Category Archives: Storytime

June 15 – Word Up’s 8th Birthday Party!

Stop by from 11am to 6pm on Saturday, June 15th for our birthday celebration—there will be food, drinks, and fun. See below for specific activities, and join us at 4:30pm for cake! *Please note that we will be closing at 6pm as usual.*

11am–12pm: Hora del cuento con Alexis Ruginis y Mariel Escalante
¿Dónde está el coquí?
Explora Latinoamérica y el Caribe mientras aprendes sobre animales, verbos y números con el coquí, una ranita cantante de Puerto Rico.
    Explore Latin America and the Caribbean while learning about animals, verbs, and numbers with the coquí, a small singing frog from Puerto Rico.
1–2pm: Why Are Our Skin Colors So Different?: Interactive Mask-Making Workshop 
Recommended for ages 6–9. RSVP requested (includes $5 materials fee): http://tinyurl.com/differenter
When your child begins to observe differences in skin color, don’t their questions warrant straight-forward responses? Jyoti Gupta’s book does just that by introducing skin color to children in a healthy way. Different Differenter: An Activity Book about Skin Color takes you on a playful discovery to find answers that work for your family—while thoughtfully introducing facts and boundary-setting words. Anti-bias and diversity educators are calling it “provocative and sensitive,” “a culturally-relevant discussion guide,” and “positive and nonjudgmental.”
Join the author for an interactive, hands-on, mask-making workshop. Your child will participate in a discussion about skin colors, learn about adaptation, a process that began 10,000 years ago, and enjoy making a mask. The idea is to create a participatory, active learning environment where they can co-create messaging about skin colors.
Jyoti Gupta is a multi-disciplinary practitioner-scholar, social-justice media maker, and a media-literacy educator. Her independent work on the subject of colorism has garnered support from parents, scholars, elementary schools educators. She has represented her work at TEDxWomen and Jaipur Literary Festival, South Asia’s largest literary event. JyotiGupta.org.
2:30–4pm: Dominican Writers Book Club in collaboration with Word Up: Soledad
Dominican Writers is convening a new book club! In anticipation of Angie Cruz’s Dominicana, which is forthcoming in September 2019, DW and Word Up are teaming up for the June selection: Soledad by Angie Cruz. Bring your copy, or purchase one at the shop or at wordupbooks.com. While you are at it, preorder a copy of Dominicana today!
4:30pm: Cake cutting to celebrate 8 years of Word Up!
Word Up’s 8th Birthday Party
Saturday, June 15, 2019
11am–6pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th St
New York NY 10032
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June 8 – Special Story Time with Debbie Gonzalez

Alongside our beloved regular story time reader Mariel Escalante, this Saturday, we welcome guest reader Debbie Gonzalez, proud mama of her fur baby Cooper, and author of the children’s picture book, A Walk with Cooper, illustrated by Kate Fallahee.

Books will be available for sale at the event, and can be purchased in advance at https://www.wordupbooks.com/book/9781733613002.

Special Story Time with Debbie Gonzalez & Mariel Escalante
Saturday, June 8, 2019
11am–12pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

May 14: Hair Love, with Matthew A. Cherry & Vashti Harrison

Matthew A. Cherry presents his new children’s picture book, Hair Love, an ode to loving your natural hair—and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere. At this book launch at Word Up Community Bookshop, Matthew will read, with a drawing demonstration by New York Times–bestselling illustrator Vashti Harrison. Recommended for ages 4–8.

In Hair Love, Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her—and her hair—happy.
Preorder your book here:
About the author:
Chicago native Matthew A. Cherry is a former NFL wide receiver turned filmmaker who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and the Baltimore Ravens. Now, he directs music videos, web series, feature films, and shorts, including “Hair Love,” the animated short film on which this book is based. Matthew was named to Paste Magazine‘s list of Directors to Watch in 2016, and he works at Jordan Peele’s production company, Monkeypaw (UsGet OutTwilight Zone) as a film and television executive.
About the illustrator:
Originally from Onley, Virginia, Vashti Harrison is the author and illustrator of New York Times–bestselling Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (which is also an NAACP Image Award winner), Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World, and Dream Big, Little One. In addition to illustrating Matthew A. Cherry’s Hair Love, Vashti is the illustrator for Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal’s Festival of Colors, Kimberly Derting and Shelli R. Johannes’s Cece Loves Science! and Lupita Nyong’o’s forthcoming Sulwe.
Hair Love
a reading by Matthew A. Cherry & drawing demonstration by Vashti Harrison
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
5–6:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032

October 31- Pumpkin Tales

Get ready for Halloween with Pumpkin Tales, with storyteller Rachael Harrington. These not-so-scary stories will have kids listening, moving, and playing through tales full of pumpkins, scarecrows, cats, and more! This program is great for ages 2-4 accompanied by caregivers.

Pumpkin Tales                                                                                                  Wednesday, October 31, 2018                                                                                   11:30am–12:10pm                                                                                                       Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria                             2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.                                                                  New York NY 10032

June 16: Special Story Time for Kids: Julián Is a Mermaid

Join us for a story time with debut author-illustrator (and Broadway actress) Jessica Love as she reads her new book Julián Is a Mermaid! This beautiful picture book set in New York City celebrates love and acceptance and defies gender stereotypes. While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes — and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love’s author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality. The reading will be followed by a short craft activity and books will be available for sale.

Jessica Love is an illustrator and Broadway actress. She has a BA in studio art from the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as a graduate degree from Juilliard. She lives in New York.

Special Story Time for Kids: Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love                                                                                                         Saturday, June 16, 2018
11 am to 12:00 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Ave (at 165th Street)
New York, NY