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Parents & Families

Parents and Caregivers are a child’s first and most important teacher. We know parenting is not easy, and we’re here to help! Below you will find a variety of printed and video based resources in English and Spanish -- from workshops for parents to read alouds and educational, hands-on activities for your children, we’ve got you covered!

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Workshop 31: Cómo balancear los medios digitales en el hogar, parte 2, with Brooklyn Public Library and Co-Hosted with Literacy Inc.

Nos complace dar la bienvenida a Isaac Stahl de la Biblioteca Pública de Brooklyn para taller numero 31 de Reach Out and Connect llamado “Cómo balancear los medios digitales y technología en el hogar, parte 2.”

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Workshop 31: Balancing Screen Time Part 2, Co-Hosted with Literacy Inc

We’re thrilled to welcome back Kymberly Konty from Brooklyn Public Library and Tali Horowitz from Common Sense Media for our workshop, presented with our co-hosts at Literacy Inc.

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Mr. Tickle, by Roger Hargreaves

For today’s read aloud, we have veteran volunteer Erin Englebert from St. George’s University School of Medicine.

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Arthur in a Pickle, by Marc Brown

Krystal Valentin is here today with our read aloud, published by Random House Books for Young Readers. What does it mean to be in a pickle? What do you think will happen to Arthur? E

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Pete The Cat: I Love My White Shoes, by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean

Kari is here to bring you today’s read aloud, published by Harper. We hope you brought your singing voices for this one!

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Good People Everywhere, by Lynea Gillen, illustrated by Kristina Swarner

Welcome back to our wonderful, dedicated volunteer, Valerie Sass! The story is published by Three Pebble Press. SHOW MORE

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Mr. Bump, by Roger Hargreaves

For today’s read-aloud, we have our superstar volunteer Erin Englebert back to read “Mr. Bump,” written and illustrated by Roger Hargreaves.

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My Heart, by Corinna Luyken

A big welcome to our volunteer Krystal Valentin who is sharing a wonderful story with us today. Published by Dial Books. Enjoy!

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Workshop 30: Early Literacy and Dual Language Learners, Co-Hosted with Literacy Inc

We’re excited to co-host with Literacy Inc! Learn more about the benefits of dual language learning and learn tips on how to support children learning more than one language.

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Daddy’s Song, by Lesléa Newman and illustrated by Karen Ritz; and Goat and Donkey in the Great Outdoors, by Simon Puttock and Russell Julian

We’re thrilled to welcome our new volunteer, Phyllis Naftalowitz! Today she is reading two great stories. Published by Henry Holt and Co. and by Oxford University Press, respectively.

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Abuela, by Arthur Dorros

Judy is bringing us a beautiful read aloud about family called Abuela, by Arthur Dorros and published by Puffin Books. Read a story virtually with your extended family to stay connected!

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Ginger the Giraffe, by Josephe Mora, illustrated by Julian Lima

For today’s read-aloud, we’re excited to welcome Helly Shah, a medical student from St. George’s University.

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Disney Stories Read Alouds

Today, our friend Bridget Martinez is reading us a collection of her favorite Disney books! Enjoy!

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The Story from Frog and Toad are Friends, by Arthur Lobel

Today we welcome back our wonderful volunteer, Angelica Paramoshin. She is reading The Story from Frog and Toad are Friends written and illustrated by Arthur Lobel.

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Workshop 29: Cómo balancear los medios digitales en el hogar, parte 1, with Brooklyn Public Library

Nos complace dar la bienvenida a Isaac Stahl de la Biblioteca Pública de Brooklyn para taller numero 29 de Reach Out and Connect llamado “Cómo balancear los medios digitales y technología en el hogar, parte 1.”

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Workshop 29: Balancing Screen Time Part 1, with Brooklyn Public Library and Common Sense

We’re thrilled to welcome Kymberly Konty from Brooklyn Public Library and Tali Horowitz from Common Sense to talk about balancing screen time for our young children during COVID-19.

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The Fourth Little Pig, by Teresa Celsi, illustrated by Doug Cushman

We welcome first time volunteer, Mr. Makkapati! He is reading The Fourth Little Pig written by Teresa Celsi and illustrated by Doug Cushman. It is published by Heinemann/Raintree.

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Pig the Pug, by Aaron Blabey

For today’s read-aloud, we have our friend Lauren Wedeles reading “Pig the Pug,” written and illustrated by Aaron Blabey.

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The Goodnight Train, by June Sobel, illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith.

We’re excited to welcome Lauren Stoller who is reading The Goodnight Train today. Published by HMH Books for Young Readers.

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All Welcome Here, by James Preller, illustrated by Mary GrandPre

We have a wonderful read aloud today from Daniel, published by Feiwel & Friends.

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Mr. Messy, by Roger Hargreaves

Welcome back to our guest reader Erin Englebert who is reading Mr. Messy by Roger Hargreaves and published by Grosset & Dunlap.

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Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, and Lady and the Tramp, by Disney

Today we welcome Mario from St. George’s University School of Medicine. He is reading some of his favorites from his childhood, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, and Lady and the Tramp. They are published by Disney.

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This is How I Grow, by Dia L. Michels, illustrated by Wesley Davies

We’re thrilled to feature our friend, children’s author Phoebe Fox for today’s read aloud! The story is published by Science, Naturally!

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Around America to Win the Vote by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Hadley Hooper

We have a special read aloud on Election day today with Reach Out and Read’s Kristen Rocha Aldrich! The story is published by Candlewick.

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Workshop 28: Child Vaccinations, What to Know with Dr. Anna Cornish

We know parents always want the best for their kids, especially when it comes to their health. We are excited to have Dr. Anna Cornish with us to answer parents’ top questions on vaccines.

