Canadian Children’s Book Week: Joshua Goudie

Nova Scotia public libraries present this series of six virtual author and illustrator talks May 1 – 5, as part of Canadian Children’s Book Week 2023.

Teachers, schools, classrooms, children and families across the province are welcome to attend! All events are hosted on Zoom.

Students! Enjoy “Shining a Light Through the Darkness: Creating Positive Social Change with Spooky Stories with Joshua Goudie.” It’s no secret that scary stories provide thrills. But when handled correctly, a terrifying tale can also be the best way to share messages of love, empathy, and inclusion. 

In this workshop, you will examine stories that pack a fright (but won’t keep you up all night). Drawing on Newfoundland and Labrador’s unique local folklore, this collection of fantastical tales features an underlying message of how life’s big problems (even the dark and scary ones) can be resolved without ever losing one’s sense of wonder.

This workshop will feature age-appropriate readings with keen attention paid to content and potential sensitivities. You will not be presented with stories that feature violence or life-threatening situations, but will instead focus on stories that are dark in tone (think: the works of Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein). You will be encouraged to think about the power of storytelling and how it can be used to exact positive change in the world.

Joshua Goudie’s first book, Jack and the Hurricane (Breakwater Books), was published in October 2014 with its sequel, Jack and the Magnificent Ugly Stick (Breakwater Books), following in October 2016. A collection of children’s narrative poetry, Where the Crooked Lighthouse Shines (Breakwater Books) was released in September 2022. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, and he has been shortlisted for the Cuffer Prize for Short Fiction on three separate occasions. In 2023, the short film, The Hag, based on a poem from Where the Crooked Lighthouse Shines will be produced through a partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Corporation. Joshua lives and writes in St. John’s, NL.

For Grades 2-6

How to participate:

Register 1 attendee per participant/class

You will be emailed an invitation link to Zoom and instructions prior to the day of the event.

Tech Requirements: All devices are accepted. 

Your privacy is important to us: No recordings, screenshots, or photographs will be permitted by hosts or participants.

Canadian Children’s Book Week is Canada’s largest celebration of reading, connecting Canadian authors and illustrators with children and teens across Canada. The month of events is organized by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.


May 05 2023


10:45 am - 11:45 am
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