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Join Canadian award-winning poets and activists Kelisha Daley, Martin Gomes, Khiem Hoang, Shahaddah Jack and Zara Rahman for an empowering presentation of the power of performance. In conversation with Desiree Mckenzie, they’ll share the tools you’ll need to create your own poetry and writing, and the necessary techniques to reflect the challenges and change you’d like to inspire in the world around you.

All presenters are mentees of the iAM Programme: a youth-led arts and social justice mentorship for equity-seeking youth in Canada aged 12–26. Desiree Mckenzie is an award-winning performer and arts educator, who in 2019, earned the title of Canadian Festival of Spoken Word National Champion.

Recommended for ages 11 and up.

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This event is presented in partnership with the Reading is Magic Festival.

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Places and stories hold important meanings for families of all kinds, and are especially special in Indigenous cultures. Meet multi-award-winning young people’s author David A. Robertson, as he introduces you to a boy and his Moshom (grandfather), as they embark on an important northern journey in On the Trapline. Along the way, the boy will find himself imagining what life was like two generations ago – a life that appears to be both different from and similar to his life now. This heartfelt story about memory, imagination and intergenerational connection, from the 2021 Freedom to Read Award-winner, is sure to capture your sense of wonder.

Recommended for ages four and up.

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It fell from the sky on a Thursday. None of the insects know where it came from, or what it is. Some say it’s an egg. Others, a gumdrop. But whatever it is, it fell near Spider’s house, so he’s convinced it belongs to him. From the creators of the critically acclaimed The Night Gardener and Ocean Meets Sky comes a whimsical and elegantly illustrated picture book about community, art, the importance of giving back—and the wonder that fell from the sky. Join Eric and Terry to hear and see the story. With original music by Anna Cooper.

Recommended for ages four and up.

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Join first-time authors Tziporah Cohen, Nadine Neema and Alisa Siegel, the 2021 finalists for the inaugural Jean Little First-Novel Award, as they explore the stories that inspired them to put pen to paper, and the highs and lows of publishing their first novels for children. This conversation will be moderated by Kit Pearson, beloved children’s author and one of the founding creators of the Jean Little First-Novel Award. This year’s Jean Little First-Novel Award winner is Tziporah Cohen‘s No Vacancy (Groundwood Books).

This event is presented in partnership with the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, a national, not‐for‐profit organization dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for young readers. For more information, visit bookcentre.ca.

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TIFA Kids is generously supported by Gail and Mark Appel.

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Readers who love a good heart-pounding historical mystery, and fans of Enola Holmes, won’t want to miss this thrilling TIFA Kids chat with authors Vivian French and Marthe Jocelyn. Vivian will share the inspiration behind The Runaways of Haddington Hall, a story of Minnie, a laundry maid in Victorian English, and her adventures living in a nightmarish home for wayward girls. Jocelyn will share the secrets behind The Dead Man in the Garden (the third book of the Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen series, inspired by Agatha Christie), and how a relaxing spa stay takes a sudden turn when two dead bodies are found, and Aggie must ignite her deductive skills!

Be sure to tune in live for the chance to ask the authors your questions about the wonderful world of mystery novels, and how great writers in history inspired them. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

TIFA Kids is generously supported by Gail and Mark Appel.

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What time of year is Fay and Fluffy’s favourite? It’s Halloween of course. All that dressing up, all the stories to tell, the friends to meet, the candy to eat – who doesn’t love Halloween? Come join this party as Fay and Fluffy blow the cobwebs off the best spooky stories and songs and promise to provide a feast of ghouls and giggles. The dress code is ‘fancy’ and the age limit is everyone. See you there.

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Swing into the adventures of Marvel’s Spider-Man with Miles Morales, an average Brooklyn school kid by day and a web-shooting superhero by night. When an earthquake strikes disaster in Miles’ birthplace of Puerto Rico, he leaps into action to help fundraise for the relief efforts, but unbeknownst to him, secrets lie beneath his good deeds. Join bestselling author Justin A. Reynolds and Eisner award-nominated artist Pablo Leon (Refugees) as they reveal their latest comic book creation, Miles Morales: Shock Waves, and the series Spider-Man, and how stories are being created today for a new generation of Marvel readers. Moderated by Sha Nazir.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

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TIFA Kids is generously supported by Gail and Mark Appel.

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When the world gets too loud and chaotic, a young boy’s Mosom (grandfather) helps him listen with wonder, in Thunder and the Noise Storms by Jeffrey Ansloos and Shezza Ansloos, illustrated by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley. Join all three to hear more about this tender picture book and to see how Joshua created the stunning illustrations. This is a story of intergenerational knowledge and mindfulness and integrates neurodiversity with Indigenous worldview offering coping strategies for any child dealing with sensory overload.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

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TIFA Kids is generously supported by Gail and Mark Appel.

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Let’s head to Barbados to hear about a tale of Caribbean legend and cricket! Meet filmmaker and author Shakirah Bourne as she talks about Josephine Against the Sea, a magical adventure starring young Josephine: a loveable mischief-maker and cricket-player who knows that no one is good enough for her daddy. When he introduces her to his latest girlfriend, Josephine realises there’s something very fishy going on and her dad is unusually mesmerised by his new love. Can Josephine convince her friends to help her before it’s too late? Join Shakirah to hear more about the story and the Caribbean myths and ancient beliefs that inspire her.

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

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