TVOKids host Gisèle brings reading to life for preschoolers in Stratford June 23

TORONTO, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Stratford region preschoolers and their families are invited to share the magic of reading with TVOKids host Gisèle, star of TVO's early-learning program block Gisèle's Big Backyard. The Read with Gisèle Tour will visit the Stratford Public Library on Saturday June 23 at 2 pm (addresses listed below).

The first 100 children at the reading will receive a free book, book bag and bookmark. Gisèle will read Gifts, written by JoEllen Bogart and illustrated by Barbara Reid. In Gifts, a grandmother travels the world and brings her granddaughter the gifts of love and respect for different places and people the world over. After the reading, kids will have a chance to meet Gisèle and have her autograph their book.

The Read with Gisèle Tour showcases Gisèle reading the book of the month from her Big Backyard Book Club at libraries across the province, in an effort to inspire children and their families to read every day. As Ontario's most trusted and most educational media brand for kids, TVOKids is proud to partner with presenting sponsor TD Bank Group and with the Ontario Library Association on this tour.

"I'm thrilled to be bringing the Big Backyard Book Club to life at libraries across Ontario. Reading aloud with children is a great way to develop their early literacy skills, so I hope the Read with Gisèle tour will inspire kids and their families to enjoy reading together every day," says Gisèle.

Preschoolers can watch the Book Club on TVO and participate in the club online at, where children can watch videos of Gisèle reviewing books and see kids answering questions about the stories, share feedback on how the stories made them feel, and submit their own reviews of books they have read.

Read with Gisèle events are free and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis as seating is limited. Below are the details for Stratford's event:

Read with Gisèle!

Saturday June 23 at 2 pm
Stratford Public Library - Auditorium
19 St. Andrew Street.
Stratford, Ontario.

About Gisèle's Big Backyard
Gisèle's Big Backyard is TVO's Gemini award-winning early-learning block for kids aged 2 to 5. It airs weekdays from 6 am to 3:30 pm, and provides programs and online activities that nurture children's literacy, numeracy and social skills, and help prepare kids for success in school and beyond.

About TVO
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit

Where to Find TVO

On air:
Cable channel 2 (may vary in some areas)
Bell TV channel 265
TVO HD on Bell Fibe TV channel 1265
Rogers TVO HD channel 580
Rogers-On-Demand Channel 100
Shaw Direct channel 353



For further information:

Media contact:        
Marco Ouji
TVO Communications
Phone: (416) 484-2600 ext. 2305


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