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Captain Starfish, by Davina Bell, illustrated by Allison Colpoys

Kelly Filippo from St. George’s School of Medicine is reading “Captain Starfish,” published by Harry N. Abrams.

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Mr. Grumpy, by Roger Hargreaves

We have Erin Englebert from St. George’s University School of Medicine here to read Mr. Grumpy, published by Grosset & Dunlap.

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Leaf Man, by Lois Elhert

We’re celebrating the fall season with a great read aloud, Leaf Man by Lois Elhert, published by Harcourt.

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Workshop 26: Reading with Students with Disabilities

We are excited to present strategies and tips for reading with young children of different abilities and how families can work with their child at the level they are at to engage in early literacy practices.

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Workshop 27: Spooktober Halloween Family Fun Nights

We put together 5 different Family Fun Nights with books, crafts, activities, and snacks that you can do together with your children to get into the Halloween spirit (or fall spirit) and make lasting memories.

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A Lost Button from Frog and Toad are Friends Read Aloud, by Arnold Lobel

We welcome our volunteer, Angelica, who is reading a book from a classic series: Frog and Toad Are Friends! It is published by Harper Collins.

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Give Me the Moon, by Roxane Marie Galliez, illustrated by Cathy Delanssay

We are very excited to welcome our guest reader, Alycia Bacon! The story is published by Hammond.

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Mustache Baby, by Bridget Heos

For today’s read aloud, we are excited to welcome our friend Carmen Matos-Thompson.

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The Puppy That Found a Home, by Sally R. Francis, illustrated by Dorothy Grider

Erin Englebert is our guest reader today! The story is published by Rand Mcnally & Company.

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I Am Enough, by Grade Byers, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo

Welcome back to Valerie who is sharing a beautiful story with us today, published by Harper and Collins Publishers

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Whoever You Are, by Mem Fox, illustrated by Leslie Stobb

Today we’re excited to have Valerie Sass, a committed volunteer for us, reading “Whoever You Are” written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Leslie Stobb!

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Ada Twist, Scientist, by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

Today we welcome another guest from St George’s University School of Medicine, Saneisha Roberts! The story is published by Harry N. Abrams.

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Hurricane, by David Wiesner

For today’s Read-Aloud, we have our friend Talya reading “Hurricane,” written by David Wiesner and published by Clarion Books.

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The Very Lonely Firefly, by Eric Carle

A warm welcome to our first time reader, Whitney Rector who is sharing a beautiful story with us today, published by World of Eric Carle.

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The Colors of Us, by Karen Katz

Welcome back to Valerie who is sharing a wonderful story with us! She is reading The Colors of Us by Karen Katz, published by Square Fish.

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Kick the Football, Charlie Brown, by Judy Katcschke

Today we’re very excited to welcome back Salina Lee, our friend from Goldman Sachs.

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Author Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow reads Mommy’s Khimar

We are thrilled to feature author Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow reading her story, Mommy’s Khimar! The story was illustrated by Ebony Glenn.

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The Lady and the Tramp

A big welcome to our friend Salina as she reads today’s story, The Lady and the Tramp by Walt Disney Pictures and published by Random House.

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Workshop 25: Going Back to School During a Pandemic

We are talking about what it looks like to go back to school during a pandemic. Our guest Pamela Schwartz is the Director at the Penn Family Early Childhood Center in New York City.

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Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes by Peter Pan Inc.

Hi everybody! For today’s read aloud, we have our friend and all-star volunteer Valerie Sass reading Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes by Peter Pan Inc., and illustrated by Frederick Richardson.

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The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson

Welcome back to our friend Lauren who is reading The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, published by Nancy Paulsen Books.

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Pélagie n’a peur de rien, by Valérie Thomas and Korky Paul

Today we welcome back NYC Public School teacher Zoé Plantevin with another french read aloud! She is reading Pélagie n’a peur de rien by Valérie Thomas and Korky Paul. It is published by Milan.

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Henny Penny, adapted by Wallace Wadsworth

We are thrilled to have Valerie back with us today. She’s reading Henny Penny adapted by Wallace Wadsworth, illustrated by George Tweedale. Published by Rand McNally.

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Share a Little Kindness by Colleen Brunetti

We welcome Reanna Saroop from St George’s University School of Medicine reading Share a Little Kindness written and illustrated by Colleen Brunetti!

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Cats Do the Cutest Things, by Alexandra Ortolja-Baird

Valerie is back with another great read aloud! Today’s story is published by B.E.S. Publishing.

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Workshop 24: Multicultural Books with NYPL

Our friends at the New York Public Library are helping us share some amazing children’s books that represent cultures around the world and right in our community!

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Workshop 23: Create Your Own Storybook

By creating and telling a story together, children learn to organize their thoughts and use language to communicate with readers in a variety of ways.

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Niko Draws a Feeling, by Robert Raczka, illustrated by Simone Shin

A big welcome to our new volunteer, Shreya Makkapati! The story is published by Carolrhoda Books.

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Au Lit, Charlie! by Yasmeen Ismail

Zoe Plantevin is back with another read aloud in French! The story is published by THOMAS JEUNESSE.

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The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keates

We asked our Instagram followers what story they wanted to hear. The results are in and The Snowy Day is the winner! This story was published by Puffin Books.

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Jessica, by Kevin Henkes

Kari is here for another story! She is reading Jessica by Kevin Henkes. Published by Puffin Books.

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Kind Little Bear, by Jillian Harker and Caroline Pedler

Today, our friend Angelica Paramoshin will be reading “Kind Little Bear,” written by Jillian Harker and Caroline Pedler! The book is published by Parragon.

