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JUNE 2020

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.

Storytime with Ryan and Craig

The Basketball

by Stephen Chang


author of When The Sea Turned to Silver
AND Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Grace Lin (@pacylin), author of When The Sea Turned to Silver, the companion novel to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky, stops by the podcast to talk about thinking in English, being a writer worth her salt, and the very special people behind pushing her newest story forward.

Virtual Pen Pals:
5 Resources for Connecting Kids around the World

Pen pals make learning about another part of the world fun! Kids develop a more global perspective, increase their cultural understanding, and they just might just establish a lifelong friendship. Pen pals have evolved with the advent of technology, making it easier than ever to find a new, faraway friend. Bridge the distance with these 5 great virtual pen pals resources that connect kids around the world.

☜ Click here to learn more!

Mother’s Day Poems That Will Make Mom Laugh and Cry

While many Mother’s Day poems are usually sentimental, they don’t have to be just that. Mother’s Day poems can be sweet, silly, or even funny (like a Mother’s Day meme).

1 mommy 2 hands

By Erika Marie Barth

Hello Beautiful Mama – 1 mommy 2 hands – A podcast by Erika Marie Barth. “I’m just 1 mommy with 2 hands doing the best I can here to encourage other mommies that they are rocking it and I believe in them!”

Drum Dream Girl

Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African -Cuban girl who broke Cuba’s traditional taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere. Read or listen to Drum Dream Girl, a poem by Margarita Engle!


Rafael López

Rafael López is an award-winning artist and children’s book illustrator. In this interview, Rafael talks about the important role drawing played in his childhood, the influence of his Mexican heritage on his work, and the inspiration behind some of his favorite illustrations. Watch the interview to learn more about Rafael López, view the interview transcript, read a short biography about him or see a selected list of his children’s books. (This video is also available on YouTube.)


Use the Color – Symbol – Image strategy from Harvard’s Project Zero to capture how you are feeling about daily life in Quarantine. Use the strategy again to capture your feelings on Spring or your Best Friend.

  • For one of these, choose a colour that you feel best represents or captures the essence of that idea. 
  • For another one, choose a symbol that you feel best represents or captures the essence of that idea. 
  • For the other one, choose an image that you feel best represents or captures the essence of that idea. 

Three Must-Read Novels About Artists

"Pig the Star"

by Aaron Blabey

STEAM Story Time with the National Children’s Museum

Wednesday’s at 2:30

Virtual programs premiere everyday at 2:30 pm EST on the National Children’s Museum Facebook page.

Fun for the whole family whether it’s your first – or tenth – time joining Harry Potter for magic and wizardry fun!

Writing Prompt:

If you were a magician, what magic trick would make you famous? Write down each step in the trick and your made-up magical words to accompany each step! 

WBEZ Podcast - Sound Opinions

An episode discussing the impact of the Pandemic on the Music Industry


Jealous Curator's ART FOR YOUR EARS

There are over 150 episodes to choose from – we like number nine with Vincent Serritella, Painted into Corner. 

                                                              ART FOR YOUR EAR consists of inside-scoop stories from amazingly talented contemporary artists. Each episode is just long enough for you to listen while drinking your morning coffee, or during a weekend run, or while working in the studio. Ultimately it’s a chance for all of us to get to know these successful artists, who also happen to be regular people with hilarious stories, before they’re in the art history books. I post episodes every Saturday so that you can start your weekend with a bit of art… for your ear.

Literature Spotlight Reading Rainbow – “Zin, Zin, Zin a Violin”

Writing Prompt:

Draw and color a symbol or landscape that represents how you are feeling about being home and out of school or the Coronavirus. Explain the details of the image, use of color, and how are you are feeling.  

Start a family journal:

Each member includes a high and low moment of the day. Take turns sharing these each day. Keep them short and sweet!

It’s Women’s History Month!

Celebrate by reading a biography of a female artist or architect.

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