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StoryCorner

Fun with Books Programs

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Open the world of books to children through creativity and interaction with Gateway StoryCorner progams. Our artists will engage children and bring books to life through dance, dramatic play, music and visual art explorations.

StoryCorner programs are available to early childhood sites.

Cost: $95 for 30-minute session; Additional $25 for visual art programs with 15-minute art-making activity. Call for pricing outside of Allegheny County.

To schedule, contact Sarah Greenbaum at 412-456-2695 or email.

Joanna Abel

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Giraffes Can Dance

Poor Gerald the Giraffe's neck was so long and his legs were so thin that the animals made fun of him at the annual Jungle Dance. When a little cricket helps Gerald hear the sounds of nature around him, he learns to dance to his own special music. Dancer and visual artist Joanna Abel helps children learn that "when you're special, you just need a different song." For an additoinal $25 fee, children can make their own jungle scenes featuring a dancing giraffe!

Alison Babusci

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I’m an Architect!

This exciting program, with visual artist and storyteller Alison Babusci, is designed to engage students through the arts and highlight an extraordinary picture book, Iggy peck, Architect. Your little architects will learn math and art skills, use their bodies to explore balance and shapes, and sing and collaborate together. If you wish to add an art project for an additional $25, students will design their own architectural structure and create a “blueprint”!

Wabei Siyolwe

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The Crocodile and the Hen

In "The Crocodile and the Hen," a Bakongo folktale from Central Africa, the clever hen outwits a hungry reptile. Children will discover what the crocodile and the hen have in common when they join Wabei for an imaginary journey up the Congo River!

Amber Fantini

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Billy Goat Blast!

Children will love trip-tropping across the bridge with the Three Billy Goats Gruff as they explore this classic tale through dramatic play, sound, and pantomime. Amber Fantini engages participants in the musical and physical concepts of "High," "Middle," and "Low" and encourages problem-solving as the young billy goats try to trick the hungry troll lurking in the river below.

Joanna Reed

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Head, Body, Legs

In Head, Body, Legs, a folktale from Liberia, a lonely head gets the help of some arms, legs, and a torso in order to reach his goals! Children will learn about the parts that make up the human body through creative movement guided by professional dancer, Joanna Reed while exploring all the different movement possibilities of the head, arms, and legs. The book Head, Body, Legs combined with Joanna’s dance activities help children learn the importance of teamwork and cooperation!

Anqwenique Wingfield

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Duck, Duck, Dance!

Vocalist Anqwenique Wingfield will introduce children to a family of quacky ducks who love to have fun and show off their socks in Duck Sock Hop. After the ducks tear, rip, and ultimately lose their socks, everyone has to problem-solve in order to find new ones! Anqwenique will engage children in counting skills and recognizing shapes and colors through dramaitic reading, singing and dancing.

Christina Farrell

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Too Many Spiders!

When a friendly spider becomes a family pet, she invites all of her spider friends into the house! Children help teaching artist Christina Farrell tell the lively story of Aaaarrgghh! Spider! through song, creative movement and role-playing. They will put their math skills to the test to help the family solve the problem of "too many spiders."

Jeff Berman

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Bee-bim Bop!

Everybody loves to eat! Musician Jeff Berman leads children through the rhymes and refrains of this fanciful book that captures the delight of a child as she helps her mother prepare a tasty traditional Korean dish—Bee-bim bop! Book by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Ho Baek Lee. This program may be adapted for early intervention classroom. Specify when scheduling.

Max Found Two Sticks

You do not need to talk to express how you feel! Percussionist Jeff Berman will lead children through this delightful story book by J. Brian Pinkney and guide everyone in improvising rhythmic patterns and chants along the way. This program may be adapted for early intervention classroom. Specify when scheduling.

Betty Lee Dell

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Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock

In this West African/Caribbean tale retold with puppets, Anansi the Spider uses a magic rock to trick the other animals so that he can steal their food. But Little Bush Deer sees Anansi’s wicked ways, and sets things right by turning the table on the greedy spider. By Eric A. Kimmel. This program may be adapted for early intervention classroom. Specify when scheduling.

Owl Babies

Where is Mother Owl? Children will identify with the three young owls in Martin Waddell’s Owl Babies as they flap, fly, and wait for their mama to return. Betty Dell uses puppets and props to make this interactive storytime fun for young learners. This program may be adapted for early intervention classroom. Specify when scheduling.

