Come join us! For Kids
Come join us! For Kids In The Cliff storytime at The Wild Detectives this Sunday morning, we’ll while away the end of these seemingly endless summer days with unusual stories with snails. Last week, we read about terrific and terrible tigers, but now we slow it waaaay down.
Italian author-illustrator Beatrice Alemagna’s lovely On A Magical Do-Nothing Day from 2016 is a delightful exploration of a bored kid’s real world when forced to part ways with the digital world. Sound familiar, anyone? The hooded hero spots some snails and gives a nod and a wink to Peter from Keats’ The Snowy Day.
Next, see if YOU can spot the snails. Snail, where are you? is Tomi Ungerer’s 1962 finders’ find! Look for the snails hidden in each of the pictures. Just like in real life, they’re hidden everywhere – right under your nose!
After that, we’ll read a story of two siblings on a surprising school day, when the snails might be the least strange thing around. Best known as a McSweeney’s author for grownups, former Texan Arthur Bradford’s 2012 Benny’s Brigade is one of the most fabulously odd picture books out there. Lisa Hanawalt’s illustrations are fresh and fascinating – a perfect match for the text.
Last, as August marks the coming of school for some, we will have fun books with numbers or ABCs every weekend this month! So to end, we’ll test our counting AND snail-spotting skills with Charley Harper’s 123s. This smart 2008 board book from Ammo Books uses graphics and paintings of mid-century artist Harper to great effect, perfect for even the youngest book lovers.
*Special note for parents: As usual, we’ll have related extra books on hand in case you are looking for other excellent picture books we recommend! Particular emphasis is placed on striking illustrations, great graphic design or standout writing. Titles may be brand new, old treasures, from home, our Kids’ Section or the library, but they are always picked with love and a sense of adventure. If there’s a book you’d love, consider our ordering service!
Kids In The Cliff is organized by Lanie DeLay, who has worked at Dallas Contemporary, the Dallas Public Library, Hamon Arts Library at SMU, at area preschools and the School For The Blind in Austin. She has written for Glasstire and Art&Seek, and she tutors children in early reading skills at Dealey Montessori. When she isn’t looking at art or reading with kids, she’s reading about art or looking for a new read.
It’ll be about a 45 minute read with something fun for the kids–that’s going to be interesting, we can’t wait to see what they come up with.
All ages are welcome.
On Sunday mornings, bring your kids and infuse them with a love of reading.
(Sunday) 11:00 am - 11:45 am
The Wild Detectives
314 W 8th St, Oak Cliff, Dallas