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Yoko, by Rosemary Wells

We are thrilled to welcome a new volunteer, Zoe Cooper. She will be reading Yoko by Rosemary Wells. It is published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

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The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein

Our friend Lynn is back with a classic story, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. This story is published by HarperCollins.

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Where’s My Teddy?, by Jez Alborough

We’re excited to kick off the week with our friend Lynn reading Where’s My Teddy? By Jez Alborough and published by Candlewick.

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Reading Aloud with Children who have Speech and Language Delay

Reading aloud with loved ones is part of a happy childhood and helps your child develop and learn. Over time, reading aloud can also strengthen speech and language skills, by making reading fun.

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Be a Maker, by Katey Howes, illustrated by Elizabet Vuković

We are excited to welcome Lauren to our read aloud family! The story is published by Carolrhoda Books.

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Workshop 22: Singing Our Way through Quarantine

Singing with young children is just as important as talking and reading with them. In some respects it has even more cognitive benefits!

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My Brown Bear Barney, by Dorothy Butler, illustrated by Elizabeth Fuller

Today we welcome our volunteer Lynn Kurjiaka! If you have a stuffed animal bear, we recommend you grab them to join you! They are the perfect companion.

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If You Give a Pig a Pancake, by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

We are excited to welcome back Valerie who will be reading If You Give a Pig a Pancake. It is published by Scholastic.

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Don’t be the Leaf, by Hal Hackady, illustrated by Peter Lippman

Today we’re welcoming back Jayne Vitale from Mutt-i-grees Curriculum and North Shore Animal League America!

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Jabari Jumps, by Gaia Cornwall

Today we’re welcoming our volunteer Tricia Hill from UChicago Booth School of Business! The story is published by Candlewick

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Eloise, by Kay Thompson, illustrated by Hilary Knight

Today we welcome Eloise the City Dog reading her namesake children’s book Eloise! Her mom, our program director, Kristen, will be helping her read. It is published by Simon and Schuster.

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Workshop 20: Making the Most of Reading with your Young Child

Join us as we give tips on how to make the most of reading with your young child from birth to five years old!

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Workshop 21: Let’s Get Messy with At Home Activities

We are sharing a few unique, messy activities you can do at home that involve the whole family!

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Ladybug Girl, by David Soman and Jacky Davis, illustrated by David Soman

Today we have a first-time read aloud guest, Denise Dilley from UChicago Booth School of Business! This book is published by Penguin.

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The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds

We’re excited to bring you a story about making art from the Creatology series! Published by Candlewick Press.

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Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal, illustrated by Holly Hatam

Today we welcome our Program Director, Kristen! The story is published by Harper.

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In My Heart, by Jo Witek, illustrated by Christine Roussey

Welcome back Gary Ginzberg! He is reading a beautiful book about feelings, In My Heart. It is published by Harry N Abrams.

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Are You My Mother?, by P.D. Eastman

We are excited to welcome back our volunteer, Valerie! She is reading Are You My Mother? , published by Random House Books for Young Readers.

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Curious George Goes Camping, by Margaret Rey

Welcome to Brendan as a new guest reader! He is reading Curious George Goes Camping. It is published by HMH Books for Young Readers.

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Listening with My Heart, by Gabi Garcia, illustrated by Ying Hui Tan

Danielle Smith is back with us today to read Listening with My Heart. This story is published by Gabi Garcia Books.

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I Love You Through and Through, by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak, illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

Today we are welcoming first-time guest reader, Karine! She is sharing one of her favorite books. It is published by Cartwheel.

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The Three Little Pigs

Today we welcome a new guest reader, Nathalia from Goldman Sachs! She is going to be reading the classic tale of The Three Little Pigs in English and in Spanish!

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Tacky the Penguin, by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Today, we are reading Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger, and published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

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Caline-mi et Caline-moi, by Michael Gay

We are thrilled to offer our first read aloud in French with Ms. Plantevin, who is a 3rd grade NYC public school teacher.

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Sulwe, by Lupita Nyong’o, illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Today we welcome back Ms. Kat, who is sharing a beautiful book with us today! The story is published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.

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Authors Adijah and Atiya Brabham Read Different and the Same, illustrated by Patrick Girouard

Authors Adijah and Atiya Brabham will talk about their time with Reach Out and Read GNY when they were taking their children to visit Dr. Aspinall-Daley, as well as their experiences growing up as twins inspired them to write a book! They’ll read their book, and then be sure to stay tuned for a Q&A!

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Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey

We are excited to welcome back Miss Kat who is reading Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey, published by Viking Books for Young Readers.

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Author Carylee Carrington Reads Everyone Just Like Me

Today we are incredibly excited to welcome children’s author, and creator of The Read with Carylee Show, Carylee Carrington! Be sure to check out her youtube channel for more stories!

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

I hope you’re excited to join us on our bear hunt today. Published by Aladdin Paperbacks.

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Miss Nelson is Missing, by Harry G. Allard Jr., illustrated by James Marshall

We are excited to welcome back Danielle who is reading us Miss Nelson is Missing, published by HMH Books for Young Readers.

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The Pizza That We Made, by Joan Holub, illustrated by Lynne Avril Cravath

Today, we have Dr. Liz reading not one, but 2 books to us today! And she’s showing us how to make some yummy pizza in between!

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Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James

Today we welcome back Ms. Kat who is reading another one of our favorite books. It is published by Denene Millner Books.

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Steam Train, Dream Train, by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Today we welcome our volunteer, Jessica who is reading Steam Train, Dream Train. It is published by Chronicle Books.

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Yasmine and the Bird

Hi everybody! Today we have our friend Majd el-Dajani reading Yasmine and the Bird in Arabic! This story is published by Al Yasmine books.

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The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith

Welcome to today’s read aloud from Danielle Smith! She is reading a story of the three little pigs told from the wolf’s point of view!

