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september, 2022

18sepsunKids In The Cliff: September FALL Stories!10:30 am - 11:30 pm Event Type :Kids Storytelling

Event Details

Jack and Jill – anonymous traditional English nursery rhyme, c. 1765
The Tooth – James Marshall, from George and Martha, 1972
Humpty Dumpty – anonymous traditional English nursery rhyme, c. 1797
Through The Looking Glass (short selection) – Lewis Carroll, 1871
In The Night Kitchen – Maurice Sendak, 1970

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole – Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, 2014

Hello again kids, neighbors, friends and families – welcome, everyone! Kids In The Cliff’s storytime now falls on the THIRD Sunday of each month, so come rainfall or sunshine, join us for the September edition at The Wild Detectives bookstore in the Bishop Arts District of Oak Cliff.

Next week kicks off the new season and students may be in school, but this weekend, storytime isn’t about autumn – it’s all FALL! We’ll tell tales of tumbles, sing songs of stumbles, recall the mythology of the fallen Greek empire and speculate on the wild backstories of some knockdown nursery rhymes. As toddlers can attest, humans have been falling since we first learned to stand, and falls make for great storytelling. The ancient Greeks had the cautionary tale of Icarus, the heedless youth who fell to the sea. Poor London Bridge has been melodically falling down for children’s amusement since its first print appearance in 1744, and did you know Jack and Jill was one of our earliest nursery rhymes? When it was first printed in Mother Goose’s Melody in 1765, Jill was Gill, and the included maxim was surprisingly dark. James Marshall’s hilarious hippos George and Martha seem to take a cue from this rhyme, but with a decidedly more upbeat lesson on friendship. Lewis Carroll’s Victorian-era Alice may be the most famous faller of all, but he took hefty inspiration from Mother Goose, folk traditions, poetry and other writings. His heroine’s dreamy fall down the rabbit hole, in turn, inspired countless further descent stories, like Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900), Christian Robinson’s contemporary charmer Another (2019), and Maurice Sendak’s magnificent, controversial In The Night Kitchen (1970), which we’ll read to mark the first day of the annual Banned Books Week! Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen’s Sam and Dave may be Alice’s long-lost offspring, but we also recommend Klassen’s suspenseful The Rock From the Sky (2021). With a few super short pieces then a couple of medium-length stories, whether you’re looking for fun for a rainy day or stories to fall asleep to, we’ve got something you’ll fall for. We’ll sing, play a record and games and have activity time too, so come join us at The Wild Detectives’ little house for a cozy morning of reading together this Sunday, and stick around after for extra fun. See you there!

*Special note for parents: We’ve brought back the fun for curious young minds and moved the stories outdoors. We have plenty of shade and covered patio space, but if weather necessitates, we may hold the event in the kids’ section indoors. 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, foreign finds, from home, our kids’ section or the local 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!

Next month’s 3rd Sunday storytime will be held October 16th, and you can look for Kids In The Cliff weekend storytime events anytime at The Wild Detectives’s events page. As people who’ve been there, we strive to select themes or titles that will be interesting enough to pique not only children’s, but also the attending adults’ curiosity. It’ll be about a 30-45 minute read each time with something different and fun for the kids – that’s going to be interesting; we can’t wait to see what they come up with.

Bring your kids and infuse them with a love of reading. All ages are welcome.

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 tutored 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.

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(Sunday) 10:30 am - 11:30 pm


The Wild Detectives

314 W 8th St, Oak Cliff, Dallas