Storytime at Adventure

ABOUT STORYTIME AT ADVENTURE

Adventure Theatre MTC teams up with local and bestselling children’s book authors to share a selection of culturally diverse stories with our youngest audience members. Our collection is curated to provide an experience that is enriching, educational, and exciting. 
Tune in to our most recent storytime or check out some of our previous readings below!

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage

the paper kingdom

With Helena Ku Rhee
May 17, 2020

When the babysitter is unable to come, Daniel is woken out of bed and joins his parents as they head downtown for their jobs as nighttime office cleaners. But the story is about more than brooms, mops, and vacuums. Mama and Papa turn the deserted office building into a magnificent kingdom filled with paper, weaving a fantasy of dragons and kings.

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage

the curious mind of sebastian

With Diana Lee Inosanto
May 17, 2020

The Curious Mind of Sebastian is a fun and whimsical true story of a mother curiously trying to understand the mysteries of Autism through her four-year-old son’s quirky behavior. Sebastian’s inability to verbally express his love led his mother on an incredible journey to find out that Love will always find a way to speak.

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage

layla and the bots

With Vicky Fang
May 24, 2020

Layla and the Bots are in an awesome rock band! They also use problem-solving and creativity to build cool inventions. When a local amusement park is in danger of shutting down, Layla knows just how to bring in the crowds . . . build an amusement park for DOGS! But will cool doggie rides like the Rub-a-Dub Mud Slide and the Tummy Rubbing Machine be enough to keep the park open?

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage

The princess who saved herself

With Greg Pak
May 24, 2020

Based on the classic Jonathan Coulton song “The Princess Who Saved Herself,” once upon a time there was a princess named Gloria Cheng Epstein Takahara de la Garza Champion who had a pet snake and ate a whole cake because there wasn’t anybody there to tell her what to do—until the day the witch next door decided she didn’t like Gloria’s guitar playing.

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage

Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong

With Ginger Park
May 31, 2020

Jangmi, a young Korean girl, can’t bear the thought of leaving her home at 382 Shin Dang Dong and moving to America. This sensitive story follows Jangmi as she gradually adjusts to her new neighborhood in Massachusetts, meets a young friend, and begins to feel comfortable once again.

ENJOYING THESE READINGS? CHECK OUT OUR OTHER EVENTS FROM ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH!

An entire month of Sunday Storytimes, interviews, and productions honoring the creativity, tradition, and innovation of the Asian Pacific American population, focusing upon the impact they continue to make daily through their art.

enjoying these readings? Check out our other events from Asian PAcific American Heritage Month!

An entire month of Sunday Storytimes, interviews, and digital presentations honoring the creativity, tradition, and innovation of the Asian Pacific American population and focus upon the impact they continue to make daily through their art.

the adventures of colbie mcallister: the origin story

With Colbie McAllister
June 14, 2020

A young author in Prince George’s County is using his voice to help other kids stand up to bullies. When Colbie meets his new best friend Zach, the two encounter an unexpected find on their way home from school that changes everything.

parker looks up: an extraordinary moment

With Jessica & Parker Curry
July 12, 2020

Follow Parker and her family and friends as they walk the halls of a museum, seeing paintings of everyone from George Washington Carver to Frida Kahlo, exotic flowers to graceful ballerinas. Then, Parker walks by Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama . . . and almost passes it. But she stops . . . and looks up!

adventures in kindness

With Sophia & Carrie Fox
July 19, 2020

With big ideas, little ideas, and everything-in-between ideas, this 170-page, full color action/adventure book has lots of ways to keep you kind and busy. The book is ideal for kids between the ages of 7 and 12, but the content of the book is applicable to kids (and adults) of all ages.

My Ancestors' WIldest Dreams

With Amanda Lynch & Ava Holloway
Hosted by Tony Thomas
August 2, 2020

Inspired by ballerinas Ava Holloway, Kennedy George, and the viral moment captured by Marcus Ingram and Julia Rendleman in front of the Confederate monument in Richmond, Virginia that would catapult them into the spotlight while serving as a beacon of hope for millions of young activists around the world.

the truth of right now

With Kara Lee Corthron 
Hosted by Nicole A. Watson
August 23, 2020

Two isolated teens struggle against their complicated lives to find a true connection in this heart-wrenching debut novel about first love and the wreckage of growing up. In twenty-first-century New York City, the fact that Lily is white and Dari is black shouldn’t matter that much, but nothing’s as simple as it seems. When tragedy becomes reality, can friendship survive even if romance cannot?

Jewish Culture and Stories

Say hello, lily

With Deborah Lakritz
Hosted by Robyn Shrater Seemann
September 27, 2020

On Lily’s first visit to Shalom House, she clings closely to her mom, overwhelmed by all the new faces. But slowly Lily joins the activities, makes new friends, and celebrates a birthday to remember as the kindness and patience shown by the elderly residents help Lily overcome her shyness.

