Alice Munro Festival for Kids

Expanding our festival in order to bring writers and children of all ages together through storytelling is fundamental to achieving our goal of nurturing the next generation of great Canadian authors. We’re proud to host these authors who are reading to students in Avon Maitland schools. Special thanks to Foundation for Education for their support of this initiative.

Author Heather Smith presents her book Chicken Girl to a class

2021 Alice Munro Festival for Kids

Lisa Dalrymple

Lisa Dalrymple

Lisa presented her books to students in Grades JK-4.

Lisa Dalrymple wrote her first mystery adventure book for kids when she was just ten years old. Her first published book If It’s No Trouble… A Big Polar Bear, was published in 2012. Her second book Skink on the Brink, was a Rainforest of Reading nominee, and won both the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Crystal Kite Award and the Writers’ Union of Canada’s Writing for Children Award. Lisa lives with her husband and three children in Fergus, Ontario.


Heather Smith

Heather T. Smith

Heather presented her work to Grades 5-6.

Originally from Newfoundland, Heather Smith now lives in Waterloo, Ontario. Her middle-grade novel, Ebb & Flow, was short-listed for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award and was the winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Her picture book, The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden, was recently named the winner of the 2019 Freeman Book Award for Children’s Literature. Heather has written several other books for young people including the award-winning, The Agony of Bun O’Keefe. Heather’s Newfoundland roots inspire much of her writing.


Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth presented to Grades 4-8.

Kenneth Oppel is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Airborn, which won the Governor General’s Award for children’s literature, and the Silverwing trilogy, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. Some of his other books include The Boundless, Every Hidden Thing, and Inkling. The Nest and Half Brother both won the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year for Children Award. His latest novels are Bloom, Hatch and Thrive.


Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith

Sydney presented to Grades 1-3.

Sydney Smith is a children’s book illustrator. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia with his wife and two sons. Some of his books include: I Talk Like a River, Small in the City, Town is by the Sea, White Cat and the Monk and Sidewalk Flowers.


2019 Alice Munro Festival for Kids

In May 2019, six authors visited schools in Clinton, Howick and Wingham doing readings and discussing their work with students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

2019 Authors

Saumiya Balasubramanian

Saumiya Balasubramanian

Erin Bow

Erin Bow

Alicia Elliott

Alicia Elliott

E.K. Johnston

E.K. Johnston

Ruth Ohi

Ruth Ohi

Heather T. Smith

Heather Smith