Taleblazers is our annual literary arts festival for children

Taleblazers takes place each fall and helps schools and libraries in their efforts to make reading, writing, and illustrating exciting and fun. YABS member artists hit the highways and back roads all over Alberta to inspire students to explore the literary arts. Taleblazers 2019 will take place between September 30 and November 1, 2019.

This program facilitates meaningful connections between Albertan students and Albertan authors, illustrators, poets, playwrights, and storytellers. Exposure to a "real live author" awakens students' interest in developing communication and creative-thinking skills and encourages self-expression. Whether that expression is humorous, serious, or speculative; is through illustrations or words; takes the form of history, science, drama, or fiction, Taleblazers Festival presenters empower children and young adults to make sense of their world, to share their ideas, and to communicate. In the words of one of our 2015 hosts:

"Literary artist visits encourage students to dream, to try new things, to think about something in a new way, to believe in themselves and what they could accomplish. The kids are excited about the 'celebrity' of it and think it is special that they visited our small, humble school. It helps our students to feel important... and who knows what will be triggered within a student and what it will spur them on to do in the future! It is very worthwhile." -- Librarian, Killam Public School

YABS subsidizes the costs of travel and accommodation and coordinates the festival for hosting schools and libraries, so it is easier and more affordable to bring this resource to their students. In 30 years of Taleblazing we have reached over 1 million children!

What does it cost to have a Taleblazers artist visit your group?
• YABS membership fee: $50/organization venue (not per booking!)
• Artist fee (price varies by artist) $225-550/half day plus GST

Are there any other subsidy options available?
YABS administers the Allard Win-a-Literary Artist program, which gives schools and libraries the chance to win one of 10 discounts of $300 towards their Taleblazers bookings. The deadline for entries is June 15.

Please click here for detailed, step-by-step information on participating. Call us at 780-422-8232 or email info@yabs.ab.ca for further inquiries. To go right to the booking form, click here!

Set your reading program ablaze with the Taleblazers Literary Arts Festival for Young People!


We're saying goodbye to our old logo and introducing the new one above. Thanks to designer Stephen Fritz for his work on the new logo!