Story Time with GCCSA

Connecting with our early learners using stories from around the world.

Listening to stories read aloud introduces new worlds to early learners – worlds of unique words, sounds and illustrations. Children will listen to a story, hear the words, see them pictured, and process them. 

GCCSA’s Head Start/ Early Head Start educators are bringing our classroom story time to the GCCSA Community. Each month, a different reader will share the beautifully written and illustrated stories from around the world; stories that are reflected in the rich backgrounds of our children.

Please join us by registering below.

November 16, 2021

The Day You Begin

By Jacqueline Woodson; Illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Excerpt from Penguin Random House: Featured in its own episode in the Netflix original show Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices! National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpré Illustrator Award winner Rafael López have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone.

December 14, 2021

Celebrate! The Holidays

By Sophia Day; Illustrated by Stephanie Strouse

Excerpt from Amazon: Experience the wonder and delight of the winter holidays! With a universal spirit of giving, celebrate holidays from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Come along and see how experiencing others’ traditions can deepen friendships and promote empathy and understanding. Readers of all backgrounds will see themselves in these pages while learning to value diversity.

January 19, 2022

Mama's Saris

By Pooja Makhijani; Illustrated by Elena Gomez

Excerpt from author: When a young girl eyes her mother’s suitcase full of gorgeous silk, cotton and embroidered saris, she decides that she, too, should wear one, even though she is too young for such clothing. Mama’s Saris captures an elegant snapshot of a young child’s wish to play dress up.

February 15, 2022

Mia's Mask

By Monica L. Woodard; Illustrated by Abira Das

Excerpt from Mia’s Mia’s Mask is a rhyming story about a young girl adjusting to wearing a face mask. Mia started wearing a mask due to the global pandemic, COVID-19. She had to learn to wear it properly and there is no in-between. Where does she go? What does she do? No matter what, she wears her mask for her safety and for your protection too!

March 22, 2022

Not Quite Snow White

By Ashley Franklin; Illustrated by Ebony Glenn

Excerpt from Harper Collins Publishers: A picture book for magical yet imperfect children everywhere, Not Quite Snow White is a delightful and inspiring tale that highlights the importance of self-confidence while taking an earnest look at what happens when that confidence is shaken or lost. Tameika, a girl who belongs on the stage, encourages us all to let our magic shine.

April 13, 2022

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

By Grace Lin; Illustrated by Grace Lin

Excerpt from Grace Lin Books: A gorgeous picture book that tells a whimsical origin story of the phases of the moon. Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she’s not supposed to eat any yet! What happens when she can’t resist a nibble?

May 17, 2022

Mae Among The Stars

By Roda Ahmed; Illustrated by Stasia Burrington

Excerpt from Harper Collins Publishers: A beautiful picture book for sharing and marking special occasions such as graduation, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison. An Amazon Best Book of the Month for young readers who have big dreams and even bigger hearts.

June 2022

Alma and How She Got Her Name

By Juana Martinez-Neal

Excerpt from Juana Martinez-Neal: What’s in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from — and who she may one day be. In her author-illustrator debut, Juana Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names.

July 2022

I Am Perfectly Designed

By Karamo Brown with Jason “Rachel” Brown; Illustrated by Anoosha Syed

Excerpt from Macmillan Publishers: I am Perfectly Designed is an exuberant celebration of loving who you are, exactly as you are, from Karamo Brown, the Culture Expert of Netflix’s hit series Queer Eye. In this empowering ode to modern families, a boy and his father take a joyful walk through the city, discovering all the ways in which they are perfectly designed for each other.

August 2022

Trombone Shorty

By Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews; Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Excerpt from Abrams Books:

Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans, where music always floated in the air, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews didn’t always have the money to buy an instrument, but he did have the dream to play music. This is the story of how he made his dream take flight.

December 14, 2021

December 14, 2021