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

September 2021: “The Best Mariachi in the World”


In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month we will be reading “the Best Mariachi in the World” by J.D. Smith. Then, after the story reading, join us for a special song and a hands-on children’s learning activity. Children, parents, and providers all welcome!

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August 2021: “The Kissing Hand”


The Kissing Hand is an American children’s picture book written by Audrey Penn and illustrated by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak. It features a mother raccoon comforting a child raccoon by kissing its paw.

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July 2021: “Goodnight Moon”


Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd is a wonderful short story about a little bunny getting ready for bed and saying good night to all the things that surround him. This is a favorite bedtime story for children! Enjoy!

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June 2021: “The Little Red Hen and the Grains of Wheat”


The little red hen finds some grains of wheat but when she asks the cat, the dog, and the goose to help her plant them, they say they are far too busy. When the little red hen has grown the wheat, harvested it, turned it into flour and baked the bread, will she let them help her eat it?

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May 2021: “Not Norman”


With wry humor and lighthearted affection, author Kelly Bennett and illustrator Noah Z. Jones tell an unexpected—and positively fishy—tale about finding the good in something you didn’t know you wanted.

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April 2021: “The Napping House”


Everyone knows the cumulative rhyme “This Is the House That Jack Built,” but The Napping House (1984) is close on its heels in the race for posterity.

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March 2021: “Go Away Big Green Monster”


Caldecott Award-winning author Ed Emberley has created an ingenious way for kids to chase away their nighttime monsters. Kids can turn the pages of this die-cut book and watch the Big Green Monster grow.

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February 2021: “Shades of Black”


Using simple poetic language and stunning photographs, Sandra and Myles Pinkney have created a remarkable book of affirmation for African-American children.

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January 2021: “Stone Soup”


A clever young man tricks an old woman into believing that soup can be made from a stone. As the pot of water boils with the stone in it, he urges her to add more and more ingredients until the soup is a feast “fit for a king.”

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