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Mac and Cheese, by Sarah Weeks, illustrated by Jane Manning

Dr. Liz is bring us a story from her backyard at her campout! The story is published by Harper Collins.

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A Bad Case of Stripes, by David Shannon

Today, our friend Danielle Smith will be reading A Bad Case of Stripes. It is published by Blue Sky Press.

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The True Beauty in You, by Stephanie-Joy Grigg, illustrated by LaTique Albergottie

Today we welcome back one of our favorite readers, Dr. Liz! She brought another guest with her this time. The story is published by My Identifiers.

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More Than a Princess, by Delanda Coleman and Terrance Colman, illustrated by Mello Beatriz

Today we welcome back Dr. Liz as she shares another book with us. It is published by Sydney and Coleman.

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Authors Derek Taylor Kent and Sheri Fink Read El Perro con Sombrero

We’re very excited to welcome back children’s authors, Derek Taylor Kent and Sheri Fink! They will be reading their bilingual book from Whimsical World.

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Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson

Today we are super excited to have our friend Jonathan Morales for our read aloud, published by Harper.

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Author Rima AlKurdi Reads Here I Am

We are excited to welcome back children’s author Rima AlKurdi who is reading us her story in Arabic. Published by Hudhud Publishing & Distribution.

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Author Elizabeth Balaguer Reads El Secreto de Sonreir/The Secret of Smiling, illustrated by Emma Grullón Balaguer

For today’s read aloud, we are super excited to have our friend Elizabeth Balaguer reading her very own book, published by Editora Manatí

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Dinosaurs Forever, by William Wise and Lynn Munsinger

We’re having a dinosaur dance party today with this read aloud, published by Scholastic

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My Visit to the Dinosaurs, by Aliki

Enjoy this dinosaur book about a family visiting a museum, published by HarperCollins

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There’s a Dinosaur on the 13th Floor, by Wade Bradford, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

Jessica is reading a fun story about dinosaurs, published by Candlewick.

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The Pigeon Needs a Bath, by Mo Willems

Welcome to our special guests today, Emily Gilman and her daughter! Published by Hyperion Books for Children.

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Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Brooke H will be reading an animal book for our Friday Read Aloud during our summer camp! It’s perfect for the weekly theme of Animal Camp.

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Don’t Lick the Dog, by Wendy Wahman.

Today we welcome back our special guest, Jayne, from North Shore Animal League America and Mutt-i-grees Curriculum! It published by Henry Holt and Company.

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Giraffes Can’t Dance, by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

We have a great story for you today, read by Jessica! Published by Cartwheel Books.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

Miss Katt is back with another great read aloud! Published by World Publishing Company.

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Author Phoebe Fox Reads Panda Proud, illustrated by Michael Hale

Today we welcome back children’s author, Phoebe Fox from Mamafox Books! She is reading her own book!

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Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney

Today’s special guest is Krystal who will be reading Miss Rumphius, written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney. Published by Puffin Books.

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The Mitten, by Jan Brett

Today, we welcome back Miss Kat. The story is published by Penguin Young Readers Group.

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Author Rima Alkurdi Reads Palms of My Father

Today, we have a very special read aloud in Arabic from author Rima Alkurdi. It is published by Al Hudhud Publishing.

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Nightsong, by Ari Beck and Loren Long

This story is part of our Animal Planet Summer Camp. It is published by Simon & Schuster.

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Starry Safari, by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Jeff Mack

Today’s story is the first one in our Animal Planet Summer Camp!

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Yasmin the Painter, by Saadia Faruqi, illustrated by Hatem Aly

Today we welcome back NY school principal, Dr. Liz! It is published by Picture Window Books.

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Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds

Today’s story is a great one for all the little artists out there! The story is published by Candlewick Press.

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Elmo’s ABC Book, by Sarah Albee and Jim Henson, illustrated by Tom Brannon

Today, Michelle will be reading Elmo’s ABC Book. It is published by Sesame Street.

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Authors Sheri Fink and Derek Taylor Kent Read Counting Sea Life

Today Sheri Fink and Derek Taylor Kent from Whimsical World Booksare are reading a book that they wrote together!

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Hair Love, by Matthew Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison

Special thanks to our guest reader, B’lane Daly for sharing this beautiful story with us! Hair Love was published by Kokila, Penguin Random House LLC.

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Doctor De Soto, by William Steig

Today’s read aloud is by special guest Jack Pace, who is our wonderful board chair and a Partner at White & Case! The story is published by Square Fish.

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Author Dave Reisman reads Cows Can’t Jump, illustrated by Jason A Maas

Today’s read aloud is by children’s author, Dave Reisman! He is reading his own book, Cows Can’t Jump. It is illustrated by Jason A Maas and published by Jumping Cow Press.

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Little Red Riding Hood/Caperucita Roja Read

Today’s guest reader is Judy Vivias who will be reading a children’s classic, Little Red Riding Hood, in English and in Spanish!! Illustrations courtesy of The Spanish Experiment.

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Waiting is Not Easy — an Elephant and Piggy Book, by Mo Willems.

Today’s reader is Mrs. LaSala! The story is published by Hyperion.

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Ella’s Big Chance: A Jazz Age Cinderella, by Shirley Hughes.

Today’s guest reader is NYC school principal Dr. Lisette Caesar! Stay tuned until the end for a special surprise where we learn some jazz steps from the students of Wadleigh Secondary School: High School for the Performing Arts!

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Christina Capatides Reads her Stories, Rusty the Rescue and Us and Three Men in a Boat, illustrated by Ryan Bauer-Walsh

Today we welcome children’s author and animal advocate, Christina Capatides! She is reading her own books! Crafts

The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister

Today’s story is read by Miss Kat.

