No RSVP required
Saturday, 10:30 am November 9, 2019
Join Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl, for a monthly story time for little ones. All ages welcome, but books are chosen for 3-to-8-year-olds.
- September 14 – Party: A Mystery by Jamaica Kincaid; illustrated by Ricardo Cortés
- October 12 – Fresh Princess by Denene Millner; illustrated by Gladys Jose
- November 9 – My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero; illustrated by Zeke Pena
- December 14 – All The Ways To Be Smart by Davina Bell; illustrated by Allison Colpoys
Read about each selection below!
Glory Edim is an enthusiastic reader and the founder of Well-Read Black Girl, a nationwide book club and online community that celebrates the uniqueness of Black literature and sisterhood. In fall 2017, she organized the first-ever Well-Read Black Girl Literary Festival – an annual festival multi-generational event that celebrates diverse voices and promotes cultural equity. She received the 2017 Innovator’s Award from the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes for her work as a literacy advocate. Her first anthology, Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves, was published by Random House in 2018. She loves reading to children and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
September 14 - Party: A Mystery
By Jamaica Kincaid; illustrated by Ricardo Cortés
Published by Akashic Books
A beautifully illustrated story of three girls caught up in the most curious of mysteries.
Three girls—Pam, Beth, and Sue—attend a party to celebrate the publication of the first of the Nancy Drew mystery books. There are many distractions at the fancy affair: flower arrangements, partygoers, refreshments, and lots and lots of marble. Suddenly, the oldest girl, Pam, sees what can only be described as something truly . . . bilious . . . not good! Beth sees it too. The youngest, Sue, does not, and as usual she has a hard time getting anyone to tell her anything. Party: A Mystery is a beautifully drawn adventure story that promises questions that will grab children, but does not guarantee an answer.
October 12 - Fresh Princess
By Denene Millner; illustrated by Gladys Jose
Published by HarperCollins
Based on Will Smith’s The Fresh Prince, Destiny is the Fresh Princess.
Meet Destiny—a cool, energetic, and strong-willed young girl who approaches every day with her own signature style! That is, until she moves to a brand-new neighborhood, where nothing looks quite the same as it did at her old house.2 .
November 9 - My Papi Has a Motorcycle
By Isabel Quintero; illustrated by Zeke Pena
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group
A celebration of the love between a father and daughter, and of a vibrant immigrant neighborhood, by an award-winning author and illustrator duo.
When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she’s always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her. But as the sun sets purple-blue-gold behind Daisy Ramona and her papi, she knows that the love she feels will always be there.
With vivid illustrations and text bursting with heart, My Papi Has a Motorcycle is a young girl’s love letter to her hardworking dad and to memories of home that we hold close in the midst of change.
December 14 - All The Ways To Be Smart
By Davina Bell; illustrated by Allison Colpoys
Published by Scribble Kids Book
Smart is not just ticks and crosses, smart is building boats from boxes. Painting patterns, wheeling wagons, being mermaids, riding dragons…
From the award-winning creators of The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrella comes this joyful ode to all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are.4 .
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