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2021 Summer Reading Program

Join us for 8 fun weeks, June 21st to August 13th, of books and videos from Page Turner Adventures.
Each week has a neat theme for you to enjoy and participate in.
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Week 1 - Farmyard Friends


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SHOW DAY: MYRTLE OVER THE MOON 
In this original Moooosical Adventure, a “boring bovine” seeks love and fame on MooTube by attempting to jump over the moon using a trampoline, roller skates, and a jetpack. She fails, but finally realizes the appreciation she craves was there all along. A cast of talented kids join Kenny and Page Turner in this tale of farmyard friendship. 

CRAFT DAY: Cow Over the Moon Paper Plate Spinners 
With a couple of paper plates and a few simple supplies, kids can make their own Myrtles or Clydes or Jessicas or….


AUTHOR DAY: Tammi Sauer 
Tammi Sauer has written 30 picture books with more on the way!  In THE FARM THAT MAC BUILT: The scarecrow from Old Mac Donald’s farm emcees a barnyard theater production that collapses into hilarious chaos in this rollicking rendition of “The House That Jack Built.” And in NOT NOW, COW, all of the farm animals are ready for the seasons to change—but not Cow. Visit her at: Tammisauer.com 


MASHUP DAY: Clucking Chicken Cups
Time for another egg-cellent craft. Today we’re making chickens out of cups that actually cluck! 


GUEST DAY: Kamal Bell from Sankofa Farms 
Kamal Bell is not your average farmer. He started the 12-acre Sankofa Farms, in Durham, NC to improve food policy, teach nutritional literacy, and educate kids about agricultural-related professions. Kamal will take us on a virtual tour of Sankofa farms, including their working beehives, and give kids a "taste" of modern farm life. Visit his website at sankofafarmsllc.com

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Week 2 - Fish Tales


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SHOW DAY: The Ocean’s Got Talent 
We’ve searched the seven seas for some of the ocean’s most talented creatures. Octopus will perform an amazing escape, Mantis Shrimp will prove he’s not just a pretty face, and Angler Fish has an act you’ll definitely want to catch. With all this talent, will Sea Slug be able to shine? Puppetry and live action make this show a watery wonder. 

CRAFT DAY: “Printed” Ocean Scenes 
With some recycled styrofoam and water based markers, kids can make their own beautiful ocean scenes. 

AUTHOR DAY: Kate Messner 
Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books for kids who wonder, too. Visit her at katemessner.com. During our interview, we’ll talk about two books in Kate’s Over and Under series. 

MASHUP DAY: Coffee Filter Fish
With some water based markers and a little H2O, coffee filters are transformed into colorful fish. 

GUEST PERFORMER: Yasu Ishida 
Yasu is an award-winning performer who combines traditional Japanese theatre, music, origami, magic, and storytelling into one-of-a-kind performances. Yasu will share an excerpt of his show and teach kids how to make origami water creatures! To find out more about Yasu Ishida’s full virtual performances for libraries, visit his website: yasutheatre.com

 

 

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Week 3 - Pet Pals


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SHOW DAY: SUCH A LIBRARY! 
A live action/animated show about a wacky librarian, a magic book and, of course, lots of animals. Based on the book SUCH A LIBRARY! By Jill Ross Nadler (aka Page Turner). 

CRAFT DAY: Pet Pop Up Books 
With an old file folder and a pair of scissors, kids can create their own magical pop up books! 


AUTHOR/Illustrator Day: Author Donna Gephart and illustrator Francesca Chessa 
We have two special guests today, Author Donna Gephart and illustrator Francesca Chessa who will talk about their picture book GO BE WONDERFUL! Which features a spunky girl named Daisy and her pet dog, Mr. Bonkers. We’ll also get a sneak peek at Donna’s new novel for older readers, ABBY TRIED AND TRUE. Visit Donna at: donnagephart.com and Francesca at: francescachessa.format.com



MASHUP DAY: Pet Pal Open Face Sandwiches 
This delicious treat is part art project and part recipe, and all you need is a slice of bread and any fixins’ you can find around the house.

GUEST DAY: Jamie Katz, Pet Detective 
Yup, pet detectives are really a thing, and Jamie Katz (her REAL name!) is one of the best as Kenny and Jill (aka Page Turner) found out first hand when Jamie helped them find their lost cat, Philo. Jamie will introduce us to her sniffer dogs, Gable and Fletcher and show kids how she trains them to help find lost pets.

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Week 4 - Celebrity Critters


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SHOW DAY: The PAW-cademy Awards 
Get ready to roll out the red carpet when a cast of special guests join Kenny and Page during this classic awards-style show honoring furry friends of the silver screen, hero animals, and presidential pets. 

 

CRAFT DAY: Celebrity Paw Prints 
Using construction paper, paint, and craft foam, we’ll create celebrity paw prints worthy of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR DAY: Pat Cummings 
Pat is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King and the Boston Globe-Horn Book awards. She’ll share her latest book WHERE IS MOMMY. We’ll also meet a celebrity spider in ANANSE AND THE LIZARD.  Visit Pat’s website at: patcummings.com.

MASHUP DAY: Pat Cummings Reads her book HARVEY MOON, MUSEUM BOY! 

GUEST PERFORMER: Wesley Williams’ Puppy Pals-Comedy Dog Show
Wesley has been on America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent, now he’s here with an excerpt from his hilarious Puppy Pals show featuring cute canines creating controlled chaos! For information about scheduling a full virtual show, visit PuppyPalsShow.com

 

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Week 5 - Safari Stories


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SHOW DAY: The Sofa Safari Game Show 
What animal eats upside down? How many hearts does an octopus have? Can you hop as high as a kangaroo? These questions and more will be answered during Sofa Safari, the interactive game show that takes you on a safari without leaving your sofa! 

