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First Friday: A Story. A Song. An Activity.

July 2024: “Paletero Man”

Beat the heat with a cool treat! Join us on a journey through a hot Los Angeles day looking for Paletero Jose! Our July story is written by Lucky Diaz and focuses on the diversity in our communities and what we do to cool ourselves on a hot summer day!

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June 2024: “Just Ask!”

This month we join a young Sonia, and her friends on sharing their super powers and special abilities in “Just Ask!” a story written by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Open a discussion on different abilities among children and being accepting of who others are with our June 2024 story, song and activity!

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May 2024: “Llama Llama Red Pajama”

Enjoy May with our reading of “Llama Llama Red Pajama” and the activity and song inspired by this emotional story! Take this month as an opportunity to focus on emotions and how to help manage a child’s stress and fear.

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April 2024: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

Happy April everyone. This month we follow the story of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, hatching as the hungriest little caterpillar and eats his way through a journey of becoming a big, beautiful butterfly!

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March 2024: “Read Across Crystal Stairs”

Beginning on March 2nd, it is Read Across America week and here at Crystal Stairs, we want to take the week of reading celebration further with “Read Across Crystal Stairs” when we’ll celebrate books and reading ALL MONTH LONG!

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February 2024: “Change Sings”

It’s Black History Month and we’d like to invite you to join us on a read-along, sing-along, and learning journey inspired by the book “Change Sings” by presidential inaugural poet and activist Amanda Gorman.

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January 2024: “The Rainbow Fish”

It’s an exciting First Friday of January at Crystal Stairs, Inc.! Today, we are thrilled to release our Read Along video of “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister, along with a special musical treat and a creative activity that’s sure to delight your children.

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November 2023: “The Dot”


Join Vashti on her transformative journey in “The Dot” 🟠 by Peter H. Reynolds as she overcomes her belief that she can’t draw with the encouragement of her teacher.

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October 2023: “The All Together Quilt”

Join us for an enchanting literary journey this First Fridays as we celebrate the captivating narrative of “The All Together Quilt” by the talented Lizzy Rockwell. This month’s selection promises to warm your hearts with its poignant tale.

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September 2023: “I Love My Hair”

Welcome to our First Friday Read Along! Join us for a heartwarming reading of “I Love My Hair!,” the enchanting tale of Keyana and her nightly hair combing ritual with her loving mother.

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