Category Archives: Storytime

December 2- Drag Queen Story Hour w/ Harmonica Sunbeam

Drag Queen Story Hour is making a stop at Word Up Community Bookshop! On Saturday, December 2nd, at 11 AM, the wonderful and very fabulous Harmonica Sunbeam will read books and lead kids in a craft project. Dress up if you would like, and get ready to have a good time!
Drag Queen Story Hour is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.
Created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco, DQSH now happens regularly in LA, New York, and San Francisco, and events are popping up all over the world!
Eventbrite page to get RSVPs:
Viene la Hora de Cuentos con Drag Queens (Drag Queen Story Hour) a Word Up Librería comunitaria! Sábado, el 2 de diciembre, a las 11am, la increíble y fabulosa Harmonica Sunbeam leerá libros para niños y dirigirá una actividad de manualidades infantiles. ¡Vengan con disfraz, si quieren, y con ganas de divertirse!
La Hora de Cuentos con Drag Queens es exactamente lo que uno se imagina—unas drag queens leen cuentos a niños en bibliotecas, escuelas, y librerías. DQSH (por sus siglas en inglés) rescata la imaginación y el juego de la fluidez de género infantil y provee modelos glamorosos, positivos, y descaradamente queer para niños. En espacios como éste, los niños pueden conocer personas que desafían las restricciones rígidas de género e imaginar un mundo en el cual se pueden presentar como quieran, donde el disfraz se vuelve real.
Creado por Michelle Tea y RADAR Productions en San Francisco, DQSH ahora sucede regularmente en LA, Nueva York, y San Francisco, y se sigue difundiendo por todo el mundo.
Página para RSVP:
Drag Queen Story Hour / Hora de Cuentos con Drag Queens
Saturday, December 2 / Sábado, 2 de diciembre, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop / Librería Comunitaria




November 18 – Story Time for Kids with G. A. Sealy

We’ve got a special guest at story time on November 18: G.A. Sealy, author of Don’t You Know You are Beautiful Just the Way You Are (which was awarded the 2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Silver Award in the Mind-Body-Spirit and Self-Esteem category), The Fight Between the Sun and the Moon, How Do Plants Grow, and more!

G. A. Sealy is originally from Queens, New York, but has lived in Atlanta for the past 10 years. G.A. Sealy is a certified science, health, and wellness educator and consultant, and life coach.

Story Time with G. A. Sealy
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.

November 10 – An Afterschool Chat with Innosanto Nagara

Come by after school and meet author Innosanto Nagara! He wrote A is for Activist, Counting on Community, and My Night at the Planetarium, and will be sharing with us his new book, The Wedding Portrait, a story for kids ages 6 to 10 about standing up for what’s right. 

The Wedding Portrait contains stories of direct action from around the world—from indigenous people in Colombia blocking an oil company from destroying their environment, to Claudette Colvin taking a seat in the front of the bus to protest racism. Through bright pictures and inspiring words, Innosanto explains the meaning of “blockade,” “boycott,” “civil disobedience,” and other ways that ordinary people have said “No!” to unfair treatment. 

As with many of his past books, Innosanto created the story for his own son, and he is happy to answer questions from audience members of all ages after the reading. All books will be available for sale. 

An afterschool chat with Innosanto Nagara​
presented with La Casa
Friday, November 10, 2017 • 4–5:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.

28 de Mayo – Círculo de lectura para adultos

Una reunión casual para sumergirse en el hábito de la lectura y la literatura en español a través de cuentos ilustrados, poemas, relatos y más. Moderada por Mariel Escalante, voluntaria de Word Up.

Círculo de lectura para adultos
Domingo 13 de Mayo, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 avenida Amsterdam (en la calle 165)
New York NY 10032


March 11 – Special Story Time: Meet Little Dude!

Little DudeBring your kids to the community book shop to hear their favorite stories read out loud by experienced, trained readers. Just like their teachers in the classroom, but with new faces and new friends!

Meet Little Dude! The New York therapy dog, who guides children on adventures throughout his big world, as he teaches lessons of kindness within a six-part book series. The series include themes of kindness, manners, feelings, respect, empathy and courage. All are welcome for the book reading where children will learn the Little Dude song and meet Little Dude. More at:


Special Story Time: Meet Little Dude!
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (at 165 St.)
New York, NY 10032