You know how much I love a good book, and the importance I place on early literacy. Naturally then, you can expect me to get excited about this wonderful literary festival, returning to Toronto this weekend.
The Word on the Street Festival is coming this Sunday, September 25, from 11am-6pm. It's happening at the Harbourfront Centre, which is already such a fun and vibrant spot in the city. This is the 27th year for the festival, and its 2nd at Harbourfront. The day includes a full schedule of indoor and outdoor events for readers, writers, and book lovers of all ages.
For the first time this year, the organisers are introducing the Spelling Bae, which is, simply put, a spelling bee designed to push the spelling capacity of both adults and children. I have to say I'm intrigued with where this one is going. The day includes more than 200 authors and presenters, with a good number whose works focus on children's literature, motherhood and family life. Some titles of interest - might be Burt's Way Home by John Martz, What is Peace? by Wallace Edwards, and We're All in This Together by Amy Jones.
Be sure to check out the TD KidStreet and Children's Literature Tent for your chance to meet popular children's authors and illustrators, and take part in a variety of creative activities. The Teen Spirit Stage provides interactive programming for middle grades and young adult readers. The Youth Launch Pad will host the Spelling Bae events, along with a variety of activities for kids - like an opportunity to learn to draw your own comic, with Chirp!
And your younger set will want to keep an eye on the TVOKids Live! stage. Performances will be ongoing throughout the day, featuring all your favourite TVOKids personalities. Make sure you stick around for the Polkaroo Dance Party at 4:30pm.