WordPlay – a Different Way!

To keep our young and young-at-heart story lovers safe, WordPlay will take place virtually July 2-9, 2021. You’ll still see and hear two fabulous children’s authors, Sydney Smith and Vikki VanSickle, read their wonderful stories and share fabulous illustrations – through the magic of video technology. There will even be a special surprize interactive activity for you to enjoy. We’ll tell you more about how that will happen soon (we can’t give away all of our secrets at once!). Just keep an eye on this page, or our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/readbythesea) or our Twitter feed (@RJreadbythesea).

In the meantime, young readers, we need your help! We want you to read a book by Sydney Smith or Vikki VanSickle and write a book review! Send your reviews (250 words or less) to us using the Contact Us form. Or, you can draw a picture inspired by one of the books and send it us by email at [email protected].  We’ll publish your reviews and pictures here on our website for other WordPlay fans to see. We’ll only use your first name and the province or territory you live in (or the country, if you’re outside of Canada). And if you want to tell us your age, we’ll put that in, too.

Sydney Smith

2021 Featured Authors

The featured authors are Vikki VanSickle (the Clarissa books, Summer Days, Starry Nights) and Nova Scotia author and illustrator Sydney  Smith (2019 Governor General award winner Small in the City).