Family Fun at Word VancouverSeptember 11, 2014
Word Vancouver is known for its wonderful variety of activities, readings, and performances for children and families, and our 20th year will be no different!
Our Kids Words venue will once again be located inside the Harvey Southam Room in the children’s library of the VPL Central Branch. Readings most appropriate for kids under age 8 will be from 11:00 am to 2:40 pm then for ages 6+ for the rest of the day. There will be readings from some of our great local children’s authors, including Victoria Miles (Sea Otter Pup), Dan Bar-el (A Fish Named Glub), Caroline Adderson (Norman, Speak!), and Lori Sherritt-Fleming (Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch On). We also have a few authors coming from a far: Kathy Beliveau (The Yoga Game by the Sea) from Lantzville on Vancouver Island, Willie Sellars (Dipnetting with Dad) from Williams Lake in Northern BC, and George Murray (Wow-Wow and Haw-Haw) all the way from St. John’s, Newfoundland! There will also be readings appropriate for young adults in Kids Words from Sarah Ellis (Outside In) and Rebecca Chaperon (Eerie Dearies). More YA readings will take place in the Canada Writes venue from Ann Walsh (Whatever), Maggie de Vries (Rabbit Ears), and the VPL writer-in-residence Gabrielle Prendergast. Visit FortisBC’s Energy is Awesome tent for story readings by their Street Team, and you’ll get your own book to take home! Also join us on Friday, September 26, at Christianne’s Lyceum for Shake a Paw: An Evening of Dog Stories in Memory of Joan Betty Stuchner, with readings from Caroline Adderson, Jacquie Pearce, Linda Bailey, and Cindy Heinrichs.
In addition to all the fantastic readings, you will also find plenty of family-friendly entertainment and activities through-out the site on Sunday, September 28. The Kids Lit tent will feature fun activities, including a listen sketch stretch activity and a beanbag toss carnival game. There will also be performances by Stories on Wheels and Too Tall Terry! And don’t forget to visit the Mainstage, where Dixie Star Storytelling will be performing! You can also collect treasure and explore the festival site with the Book Bag Treasure Hunt.
Be sure to view the official program guide for a full list of festival events!