This weekend kids and teenagers will be able to engage in the imaginative world of storytelling and interact with some of Canada’s local and internationally renown authors and artists.

Kids BookFest, hosted by the FOLD (Festival of Literary Diversity), kicks off Friday, September 27 and will run all weekend until Sunday, September, 29. Events and activities are happening all across Downtown Brampton and various locations, all of which are free to attend.

The festival celebrates the integral role of children’s books in teaching literacy and shaping them, with featured authors like Jamaican-Canadian spoken-word artist and filmmaker Dwayne Morgan, the Ohi Sisters, a children’s author and illustrator duo, teen author Kevin Sylvester, and many more.

Things kick off Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the EarlyON Child and Family Centre with local author Ishta Mercurio who will be reding her recently released children’s book Small World.

Other events over the weekend include a pyjama party and bedtime stories on Friday evening at Peel Art Gallery, interactive music, storytelling and a comic arts battle at the Farmers’ Market, writing workshops for adults, and so much more for children, teens and adults too.

Find out more about the festival and check out the full schedule on the FOLD’s website.  Free registration is required for some events with limited spaces.