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Virtual Story Time

January 29, 2021

Gather the family around the screen for the premiere of an all-new Virtual Story Time where we’ll read from Hello, I’m Johnny Cash by author G. Neri and illustrated by A. G. Ford.

Date: Friday, January 29, 2021

Time: Premieres 11:00 a.m. EST

Location: Museum from Home web link

Virtual Story Time is a twice-monthly program where you and your family can read along to one or two children’s books, often including sounds or songs, learning sheets, or other related activities. Primarily geared to children aged 3-6 years old, you’ll find older children and adults find Virtual Story Time as a fun event with activities they can do together. Stories have been chosen to relate to the museum’s content, musical heritage, and Appalachian culture.

Each Virtual Story Time will be “premiered” on the museum’s Museum from Home web page and shared on the museum’s social media channels.

Hello, I’m Johnny Cash

There’s never been anyone like music legend Johnny Cash. His deep voice is instantly recognizable, and his heartfelt songs resonate with listeners of all ages and backgrounds. G. Neri captures Johnny’s story in beautiful free verse, portraying an ordinary boy with an extraordinary talent who grew up in extreme poverty, faced incredible challenges, and ultimately found his calling by always being true to the gift of his voice. A. G. Ford’s luscious paintings of the dramatic southern landscape of Johnny Cash’s childhood illuminate this portrait of a legend, taking us from his humble beginnings to his enormous success on the world stage.

About the Author

G. Neri is the Coretta Scott King honor-winning author of Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty and the recipient of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award for his free-verse novella, Chess Rumble. His books have been translated into multiple languages in over 25 countries. They include Tru & Nelle, Grand Theft Horse, Hello, I’m Johnny Cash, and Ghetto Cowboy, which was made into the upcoming movie, Concrete Cowboy, starring Idris Elba. In 2017, he was awarded the first of two National Science Foundation grants that sent him to Antarctica. Prior to becoming a writer, Neri was a filmmaker, an animator/illustrator, a digital media producer, and one of the creators of The Truth anti-smoking campaign. He is currently co-chair of the Antarctic Artists and Writers Collective and writes full-time while living on the Gulf Coast of Florida with his wife and daughter.


January 29, 2021
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