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Children’s Read Aloud and Dance Along with Valene Campbell

The Amazing Zoe book cover featuring a girl and woman holding hands beside a rainbow

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Family Events

Children’s Read Aloud and Dance Along with Valene Campbell

Friday, February 17 - Monday, February 20, 11 AM and 1:30 PM
Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario

Storyteller and author Valene Campbell shares stories and dance inspired by her acclaimed series The Amazing Zoe.

Between performances, join us at shopAGO for a Meet and Greet with the author.

A Queen Like Me at 11 AM

In A Queen Like Me is a TD Canada Trust Top Recommended Reads for the Summer Reading Program (2022), Zoe and Kaitlyn play dress-up, but the fun fizzles when Kaitlyn refuses Zoe the role of princess based on Kaitlyn's perception of a princesses look. Zoe’s parents use the disagreement to address inclusivity and celebrate diversity. Readings at 11 am daily.

Grandma’s Memory Box at 1:30 PM

Grandma's Memory Box is a story designed to help children understand dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Zoe reminds us that even if our grandparents start to become forgetful, they still love us as much as they did before. This story is utilized as a resource with the Alzheimer's Association for families coping with a loved one living with dementia/Alzheimer's disease. Readings at 1 pm daily.

A Queen Like Me book cover featuring a girl sitting on a throne against a light teal background


Valene Campbell was born and raised in Mississauga with deep ties to her Jamaican heritage. Valene attended two historically Black Colleges and Universities where she graduated with a Master of Physical Therapy, with honours. Valene is a founder, a dementia and diverse children's literature advocate, and was named one of Canada's Top 100 Black Women to Watch in 2022. In recent years, Valene rediscovered her joy of writing and has now penned three bestselling children’s books from The Amazing Zoe series. Valene's stories are engaging and uniquely delve into everyday ‘real-life’ topics that humanize the experiences of children of colour.

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