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Virtual Story Time – Book: Knoxville, Tennessee
June 18 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Date: Friday, June 18, 2021
Time: 11:00 a.m. EDT
Location: Museum from Home Web Page
Join us at 11:00 a.m. twice each month for the Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s Virtual Story Time! In each session we will read from one or two children’s books, often including sounds or songs, learning sheets, or other related activities. Virtual Story Time is primarily geared toward children aged 3-6 years old, but may be enjoyed by older children and adults as a fun family activity. Stories have been chosen to relate to the museum’s content, musical heritage, and Appalachian culture. Each Virtual Story Time will “premiere” on Museum from Home and on the museum’s social media pages.
Reading aloud is a major factor in advancing early literacy skills in young children, helps in ongoing language development, and opens up children’s imagination.
Friday, June 18 our selection will be Knoxville, Tennessee, written by Nikki Giovanni and illustrated by Larry Johnson, read with permission given by Nikki Giovanni.
A poem by one of America’s most popular African-American poets celebrates the simple, comfortable pleasures of life in the South, describing vegetables eaten right out of the garden, church picnics, and homemade ice cream.
About the Author
Poet Nikki Giovanni was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on June 7, 1943. Although she grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, she and her sister returned to Knoxville each summer to visit their grandparents. Nikki graduated with honors in history from her grandfather’s alma mater, Fisk University. Since 1987, she has been on the faculty at Virginia Tech, where she is a University Distinguished Professor.
Giovanni has earned seven NAACP Image Awards and was named among Oprah Winfrey’s 25 Living Legends. She was the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Women of Courage Award, has been listed as Woman of the Year in three publications including Ebony Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, and Mademoiselle Magazine. Among her numerous awards, Giovanni has achieved the American Book Award, Caldecott Honor Book Award, Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame Award, and the Langston Hughes Award. A species of bat was also named in her honor – Micronycteris giovanniae!