Encouraging young imaginations since 2008, Small Print Toronto runs hands-on literary programs for children aged 2-12, designed to encourage them to tell their own stories and make their own culture. It is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization. Learning to tell one’s own story and, also, to understand those of others builds a sense of confidence, curiousity and citizenship. Toronto’s a hub of diverse stories; we empower kids to add theirs.
From rap-poetry to fairy tales and from city-building to comic books, our programs let kids explore various ways of telling a story. Our wide-ranging activities are anchored by two annual events: Totsapalooza and Toronto Roald Dahl Day. Over the past seven years, our Totsapalooza festival of picture book authors, indie bands, and D.I.Y crafts for book-lovers aged 2-8 has blossomed into a Toronto tradition; drawing a crowd of about 550 people and attracting such world-renowned authors as Julia Donaldson, Oliver Jeffers and Dennis Lee.
Toronto Roald Dahl Day features a story contest for writers aged 8-12 from all across the GTA, inspired by one of legendary British storyteller Roald Dahl’s classic middlegrade novels.
Last fall’s celebration of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory sold out (700 tickets) in 3 weeks.