Join us for our hands-on storytelling adventures, Tales for Tots, held each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 11 am. Each day a new story is read followed by a fun activity that goes along with that story.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays
Monday (June - October) –Ashton Gardens
Tuesday – Museum of Ancient Life
Wednesday – Farm Country
Thursday– Museum of Natural Curiosity
Included with regular venue admission.
Upcoming Tales For Tots:
June 27 | “Mouse by Mouse" by Julia Noonan
Ten of the cutest little creatures meet in a green glade They come to have a picnic and to help young readers learn their numbers. Each turn of the page introduces a new mouse character investigating scraps from a human picnic… giant cookies, soda bottles, a wading pool... it’s a sweet treat that entertains.
July 11 | “Peanut Butter Rhino” by Vincent Andriani
A rhino, who plans to have lunch with his friend, can't find his peanut butter sandwich. He asks many of his animal friends to help him look for it, and the elephant discovers the sandwich's funny hiding place.
July 18 | “How do You Hug a Porcupine?” by Laurie Isop
Can you imagine hugging a porcupine? Sure, it's easy to picture hugging a bunny or even a billy goat, but where would you begin to try to hug a porcupine?
After seeing all his friends hug their favorite animals, one brave boy works up the courage to hug a porcupine, but the porcupine isn't so sure he wants to The third book in the General Mills Spoonful of Stories series.
July 25 | “Tops and Bottoms” by Janet Stevens
Hare solves his family’s problems by tricking rich and lazy Bear in this funny and exciting story. Tops & Bottoms celebrates the trickster tradition of using one’s wits to overcome hardship.
Museum of Natural Curiosity
June 23 | “If You Give a Dog a Donut” by Laura Numeroff
The exuberant dog who first appeared in if you give a pig a party is now the star of his very own book. Written in the irrestible “If You Give…” tradition, if you give a dog a donut is another homerun from the beloved team of Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.
June 30 | ”Little Red Hen” by Paul Galdone
Beloved illustrator J. P. Miller’s graphic, colorful farm animals seem to jump right off the page—but they aren’t jumping to help the Little Red Hen plant her wheat! Young children will learn a valuable lesson about teamwork from this funny, favorite folktale.
July 7 | “Monsters Love Underpants”
There are prowly monsters howling loudly and drooling monsters from the steamy swamp. There are wild, woolly mountain monsters and spiky, spooky monsters from outer space. And they all have one thing in common - they LOVE underpants! This new title from the bestselling Claire Freedman and Ben Cort is full of pantastic fun
July 14 | “Ninja Red Riding Hood” by Corey Rosen Schwartz
Wolf just can’t catch a break! Ever since the three little pigs started teaching everyone Ninja skills, huffing and puffing just hasn’t been enough to scare up a good meal. His craving for meat sends Wolf to classes at the dojo, and soon he’s ready to try out his new moves. A little girl and her tiny granny should be easy targets—right?
July 21 | “Beekle” by Dan Santat
Award winning author and illustrator Dan Santat combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art, creating an unforgettable take about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one’s place in the world.
July 28 | “The Three Little Pigs” by Mei Matsuoka
“Then I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff… and I’ll blow your house down!” cried the wolf. Find out what happens when the three little pigs build homes made of straw, sticks, and bricks. With lively illustrations to enjoy again and again.
Museum of Ancient Life
June 28 | “Chimp and Zee” by Catherine and Laurence Anholt
Let’s get carried away with Chimp and Zee, in this wonderful, rhyme filled story- perfect for reading aloud and sharing with our own little monkeys
July 5 | “Bugs for Lunch” by Margery Facklam
Bon appetit! Kudos to Chef Nature for dishing up these tasty morsels. No reader with a discriminating palate will be able to put this delicious menu of appetizing delicacies down. BUGS FOR LUNCH caters to a full array of creatures–animal, plant, and human–that munch on bugs.
July 12 | “Without You” by Sarah Weeks
While a mother penguin leaves her mate and newly laid egg to feed in the deep blue sea, the father penguin protects the egg by holding it on his feet until it hatches. In one of nature's rare and heartwarming role reversals, father and chick stay together, braving the Antarctic winter as they wait for the mother's return.
July 19 | “Whoever You Are” by Mem Fox
Everyday all over the world children are laughing and crying, playing and learning, caring and sleeping. They may not look the same. They may not speak the same language. Their lives may be quite different. But inside, they are just like you.
July 26 | “Fidgety Fish” by Ruth Galloway
Tiddler is a very fidgety fish. So much so, that when his mother has had enough, she sends him out exploring, reminding him to be careful of "the Big Fish." He comes across several sea creatures before his curiosity gets the better of him…
June 22 | “Duck and Goose” by Tad Hills
This is an egg, or is it? Duck says it’s his- he saw it first. Goose says it’s his- he touched it first. But they both agree it’s a beauty. And that’s a start….
June 29 | “ The Little Engine that Could” by Walter Piper
The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.
July 6 | “Fredrick” by Leo Lionni
The fable of Fredrick, who is a dreamer among the little field mice, suggests the psychologist truth that when we are in dire need, it is our dreams of happier times which alone can sustain us… a story about the glory of the human spirit.
July 13 | “Put Me in the Zoo” by Robert Lopshire
They say a leopard can’t change his spots–but Spot sure can! Babies and toddlers will love pointing out the colors of his changing spots in this delightful, rhyming adaptation of Robert Lopshire’s classic Bright and Early Book.
July 20 | “Hooway for Wodney Wat” by Helen Lester
Kids will love the wordplay, the expressive drawings, and a story line that subtly suggests that we all have our secret strengths.
July 27 | “Tacky the Penquin” by Helen Lesser
A rollicking tale that clearly shows that there are advantages to being an individual. This is a must reading for any kid-or grown-up- who refuses to follow the pack.