to 9 (but pet lovers of all ages are welcome!)

In a world built for Perfect Pets, Barnabus is a Failed Project, half mouse, half elephant, kept out of sight until his dreams of freedom lead him and his misfit friends on a perilous adventure. This suspenseful, poignant and magical story about following your dreams and finding where you truly belong will draw readers into a surreal, lushly detailed world in which perfection really means being true to yourself and your friends.

Thank you to everyone who submitted questions for Devin at the event. Read his responses here.


Tuesday July 7, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. EST (online)
EMWF Kids: Sara and the Search for Normal

Presenter: Wesley King
Ages: 8-12 (but all book lovers welcome!)

Presented in partnership with Wellington County Library

Sara’s Rules to be Normal:
1. Stop taking your pills
19. Make a friend
137. Don’t put mayonnaise on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

In this prequel to the Edgar Award–winning OCDaniel, fan-favorite Sara quests for “normal” and finds something even better along the way. Join us for an interview with Wesley King, bestselling author of OCDaniel, Kobe Bryant’s Wizenard series, and other great titles for kids.


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!)

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.


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!)

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.

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


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!)

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.

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

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

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, League of Canadian Poets, Open Book, The Ontario Arts Council and Wellington County.