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Walter the Farting Dog – Banned from the Beach, by William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray, and Elizabeth Gundy, illustrated by Audrey Colman

We welcome back Dr. Orit Goldhamer, who works as a school and clinical psychologist.The story is published by the Penguin Young Readers Group.

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The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Today we have Marianne from NBA Cares reading The Day the Crayons Quit. It is published by Philomel Books.

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Big Anthony and the Magic Ring, by Tomie dePaolo

Today Phoebe Fox from Mamafox Books is reading of Big Anthony and the Magic Ring by Tomie dePaolo!

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The Wonky Donkey, by Craig Smith, illustrated by Katz Cowley

We hope you’re ready for a great laugh today! Today’s reader is Elizabeth Kasowitz who is reading The Wonky Donkey!

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Morris’s Disappearing Bag Part 2, by Rosemary Wells

Today’s reader is Sabrina Bertucci, and she is reading Morris’s Disappearing Bag, written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells. Published by Puffin.

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Morris’s Disappearing Bag Part 1, by Rosemary Wells

Today’s reader is Sabrina Bertucci, and she is reading Morris’s Disappearing Bag, written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells. Published by Puffin.

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Six Dinner Sid, by Inga Moore

Today we’re celebrating Mother’s Day a little early with a joint reading of Six Dinner Sid by our Program Director, Kristen and her mom, Kay! Six Dinner Sid is written and illustrated by Inga Moore and published by Aladdin.

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Listening With My Heart

Danielle Smith is back with us today to read Listening with my Heart by Gabi Garcia and illustrated by Ying Hui Tan! This story is published by Gabi Garcia Books.

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Willems

Today, Gary will be reading Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, written and illustrated by Mo Willems. Published by Disney Publishing Worldwide

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Walter the Farting Dog, by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray, illustrated by Audrey Colman

Welcome back and happy Monday! Today’s guest reader is Dr. Orit Goldhamer, who is a Psychologist who works as a school and clinical psychologist. She is reading Walter the Farting Dog written by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray and illustrated by Audrey Colman. It is published by Frog Children’s Books.

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Cuddled and Carried/Consentido y Cargdao, by Dia L. Michels, illustrated by Mike Speiser

Today’s read aloud guest is children’s book author, Phoebe Fox! She will be reading a bilingual book titled Cuddled and Carried/Consentido y Cargdao. It is written by Dia L. Michels and illustrated by Mike Speiser, published by Platypus Media

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, by Simms Taback

Today’s guest reader is Gary Ginzberg who will be reading a super silly book called, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly! It is written and illustrated by Simms Taback, and published by Penguin Random House.

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Roja Riding Hood, by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Susan Guevara

Today, Aishee will be reading Little Roja Riding Hood written by Susan Middleton Elya. Illustrated by Susan Guevara and published by Penguin Random House.

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Never Let a Unicorn Scribble, by Diane Alber

Today we’re welcoming back two of our favorite readers, Kelly Williams from NBA Cares and her daughter!They are reading Never Let a Unicorn Scribble written and illustrated by Diane Alber. It is published by Diane Alber LLC.

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One is a Piñata, by Roseanne Greenfield Thong, illustrated by John Parra

Stephanie from NYU Langone Hospital is reading us a #bilingual book, One is a Piñata! It is written by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and illustrated by John Parra. It is published by Chronicle Books.

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If You Give a Pig A Pancake, by Laura Numroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

Today’s reader is Danielle from The Children’s Trust in Miami, Florida and her two children! They are reading If You Give a Pig A Pancake! It is written by Laura Numroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond. It is published by Harper Collins

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Fluffy Grows a Garden, by Kate McMullan, illustrated by Mavis Smith

Today, Evelyn from Reach Out and Read of Greater New York will be reading with Jeremiah Lee, from Houston! They will be reading Fluffy Grows a Garden, by Kate McMullan and illustrated by Mavis Smith. Published by Scholastic.

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Dora, Show Me Your Smile, by Christine Ricci, illustrations by Robert Roper

Today’s guest reader is Ope Adetunji, from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She will be reading Dora, Show Me Your Smile written by Christine Ricci and illustrations by Robert Roper. Published by Nickelodeon Publishing (Viacom International).

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Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, by Mo Willems

Today’s reader is Dr. Cindy Katz, a pediatrician from Mount Sinai Hospitals! She and her two children are reading Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, written and illustrated by Mo Willems. It is published by Hyperion.

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The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse, by Charlie Mackesy

Today’s read aloud guest is Jayne from the Muttigrees program at North Shore Animal League! She is reading The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse by Charlie Mackesy. It is published by HarperOne.

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Goldie Locks and the Three Bears

Today’s read aloud is by Judy Vivas! She is sharing a book that is very special to her, Goldie Locks and the Three Bears. This book, and books like this one helped her learn English!

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Turtle Dance Music Read Aloud with Mr. Matt

For Week of the Young Child, we’re bringing you special guests all week! Today is #musicmonday and we have Mr. Matt, the Turtle Man, from Turtle Dance Music, LLC singing and reading to us today!

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Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban

Today’s reading is by Carrie Luft! She is reading Bread and Jam for Frances, written by Russell Hoban and illustrated by Lillian Hoban. It is published by HarperCollins Children’s Books.

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The Art Lesson, by Tomie dePaola

Kristen from the ROR GNY team will be reading The Art Lesson, written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola. It is published by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers.

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The Wide Mouthed Frog, by Keith Faulkner, illustrated by Jonathan Lambert

Today’s read aloud is by a special guest from Bellevue Hospital, Claudia Aristy! Claudia is a superstar, and we truly appreciate everything she does for our Reach Out and Read families!

