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Kids Can Day at TINARS for Tots

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This Is Not A Reading Series' inaugural TINARS for Tots was on Saturday, September 20 at the Gladstone Hotel. Matt Hammill launched Sir Reginald's Logbook and entertained the audience with a presentation that featured a snake puppet and drawings. Irene Luxbacher, author of the Starting Art Books, guided the group through some crafts.

The event was hosted by award-winning playwright and novelist Claudia Dey (Stunt, Coach House Books) who recommended that the kids gently lift their parents' credit cards from their wallets and carry them to the book table.

Musician Don Kerr did a "TINARS for Tots Rap," with lines like, "Many people have theories/ That This Is Not A Reading Series." And, "Something you should know at an early age / If the characters are good, they'll jump off the page." It charmed everyone. He had the kids dance in different styles (rock, reggae, the robot dance led by TINARS organizer, Chris Reed), with only a drum machine for accompaniment.

The event was hosted by Pages Books and Magazines, Kids Can Press, Bunch and The Little Paper. Sharon Harris covered Kids Can Day at TINARS for Tots for Open Book. Click on a thumbnail below to access an image gallery of the event.

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Toronto Life says that Sharon Harris is "a woman of ethereal interests:" she photographs Toronto's literary scene, writes experimental poetry, and spent years chasing Toronto's "I love you" graffiti with a camera. Her first book, Avatar, was published by The Mercury Press (2006) and she is Past Books Editor at She is currently finishing an illustrated cultural study of the words, "I love you" that began in 2001. Her online home is

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