Fold Kids Book Fest Video Overview - The FOLD
Virtual Book Fest 2021

FOLD Kids Book Fest

An overview of the festival schedule for FOLD Kids Book Fest.

2021 FOLD Kids Virtual Book Fest  

Video Overviews

Watch the videos below for a complete overview of all 20+ virtual events taking place each day of the 2021 FOLD Kids Book Fest from November 4-7, 2021.

Passes are available for $14 and allow you access to ALL festival events on our virtual platform.

Passholders can view events live or on-demand. All sessions will be available until December 7 on the virtual platform to watch and rewatch. Patron passes are also available.

Day 1 – Nov 4, 2021 – Events Overview

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Day 2 – Nov 5, 2021 – Events Overview

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Day 3 – Nov 6, 2021 – Events Overview

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Day 4 – Nov 7, 2021 – Events Overview

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Passes are available for $14 and allow you access to ALL festival events on our virtual platform.

In the unique festival space, guests can chat with authors and exhibitors and participate in activities like our inaugural virtual scavenger hunt.

Passholders can view events live or on-demand. All sessions will be available until December 7 on the virtual platform to watch and rewatch. Patron passes are also available.

GET YOUR FESTIVAL PASS HERE

Download the Festival Program Guide PDF

Information for Educators

Schedule of Events

The 20+ events include workshops, story times, and conversations for children of all ages, as well as writers, families, and educators.

  • More than 30 Authors & Storytellers
  • Available Live and On-demand
  • All with ONE Festival Pass
  • School Group Events
  • Storytelling Sessions
  • Writing Workshops
  • Panel Discussions
  • Educator Workshops
  • Virtual Scavenger Hunt

The full list of events, organized by day is listed below as well as the list of speakers.

We categorize FOLD Kids Book Fest events to help educators, parents, and guardians identify content that’s suitable for the child(ren) in their care.

The categories we use — as well as the age recommendations listed in the session descriptions — take into consideration the content of the event and, where applicable, the content of the books featured at the event.

Schedule

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BONUS REPLAY: What’s the Buzz: 2021’s Must-Read Kid Lit Titles

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BONUS REPLAY: Social Media for Authors with Liselle Sambury

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1. FREE PREVIEW: Crisis in the Classroom

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8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

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2. We Move Together

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9:30 am - 10:30 am

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3. Fashion Forward: Christian Allaire on the Power of Style

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11:00 am - 11:45 am

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4. The Illustrator Battle

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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5. Creating Comics with Rosena Fung

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6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

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6. Alternate Pasts and Magical Futures in Young Adult Fiction

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8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

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7. Storytelling with Njacko Backo: French Learning Event

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9:30 am - 10:15 am

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8. Magic and Marvel in Indigenous Fantasy

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11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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9. Making Memories in Middle Grade Fiction

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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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10. ASL Storytime with Gaitrie Persaud

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5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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11. Come Read with Me: Pajama Party

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7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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12. An Urban Ecology Field Trip with Dr. Cylita Guy

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10:00 am - 10:45 am

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13. Writing Rhymes with Khodi Dill: A Rap Workshop

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12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

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14. Growing Up Trans

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2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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15. Mixed Bag Mayhem: A Ripple Foundation Writing Workshop

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4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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16. A Whole New World: Stories of Borders and Belonging

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8:00 pm - 9:15 pm

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17. Making a Picture Book: Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

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10:00 am - 11:15 am

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18. Teaching Disability Justice

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12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

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19. Writing Great Fantasy with Sarah Raughley

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2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

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20. Teaching STEM Through Storytelling

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4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

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21. Tackling Problems in Publishing

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6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Featured Speaker(s)

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Bio
Photo of author Omar Mouallem--a young Lebanese-Canadian man with short dark hair, a small beard, and glasses

Omar Mouallem

Omar Mouallem is an author, filmmaker, and educator. His journalism has appeared in The Guardian, WIRED, and NewYorker.com, and his latest book, Praying to the West, was named one of the Globe and Mail’s 100 best books of 2021. His documentary The Last Baron, about the unlikely link between a Canadian fast-food institution and the Lebanese civil war, was hailed as “one of the best Canadian food documentaries” by Air Canada’s enRoute magazine. Omar is also the “fake dean” of Pandemic University, a virtual school he founded in support of writers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with his family.

Upcoming Events

15. Mixed Bag Mayhem: A Ripple Foundation Writing Workshop

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

November 6, 2021

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The FOLD is a remarkable and wonderful event for authors and attendees alike. What an amazing community, dedicated to the vital need for inclusive stories and the critical role they play in building a better world.

Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her

Field Guide to the North American Teenager is my first novel and FOLD was my first Canadian literary festival. While American and Canadian culture overlap quite a bit, especially when it comes to bookshelves, Canadian literature is unique and I was very heartened by to be embraced by that community I consider home despite residing in the US. It was a homecoming I didn’t know I needed!

Ben Philippe, author of Field Guide to the North American Teenager

The Festival of Literary Diversity was an absolute joy–the organizers thought of *everything* and by anticipating authors’ needs, they freed us to focus on connecting with the audience and each other. There was no pretension, no posturing–just very genuine conversations with invested writers and engaged readers.

Zetta Elliott, author of Dragons in a Bag

I have been to a lot of writers festivals and the FOLD is definitely near the top of the list of those I want to be invited back to.

Harold Johnson, author of the memoirs Clifford and Firewater

Being part of such a clearly diverse, inclusive and mutually respectful group was thrilling and inspiring: a glimpse of a better world.

Kathy Page, author of Dear Evelyn, winner of the 2018 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

Wherever I go in Canada and find another writer of colour, we eventually end up gushing about how great the FOLD is, how by normalizing diversity it liberates us to talk to audiences about craft. It’s hard to imagine the literary landscape returning to a prehistoric pre-FOLD era.

Ian Williams, Author of the Giller Prize-winning novel Reproduction

FOLD is a festival experience unlike any other I’ve had. The FOLD team strive to create a space that’s welcoming and engaging, while allowing for curiosity, ingenuity and the fostering of real community – and they succeed, every year.

Alicia Elliott, author of A Mind Spread Out On The Ground

The FOLD is one of the most important literary events on this continent. By focusing on diverse voices and giving authors space to share their stories and speak their truths, it is revolutionizing the writing and storytelling realm as we know it.

Waubgeshig Rice, author of Moon Of The Crusted Snow

Being part of the FOLD community has provided me with a strong sense of belonging. Sharing diverse stories and listening to different voices that broaden my understanding of the world has impacted me as a person and motivated me as a writer.

Ann Y.K. Choi, author of Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety

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