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Virtual Story Time featuring When Uncle Took the Fiddle

Date: Friday, July 2, 2021

Time: 11:00 a.m. EDT

Location: Museum from Home Web Page

VISIT MUSEUM FROM HOME

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, July 2 our selection will be When Uncle Took the Fiddle written by Libba Moore Gray and illustrated by Lloyd Broom, with permission given by Scholastic Books.

When Uncle Took the Fiddle

When the entire family declares they are exhausted, Uncle reaches for the fiddle, and before you know it, Grandpa’s feet are stomping, grandma’s hands are clapping, and everyone finds good cheer.

About the Author

Libba Moore Gray has been an actress, a dancer, and for twenty years a teacher of high school English and drama. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in a number of literary magazines, and Miss Tizzy was her first book for children. Ms. Gray’s four children include a businessman, a ballerina, a teacher, and a professional clown. With her husband, Robert, she makes her home in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Virtual Story Time – Book: Knoxville, Tennessee

Date: Friday, June 18, 2021

Time: 11:00 a.m. EDT

Location: Museum from Home Web Page

VISIT MUSEUM FROM HOME

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.

Knoxville, Tennessee

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!

 

The Little Black Truck

Date: Friday, June 4, 2021

Time: 11:00 a.m. EDT

Location: Museum from Home Web Page

VISIT MUSEUM FROM HOME

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 4 our selection will be The Little Black Truck written by Libba Moore Gray and illustrated by Elizabeth Sayles, read with permission from Simon & Shuster.

The Little Black Truck

A charming tale depicted in luminous pastels recounts the history of a trusty pickup truck left out in the woods after it gets too old to work anymore, until the owner’s grandson restores its original beauty.

About the Author

Libba Moore Gray has been an actress, a dancer, and for twenty years a teacher of high school English and drama. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in a number of literary magazines, and Miss Tizzy was her first book for children. Ms. Gray’s four children include a businessman, a ballerina, a teacher, and a professional clown. With her husband, Robert, she makes her home in Knoxville, Tennessee.

 

Cowboy Dreams

Date: Friday, May 21, 2021

Time: 11:00 a.m. EDT

Location: Museum from Home Web Page

VISIT MUSEUM FROM HOME

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, May 21 our selection will be Cowboy Dreams, written and illustrated by Dayal Kaur Khalsa and will be read with permission by Penguin Random House.

Cowboy Dreams

One of the most colorful and best-selling books by Dayal Kaur Khalsa is back in print – and in paper. In this enchanting story, an imaginative city girl yearns to be a cowboy and to have her very own horse. So she builds one on the basement banister and, using a jump rope for reins, rides all winter long, singing cowboy tunes.

About the Author

Dayal Kaur Khalsa both wrote and illustrated picture books that celebrate the joys in life: the love between grandparents and grandchildren, the togetherness of a family holiday, the ingenuity of a girl who wants a dog, the thrill of discovering a new and delicious food. Her books have won numerous awards, including being chosen twice for the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year and twice as a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Dayal Kaur Khalsa died in 1989.

Georgia Music

Date: Friday, May 7, 2021

Time: 11:00 a.m. EDT

Location: Museum from Home Web Page

VISIT MUSEUM FROM HOME

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, May 7 our selection will be Georgia Music, written by Helen V. Griffith and illustrated by James Stevenson.

Georgia Music

A young girl finds a way to make her sick grandfather laugh again by bringing back the Georgia music they had shared the summer before.

“Luminous watercolors.” ~ Kirkus Reviews.
“A sensitive portrayal of the vital connection between young and old.” ~ Booklist.

About the Author

Helen V. Griffith is the author of many award-winning books for children, including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book Georgia Music, illustrated by James Stevenson, and the ALA Notable Books Grandaddy and Janetta, Grandaddy’s Place, and Grandaddy’s Stars (all illustrated by James Stevenson). Helen Griffith lives in Wilmington, Delaware.

Virtual Story Time

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.