Festival aims to immerse kids in literature
From April 20-26, the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival will be organizing several free activities geared to kids of all ages. The Children’s Literary Festival component will host more than 100 activities, such as storytelling sessions, arts & crafts, and illustration workshops.
Approximately 60 authors, illustrators, and other members of the literary community will be showing up at various locations around Montreal including bookstores, libraries and cafes. Most of the activities are free of charge, and will take place in French, unless otherwise indicated.
According to the Children’s Festival’s Director Florence Allegrini, these events are being held to connect children at a young age to the world of literature. “It’s so important for kids to be in touch with literature and books, and with the people who write them.”
Here are some of the highlights of this year’s festival:
Monday, April 20 at 1 p.m.: Argentinean comedy writer and author Ricardo Liniers will read from his latest book, and will speak to kids of all ages about the relationship between humour and drawing. This takes place at the Jewish Public Library, 5151 Cote Ste. Catherine Rd.
Tuesday, April 21 at 1 p.m.: Author and illustrator Marianne Dubuc will be reading from her books and discussing cartoon drawings. There will also be an illustration workshop. This event is geared towards children ages 3-7 and takes place at the Bibliothèque Interculturelle de Montreal, 6767 Côte des Neiges Rd.
Thursday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m.: poet Marie Annharte Baker, winner of the Blue Metropolis First Peoples Writing Prize, will be presenting her work and speaking at the Westmount Library, 4574 Sherbrooke St. W.
Friday, April 24 at 10 a.m.: Popular comedy writer Alex A will engage with young readers in a more informal setting and speak to them about the creative process behind comics. The event will be held at the Bibliothèque de St. Michel, 7601 François-Perreault St.
Sunday, April 26 at 10 a.m.: Kids will work out their bodies and their minds with Les Yogistoires. For ages 4 and up, children will read, sing and do yoga at the Village Café, 207 Beaubien St. E.
For more information, call 514-932-1112 or visit bluemetropolis.org.