Meet the Author of The Breadwinner

Artist: Deborah Ellis

The Breadwinner, which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide, is the unforgettable story of Parvana, a girl living under Taliban rule who disguises herself as a boy, so she can work to support her family. This presentation is an exciting opportunity to meet and speak with Governor General Award-winning author, Deborah Ellis. By engaging with the author, students will have the opportunity to delve more deeply into her experiences collecting the stories of children living in conflict zones while being inspired and empowered by their courage and resilience. For additional information, please visit the Deborah Ellis website.

Explore the Lives of Afghan Kids
Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan has partnered with Kidsfest to provide some unique opportunities for students attending Deborah Ellis’ talks to engage with the lives of kids in Afghanistan! These activity stations will be available inside the venue up to 30 minutes before and 20 minutes after Ms. Ellis’ talks and include letter-writing to Afghan students, and reading of letters that students have sent, as well as a mini-school where students can learn Farsi similarly to how kids in Afghanistan would learn.

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan is a Canadian charity that works to advance education and educational opportunities for Afghan women and their families, and to educate Canadians about Afghanistan. Deborah Ellis has generously donated all the royalties made through the sales of her books, The Breadwinner and Parvana’s Journey to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan in support of their activities.

Experience: Literature; Q&A with Author | Length: 60 minutes | Ages: 11 to 13 | Grades: 5 - 7 | Venue: Stage Door Theatre
Join Us: Individuals with Visual impairment
Social Studies:

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom
Diversity, Global Connections, and Citizenship
Government, Power, Authority, and Democracy

English Language Arts:

Connecting Fictional Text to Actual Events and Personal Experiences
Characters, Narration, and Point of View


Rights & Freedoms; Human Needs; Overcoming Challenges; Cultural Diversity; War; Refugees

While at Kidsfest, we also recommend: visit our Canada 150 Wishing Wall!

Show Times

Wednesday, May 24 at 10:15 AM
Wednesday, May 24 at 12:30 PM
Thursday, May 25 at 10:15 AM
Thursday, May 25 at 12:30 PM