Books Alive!

Fun opportunities to meet book characters

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Our Books Alive program features several visits per year by beloved children's book characters. At each event, there are stories read aloud, literacy activities, fun crafts and of course, periodic appearances by the characters. Kids are welcome to share a hug, handshake or high-five with each character and pose for photos.

All activities are included in standard paid admission and no reservations are required.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Saturday, April 7, 10am-2pm

Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar has an insatiable appetite! But this adorable caterpillar has taught generations of kids the love of reading and the museum is excited to welcome him to our popular Books Alive program. Books Alive seeks to make reading a regular family experience. Museum educators will be reading Carle’s bright and beautiful books, often emphasizing animals and the natural world, throughout the day. A friendly costumed Hungry Caterpillar will pop in and out to greet children, exchange a hug or high-five and pose for photos. There will also be a variety of Caterpillar-inspired literacy, math and creative activities for all guests. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar will be out in the museum for storytimes and photos at these times: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm. He will be gone from the building by 2pm. Books Alive is sponsored by TD Charitable Foundation.


Story Explorers

Story Explorers is a sponsored literacy program that the Children's Museum of New Hampshire brings to Head Start centers in Strafford and Rockingham county. This free programs brings storybook characters (same as Books Alive) to each center 3 times a year. Educators read stories alongside the characters and engage children in book related activities. Each child receive a family of four free pass to visit the Children's Museum of New Hampshire, information about our EBT program and a free book at the end of the program. The program is a spin off of Books Alive and is sponsored by TD Charitable Foundation.

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