WordPlay – a Different Way!

WordPlay, a dedicated children’s literary festival, occurs on the first day of Read by the Sea. It kicks off the festival with (typically) two or three children’s authors reading old and new favorite stories that they have written. Music and activities round out WordPlay. Watch this space for more information, and keep an eye on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/readbythesea, and our Twitter feed, @RJreadbythesea.

While we wait for the announcement of next year’s children’s authors, we need the help of our young readers! We want you to a read book by any WordPlay authors (click here to take you to the list) and tell us what you think about it. Write a review (250 words or less) or draw a picture inspired by the story and send it to us. Use the Contact Us form or email it to the festival at [email protected]  We’ll publish your reviews and pictures here on our website for other WordPlay fans to see. Send as many as you like! 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

Sydney Smith is an award-winning children's book illustrator and author in Halifax, NS. A graduate of NSCAD University, he has illustrated multiple children's books. Sydney's accolades include the Governor General's Award For Illustrated Children’s Books, the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration, the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal -- twice! He both authored and illustrated his latest book, Small in the City.

Learn how to draw with Sydney Smith! Watch this video to find out he drew the illustrations for Small in the City.

Vikki VanSickle

Vikki VanSickle is an award-winning children’s author and publishing professional in Ontario. She has a degree in drama from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts in Children’s Literature from the University of British Columbia. Her accolades include the Red Maple Award, Manito ba Young Readers Choice Award Northern Lights Honour Book, and Snow Willow Award finalist. Vikki’s latest picture book, Anonymouse, was released in 2021.

Take the Anonymouse Challenge! Do something cool to beautify your neighbourhood, just like Anonymouse. Find out more on Vikki’s website.

Wild Willie

Eleven-year-old Wild Willie knows the importance of reading and sharing his love of books with his YouTube channel. Discover new favourites – and remember old ones – with a focus on Canadian authors, especially Atlantic writers as Wild Willie interviews them on location throughout Nova Scotia. With reviews, readings and interviews with well-known and emerging authors, Wild Willie celebrates literacy in a big way!

Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC059BR1wnLzmeUo5XX9qoxg for his Dan Gutman interview; and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adNxMYoZusk for Willie’s review of a book set near River John, home of Read by the Sea.