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Tails & Tales Summer Reading Program 2021 !

This Month’s Featured Book / Videos, Summer 2021, from

Storyline Online:

The Empty Pot, Written & Illustrated by Demi, read by Rami Malek

As Fast As Words Could Fly, Written by Pamela M. Tuck, Illustrated by Eric Velasquez, Read by Dule Hill

“A very beautiful story, this one really touched my heart! ” (C. Mix)

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The Kiss That Missed, written & illustrated by David Melling, read by Karan Brar

Check out J.K. Rowlings new on-line book project,

The Ickabog

Stain Glass Window inside the Wilder Memorial Library. Our own little Hogwarts corner of Weston Vermont.

Steve Swinburne, one of our favorite local Children’s Books Authors, from South Londonderry, Vt., reads from 3 of his animal books for Earth Day, 2020. We’ll keep this one up for awhile, as everyday, should be Earth Day!

Stephen Swinburne

Fun and Educational Resources for Kids and All Ages!

AMKK presents: Botanical Animation – The Story of Flowers

Four Science Vermont

VINS, ECHO, Fairbanks, and Montshire have developed this partnership to offer inter-institutional support, guidance, coordination, and strategic development of STEM experiences for Vermonters in this time of crisis. Each of us are drawing from its unique collections, areas of educational focus, and talents in engagement to provide a robust offering of learning experiences. Four Science Vermont

Students Can Respond to Daily Writing Prompts, Inspired by The New York Times, at Home for Free!

Vermont Institute of Natural Science – VINS At Home Education Resources

Vins Youtube Channel also contains many educational videos from staff.

Maple Sugaring Storytime from the Joslin Memorial Library, in Waitsfield, Vermont! Posted 03/31/20

Montshire Museum of Science https://www.montshire.org/

Instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, to help kids continue dreaming, learning for free via Audible.  All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Virtual Field Trips

Daily P.E. Workouts for Kids

Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators  SCBWI, Directory for Remote Learning Resources  (over 300 resources from children’s book writers, illustrators & organizations)   SCBWI, Directory for Remote Learning Resources

Go Comics! www.gocomics.com

Dani Duck – Fun For Kids! www.daniduck.com/home-fun-for-kids

Favorite Authors Host Story Time Online

Kate Messner, Read, Wonder and Learn!

Kids can Watch Astronauts Read Stories From Space

NASA has a treat for you!  Their entire collection of images, sounds, and videos are  available and publicly searchable online. It’s 140,000 photos and other resources available for you to see, or even download and use it any way you like.

Discover Smithsonian’s Learning Lab
Lots of Animal Fun from the San Diego Zoo
Actor Josh Gad Reads Books to Kids Online Nightly!

Hey Wizarding Fans! Look at the treasure Jessica found!

Daniel Radcliffe reads the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone, as part of Harry Potter At Home. Look out for more special video readings in the upcoming weeks. Click on the link below!

1st chapter of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone/Sorcerer’s Stone

Wizarding World Harry Potter At Home

Cultural Resources for All Ages!

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, 1965

15 Broadway Plays and Musicals To Watch On Stage From Home

Explore National Parks via 360 Degree Virtual Tours

The Metropolitan Museum of Art https://www.metmuseum.org/

Tour 12 Famous Museums Around the World https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours
Tour Six Beautiful Italian Museums from Home
Take Ivy League Courses Online – Free!

Here are a few more of our favorite videos from Storyline Online – enjoy!

Guji Guji, Written & Illustrated by Chih-Yaun Chen, Read by Robert Guillaume

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How I Learned Geography, written & Illustrated by Uri Schulevitz, read by Ed O’Neill

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Please Please the Bees, by Gerald Kelley, read by Rashida Jones

Storyline Online

Catching the Moon, written by Crystal Hubbard, illustrated by Randy DuBurk, read by Kevin Costner and Jillian Estell

Storyline Online

Lotus and Feather, written by Ji-li Jiang, Illustrated by Julie Downing, read by Michelle Yeoh

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter, read by Rose Byrne

Storyline Online

Me and My Cat?, by Satoshi Kitamura, read by Elijah Wood

from Storyline Online!


Library Lion, by Michelle Knudsen, Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, read by Mindy Sterling

And there’s More!
  https://www.storylineonline.net/
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

We hope you enjoy these stories and that you will check back with us for new information, resources and more storytelling!

And in case you missed our special holiday event this last Winter…

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Read by Barbara Lloyd

Dedicated to our dear friend
Mimi Neff


{Please watch the film until the end
to see our special dedication}

With a special thank you 
to Susan Haefner
for directing, filming,
and editing this project