Youth Program

Youth Festival

This year's Festival runs from October 10 to 15, 2017. Teachers, librarians and parents, mark your calendars and check out the incredible writers and illustrators we've confirmed so far for school visits and in-theatre appearances in the fall!


Cale Atkinson

Ages: 3 – 7 / Grades: Pre – 2


Ben Clanton

Ages:  6 – 9 / Grades: 1 – 4


Kelly Collier

Ages: 4 – 8 / Grades: K – 3


Cary Fagan

Ages: 7 – 10 / Grade: 2 – 5


Susan Juby

Ages: Young Adult


Gabrielle Grimard

Ages: 5 – 8 / Grades: K – 3


Wesley King

Ages: 8 – 12 / Grades: 3 – 7


Alice Kuipers

Ages: Young Adult


Andrew Larsen

Ages: 4 – 8 / Grades: K – 3


Kyo MacLear

Ages: 4 – 8 / Grades: K – 3


Mireille Messier

Ages: 3 – 7 / Grades: Pre – 2

Susin Nielsen

Ages: 8 – 12 / Grades: 3 – 7


David Alexander Robertson

Ages: 4 – 8 / Grades: K – 3


Heather Smith

Ages: Young Adult


Esta Spalding

Ages: 8 – 12 / Grades: 3 – 7


Bill Richardson

Ages: 5 – 9 / Grades: K – 4

Fall Bookings Now Open

We are offering pre-booking this spring in advance of the fall Festival!

Complete the form at the link below to let us know your initial interests in booking authors to appear in Calgary schools from October 10 to 15, 2017.

Pre-Registration Form

What is Wordfest Youth?

Wordfest Youth supplies authors from across Canada and around the world to present fun, illuminating in- and out-of-school events that promote a love of reading and a deeper appreciation of the world of ideas and imagination.

Who Brings the Best Authors to Calgary?

Wordfest Youth connects Calgary students of all grade-levels with the world’s best YA and children’s authors. We are a high-calibre, not-for-profit idea-based event planner of the wordiest kind who, for more than 21 years, has given kids mind-bending opportunities to discover that life is brighter, funnier and juicier when creativity rules.

Why Does Meeting an Author Matter?

Meeting an actual person who wrote an actual book (especially one that students have read and enjoyed) is a rare, captivating and transformative experience. The opportunity to ask an author why a bird might wake up grumpy or learn first-hand what inspires a writer to write fosters self- confidence, sparks conversations and seeds imaginative potential.

What Happens?

Pure magic! Wordfest brings authors from across Canada and around the world to Calgary’s stages for captivating, interactive presentations. To get your students reading and pumped about seeing a favourite author on stage, we send a Wordfest Ambassador to your school in advance of the show! Our ambassadors are there to help you make those vital curriculum connections.

When Can the Authors Come?

For the first time in Wordfest’s 22-year history, you’ll have the opportunity to book your school into mind-blowing author events at various times throughout the year, rather than only during our Festival from October 10-15, 2017.

How Do I Book an Author?

Pricing starts at $500 for a 1-hour in-school presentation. Phone us at 403-237-9068 or email for more information on opportunities for your school.

Reserve Your School


Phone us at 403-237-9068 or email us at for more information on field-trip opportunities. You may also complete this form and a representative from Wordfest will get in touch within two business days.

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Birdies for Kids will match your Wordfest donation by up to 50% until September 3, 2017!

Our partnership with Shaw Charity Classic provides an opportunity for contributions to Wordfest to have even more impact by matching up to 50% of donations made through the Birdies for Kids program until September 3. Contact Brian O’Neill, General Manager and Fund Development, for more information on how to support our mission: 403-260-2707 |

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