Our 8th Annual Story Contest & Inaugural Kevin Rooney Award

Writers aged 6-12 are invited to craft their entries for our 8th Annual Toronto Roald Dahl Day Short Story Contest. This year’s competition is based on Dahl’s beloved novel MATILDA. Here’s the writing prompt:

Craft a short story (1500 words MAX) about what you, a bookish middle-grade student with a mean-spirited gym teacher, Mr Trunchbull, would do if you woke up on a school-day morning and discovered you had telekinetic powers just like Matilda.

Send it to roalddahlday@smallprinttoronto.org by Friday, October 27th.

An all star judging panel will read aloud and award cool prizes at our 8th Toronto Roald Dahl Day celebration, on Saturday, November 16 at the Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema (565 Bloor St West, at Bathurst). The grand prize has been renamed the Kevin Rooney Award, as a tribute to an exceptionally gifted teacher who encouraged countless young people, in Canada and Shanghai, to tell their own stories.  Directly after the awards, there’ll be a special screening of Actor-director Danny Devito‘s acclaimed film version of MATILDA. Don’t miss this Dahl-tastic celebration of young storytellers!

Tickets are Now On Sale at the Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema Box Office. (Click Here)

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SPOOKY STEW is bubbling up…

Why wait until Halloween to put on a costume and chant something rhythmic?

Acclaimed poet Claire Caldwell conducts Spooky Stew, a Halloween-themed version of our popular rap-poetry workshop Rhyme Stew Crew for writers aged 7-12, at The Children’s Book Bank (350 Berkeley Street – at Parliament & Gerrard) on Saturday, October 28: 1-3pm. FREE with RSVP. Click here or visit the Book Bank.

Claire will guide young writers through the process of setting classic children’s verses, like “Green Eggs and Ham,” to vintage hip-hop beats, and, then help them create their very own rhymes and set them to beats.

SCARY STEW is where the ghost of Dr Seuss haunts the spirit of Dr Dre. BOO!

Halloween costumes are strongly encouraged.

Space is limited. Sign up early by clicking here or by visiting the Children’s Book Bank.

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Chronicling 150 Years of Mouse City at Doors Open

We staged Mouse City Chronicles, a series of 5 model city-building workshops for urban planners aged 2-8, inspired by the past 150 years of Toronto development, at City Hall on May 27-28, as part of Doors Open.

Each session covered 30 years of local history, starting with 1867-1897 (Mouse City #1) and extending to 1987-2017 (Mouse City #5). Leading urban affairs authors – Adil Dhalla (right, top), Matt Blackett and Rani Sanderson (right, middle), Jane Farrow (left bottom), Jay Pitter (bottom, seated), and  Stephen Shapiro (left, middle) – conducted the sessions and served as Mayor of one of the five incarnations of Mouse City.

Our amazing team of craft artists – Tim Walker, Sarah Ramsey (bottom right), Tiana Roebuck and Rani Sanderson – and Board President Shana Hillman (middle, centre, with the CN Tower taller than its builder) provided craft materials appropriate to each era and guidance to literally thousands of wee urban planners and families over the weekend. We also had indispensable and inspired support from an amazing group of volunteers.

For more photos of Mouse City Chronicles, visit our Facebook Page (here).

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