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Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

Today’s read aloud is a special one, honoring the late Tomie dePaola. He was a kind, creative children’s author and illustrator who brought joy to many peoples’ lives, both young and old. He will be missed and leaves a lasting legacy through his many books. #TheTomieLessons

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A Family is a Family is a Family, by Sara O’Leary, illustrated by Qin Leng

Today’s read aloud is by Kristen from the Reach Out and Read GNY team. She will be reading A Family is a Family is a Family written by Sara O’Leary and illustrated by Qin Leng. It is published by Groundwork Books.

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Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley

Today’s read aloud is by Kristen from the Reach Out and Read team. She is reading Mary Wears What She Wants, written and illustrated by Keith Negley. Published by Harper Collins

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Author Phoebe Fox reads Babies Nurse

Today’s read aloud is by children’s book author, Phoebe Fox! She will be reading her own book, Babies Nurse, in English and in Spanish! It is published by Platypus Media.

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You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You by Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Michael Emberley

Today’s readers are Evelyn and Kristen from the Reach Out and Read team. They will be reading You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You by Mary Ann Hoberman and Illustrated by Michael Emberley. Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers.

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

Join Evelyn from the Reach Out and Read team for today’s read aloud! She will be reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, written by Laura Joffe Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond. Published by HarperCollins Publishers.

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Summer of Fun: Rockin’ Through the Summer Day 5

It’s the final day of Rockin’ Through the Summer! Today, we’re learning about the piano and spending some time with Mr. Matt from Turtle Dance Music!

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Summer of Fun: Rockin’ Through the Summer Day 4

It’s day 4 of Rockin’ Through the Summer! Today, we’re learning about more instruments and having a fun dacne party!

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Summer of Fun: Rockin’ Through the Summer Day 3

It’s day 3 of Rockin’ Through the Summer! Today, we’re learning about the guitar and making our own homemade instrument.

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Summer of Fun: Rockin’ Through the Summer Day 2

It’s day 2 of Rockin’ Through the Summer! Today, we’re making maracas and talking about different rhythms.

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Summer of Fun: Rockin’ Through the Summer Day 1

Welcome to day 1 of Rockin’ Through the Summer! This whole week we are learning about music, instruments, and dancing through the rest of the summer.

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Summer of Fun: Space Camp Day 5

Today, we are closing our week by talking about the stars and constellations.

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Summer of Fun: Space Camp Day 4

Today, we are learning about astronauts!

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Summer of Fun: Space Camp Day 3

Today, we are exploring the moon!

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Summer of Fun: Space Camp Day 2

Today, we are learning about the scientists who helped launch rockets into space.

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Summer of Fun: Space Camp Day 1

This whole week we are learning about outer space, the solar system, and the inspirational scientists and astronauts who study it. Today, we are starting off by exploring the planets in our solar system.

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Wash ‘Em Clean

Our wonderful board member and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, Sergey Kraytman, reads Wash ‘Em Clean by Kornei Chukovsky in Russian and English with his daughter, Samantha!

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Workshop 19: Q & A with Dr. Reinoso on Preparing for a Baby During COVID-19

We are thrilled to have our special guest, Dr. Reinoso, with us tonight as we close out our bilingual workshop series on Preparing for a Baby During COVID 19. Dr. Reinoso is a pediatrician in New York and is here to answer all our questions and share her expertise on preparing for a baby during this global pandemic.

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I Like Myself

ROR GNY Staff Member Natalie Peart will be reading “I Like Myself” by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow! Published by HMH Books for Young Readers

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Inside Your Outside by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz

Stephanie is our guest reader today! The story is published by Random House Books for Young Readers.

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Little Chickies/Los Pollitos by Susie Jaramillo

Children’s librarian Amalia E. Butler will be reading Little Chickies/Los Pollitos for us in English and in Spanish! This book is published by Encantos Media Studios.

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Island Born by Junot Díaz and illustrated by Leo Espinosa

ROR GNY staff member Kristen will be reading Island Born by Junot Díaz. Published by Dial Books for Young Readers.

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The Rainbow Mystery by Jennifer Dussling and illustrated by Barry Gott

Special guest Brooke Brazer will not only be reading The Rainbow Mystery to us, but also leading arts and craft!

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Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

Our guest readers are Kelly Williams from NBA Cares and her daughter. The story is published by Penguin Group.

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Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai and illustrated by Kerascoet

Marianne from NBA Cares is our guest reader today. It is published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers.

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Author Phoebe Fox reads Starry’s Haircut

Today’s read aloud guest is children’s book author, Phoebe Fox! The story is illustrated by Sara Ruhe and published by Mamafox Books

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Green is a Chile Pepper by Roseanne Greenfield Thong and illustrated by John Parra

Today’s reading is by Stephanie, from the NYU Langone Hospital! Green is a Chile Pepper is published by Chronicle Books.

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The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair by Kate Bernheimer and illustrated by Jake Parker

Today’s read aloud is by a special guest from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Aishee Bag. This story is published by Random House LLC.

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Buddy Unchained by Daisy Bix and illustrated by Joe Hyatt

Today’s read aloud is from the Muttigrees program at North Shore Animal League! They will be reading Buddy Unchained by Daisy Bix and illustrated by Joe Hyatt. It is published by Gryphon Press.

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I Need A Hug by Aaron Blabey

Today’s book is I Need A Hug by Aaron Blabey published by Scholastic Press

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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Today’s read aloud is by children’s book author, Doreen Cronin! She will be reading her book, Click Clack Moo Cows that Type. Illustrated by Betsy Lewin, and published by Simon and Schuster.

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La Abeja y La Flor: The Bee and the Flower by Rebecca Bielawski

This excellent bilingual read aloud is published by Books Beck.

