Storytelling Festival

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Children's Storytelling Festival

Saturday June 5th, 2021

Time: 9am to 4pm

Location: Downtown Venues

217 East 4th St., Tonganoxie, KS 66086 for Registration/Check in


Cost: $5 per child no cost for accompanying adult

Family Rate: $15.00

Age: Recommended for children 5+


Come Join us for a day of stories by renowned children's authors and storytellers Alastair Heim, Daniel Miyares, Sherry Norfolk, Joyce Slater, and JT Nagle, to kick off the library's summer reading program. Breakout sessions for storytelling and workshops. Hands-on-activity booths. 1866 Food Truck on site for lunch. Painted backdrops for photo opportunities. Usborne Books will be onsite selling children's books.


This Event is Sponsored by the Tonganoxie Arts Council, Inc. in conjunction with the Tonganoxie Public Library. 

Thank You For Coming!!


Meet the Authors and Illustrators

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Alastair Heim is the author of the picture books LOVE YOU TOO, NO TOOTING AT TEA, THE GREAT PUPPY INVASION, HELLO DOOR, QUIET DOWN LOUD TOWN, IF I HAD YOUR VOTE-BY THE CAT IN THE HAT, and IF I RAN YOUR SCHOOL-BY THE CAT IN THE HAT for Dr. Seuss Beginner Books. He lives in Kansas City and is represented by Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

"I live in Kansas City with my awesomely, awesome family who inspires me everyday.  Laughter is my favorite sound, purple is my favorite color, and other-people-cooking-for-me is my favorite food.  I am a huge fan of music and have been known to play the guitar with impeccable mediocrity."


Daniel Miyares is a critically acclaimed picture book author and illustrator. Some of his books include: Float, Night Out, That is My Dream, and Bring Me A Rock! Daniel has been called "a master of visual storytelling."-Jody Hewston, Kinderlit, and "enchanting, versatile"-New York Times. He believes that our stories have the power to connect us all. Daniel's story currently takes place in Lenexa, KS with his wife, their two wonderful children, and a dog named Violet that gives them all a run for their money.

Meet the Storytellers

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Sherry, an award-winning storyteller, author and teaching artist, captures the imagination of audiences of all ages with her magical storytelling skills. Her telling style is distinctly her own, full of rhythm, motion, multiple voices, and opportunities for interactive participation, breathing life into her rich repertoire of folktales from around the world. She is an artist who can not only talk the talk but walk the walk. Sherry has been a professional storyteller since 1981. She is a Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist, Wolf Trap Teaching Artist, Young Audiences Teaching Artist, and co-founder of The Storytelling Classroom.

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JT Nagle is an actor, stand-up comedian, voiceover artist, director, and improviser currently based in Kansas City. As an actor, JT has performed with the Coterie Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, and KC Actor's Theatre among others. JT’s improv team, Those People, was a finalist for best improv team in Kansas City and was the 15-week champion of Improv Cagematch at iO in Chicago. With Those People, JT has performed all over the country including iO Chicago, Kansas City Improv Festival and the Gainesville Improv Festival. He recently received his MFA in Acting from University of Missouri – Kansas City. JT will use improvisation, physical theatre, and vocal technique to help build characters and stories! By the time you’re reading this, JT will have been married for two whole weeks!

Stories! Art! Music! Laughter! Welcome to the vibrant world of storyteller Joyce Slater. Since 1996 Joyce has led audiences on a magic path through the realm of folktales, fairy tales, ghost stories, personal narratives and more.

As a teaching artist, Joyce revels in the exploration of creativity of both students and teachers. She is listed on the MidAmerica Arts Alliance Touring Roster and the Missouri Arts Council Roster. Joyce is also the Executive Director of the River and Prairie Storyweavers and the Artistic Director of the KC Storytelling Festival.

Meet the Bookstore

Usborne and Kane Miller books are the most exciting, engaging, and educational books on the market today. They are high-quality, innovative, lavishly-illustrated, and best of all, they are the books kids love to read. Choose from over 1,800 bright, colorful, and fun titles covering a wide variety of subjects.