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Weekly Storytime
Thank you to ALL of our story time participants who have joined us since mid-March.  It's been a JOY bringing stories to you each week.  We will continue with story time in the future.  Be well & be well-read!

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Want to learn about the magic of virtual story time? Need ideas to diversify your own bookshelves?  Starting to think about literary Halloween costumes?  We've got you covered.

 

 
Bed Time StoriesSee more

We spent the weeks leading up to Halloween sharing bed time stories.  Not too spooky, not too scary is always the tone with our October story time selections.  While the majority of these selections were part of our livestream, The Darkest Dark and How I Met My Monster (link coming soon!) were recorded for you to enjoy this Fall.
 
Wordless, not Storyless: Reading Wordless Picture Books with ChildrenSee more


When you read a wordless book, you might read it differently every time you pick it up.  That's okay!  Start thinking of wordless books as murals or dance performances or silent films; just because it's wordless doesn't mean there ISN'T a story.  

Wordless books are perfect for pre-readers who want to have a turn at telling the story, for the artist who struggles with reading, for the ESL student, for the grown-up who loves to create art.  Wordless books can empower everyone.  Below are some questions you can ask yourself the next time you pick up a wordless book.

1) How are you reading this book?  Are you sitting together to narrate a story, are you sitting facing each other and creating a dialogue, or are you standing so you can act out the book?  Is this a book that should be turned upside down during parts of the reading?

2) Are you reading the book as a narrator or as a character in the book?  Pick a new character to be the next time you read the story.  You can choose your own adventure.

3) Who is doing the reading?  Why don't you encourage a Little Human to be in charge of the story?  Are you a bilingual family?  What changes in the story if you switch languages?

4) Take your time.  There's isn't a reason to rush to the end of the book.  We stroll through museums so we can certainly amble through books.

5) Focus on the artistry and don't say anything.  Trace the pictures with your fingers.  Breathe in, breathe out. Watch the story unfold.

 
Week of August 10th Story Time SelectionsSee more

We read lots of companion pieces to books we've read over the last five months.

What can you do with these stories at home?
1) Learn more about the importance of coral reefs (You probably need to bring your own mermaid!).
2) Hot air balloons make a very fun sound. Find a YouTube video (with your grownup) and listen as the balloons make their ascent.

 
Week of August 3rd Story Time SelectionsSee more
We read about the adventures of children (and mer-kids) who have a special place in our hearts.

What can you do with these stories at home?
1) Be a mermaid, like Pearl!  Let us know what this means for YOU!
2) Play hide-n-seek, like we did with Poppy Ann in A Way with Wild Things
Week of July 27th Story Time SelectionsSee more

We SPLASHED and read summer stories.

What can you do with these stories at home?
1) Listen to The Hidden Rainbow again on the HarperKids YouTube channel.  Author/Illustrator Christie Matheson reads her own book while in a garden!
2) Find another favorite story by Jessie Sima as you visit her website.  

 
Week of July 20th Story Time SelectionsSee more

We read about all sorts of animals (mammals, insects, reptiles, and birds) today.

What can you do with these stories at home?
1) Learn about Rachel Carson, the biologist who inspired the book Fly, Firefly!
2) Want to know what other stories Shana Keller and Ramona Kaulitzki have created? Look at their websites.
3) Need some scienc stories for your middle schooler too?  Check out Changing the Equation:  50+ US Black Women in STEM (Bolden).  
Week of July 13th Story Time SelectionsSee more

We started with a fairy tale and did a lot of pattern work!

What can you do with these stories at home?
1) Make some patterns!  There are so many ways to make patterns with art materials, sounds, found objects, and dance moves.  Can you make or find repeating patterns and growing patterns?  Author Joyce Hesselberth has plenty of ways to help you make patterns too.
2) Make some new mashups!  We discovered that dinosaurs and construction equipment together make Diggersaurs.  What would you get if you chose your favorite animal and your favorite art tool??

 
Week of July 6th Story Time SelectionsSee more

We read books about KIDS being creative.

What can you do with these stories at home?
1) Write your own fairy tale.  Will your story include ice cream like Once Upon a Unicorn's Horn?
2) Upcycle materials in your home to make something magical like in Sun.
Week of June 22nd Story Time SelectionsSee more

It's officially summer in NYC!

What can you do with these books at home?
1) Check out these activities that accompany Sofia Valdez and her fellow Questioneers.
2) Learn more about the artwork of Jessica Love, of Julian is a Mermaid fame.
Week of June 15th Story Time SelectionsSee more

We used our imagination and brought One is a Pinata to life today!

What can you do with these books at home?
1) How can you connect with a friend who lives far away?  Can you send a collection like Llewellyn and Evelyn do In A Jar?
2) Use your shoes for some imaginative play like Silvia does in New Shoes for Silvia.  

