Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 12:00pm-4:00pm
Special Event: Young Readers

Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West
Toronto M5J 2G8
Cost: FREE

16 Book Bash logoIFOA welcomes Toronto Public Library’s Book Bash to Harbourfront Centre! Families are invited to join us for a free, fun-filled afternoon of storytelling, music, writing and illustrating workshops and demos, tech fun, puppet shows, theatre, magic, and author signings.

Book Bash, a celebration of children’s literacy and the joy of reading, is thrilled to welcome some of Canada’s most renowned children’s authors, illustrators, storytellers and musicians.

Check out a detailed schedule of the day here.

Made possible by Muller Scholastic Endowment Fund for Canadian Children’s Literature at the Toronto Public Library Foundation.


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  • Kingdom of Birds

    Kingdom of Birds is a band of school-aged kids who play original music. Having recently released their second CD, the band has played such notable venues as the Cameron House and the Dakota, as well as the Open Tuning Festival and BIG on Bloor. Vocalist and guitarist Ása recently played banjo with the Hidden Cameras at Massey Hall! Kingdom of Birds take their name from Colin Meloy's book Wildwood.

  • Canadian Children’s Opera Company

    The Canadian Children’s Opera Company occupies a unique position as the only permanent children’s opera company in Canada, and one of only a handful in the world.  It commissions, produces, records and tours new operas and choral music, with children as both the principal performers and main audience.  The company also regularly collaborates with other leading arts organizations, including acting as the children’s chorus for the Canadian Opera Company.  The group includes six divisions plus an outreach arm (OPERAtion KIDS), involving hundreds of children and youth ages 3 through 19.

  • Elise Gravel

    Elise Gravel is an award-winning author/illustrator from Quebec. She has won a Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration in French, and is well-known for her original, wacky picture books and graphic novels. After completing her studies in graphic design, Elise found herself quickly swept up into the glamorous world of illustration.She is inspired by social causes and likes projects that can handle a good dose of eccentricity. She will be presenting The Rat.  

  • Rukhsana Khan

    Rukhsana Khan is an award-winning author and storyteller. Born in Lahore, Pakistan she emigrated to Canada at the age of three and has won and/or been nominated for forty-two awards around the world. She has thirteen books that have been published in North America and various other languages. Her most famous book Big Red Lollipop won both awards in America for best story and was chosen by the New York Public Library as one of the hundred greatest children’s books in the last hundred years. She lives in Toronto with her husband and family.  

  • Thao Lam

    Thao Lam studied illustration at Sheridan College in Toronto and works as an art buyer in educational publishing. She has an insatiable love of coloured and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages. She draws inspiration from the stories she hears, from the beauty in everyday things, and from the work of the many illustrators she admires. She lives in Toronto, Ontario. She will be presenting Skunk On A String.

  • JonArno Lawson

    JonArno Lawson’s acclaimed picture book Sidewalk Flowers won the Governor General’s Literary Award. He is a four-time winner of the Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Children’s Poetry. He is the author of numerous books for children and adults. He lives in Toronto with his wife and three children.

  • Ruth Ohi

    Ruth Ohi is the illustrator of 59 books (18 of which she is also the author). She has had the great pleasure of illustrating for authors such as Hazel Hutchins and Joy Kogawa.  Ruth lives with her family in Toronto, Canada and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. Ruth's books have been shortlisted for awards such as the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book, Mr. Christie, Shining Willow, Rainforest of Reading and Blue Spruce.  Ruth's latest books are 2016's Scribble and Fox and Squirrel The Best Christmas Ever, both published by Scholastic Canada.

  • Kenneth Oppel

    Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide and was adapted into an animated TV series and a stage play. Airborn won a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award and the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children’s Novel of the Year by the Times (UK). Oppel is also the author of Half Brother, This Dark Endeavor, Such Wicked Intent, The Boundless, The Nest and Every Hidden Thing. Born on Vancouver Island, Kenneth Oppel has lived in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, and in England and Ireland, and now resides in Toronto with his wife and children.

  • Applefun Puppetry

    Mike Harding of Applefun Puppetry has been performing for nearly 20 years. He has performed thousands of shows at libraries, schools and birthday parties. Mike studied Improvisational Comedy at Second City, which adds a unique and spontaneous flavour to his shows. Applefun Puppetry puppet shows are characteristically interactive with a high degree of audience participation.  

  • Sydney Smith

    Sydney Smith was born in rural Nova Scotia and has been drawing from an early age. Since graduating from NSCAD University, he has illustrated multiple children’s books, including the highly acclaimed wordless picture book Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by Jon Arno Lawson, which won a Governor General’s Award and was shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. He is also the illustrator of Grant and Tillie Go Walking by Monica Kulling and The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart. Sydney has received the Amelia Frances Howard Gibbon Illustrator’s Award. He now lives in Toronto.  

  • Joel A Sutherland

    Joel A. Sutherland is a mild-mannered reference librarian by day, and a speculative fiction writer and editor by night. He has written two previous collections in the Haunted Canada series. His greatest professional satisfaction is getting the right little books into the right little hands. He lives in Courtice, Ontario with his wife and two children, a Goldendoodle, and a mountain of books. He will be presenting Haunted Canada 6:More Terrifying True Stories.

  • One Little Goat Theatre

    “Toronto’s enterprising One Little Goat Theatre Company” (New York Times) is North America's only theatre company dedicated to poetic theatre. With over a decade of acclaimed productions for adult audiences, the company is thrilled to make its theatre-for-young-audiences debut with PLAY: A (Mini) History of Theatre for Kids. For their support of PLAY, One Little Goat gratefully acknowledges: Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Embassy of Ireland, Irish Cultural Society of Toronto, TD Bank and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.