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

May 2023: “Are You My Mother”


“Are You My Mother?” by P.D. Eastman. Join us as we read this classic tale of a baby bird in search of his mother, and in search of home. Follow along as we share his journey, find out how he makes it home, and discover who he meets along the way.

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April 2023: “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly!”


Join this month’s #FirstFridays read along as we celebrate National Poetry Month with a story that is also a poem. Although this classic story has many versions and variations, you don’t want to miss the ending of the one we have selected! Children, parents, and caregivers are all welcomed and encouraged to playfully wonder… What WOULD happen if an old lady swallowed a fly?

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March 2023: “The Bad Mood”


Use this month’s story as an opportunity to start a conversation about mood as Badger’s experiences show the power of cultivating mindfulness during our interactions with others. Children, parents, and caregivers can all learn what to do when experiencing a “bad mood” sensation.

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February 2023: “Black is a Rainbow Color”


Join us as we read “Black is a Rainbow Color” by Angela Joy. In this picture book, a child reflects on the meaning of being Black in this moving and powerful anthem about a people, a culture, a history, and a legacy that lives on.

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January 2023: “What The Road Said”


Which way do I go? Where does the path lead? What if I go the wrong way? This month’s story reminds both children and adults that although we may never truly know where the road will lead, the choices along the path (both right and wrong) are ours to make. The key is in remembering to just keep going, taking one day at a time. Theme: Creating and Following Your Own Path

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December 2022: “Color Dance”


This month we are reading Color Dance, a joyful celebration of color and movement. Minimal text explains that many colors are the products of the three primary colors; red, yellow, and blue. A note explains that red can appear in a variety of shades.

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November 2022: “Counting Kindness”


From one boat helping us on our way to ten friends making us happy, “Counting Kindness” captures the key moments of a refugee family’s journey to their new home. This timely, graceful counting book offers a compassionate introduction to the struggles and triumphs of refugees, while highlighting ten simple ways we can share kindness with others.

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October 2022: “Listen”


The world is a busy place. But what if you stopped, closed your eyes, and LISTENED? This month’s read along book “Listen” by Gabi Snyder, invites readers to become intentional about slowing down enough to not only hear each sound but also learn how to listen past the noise and hear the quiet too. Children, parents, and providers all welcome.

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September 2022: “Dreamers”


The author and illustrator of this month’s story shares some of her unique first experiences after migrating from Mexico to the United States. Her use of colorful words and beautiful drawings help “paint the picture” for readers while reinforcing the power of books and storytelling. Children, parents, and providers all welcome.

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August 2022: “El Cucuy Is Scared, Too!”


Ramon can’t sleep because he is nervous the night before his first day at a new school. After a conversation with El Cucuy, the monster who lives in Ramon’s cactus pot, Ramon discovers that… El Cucuy is scared, too! This gentle story explores the worries that accompany moving to a new place and beginning a new journey. It reveals how comfort, bravery, and strength can be found through even the most unexpected of friendships. Children, parents, and providers are all welcome.

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