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Drag Queen Story Hour

Storytime with Reach Out and Read GNY and Drag Queen Story Hour!

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Canticos by Susie Jaramillo

Children’s author and illustrator, Susie Jaramillo will be reading several of her own books from Canticos!

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Summer of Fun: Into the Outdoors Day 5

Welcome to day 5 of Into the Great Outdoors! This whole week we are talking about our beautiful world and exploring the nature around us. Today, we are going on a teddy bear picnic with our favorite furry friends and having a camp out.

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Summer of Fun: Into the Outdoors Day 4

Welcome to day 4 of Into the Great Outdoors! This whole week we are talking about our beautiful world and exploring the nature around us. Today, we are learning about pond animals through crafts and activities.

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Summer of Fun: Into the Outdoors Day 3

Welcome to day 3 of Into the Great Outdoors! This whole week we are talking about our beautiful world and exploring the nature around us. Today, we are exploring the bugs and insects we find in the outdoors.

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Summer of Fun: Into the Outdoors Day 2

Welcome to day 2 of Into the Great Outdoors! This whole week we are talking about our beautiful world and exploring the nature around us. Today, we are talking about outdoor activities like planting a garden and learning how plants grow.

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Summer of Fun: Into the Outdoors Day 1

Welcome to day 1 of Into the Great Outdoors! This whole week we are talking about our beautiful world and exploring the nature around us. Today, we are going camping outside or camping indoors and telling stories around our virtual campfire.

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Summer of Fun: Amazing Science Day 5

Welcome to day 5 of Amazing Science! This whole week we are Exploring the world around us through experiments, observations, and hypothesis.

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Summer of Fun: Amazing Science Day 4

Welcome to day 4 of Amazing Science! This whole week we are Exploring the world around us through experiments, observations, and hypothesis.

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Summer of Fun: Amazing Science Day 3

Welcome to day 3 of Amazing Science! This whole week we are Exploring the world around us through experiments, observations, and hypothesis.

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Summer of Fun: Amazing Science Day 2

Welcome to day 2 of Amazing Science! This whole week we are Exploring the world around us through experiments, observations, and hypothesis.

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Summer of Fun: Amazing Science Day 1

Welcome to day 1 of Amazing Science! This whole week we are Exploring the world around us through experiments, observations, and hypothesis.

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Workshop 18: Preparing for a Baby During COVID-19 Part 3

In this bilingual workshop, we talk about infant safety and safe sleep practices.

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Workshop 17: Preparing for a Baby During COVID-19 Part 2

This week we are going to talk about child development; what is happening with this little human you brought home and how you can support their growth and wellbeing!

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Workshop 16: Preparing for a Baby During COVID-19 Part 1

With all the social distancing measures, we realize it is harder to access information or attend parenting classes on what to expect during pregnancy and how to prepare for the birth. We are not experts in the medical field. But we are excited to share resources with you that can put you in contact with medical experts who can help you and answer your questions. We cover three broad areas of maternal and child health and wellbeing.

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Workshop 15: Literacy Through Visual Art

Tonight’s bilingual workshop is all about art! We’re going to show you different ways to tell stories through art!

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Workshop 14: Using Children’s Books to Discuss Racism

For tonight’s bilingual Reach Out and Connect Workshop we welcome special guest Shauntee Burns Simpson who is the president elect of the Black Caucus of the American Library association and the Manager of School Support at the New York Public Library. We will be talking about using children’s books to discuss racism.

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Summer of Fun: Around the World – Day 5

Welcome to day 5 of Around the World in 5 Days! This whole week we are traveling virtually around the world to 5 different countries across 5 different continents. Today, we are traveling to Colombia in South America. We have some fun weaving crafts, stories, and treats from Colombian culture.

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Summer of Fun: Around the World – Day 4

Welcome to day 4 of Around the World in 5 Days! This whole week we are traveling virtually around the world to 5 different countries across 5 different continents. Today, we are traveling to Kenya on the continent of Africa. We are ready to learn more about the landscape, food, and games that come from this country.

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Summer of Fun: Around the World – Day 3

Welcome to day 3 of Around the World in 5 Days! This whole week we are traveling virtually around the world to 5 different countries across 5 different continents. Today, we are traveling to Australia and ready to learn more about the aboriginal history, food, and culture of the island country.

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Summer of Fun: Around the World – Day 2

Welcome to day 2 of Around the World in 5 Days! This whole week we are traveling virtually around the world to 5 different countries across 5 different continents. Today, we are traveling to France and ready to learn more about the games, snacks, and stories from their culture.

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Summer of Fun: Around the World – Day 1

Welcome to day 1 of Around the World in 5 Days! This whole week we are traveling virtually around the world to 5 different countries across 5 different continents. Today, we are traveling to India and ready to learn more about the history, culture, food, and sights of this beautiful country.

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Summer of Fun: Jurassic Journey – Day 5

Welcome to day 5 of Jurassic Journey! This whole week we are talking about dinosaurs, how they lived, what they ate, and we have tons of craft and activities to engage your little explorers!

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Summer of Fun: Jurassic Journey – Day 4

Welcome to day 4 of Jurassic Journey! This whole week we are talking about dinosaurs, how they lived, what they ate, and we have tons of craft and activities to engage your little explorers!

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Summer of Fun: Jurassic Journey – Day 3

Welcome to day 3 of Jurassic Journey! This whole week we are talking about dinosaurs, how they lived, what they ate, and we have tons of craft and activities to engage your little explorers!

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Summer of Fun: Jurassic Journey – Day 2

Welcome to day 2 of Jurassic Journey! This whole week we are talking about dinosaurs, how they lived, what they ate, and we have tons of craft and activities to engage your little explorers!

