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Indulge in the art of storytelling at the 28th annual Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival November 21-26

children listening to a storyteller

Nov 14, 2022

Ottawa StoryTellers (OST) and Ottawa Public Library (OPL) are delighted to present the annual Children’s Storytelling Festival from November 21 to 26, 2022, with storytelling events online and in person. Talented storytellers from Ottawa and across Canada will engage and delight children aged 0 to 12, their families, friends, and classmates ̶ in English and French ̶ with a diverse variety of unforgettable stories. The Festival is held in partnership with Odawa Native Friendship Centre, Cercle des Conteurs et Conteuses de l’Est de l’Ontario (CCCEO), Conseil des Écoles Catholiques Centre-Est (CECCE), and Consortium Centre Jules-Léger (CCJL).

The teams behind this year’s Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival are thrilled to offer kids a chance to express their own creativity as each telling will be followed by craft activities where children can create a response to the stories they hear in person from passionate and engaging professional storytellers. There will be stories to suit every imagination. These performed stories will stir up laughter, spark creativity and, as great stories do, foster empathy and lead young listeners to reflect on themselves and the values that underpin their understanding of the world.

The storytelling events are organized by age group and language. All performances will be available on YouTube with closed captioning in the weeks following. Many of the storytelling performances will take place live, in-person at various locations: OPL branches, Odawa Native Friendship Centre, at CCJL, and livestreamed on OPL’s Facebook Page. Both CECCE and CCJL are pleased to associate as partners for the francophone components of the Ottawa Children’s Storytelling Festival. Select performances will have American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. 

Parents and teachers are encouraged to mark their calendars, all programs are free and open to the public. For more information and the full schedule visit or OPL's Kid Zone.


Children’s Storytelling Festival 2022

I am so excited about sharing in these stories! Imagine: a Children’s Storytelling Festival, ranging from November 21st -26th, with nine in-person events and 44 online events! I will be registering for the events today! Ruth Stewart-Verger, avid story-listener