2024 Festival:
October 21–27
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Burt the Beetle Doesn’t Bite With Ashley Spires

Join us for a reading and conversation with bestselling children’s author Ashley Spires. She brings her signature deadpan humour to Burt the Beetle Doesn’t Bite: a hilarious story about one bug’s quest for greatness! Spires shows children why being special is just as much about who you are as it is about your abilities. This is sure to be a charming morning of science fun.

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Themes: Self-esteem, insects, resilience, and humour.
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts K-3, Science K, 1, and 3. Suitable for Grades K-3.

Presented in collaboration with the Vancouver International Children’s Festival.

Participants and Speakers

Ashley Spires

ASHLEY SPIRES grew up in Tsawwassen. As a child she was constantly making drawings, stories, and small polymer clay figures. Despite being told she wasn’t the best drawer, she set out from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design to become a children’s book illustrator. Now, some twenty years later, she is known for creating many quirky beloved characters, including Small Saul, Larf, and Binky the Space Cat, who is now featured on his own animated television series. (BRITISH COLUMBIA)