So Summer is officially in full swing for most of us out there. Schools are letting out, and parents you’re once quiet afternoons are now being filled with the cheers and jeers of your kids. You’ve had the play dates, went to the Pirates game, gone to the zoo and Sand Castle, so what else can you do? Well let us help you out!
August Wilson Center for African American Culture is offering a summer reading series for the whole family to enjoy. No packing up the beach bag, no long lines, and no child leashes needed. Just come in and enjoy four great children’s books and spend some quality time with your whole family.
Here’s the 411 on the books:
Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys
By: Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
Illustrated by: E.B. Lewis
The youngest and only girl in a family with five boys, Virgie works hard to convince everyone she is old enough, strong enough and smart enough to attend the school set up by the Quakers for recently freed blacks in Jonesborough, Tenn. By the end of summer, she convinced her family that she can make the seven-mile walk to board at school each week and willingly handle the job of “learning to be free.” The story is a superb tribute to the author’s great aunt, the inspiration for this book. The author Elizabeth Howard leads and provides more background on her family’s story.
Who’s in Rabbit’s House?
By: Verna Aardema
Illustrated by: Leo & Diane Dillon
A Masai folktale, presented in the form of a play, in which the frog gets the job of getting a monster out of the rabbit’s house after the leopard, elephant and rhino bungle the job. AWC bookstore staff members, Cynthia Hill and Latoya Steadman, a student from Carlow University majoring in special education lead.
The Secret Olivia Told Me
By: N. Joy
Illustrated by: Nancy Devard
Can you keep a secret? Olivia has a secret - a BIG secret. It’s a secret that she tells only to her very best friend. And her friend promises she won’t say a word. But the secret is really BIG and really juicy. What will happen when a trusted friend slips and the secret gets out? From the AWC’s Education Department, Charlene Weaver and her grandson lead.
FREE every Saturday Noon to 1:30pm this June!
For more information, call 412.258.2700 or visit our events page!