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STEM Storytime: Earth Day

STEM Storytime

To support literacy of all kinds in Katy's youth, we're hosting the STEM Storytime program to encourage young readers to also explore science, technology, engineering, and math. Because these Storytimes require specific supplies, we require registration for attendance so we know how many we're expecting, and sadly will have to cap the attendees to ensure everyone can get any assistance they need.

 

Earth Day Every Day (Cloverleaf Books - Planet Protectors) Cover Image
By Lisa Bullard, Xin Zheng (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780761385127
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Published: Millbrook Press (Tm) - August 1st, 2011

On Earth Day, we find ways to help the Earth. Trina plants trees with her class. She forms an Earth Day club with her friends. What can you do to make every day Earth Day? Do your part to be a planet protector! Discover how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and more with Tyler and Trina in the Planet Protectors series.


STEM Storytime: Love, Z

STEM Storytime

To support literacy of all kinds in Katy's youth, we're hosting the STEM Storytime program to encourage young readers to also explore science, technology, engineering, and math. Because these Storytimes require specific supplies, we require registration for attendance so we know how many we're expecting, and sadly will have to cap the attendees to ensure everyone can get any assistance they need.

Love, Z Cover Image
By Jessie Sima, Jessie Sima (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481496773
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - December 18th, 2018

From the creator of Not Quite Narwhal comes the story of a young robot trying to find the meaning of “love.”

 

When a small robot named Z discovers a message in a bottle signed “Love, Beatrice,” they decide to find out what “love” means. Unable to get an answer from the other robots, they leave to embark on an adventure that will lead them to Beatrice—and back home again, where love was hiding all along.


Family Reading Night

Y'all are looking for more family literacy events, and we heard you! Come join us for our first ever Family Reading Night!

On the Friday of Spring Break, from 6:30 - 8 PM, bring the kiddos of all ages, bring a blanket to lay down on, and come spend some time chilling with the fam and reading.

Refreshments will be provided.

Chitra Soundar at Free Family Night at Children’s Museum of Houston

On Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m., the Children’s Museum of Houston hosts Free Family Nights.

 

Pattan's Pumpkin: An Indian Flood Story Cover Image
By Chitra Soundar, Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763692742
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Published: Candlewick - August 1st, 2017

A vibrant variation on the traditional flood myth from the Irular tribe in Southern India.

When Pattan finds a yellow-flower vine wilting in his valley, he replants and cares for it, watching as a pumpkin appears and grows taller than the goats, taller than the elephants, as tall as the very mountains. When a terrible storm rages across the valley, Pattan wonders if perhaps his pumpkin can save the seeds and grains and saplings, the goats and birds and bison, and protect them all as the storm clouds burst and the waters rise. Frané Lessac’s brilliantly hued artwork is a feast for the eyes, while Chitra Soundar’s thoughtful retelling is a fascinating example of the kinds of stories told the world over — and the differences that make each version unique.


Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship: Stories from India Cover Image
By Chitra Soundar, Uma Krishnaswamy (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781536200676
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Published: Candlewick - December 31st, 2018

Can Prince Veera and his best friend outsmart the king’s trickiest subjects? Inspired by traditional Indian folktales, these stories are sure to delight.

Being a wise and just ruler is no easy task. That’s what Prince Veera discovers when he and his best friend, Suku, are given the opportunity to preside over the court of his father, King Bheema. Some of the subjects’ complaints are easily addressed, but others are much more challenging. How should they handle the case of the greedy merchant who wishes to charge people for enjoying the smells of his sweets? And can they prove that an innocent man cannot possibly spread bad luck? Will Prince Veera and Suku be able to settle the dispute between a man and his neighbor to whom he sells a well — but not the water in it? Or solve the mystery of the jewels that have turned into pickles? Illustrated throughout by Uma Krishnaswamy, these eight original tales by Chitra Soundar task Veera and Suku with outwitting the kingdom’s greediest, wiliest subjects. Are the two clever boys up to the challenge?


STEM Storytime: How to Catch an Elf <<FULL>>

STEM Storytime

How to Catch an Elf Cover Image
By Adam Wallace, Andy Elkerton (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781492646310
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Published: Sourcebooks Wonderland - October 4th, 2016

It's Christmas Eve! Hip hip, hooray!
Yes, Santa's coming 'round.
He'll bring the toys to girls and boys
in every house in town.

 

Some kids have tried to catch him,
but Santa's fast, you see!
So they've set their eyes on a smaller prize,
and now they're after me!

 

You've been waiting all year long, and now it's finally
Christmas Eve! Is this the year you'll finally catch an
elf? Start a new Christmas tradition with this hilarious
children's book from the creators of the New York Times
bestseller How to Catch a Leprechaun!


How to Build an Elf Trap Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781492663904
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Published: Sourcebooks Wonderland - October 2nd, 2018

Learn how to build an elf trap in this companion to the New York Times bestseller How to Catch an Elf

 

Catching elves is no easy task—you need more than candy canes and ribbons! Learn how to catch an elf for yourself in this exciting companion to the New York Times bestseller How to Catch an Elf. With colorful, engaging instructions for 12 different traps and 12 bonus activities, discussions on the STEAM behind each activity, and fun stickers in the back, How to Build an Elf Trap is perfect for structured lesson plans, bookstore activities, or for family fun on snowy days at home


STEM Storytime: Hello Autumn

STEM Storytime

We will be reading Hello Autumn and doing crafts with fallen leaves and acorns.

Hello Autumn! (Hello Seasons!) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780823438693
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Published: Holiday House - September 5th, 2017

“Green leaves are turning colors…. Maple seeds twirl to the ground…. Animals get ready for the cold days ahead.” A simple text and vivid photographs show children the changes in animals, plants, and landscapes that occur during fall, and introduce them to hibernation, migration, leaf changing, and seasonal food and holidays. Energetic photographs of diverse children add vitality and warmth to this celebration of the season.


Nocturnals Storytime

Nocturnals

We’ll be doing a read-aloud of the newest Nocturnals step reader, The Peculiar Possum, along with activities including sight word games and a brigade mask craft. Feel free to bring a stuffed animal to snuggle while listening to the story!

For ages 5 to 7

The Nocturnals: The Peculiar Possum Cover Image
By Tracey Hecht, Josie Yee (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781944020200
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Published: Fabled Films Press - October 30th, 2018

In The Peculiar Possum, the Nocturnal Brigade encounters a strange animal hanging by its tail from a tree. At first they think this animal is weird and to be avoided, but soon they realize just how similar they all are. The animal is a brushtail possum which among other things: is often called 'The little fox" (like Dawn), uses scent markings to keep others away (like Tobin) and is a marsupial (like Bismark).

 

Told with lots of humor, the story emphasizes how sometimes we're more alike than we appear.

 

Bonus Content includes Fun Facts about The Nocturnals and a glossary of Peculiar Words from different languages.


The Nocturnals: The Slithery Shakedown Cover Image
By Tracey Hecht, Josie Yee (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781944020163
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Published: Fabled Films Press - April 10th, 2018

The Nocturnals Brigade--Tobin, a sweet pangolin; Bismark a loudmouthed sugar glider; and Dawn, a serious fox--stand up to a big bully snake. In the process, they find themselves some spec-tac-u-lar snakeskin capes! Includes bonus animal Glossary.


The Moonlight Meeting: The Nocturnals Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9781944020149
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Published: Fabled Films Press - September 26th, 2017

In The Moonlight Meeting, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, Bismark, a loud-mouthed sugar glider, and Dawn, a serious fox, introduce their nighttime world to early readers. The story emphasizes friendship, sharing, and humor. Includes bonus animal glossary.


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