 
Week of June 8th Story Time SelectionsSee more

We got scientific and learned about zoology, botany, and chemistry today!

What can you do with these stories at home?
1) Listen to Ada Twist, Scientist (Beatty, Roberts) being read by Serena Aunon-Chancellor in SPACE.
2) Learn about the conservation of animals like the ones we read about in Counting Lions (Cotton, Walton) by visiting The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

 

Week of June 1 Story Time SelectionsSee more

We read books about PLAY today.

What can you do at home with these books?
1) Build with lots and lots of boxes and become a Boxitect.
2) Learn the rest of the ASL fingerspelled alphabet via a video lesson.  We worked on "L" today while reading Hello.
Week of May 25th Story Time SelectionsSee more

We are reading books that take us down to the ground and up to the sky.

What can you do with these books at home?
1) Leap like a frog!  Can you get into a tiny ball and LEAP up?  Can you ribbit like a frog when you do?
2) Give encouragement to someone who is having a hard day.  "I Believe I Can!"
Week of May 18th Story Time SelectionsSee more

What can you do with these stories at home?

1)  What can you do with your best friend even when you can't be together?  Can you draw pictures of each other?
2) Listen to our book-inspired DANCE playlist on Spotify.  Author Barney Saltzberg has one of his songs on our list.
Week of May 11th Story Time SelectionsSee more

What can you do with these stories at home?

1) Watch the short film Hair Love.
2) Listen to our book-inspired DANCE playlist on Spotify.  Can you shake your mane with Uni the Unicorn and do the Alligator Stroll?
Week of May 4th Story Time SelectionsSee more

We are celebrating the 101st Children's Book Week.

What can you do at home with these stories?
1) Grow your own bean plant.  Make your observations just like we did in Caterpillar and Bean.
2) Dress up as a mermaid like Julian does in Julian is a Mermaid.  What kind of a tail will YOU have?
Week of April 27 Story Time SelectionsSee more

This week, we read stories that had lots and lots of dots and celebrated Poem in Your Pocket Day.

What can you do with these stories at home?

1) Make DOTS!  Just like Vashti in The Dot, you can make little dots, big dots, and not-a-dot dots.
2) Practice some word art. Can you think of "oo" words and create new ways of writing them, just like in Look?  (Click on Look below and select the "More Images" button for some inspiration.)

 
Week of April 20th Story Time SelectionsSee more

We celebrated Earth Day with these selections.

What Can You Do At Home with these Stories?

1) Check out all the online animal cams!  (We are particularly fond of meerkats this week.)
2) Make a GREEN painting.  How many shades of greens can you make?

 
Week of April 13 Story Time SelectionsSee more

This week, we traveled the world through our stories.  

What can you do at home with these stories?


1) Do you know where your baking ingredients come from?  Is that orange zest from Florida or Spain?  What about that vanilla bean?  While you are in the kitchen, have a chat about farmers and their crops, like we did in How To Make an Apple Pie and See the World.
2) Visit WonderSpark Puppets on Facebook and make an ANTOINETTE pupper with them!
Week of April 6 Storytime SelectionsSee more

What Can You Do At Home with These Stories?

1) Blow bubbles!  Add food coloring to your bubble solution and blow bubbles during bath time. 
2) Be a Keeper of Wild Words! Look out the window or go into your yard to find Wild Words.  Start your list now and then continue it when we can return to the parks.
Week of March 30th Storytime SelectionsSee more

What Can You Do At Home with These Stories?

1) Look up at the clouds (or make some paper versions) and tell your family what images you see, just like in It Looked Like Spilt Milk.
2) Pick an idea and make it grow!  Do you have an idea that is always in your mind?  How can you make it grow while you're at home?
Week of March 23rd Storytime SelectionsSee more

What Can You Do At Home with These Stories?

1) Can you paint a sky without the color blue?  We bet you can thanks to Sky Color.
2) Put on your favorite music and have a dance party! Maybe you will create dance moves inspired by the four seasons, like the book My Mama Had a Dancing Heart.
Week of March 16th Storytime Selections*See more

What Can You Do At Home with These Stories?

1) Can you come up with professions for each letter of the alphabet?  (We've got Doctors, Nurses, Artists, and Helpers on our minds right now.) The LMNO Peas might inspire you to hold a new kind of dinner discussion.
2) Wear PINK.  Find PINK.  Paint PINK.  Can you find your favorite shade of PINK like Elsa Schiaparelli did in Bloom?



*The four books at the end of this series were not read, but were promoted on our livestream since they recentely celebrated their Book Birthdays.
Children's Book Week Book ReviewsSee more
Here are all of the books our Young Readers in Queens recommended during CBW.  Click on the book covers to discover written AND video reviews!