The TVOKids Bookaneers set sail, reading to kids across Ontario

TORONTO, Nov. 3, 2016 /CNW/ - Ahoy, mateys! The TVOKids Bookaneers Tour, supported by TD Bank Group, will be travelling across Ontario this fall to share a love of reading with kids across the province. Geared towards children ages 4 to 11 and their families, the tour features TVOKids hosts, Bookaneers Daniel and Melissa, who will be reading to kids in local communities. The tour kicks off in Hamilton on Saturday, November 5, making stops in Brampton, Ottawa, and Sudbury throughout the month of November.

The TVOKids Bookaneers will read the TD Grade One Book Giveaway book written by Ashley Spires, Small Saul, a humorous story about an unconventional young pirate. A buccaneer with a gentle spirit, Small Saul sets out to prove to himself that there's more to being a pirate than ships, strength, and treasure. Following the reading, kids can meet Bookaneers Daniel and Melissa in an autograph session.

Kids can also enjoy pirate-themed activities, puzzles, and games, including colouring on a giant mural on site. Each attendee will receive a TVOKids book bag with a copy of Small Saul, a TVOKids activity book, and other surprises.

"Thanks to the ongoing support of TD, The TVOKids Bookaneer Tour will be visiting kids across Ontario, giving them a fun and positive experience around reading," said Marney Malabar, Director, Kids TV, TVO. "As a learning organization, TVO is committed to developing literacy skills and a love of reading in kids throughout the province, which helps to engage them and set them up for success at school and in the future."

"We're proud to share the story of Small Saul through The TVOKids Bookaneers Tour and inspire kids to discover a joy of reading with the TD Grade One Book Giveaway," said Valerie Picher, Associate Vice President Community Relations, TD Bank Group. "Through our support for children's literacy, we are providing youth with unique opportunities to learn, thrive, and develop strong literacy skills that will support their ongoing success."

Tour Schedule

  • November 5Hamilton – Hamilton Central Library (11 am-3 pm)
  • November 12Brampton – Gore Meadows Community Centre & Library (11 am-2 pm)
  • November 19Ottawa – Nepean Centrepointe Branch (1 pm-4 pm)
  • November 26Sudbury – Sudbury Main Branch (11 am-2 pm)


Daniel will be visiting Brampton and Sudbury and Melissa will be visiting Hamilton and Ottawa. Additional event information is available at To register for a reading, please contact each library.

Budding readers can join the TVOKids Bookaneers Book Club to check out books of the month and submit and read reviews written by other young learners. Kids can watch Daniel and Melissa on TVOKids' afterschool programming block The Space, Monday to Friday from 3:30 pm to 7 pm and on Developed for every kind of young learner and covering virtually all Ontario Curriculum areas for Grades JK-5, TVOKids content helps kids to be successful both inside and outside the classroom.

TD Bank Group is TVO's partner in children's literacy.

About TVO
As the technological extension of Ontario's public education system, TVO's vision is to create a better world through the power of learning. TVO provides learning opportunities for Ontarians through innovative educational products, in-depth current affairs, groundbreaking documentaries, and award-winning TVOKids resources both inside and outside the classroom. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit

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