Celebrating Stories

Celebrating Stories is a series of free family literacy events that offers a unique opportunity for children and families to meet Canadian authors, illustrators, and storytellers live and in-person.  Where children have only seen authors’ names printed on the spines of books, Celebrating Stories events provide the opportunity to meet prizewinning authors in-person, hear their stories, and see illustrations being brought to life.  Celebrating Stories strengthens family literacy and learning through the shared love of reading with motivational messages and entertainment.

Since its inception in 1996, Celebrating Stories has been bringing the community together for a one day event.  This year, we are proud to expand Celebrating Stories into a multi-event literary festival.  For 2018, we’ve planned a series of engaging and inspirational author and illustrator talks from April until October, with an entertaining finale on November 18 sure to knock your socks off.  

Special thanks to the Celebrating Stories 2018 funders, including TD Bank, Mattamy Homes, O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP, Milton Community Resource Centre, The Milton Canadian Champion, Region of Halton, Town of Milton, and Milton Public Library.

Literary Series

Advance tickets to the Celebrating Stories finale, "Big Nate, The Musical" will be available to interested attendees at each of the spring events only.
Please preregister for each event in advance.

Here is the Celebrating Stories 2018 lineup of award-winning authors and illustrators, and entertaining events.
Kevin Sylvester illustrating

Kevin Sylvester

Saturday, April 21st

Main Library | 1:30 PM

Join Canadian author and illustrator, Kevin Sylvester in his lively
presentation, sharing silly stories and some of his award-winning
children’s books, followed by a cartooning "class". Book signing opportunity. 
SK-3 with caregivers.


Celebrating Stories

Jess Keating

Saturday, May 26th

Beaty Branch | 2:00 PM

In this interactive and inspiring presentation, zoologist-turned-author, Jess Keating will read from her book Shark Lady and discuss what it takes to be a real-life shark scientist. Book signing opportunity. JK-4 with caregivers.


Celebrating Stories

Andrew Larsen

Saturday, June 9th

Main Library | 1:30 PM

The dynamic and enthusiastic author, Andrew Larsen will share his prizewinning picture books as well as the process of creating his books, followed by a bookmaking exercise for families to enjoy. Book signing opportunity. JK-3 with caregivers.


Celebrating Stories

Joel A. Sutherland

Saturday, October 27th

Main Library | 1:30 PM

Join author and ghost hunter, Joel A. Sutherland as he discusses all things horror, including true stories of paranormal activity from his bestselling Haunted Canada series as well as tips for young writers. Book signing opportunity.
Ages 9+ with caregivers. Preregister.


Celebrating Stories

Big Nate, The Musical

Sunday, November 18th

FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton | 2:00 PM


Performed by Electric Moon Theatre Company. Based on the hit comic strip series by Lincoln Peirce.
Free tickets will be available beginning Friday, October 19th at Main Library to children in Grades 1 to 8 and their parents or caregiver.