CRAFT DAY: Jungle Safari Flashlight Craft 
A zip lock bag, black and white construction paper, and permanent markers are all that’s needed to make this project that’s part craft and part optical illusion.

ILLUSTRATOR DAY: David DePasquale 
Illustrator David DePasquale will share his debut picture book A WISDOM OF WOMBATS and invite kids to explore the wonderful words we use to describe groups of animals. David is also the lead character designer on Arlo the Alligator Boy, a new Netflix movie available now! He’ll give us some tips and tricks for future illustrators and animators! Visit him at: davidadepasquale.com.

MASHUP DAY:
A virtual visit with Jim Hammond, puppet master from THE LION KING. Get ready for a ROARING good time when Jim shares some backstage stories and teaches kids how to be puppeteers. We will include a bonus craft video on this day that teaches kids how to make their own “hand puppets.” Visit: puppetnetwork.net

GUEST DAY: Teachers of Nature
Every animal needs a superpower to survive. Cheetahs have speed, chameleons have camouflage and birds have flight. Meet real live animal superheroes in this “wild” program.  And visit TeachersofNature.com to book your own incredible animal expert!

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Week 6 - Creepy Crawlies


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SHOW: The Smallest Show on Earth!  
Felix the Flea wants to join a Flea Circus. But when his emotions get the best of him, Page and Kenny decide to put on an actual circus to show him the ropes. They’re joined by some special guests including a real jumping spider, the owner and star of Circus Kirkus, and Jonathan Lee Iverson...Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily’s last Ringmaster (really!).   

CRAFT DAY: Climbing Spider Craft 
Grab some popsicle sticks, masking tape, and yarn to create a spider that can climb up any water spout.

 

AUTHOR DAY: Candace Fleming 
Candace Fleming is the acclaimed author of more than forty books for children and young adults, including this year’s Sibert Medal Award Winning Book HONEYBEE: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera. We’ll also chat about her book CUBS IN THE TUB. Visit: candacefleming.com.

MASHUP DAY: Bug Bites Recipe 
Nut butter, honey, oats and “mix-ins” make these the best bug bites you’ll ever have. 

GUEST PERFORMER: Bobby Norfolk 
An internationally known storyteller, performer and teaching artist, Bobby Norfolk is a three-time Emmy Award winner, multiple Parents' Choice Gold and Silver Award winner, and a National Storytelling Network Oracle Award recipient. Visit: bobbynorfolk.com .

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Week 7 - Fantastic Beasts


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SHOW DAY: The Book From Outer Space 
Last year, we did a live-action version of this show. This year it’s an ANIMATED MUSICAL ADVENTUREl When the Intergalactic Library is accidentally unplugged, the kids at home must join Kenny and Page on a virtual adventure to find an alien space slug to save the day. 

CRAFT DAY: Paper Plate Dinosaurs 
Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? With a paper plate, paint and a toilet paper tube, kids will bring these beauties back from extinction. 


ILLUSTRATOR DAY: Raissa Figeruoa 
Artist Raissa Figueroa, brings Kelly diPuccio’s story about a curious mermaid to life with gorgeous underwater illustrations. Raissa lives and works in San Diego, California where she loves walking the beaches in search of treasures of her own. She’s also the illustrator of WE WAIT FOR THE SUN, written by Katie McCabe and Dovey Johnson Roundtree. Visit Raissa at rizzyfig.com.


MASHUP DAY: Frozen Unicorn Horns 
½ a banana, vanilla yogurt, and colorful sprinkles make this a magical treat. 


GUEST DAY: Dustin Growick, the Dinosaur Whisperer 
This week is DINO-mite with a special guest and author visit rolled into one. Dustin is the author of DINOSAUR A-Z and UTTERLY AMAZING DINOSAUR from DK Books. 

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Week 8 - Swamp Stories


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SHOW DAY: Everglades Adventure 
Panthers, and Alligators, and Manatees...oh, my! Kenny and Page must travel through the River of Grass to save the Once Upon a Time Machine. 

CRAFT DAY: Snake Coils
These cute critters are made from paper towel tubes. 

AUTHOR DAY: Christina Soontornvat 
Christina Soontornvat is an award-winning author, engineer, and STEM educator. Her many works for children include picture books and the Diary of an Ice Princess chapter book series. Her middle grade fantasy novel, A Wish in the Dark, and All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team were both named 2021 Newbery Honor Books. We’ll chat about several of her books including ALL THIRTEEN: THE INCREDIBLE CAVE RESCUE OF THE THAI BOYS’ SOCCER TEAM. While not technically animal-themed, it is a fantastic book and the name of the soccer team is the Wild Boars. So, hey, it works! Visit her at: soontornvat.com.

MASHUP DAY: Big Mouth Frog story and Origami Jumping Frog 
Page Turner tells the story of the Big Mouth frog, then shows the kids how to make their own jumping frogs using only an index card. 

GUEST PERFORMER: Roger Day 
Grab your boots! And join Roger Day on a musical journey when he sings an excerpt from his Marsh Mud Madness Show. Roger has devoted his life to making sure that future generations sing loud, jump high, and--most importantly--dream big. He’s a four-time Parents' Choice® Gold Award Winner, National Association of Parenting Publications® Gold Award winner, and recipient of the  NACA Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity. Visit his website at: rogerday.com.

 

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