Family Literacy Month focuses on special activities and events that showcase the importance of family literacy. The museum hosts literacy activities in the Muse Studio, additional storytimes, special guests from the community, books galore, tips for families and caregivers on how to make literacy fun, and more.
All month we'll be giving away copies of "Kalamata's Kitchen" by Sarah Thomas & Illustrated by Jo Edwards. (One book per family, while supplies last). Don't miss Kalamata's Kitchen Food Adventure on Saturday, November 30th (see below for details).
First Friends Playgroup & Baby Storytime
Wednesdays, November 6, 13, & 20
These two drop-in programs are perfect for children ages 6 months to two years and their parents or caregivers. Doors open for Baby Storytime at 8:30am and starts at 8:45am in one of the museum’s classrooms. The Storytime is led by Early Childhood Coordinator Meredith Brustlin, MLIS – and focuses on teaching caregivers and little ones important early literacy skills through books, songs, rhymes, puppets, toys and more. Not interested in storytime? Join the informal First Friends Playgroup also starting at 8:30am upstairs in the Primary Place exhibit. This informal gathering is a great chance for caregivers to interact, visit, and play in a space specifically designed for babies and toddlers. Both First Friends Playgroup and Baby Storytime programs are free for museum members and regular admission applies for non-members: $11 for adults and children, $9 for seniors, and no charge for babies under 12 months old.
Little Learners Story & Play Time
Thursdays, November 7, 14 & 21, 2pm Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers come together for a variety of activities for this drop-in program offered every Thursday. Join us for stories, songs, a craft, games/activities and more all revolving around a special weekly theme. This drop-in program is free with museum admission and FREE for museum members.
Books Alive: Pete the Cat
Saturday, November 9, 9am-2pm
Pete the Cat, that groovy feline who likes to sing his songs as he goes along, will be visiting the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire to greet young fans and help promote the love of reading! Books Alive seeks to make reading a regular family experience. Museum educators will be reading these fun and colorful books, written by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean, throughout the day. A friendly costumed Pete the Cat will pop in and out to greet children, exchange a hug or high-five and pose for photos. Pete will be in the museum for the book readings at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm. He will be gone from the building by 2:30pm. There will also be a variety of Pete-the-Cat-inspired literacy, math and creative activities for all guests. Free with Museum admission. FOR CMNH MEMBERS ONLY: If you have a CMNH Membership (any level), you can visit Pete the Cat before the public on Friday, November 8 from 5:30-7pm.
Wildlife Biologist & Author, Emily Cook
Thursday, November 21, 11:30am and 12:30pm
Emily will be visiting and doing readings of her book I Saw an Aga, a story of her travels to the South Pacific and her research study of the Mariana Crow. We will also have crow-crafting activities at each presentation in the STEAM Innovation Lab.
Usborne Book Fair
Saturday, November 30, 12-4pm
Come shop this book sale full of quality, colorful books perfect for all ages.
Special Author Weeks
Each week in November we will celebrate an author! This will include a craft related to their book/style, a special scavenger hunt, and of course, storytimes featuring their books!
NOVEMBER 5-10: Eric Carle
Books we might read: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Busy Spider, The Very Quiet Cricket, From Head to Toe, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear.
Scavenger Hunt: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear? - Find animal images from this book hidden around the museum! Write and draw the animals that you find!
Drop-in Muse Studio Activities: Very Hungry Caterpillar Necklaces, Collage a star, and an Eric Carle themed literacy matching game.
Find the Chameleon Family Challenge: Draw chameleons on transparency sheets, (transparency sheets can be "checked out" at the front desk by families), then have fun hiding and seeing the chameleon all over the museum during your visit!
STEAM Innovation Lab drop-in activity: Colorful animal paintings inspired by the book The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse.
NOVEMBER 11-17: Andrea Beaty
Books we might read: Rosie Revere Engineer, Iggy Peck Architect, Ada Twist Scientist, Sofia Valdez, and Future Prez.
Scavenger Hunt: Rosie Approved Engineering! Find images of Rosie around the museum in exhibits or near exhibit pieces of "engineering" that she approves! Chat about how these locations showcase engineering. Write or draw where you have found Rosie.
Muse Studio Activities: Building Bridges with Iggy Peck, Science Art - color mixing with pipettes inspired by the book Ada Twist, Build and compare paper flying contraptions inspired by the book Rosie Revere Engineer.
STEAM Innovation Lab drop-in activity: Make a Flying Contraption inspired by the book Rosie Revere, Engineer!
NOVEMBER 19-24: Il Sung Na
Books we might read: Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit, The Opposite Zoo, The Dreamer, and Welcome Home, Bear.
Scavenger Hunt: Find white snow rabbits and brown spring rabbits camouflaged around the museum!
Muse Studio Drop-in Activities: Owl crafts inspired by the Book of Sleep, and an animal opposites matching game inspired by The Opposite Zoo.
STEAM Innovation Lab Drop-in Activity: Make a Habitat inspired by the book Welcome Home, Bear!
NOVEMBER 26 - DECEMBER 1: Mo Willems
Books we might read: The Pigeon Wants a Puppy, Can I Play Too? (Elephant & Piggie), Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Edwina: The Dinosaur who didn't know she was extinct, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale.
Scavenger Hunt: Find the Pigeon! Oh no! Pigeon is trying to do lots of things he probably shouldn't do all over the museum! Can you find six pigeons and what they're trying to do?
Muse Studio Drop-in Activities: Make a (not so) terrible monster, like Leonardo the Terrible Monster!
STEAM Innovation Lab Drop-in Activities: Make a bird feeder inspired by the book Pigeon Wants a Puppy.
Kalamata's Kitchen Food Adventure
Saturday, November 30, 11am-1pm
Join us at the museum as we celebrate the culmination of Family Literacy Month with Kalamata’s Kitchen, a series of children’s picture books featuring the adventures of young Kalamata and her Taste Buds as they explore recipes and food from around the globe. While supplies last you can taste test some delicious food from local chefs like:
- Mini poke bowls from Ohana
- Guacamole and salsa from Vida Cantina
- Kimchee from Anju Noddle Bar
- Banana Pudding from Ore Nell's
- Braised Rabbit from Botanica
Can you try them all and fill your Food Adventure Passport? Stick around for drop-in story times, and learn about the Taste Bud Pledge! No reservations are required and all the fun is included with museum admission. Learn more about Kalamata’s Kitchen at www.kalamataskitchen.com.