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Summer of Fun: Jurassic Journey – Day 1

Welcome to day 1 of Jurassic Journey! This whole week we are talking about dinosaurs, how they lived, what they ate, and we have tons of craft and activities to engage your little explorers!

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Summer of Fun: Our America – What Issues Matter to You

It’s never too early for kids to start thinking about big ideas they have and issues they care strongly about.

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Summer of Fun: Our America – Day 5

Today, we are talking about the future of our country and where the next generation can work to learn from our past and look towards the future.

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Summer of Fun: Our America – Day 4

We are talking about the people who were here long before any immigrants came to the land, the Native Americans.

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Summer of Fun: Our America – Day 3

Let’s talk about the millions of Americans who immigrated to the United States from other countries.

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Summer of Fun: Our America – Day 2

We are talking about the brave, mostly women who fought for the right to vote in the early 1900’s, finally winning that right in 1920!

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Summer of Fun: Our America – Day 1

Today, we are talking about the brave men and women who fought for equality during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s.

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Summer of Fun: Our America – I’m Moving to America

If you were immigrating to America, what would you bring with you? Use this printout to help write down your thoughts.

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Summer of Fun: Our America – Election Ballots

It’s time to cast our votes using these ballot printouts.! What are you voting for?

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Summer of Fun: Animal Planet Day 5

Today, we are talking about animals that live under the sea, like fish, whales, sea urchins, and jellyfish!

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Summer of Fun: Animal Planet Day 4

Today, we are talking about animals that have feathers and can fly! That’s right, birds!

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Summer of Fun: Animal Planet Day 3

Today, we are talking about nocturnal animals! That means animals that sleep during the day and are awake at night like raccoons, owls, and bats!

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Summer of Fun: Animal Planet Day 2

We are talking about animals that people take home as pets, like cats, dogs, hamsters, birds, fish, and turtles!

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Summer of Fun: Animal Planet Day 1

Today, we are talking about animals that you may see on a safari! These animals can live in dry desert areas like the African Savanna or in jungles like the Amazon Rainforest.

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Workshop 13: Managing Challenging Behaviors: Ask a Behavior Specialist

Part 4 of a 4 part series on managing challenging behaviors at home. In this session, we have a Q&A with a Behavioral Assistant, who answers your questions!

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Workshop 12: Managing Behaviors Part 3

Part 3 of a 4 part series on managing challenging behaviors at home. We know that being in quarantine has created many new obstacles for families, and times are stressful for everyone, which can cause all sorts of challenging behaviors. In this series we will discuss the ABCs of behavior management and how you can help keep things calm, cool, and collected in your home!
Part 3 covers the “C” in the ABCs, Consequences, or what happens after the unwanted behavior.

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Workshop 11: Managing Behaviors Part 2

Part 2 of a 4 part series on managing challenging behaviors at home. We know that being in quarantine has created many new obstacles for families, and times are stressful for everyone, which can cause all sorts of challenging behaviors. In this series we will discuss the ABCs of behavior management and how you can help keep things calm, cool, and collected in your home!
Part 2 covers the “A” in the ABCs, the Antecedent, or what happens before the unwanted behavior.

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Workshop 10: Managing Behaviors Part 1

Part 1 of a 4 part series on managing challenging behaviors at home. We know that being in quarantine has created many new obstacles for families, and times are stressful for everyone, which can cause all sorts of challenging behaviors. In this series we will discuss the ABCs of behavior management and how you can help keep things calm, cool, and collected in your home!
Part 1 covers the “B” in the ABCs, Behavior!

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Workshop 9: Using Children’s Books to Talk About Mental Health

Learn more about using children’s books to talk with our kids about some tough topics that affect their mental health. This is such an odd, stressful time for all of us, but especially for our kids. Fictional stories offer another route to talk about difficult subjects and help make powerful feelings more manageable.

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Workshop 8: Literacy Through Play

We’re talking all about learning through play! After all, play is a child’s work. Play is a wonderful way to build your child’s literacy and problem solving skills. Watch to learn some fun, no-cost ways to encourage creative play at home!

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Workshop 7: Staying Social in a Time of Social Isolation

Help your children stay social during a time of social isolation.
Children learn so much through play, especially through playing with their friends! We know that right now children are not able to see their friends in person, but there are still many ways to plan virtual playdates to keep your kids happy and learning! Join us with a beverage of your choosing to learn about a few ways to keep your kids social!

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Workshop 6: Managing Screen Time

Learn about how to manage screentime at home, especially during COVID-19 when we are stuck at home.
We can’t deny that the number of hours we spend in front of screens is increasing. Much of our connection to the outside world is now facilitated through screens, from zoom meetings to online classes to virtual hangouts. In this workshop, we will be discussing strategies and resources to help you effectively manage your family’s screentime!

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Workshop 5: Caring for Caregivers

Learn about different techniques for parents and caregivers to take care of themselves.
Parents and caregivers’ lives often revolve around their children, which is no surprise. But, self-care and making sure you are in a good place to be able to care for others is just as important.

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Workshop 4: Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning with North Shore Animal League’s Mutt-i-grees program!
Through bonding with animals (whether or not you have pets!) you are able to help your child talk about their emotions and build critical thinking skills — all of which are important skills for your child to know to be prepared for school!

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Workshop 3: Music and Children with Autism

Mr. Matt from Turtle Dance Music talks all about building literacy skills through music in young children with autism while at home.

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Workshop 1: Creating a Literacy Friendly Environment

Learn about the best, free ways to create a literacy friendly and encouraging environment for your children during these COVID-19 times!

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Workshop 2: Storytelling

In this interactive workshop, learn how to make your own stories come to life through just your words, or through puppets and stuffed animals!
Storytelling is a wonderful way to include literacy skill building into your children’s day whether or not you have books at home!

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