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Fun with Books Programs

gateway to the arts storycorner with Alison Babusci

Open the world of books to children through creativity and interaction with 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 Hamilton at 412-456-2695 or email.

Joanna Abel


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!

Jeff Berman


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.

Taylor Couch


Flying free with Birds!

Birds are full of fun movements! Children will love becoming these characters as they explore body awareness, moving versus stillness, manipulating props, and investigating the world of our feathered friends!

Betty Dell


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.

Crocodile Beat

"Down by the river, in the heat of the day..." Join Ms. Betty and her puppet friends on an imaginary journey to a jungle full of fun as they hear the story of Crocodile Beat by Gail Jorgensen. Interactive movement activities, puppets, and call-and-response animal sounds lead children to take part in the animals' parade, but soon everyone must work together to help King Lion thwart the hungry crocodile!

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.

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.

Celeta Hickman


Kitchen Dance

Join dancer, Celeta Hickman, as she brings the book "Kitchen Dance" to life with Afro-Caribbean music, songs and movement. Hear the story of a family who dances together in joy and love and then learn some dances from the around the Caribbean!

Joann Kielar


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


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.

Amber Ramsey Fantini


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.

Amir Rashidd


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.

Anqwenique Wingfield


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.

Violet’s Music

Violet wants to be a musician, but she can't find friends to make music with her! This is an interactive story time experience of the award-winning children's book Violet's Music by Angela Johnson. Teaching Artist, Anqwenique Wingfield will sing Violet's story in a range of musical styles from classical to hip hop to jazz. Children are invited to sing and play instruments in Violet's band, and they discover that musicians must work together! 

Lindsay Woge


My Perfectly Messed-up Story

Telling a story is an easy thing to do, right? Join Louie on his messy quest to tell a perfect story while learning how to recognize and regulate emotions like fear, anger, and excitement. Visual artist Lindsay Woge will guide participants in this engaging and light-hearted tale of learning not to give up, even when things get messy . . . really messy! For an additional $25 fee, participants will create a perfectly-messed-up, interactive mini-book of their own.

Alison Zapata


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!