The Wide-Mouth Frog

Things are really jumping on the pond! Betty Dell’s storytime features counting, puppets, songs, and movement. Keith Faulkner’s book, The Wide-Mouth Frog, is featured in an interactive storytime that’s sure to make a splash! This program may be adapted for early intervention classroom. Specify when scheduling.

When Sophie Gets Angry, Really, Really Angry

Everybody gets angry, but learning safe ways to express these feelings can help children discover appropriate actions. Betty’s storytelling supports children as they act out the emotions of the Molly Bang’s book, When Sophie Gets Angry, Really, Really Angry, and guides them as they explore their own ways to process these strong emotions. This program may be adapted for early intervention classroom. Specify when scheduling.

Joann Kielar

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Green Eggs and Ham

Children will enjoy answering Sam-I-Am’s infamous question “Do you like green eggs and ham?” while learning about rhyming words and discovering that it’s fun to try new things. This program may be adapted for early intervention classroom. Specify when scheduling. Terms: Early Childhood, Pre-K, Story Time

Now Things are Worse

In this comic Yiddish folk tale about a man who takes advice only to find his situation becoming increasingly ridiculous, artist/puppeteer Joanne Kielar engages children by using props and folk instruments. Young listeners will help create the sound effects that accompany this fun-filled tale. This program may be adapted for early intervention classroom. Specify when scheduling.

Veronica López

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El Mar

Artist Veronica López will “dive” deep down the sea to discover the amazing creatures that live underwater while reading from the Spanish language book El Mar by Jordi Busquests. For an additional fee of $25, children can create their own “Under the Sea” collage using a variety of papers.

En este libro la artista Veronica López va a explorer todas las fantásticas criaturas que viven en el mar. A continuación los niños tendran la oportunidad de hacer su propio collage "Abajo del Agua" usando una gran variedad de papeles.

Amir Rashidd

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John Henry

Amir brings this legendary folk hero to life with railroad work songs of the era. This steel drivin’ man was big, strong, fast, and fearless, but can he beat the railroad boss’ steam drill using only his hammers and amazing strength?

Rap a Tap Tap with Bojangles

Join Amir Rashiid for a toe-tapping presentation of this award-winning book - Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles, Think of That - about the greatest tap dancer of all time. Clap, tap and rhyme along to sound of the harmonica. Learn to talk with your feet!

The Sound That Jazz Makes

Join storyteller and musician Amir Rashidd on this journey through the vivid sounds of jazz in this lively and exciting book by Carol Boston Weatherford, with illustrations by Eric Velasquez.

Barbara Russell

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Mr. Grumpy's Outing

Mr. Gumpy is having a nice boat ride with some children and animals until the all misbehave! Actor-educator Barbara Russell will encourage children to dramatize this award-winning story by John Burningham using pictures, sound and movement.

The Cat in the Hat

Mrs. Russell will read Dr. Seuss’ classic The Cat in the Hat...about a cat that brings an exuberant form of chaos to the household of two young children. Young listeners will try out some of Cat’s wacky tricks and tell what they would do inside on a rainy day.

What do YOU see?

Pittsburgh actor/educator Barbara Russell introduces children to three classic books by Bill Martin, Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle... Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?; and Panda, Panda, What Do You See? Barbara’s interactive readings are full of images, movement and sound.

Alison Zapata

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From Head to Toe

Alison Zapata and her friend Koko use interactive storytelling, art-making, and movement to explore this Eric Carle favorite.  For an additional fee of $25, Alison will lead the children in creating an animal collage!

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish with Alison Zapata

Go fishing for rhymes and rhythms in the fun-filled fantasy world of Dr. Seuss' One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. For an additional $25, Alison can add a 15-minute art-making activity, in which each child will make and take home their very own "fishing" kit.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Celebrate this beloved classic by Eric Carle with an engaging read-along with artist Alison Zapata! For an additional fee of $25, Alison will help the children make beautiful butterfly wings and create a fluttery butterfly parade!

The Great Kapok Tree

Take a trip with Alison Zapata to the Amazon rain forest as she tells the tale of this beautiful fable of interdependence in the rain forest. During this storytime, will learn about this ecosystem as it comes alive with a hissing snake, chattering monkeys and squawking birds. For an additional fee of $25, children will make animals of The Great Kapok Tree come alive with their very own handmade rain forest puppets!