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Story Time

With many parents working from home and schools closed for the foreseeable future. Families are sequestered together and daily schedules have been thrown out the window.

Welcome celebrities into your home (virtually of course) several minutes of the day to read and entertain your children, as you get a little bit of respite.

Shared below are some stories you can enjoy at with your little ones, while still practicing social distancing. We will update this page regularly so check back often.

4/29/2020
Enemy Pie, read by Camryn Manheim: Click here

It was the perfect summer. That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became Enemy Number One. Luckily, Dad has a surefire way to get rid of enemies - Enemy Pie.

4/23/2020
Zombies Don't eat Veggies, read by Jorge Lacera: Click here

Mo Romero is a zombie who loves nothing more than growing, cooking, and eating vegetables. Tomatoes? Tantalizing. Peppers? Pure perfection! The problem? Mo’s parents insist that their niño eat only zombie cuisine, like arm-panadas and finger foods. They tell Mo over and over that zombies don’t eat veggies. But Mo can’t imagine a lifetime of just eating zombie food and giving up his veggies. As he questions his own zombie identity, Mo tries his best to convince his parents to give peas a chance.

4/16/2020
Catching the Moon, read by Kevin Costner and Jillian Estell: Click here

If there was anything in the world better than playing baseball, Marcenia Lyle didn't know what it was. As a young girl in the 1930s, she chased down fly balls and stole bases, and dreamed of one day playing professional ball. With spirit, spunk, and a great passion for the sport, Marcenia struggled to overcome the objections of family, friends, and coaches, who felt a girl had no place in the field. When she finally won a position in a baseball summer camp sponsored by the St. Louis Cardinals, Marcenia was on her way to catching her dream. Full of warmth and youthful energy, Catching the Moon is the story of the girl who grew up to become the first woman to play for an all-male professional baseball team. Readers everywhere will be inspired by her courage to dream and determination to succeed.

4/14/2020
Sebastian's Roller Skates, read by Caitlin Wachs: Click here

Sebastian didn't talk very much, even though he had a lot to say. Sebastian was shy. He was very shy. But when he finds a pair of old roller skates in the park, he learns how to do much more than skate…

4/13/2020
A Tale of Two Beasts, read by Sarah Silverman: Click here

There are two sides to every story. In Part One, a little girl finds a strange beast in the woods and takes it home as a pet. She feeds it, shows it off to her friends and gives it a hat. But that night it escapes. Then, in Part Two, the beast tells the story of being kidnapped by the girl, who force-fed it squirrel food, scared it with a group of beasts and wrapped it in wool. Can the two beasts resolve their differences? A Tale of Two Beasts is an eye-opening story that makes you look at things from a different perspective.

4/9/2020
Carla's Sandwich, read by Allison Janney: Click here

When Carla brings weird sandwiches to school, her classmates have plenty to say about them. “That’s sick!” says Leslie. “That’s disgusting!” says Natie. But Carla thinks otherwise. “It’s unique. It’s creative.” - Just like Carla.

4/7/2020
The Tale of Peter Rabbit, read by Rose Byrne: Click here

The quintessential cautionary tale, The Tale of Peter Rabbit warns naughty children about the grave consequences of misbehaving. When Mrs. Rabbit beseeches her four furry children not to go into Mr. McGregor’s garden, the impish Peter naturally takes this as an open invitation to create mischief. He quickly gets in over his head, when he is spotted by farmer McGregor himself.

4/6/2020
The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake, read by Wanda Sykes:Click here

When crime happens, especially when food goes missing on Ed’s farm, mouse crime fighters and food detectives Wilcox and Griswold are the animals to call. When Miss Rabbit’s carrot cake goes missing, they do what it takes to track down the thieves.

4/3/2020
Library Lion, read by Mindy Sterling: Click here

Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren't any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how.

4/2/2020
Hey, That's My Monster, read by Lily Tomlin: Click here

When Ethan looks under the bed for his monster, he finds this note instead: “So long, kid. Gotta go. Someone needs me more than you do. –Gabe” How will Ethan ever get to sleep without his monster’s familiar, comforting snorts? And who could need Gabe more than Ethan does? Gabe must have gone to Ethan’s little sister’s room! She has been climbing out of bed every night to play, and obviously needs a monster to help her get to sleep – but not HIS monster! Ethan tries to help his sister find her own monster, but none are the perfect blend of cute and creepy. Just when it seems that Ethan will lose his monster forever, an uninvited, tutu-toting little monster full of frightening fun appears.

4/1/2020
April Foolishness w/ Music & EFX: Click here

Grand kids play April Fool's joke on their Grandpa with help from the farm's chickens, cows, goats and more.  Good thing Grandma is in on the fun!!!

3/31/2020
The Hula-Hoopin' Queen, read by Oprah Winfrey: Click here

Kameeka is confident that today she will finally beat her rival, Jamara, and become the Hula-Hoopin’ Queen of 139th Street. But then Mama reminds her that today is their neighbor Miz Adeline’s birthday, and Kameeka has a ton of chores to do to get ready for the party they are hosting. Kameeka’s disappointed to be stuck at home and can only think about the hoopin’ competition. Distracted, Kameeka accidentally ruins Miz Adeline’s birthday cake, and has to confess to her that there won’t be a cake for her special day. But then Miz Adeline’s confesses something too: she’s also got the itch—the hula-hoopin’ itch! Her fingers start snappin’. Her hips start swingin’. Soon everyone’s hips are swinging as the party spills out onto the street. The whole neighborhood’s got the itch—the hula-hoopin’ itch!

3/30/2020
A Bad Case of Stripes, read by Sean Astin: Click here

Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids at her school don't like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact she is so worried that she's about to break out in... A Bad Case of Stripes