story time: 26 Articles

As Babies Dream

As Babies Dream by Lesléa Newman is a sweet, rhyming lullaby. It’s a calming ode to nature where a loving family embraces their child as night falls and dream time begins. From rivers to eagles, to lions and lambs, to leaves and rain, and to stars and the moon, the soothing sounds of the world become the inspiration for a loving night of restful sleep for a weary baby. Read an interview with Lesléa about creating As Babies Dream. Hear As Babies Dream read aloud!

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As Babies Dream 2022-02-22T13:44:53-05:00

Stitch by Stitch

Piece by piece, stitch by stitch, that's how a quilt is made. From the blanket that his great-grandmother made for him as a boy, to the friends he gathered together in San Francisco as a young man, to the idea for a monument sewn of fabric and thread, Cleve Jones’ extraordinary life seems to have been stitched together bit by bit, piece by piece. Jones first had the vision for what became the AIDS Memorial Quilt during a candlelight memorial for Harvey Milk in 1985. Along with friends, Cleve created the first panels for the quilt in 1987. The AIDS Memorial Quilt grew to be one of the largest public arts projects ever and helped grow awareness of HIV and AIDS. The Quilt is an iconic symbol of hope and remembrance and is Jones’ shining achievement. Hear author, Rob Sanders, read Stitch by Stitch aloud.

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Stitch by Stitch 2022-02-08T13:37:23-05:00

Celebrate World Read Aloud Day with Story Time

It’s World Read Aloud Day and we’re celebrating with stories from the Magination Press Family Story Time! World Read Aloud Day was founded in 2010 “to celebrate the power of reading aloud to create community and amplify new stories, and to advocate for literacy as a foundational human right. Since then, World Read Aloud Day has evolved into a global movement of millions of readers, writers, and listeners from communities all across the world coming together to honor the joy and power of reading and sharing stories, and continue expanding the definition and scope of global literacy.” (https://www.litworld.org/learn-more-about-wrad) Magination Press created Story Time in May 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, we’ve posted more than 40 stories read aloud by authors and illustrators. We’ll continue to add more stories in the coming months, but invite you to enjoy some of our favorites in celebration of World Read Aloud Day. A Feel Better Book for Little Worriers by Holly Brochmann and Leah Bowen was our first Story Time. Part of a best-selling series of books, it helps kids understand their anxious feelings and provides strategies to help them feel better. Hear A Feel Better Book for Little Worriers read aloud here. Stay tuned for a recording of their newest book, A Feel Better Book for Little Sports. In the meantime, you can listen to A Feel Better Book for Little Tears.   Camilla, Cartographer by Julie Dillemuth, PhD explores uncharted territory and map making. Camilla, a wild boar, and her friend, Parsley, a porcupine, make a new map of their forest when all the trails they know are covered in snow. Hear Camilla, Cartographer read aloud here. Camilla and Parsley’s adventures continue in Camilla and the Big Change, coming in March! While you are waiting, you can listen to other books by Dr. Dillemuth including Mapping My Day and Lucy in the City.   They’re So Flamboyant! by Michael Genhart, PhD provides a fun and funny bird’s-eye view of individuality, community, and harmony, following the reactions of a neighborhood full of birds when a “flamboyance” of flamingos moves in. Hear They’re So Flamboyant! read aloud here.  You can hear Dr. Genhart read several of his other books on Story Time including So Many Smarts! and Accordionly: Abuelo and Opa Make Music.   Want to hear more stories? Here’s the YouTube Playlist of all the Magination Press Family Story Time recordings. 

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Celebrate World Read Aloud Day with Story Time 2022-02-01T12:12:49-05:00