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August 16, 2021
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
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Summer stories from the California State Library, with Jennifer Newsom reading stories every Monday. The stories are an any-time event on You Tube for several weeks after they are first read.
Free, thanks to the California State Library, First 5 Association of California, & First 5.
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8:00 AM Monday Story from Jennifer Siebel Newsom, California's First Partner (YouTube)

Monday, August 16, 2021

Welcome to the First Partner’s Summer Book Club virtual story time. Story time is a fun family activity for preschool-age kids (3-5 years), but all ages are welcome to join and listen to these stories - they have something to offer everyone. The First Partner’s Summer Book Club helps to spread the word about summer reading programs hosted by local libraries throughout the state.

First Partner
Story Time

Jennifer Siebel Newsom reads stories for young children, summer 2021    Yes, you can earn a Beanstack Badge for listening!
With Jennifer Siebel Newsom
& special guests

The First Partner has curated a list of 23 books that teach kids important social and emotional learning tools and highlight key values, like diversity, mindfulness, a healthy self-esteem and acceptance of others.

With this online story time, you can hear Jennifer read the 10 books for the youngest children, but her list also includes 8 books for early elementary school, and 5 books for late elementary school readers. All the books are available at the library if you would like to read them at home!

Preschool – Kindergarten
  • Marta Big and Small, by Jen Arena
  • At The Mountains Base, by Traci Sorell
  • Me & Mama, by Cozbi A. Cabrera
  • If You Plant a Seed, by Kadir Nelson
  • Three Billy Goats Buenos, by Susan Middleton Elya
  • Grandad's Camper, by Harry Woodgate
  • Outside Inside, by Leuyen Pham
  • Laxmi's Mooch, by Shelly Anand
  • Alma and How She Got Her Name, by Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Eyes that Kiss in the Corners, by Joanna Ho

Early Grades
  • A New Day, by Brad Meltzer
  • Jo Jo Makoons, Used to be Best Friend, by Dawn Quigley
  • Lift, by Minh Le
  • My First Day, by Phung Nguyen Quang and Huynh Kim Lien
  • My Kite is Stuck, by Salina Yoon
  • Something Wonderful, by Matt Ritter
  • Tag Team, by Raul the Third
  • Todos Iguales = All Equal, by Christy Hale

Older Grades
  • Efren Divided, by Ernesto Cisneros
  • Indian No More, by Charleene Williing, Traci Sorell
  • It Ain't So Awful, Falafel, by Firoozeh Dumas
  • Lalani of the Distant Sea, by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Stand Up, Yumi Chung, by Jessica Kim