Jewish Culture and Stories

The New girl

With Faygie Holt
Hosted by Robyn Shrater Seemann
September 27, 2020

As the new girl at Bais Naomi, Hili Rosen hopes for a fresh start. She meets the fun-loving Green twins, Tova and Shulamis, and things are looking up—but not for long. The rest of the class isn’t friendly at all! Did Hili make a huge mistake by switching schools?

Jewish Culture and Stories

Irving Berlin: the immigrant boy who made america sing

With Nancy Churnin
Hosted by Robyn Shrater Seemann
October 11, 2020 

Irving Berlin came to the United States as a refugee from Tsarist Russia. Growing up on the streets of the lower East Side, the rhythms of jazz and blues inspired his own song-writing career. With “God Bless America,” he sang his thanks to the country which had given him a home and a chance to express his creative vision.

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masked ninja

With Mary Nhin
October 22, 2020

Masked Ninja is one of Nhin’s Grow Grit Series of books developed to instill entrepreneurial skills in young children: through a child’s eyes, the world may seem chaotic with coronavirus (COVID-19), masks, and social distancing. Masked Ninja explains what’s going on in our current pandemic and shows us actionable steps we can take to prevent the spread of viruses and racism

Daughters of Jubilation

With Kara Lee Corthron 
Hosted by Nicole A. Watson
November 2, 2020

From the award-winning author of The Truth of Right Now comes a stunning, grounded fantasy in the vein of Dread Nation. A compelling story of first love and battling racism with a magical twist, Daughters of Jubilation follows a black teen as she finds her place among a family of women gifted with magical abilities.

Chicken of the sea

With Viet Thanh Nguyen & Thi Bui
December 6, 2020

In this adventure, a band of chickens leave behind the boredom of farm life, joining the crew of the pirate ship Pitiless to seek fortune and glory on the high seas. Led by a grizzled captain into the territory of the Dog Knights, they soon learn what it means to be courageous, merciful, and not seasick quite so much of the time.

Nana Akua Goes to School

With Tricia Elam Walker & Darlene Taylor
Hosted by Dannielle Hutchinson
February 21, 2021

It is Grandparents Day at Zura’s elementary school, and the students are excited to introduce their grandparents and share what makes them special. But Zura’s Nana looks a little different from other grandmas. Zura is hesitant to bring her to school. but Nana Akua knows what to do. 

The Briefcase of Juris P. Prudence

With Jessica Childress
Hosted by Dannielle Hutchinson
March 28, 2021

Juris “J.P.” Prudence always wondered if her parents named her Juris because they knew that she was destined to become a lawyer. Her parents probably never expected that she would become a lawyer at just eleven years old and use her law degree to change history. After passing the bar exam, JP and her best friends form a law firm to change the law for kids.

Grandma's Secret to Armenian Katas

With Soce Hedeshian
Hosted by Sofya Bagdasaryan
April 4, 2021

Grandma’s Secret to Armenian Katas follows a young girl Areni as she helps her grandma bake katas for Easter. Areni is very excited and impatient to find out how grandma makes her katas and to learn the secret that makes her katas the best. Join Areni in helping her Grandma make traditional Armenian Easter katas. Make sure to take notes and learn her grandma’s secret to the best katas in the world.

HANNAH AND THE RAMADAN GIFT

With Qasim Rashid
April 18, 2021

It’s the first day of Ramadan and Hannah wants to be a part of this important month every way she can. But if she’s too young to fast, how can she observe Ramadan? By saving the world, Dada Jaan tells her. And so Hannah learns that by helping her friends and neighbors and by showing kindness and generosity, she can make the world a better place. 

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage

Start with a Spark

With Patrick Lord & Nitya Ramlogan
May 2, 2021

Follow the journey of a very special little Spark as they discover that inspiration can be found all over the world and can mean many things, and take many forms. Exploring science, art, and the cultures and wonders of our planet, our Spark learns and grows, and helps readers find their own path.This adventure invites you to see the familiar and new, and leaves you with your own spark of inspiration to do something great.

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage

Young, Proud, and Sung-Jee

With Joyce Y. Lee & Emily Ku
May 16, 2021

A children’s book on fighting anti-Asian racism during COVID-19. The purpose of this book is to provide an educational resource to help generate meaningful discussions between adults and children about anti-Asian racism.

Pedro Pan, One Boy’s Journey to America

With Michelle McNiff
June 6, 2021
 

Based on historic events, follow the story of a 12-year-old boy’s journey from Cuba to the United States in a secret operation of more than 14,000 unaccompanied children who took freedom flights to escape oppression and tyranny.

Coming Soon

More Storytime coming soon, check back for updates!

Friendbots

With Vicky Fang
October 3, 2021

Meet the robots Blink and Block! Blink is scanning the playground for treasure, and Block is pretty sure there’s no gold to be found. Will Blink prove that treasure does exist—or will these two new pals find something even better?

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Professional Shows

Our 2019-2020 season features an amazing team of female directors who are illustrating beautiful works that have never been seen on ATMTC’s stages. We are so excited to bring our perspective and energy to these productions based on familiar and beloved stories. We hope you are too! 

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