Build a ‘Better Way’ with Jane Farrow

Only an April fool would miss Mouse City Transit With Jane Farrow. We’re presenting our popular model city-building workshop as part of The 519 community centre’s Kids Action and Arts Space for queer, trans and gender independent kids and the kids of queer and trans families, on Saturday, April 1.  To sign up, click here.

Urban planners aged 6-9 can create a city for storybook mice out of cardboard mail-room boxes. Their make-believe metropolis will address a timely real-life urban issue: How can public transportation connect communities and contribute to more liveable cities?

Who better to help young city builders tackle this challenge than celebrated author, broadcaster and community organizer Jane Farrow? Jane will conduct the workshop and serve as ‘Mayor of Mouse City.’

Space is limited. To sign up, click here.

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Photos of ‘C is for Canada’ with Paul Covello

A sold-out crowd of young storytellers braved the cold to hear artist-author Paul Covello present his latest book, CANADA ABC, make their own alphabet books and draw ‘author photos.’ Parents were also enchanted by the Canadiana, vintage furniture and new books at Southwest Northeast. For more of Caroline Young‘s photos, click here.

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“F is for Family” with Qin Leng

The next installment in our ABC DIY series is “F is for Family” with Qin Leng, illustrator of A FAMILY IS A FAMILY IS A FAMILY by Sara O’Leary. Our family-themed alphabet book-making workshop for storytellers aged 3-8 is part of The 519‘s Family Pride celebration on Saturday, June 10, 10am (519 Church Street – at Wellesley). FREE. For details, click here.

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Our 9th annual TOTSAPALOOZA festival of exceptional picture books, indie music and DIY crafts drew 425 book-lovers, tall and small, to Revival on Saturday, February 4.

Here are some of the highlights: (clockwise, top) Tyler Clark Burke launches BILL BOWERBIRD AND THE UNBEARABLE BEAK ACHE, creator Elise Gravel shares I WANT A MONSTER!, host Kevin Sylvester, tots dancing, washable tattoo from our “Tats For Tots” booth, Ann-Marie Williams of Movement Lab,  author Andrew Larsen presents A SQUIGGLY STORY, musical guest Fred Penner, a delicious tribute to BILL BOWERBIRD by Wanda’s Pie-in-the-Sky, a wee dancer in a rainbow tutu

For more of Sarah Jordan‘s photos from TOTSAPALOOZA #9, click here. For Jenn Catanzaro‘s photos, click here.

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