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Dreaming in Color: Liberation Station Virtual Storytime
Coming to you from the beautiful NCMA galleries we all miss so much, Victoria Scott-Miller of Liberation Station bookstore offers a series of readings and book recommendations for young people and their families, using art and literature to build bridges.
Scott-Miller says, “Our Dreaming in Color series was created to represent and celebrate the vastness of Black culture and innovation while highlighting narratives such as joy, community, tradition, and leadership. Our selections unearth identifiable childhood experiences as a connecting point to explore with the authors, illustrators, and children who hold us accountable to share these stories . . . Dreaming in Color teaches us how to exist everywhere, how to take up as much room as possible; boldly and unapologetically.”
July reading selections
Can’t Scare Me by Ashley Bryan. A lavishly depicted cautionary tale of fearlessness and many-headed monsters.
From Victoria Scott-Miller:
There was a little boy who knew no fear . . . Nope, no fear at all. Not even when his grandma warns him of the giants—the two-headed giant and his three-headed brother, that is. Because this wild, fearless boy isn’t scared of any many-headed giants at all! So one day, he slips away. He just takes off and leaves his grandma behind. After all, what does he care? He’s got his mangoes, and the sunshine, and his flute. And he isn’t scared one bit. But our boy isn’t really bad, you know; just wild. And soon he misses his grandma.
So he turns around and runs right into—those monsters. He’s about to discover that he may indeed have something to fear . . . their terrible, horrible singing voices!
This trickster tale from the French Antilles will have readers toe-tapping and trying out their own singing voices.
Parker Looks Up by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry. A visit to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., alters Parker Curry’s young life when she views first lady Michelle Obama’s portrait.
From Victoria Scott-Miller:
When 2-year-old Parker Curry came face-to-face with Amy Sherald’s transcendent portrait of first lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, she didn’t just see the first lady of the United States. She saw a queen—one with dynamic self-assurance, regality, beauty, and truth who captured this young girl’s imagination. Parker saw the possibility and promise, the hopes and dreams of herself in this powerful painting of Michelle Obama. A nearby museumgoer snapped a photo of the mesmerized Parker, and it became an internet sensation, with Parker meeting the first lady, making an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and sharing her experience about the importance of representation. An everyday moment became an extraordinary one that continues to resonate its power, inspiration, and indelible impact. As Parker’s mother, Jessica Curry, said, “Anything is possible, regardless of race, class, or gender.”
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