Every Tuesday at 10:30am and Saturday at 1:30pm, June 1-September 4
Ages 18 months through 7 years
The Brandywine Zoo is thrilled to present our brand new Diversity Storytime series offered free all summer long! Join us Tuesdays at 10:30 am or Saturdays at 1:30 pm on YouTube or Facebook Live as we read stories about diverse kids, cultures, and animals. Kids will love our fun stories presented by zoo educators and our adorable co-hosts, Machu and Picchu the guinea pigs!
May 30 to June 5: Snow Flower and the Panther
Join Snow Flower, a young girl from Cameroon, and her friend Remi as they collect water in the forest and come upon a rather big surprise! Written by native Cameroonian Fleurie Lecierq. This book features culturally diverse voices and characters.
June 6 to June 12: Julian is a Mermaid
Young Julian is riding the subway home with his abuela when he spots some fantastic ladies, they look just like mermaids! Julian decides to become a mermaid himself and dreams of swimming with the ocean creatures. His grandmother takes him to a festival where everyone is dressed just as wonderfully! Written by Jessica Love. This book features LGBTQA+ and minority characters.
June 13 to June 19: The Girl Who Thought in Pictures
The story of a young girl named Temple Grandin whose unique way of thinking about the world allowed her to connect to animals and change the way the world sees them! Written by Julia Finley Mosca. Featuring neurodiverse characters.
June 20 to June 26: Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas
It’s Chinese New Year and young Goldy Luck’s errand to deliver turnip cakes to her neighbors turns disastrous! This Chinese retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears includes elements of Chinese culture. Written by Natasha Yim. Featuring Chinese voices and characters.
June 27 to July 3: Harriet Gets Carried Away
Young Harriet loves costumes! She wears them everywhere! But when she wears her penguin costume to run errands with her dads, a flock of real penguins carries her away! Can she make it home? Written by Jessie Sima. Featuring LGBTQA+ and minority characters.
July 4 to July 10: My Ocean is Blue
Join a young girl as she enjoys a day at the beach and describes the beach ecosystem in vivid detail! Her physical disability does not hold her back as she enjoys all that life has to offer. Written by Darren Lebeuf. Featuring differently abled characters.
July 11 to July 17: Thanks to the Animals
Young Zoo Sap gets lost during the migration of the Passamaquoddy people to their winter home. He is scared, but all the animals of the forest care for him until his father arrives to rescue him. Written by Allen Sockabasin, a Passamaquoddy write. Featuring First Nations voices and characters.
July 18 to July 24: Tully and Me
Join two turtles who live near a pond for their daily adventures! Tully the turtle is a little bit different, he likes to count things and doesn’t like noises. But his friends don’t mind that he’s different and learn how to make Tully feel comfortable. Written by Keeley A Shaw. Featuring neurodiverse characters.
July 25 to July 31: Hank’s Big Day
Hank is a pill bug with a very busy life! He likes to play with his best friend Amelia, a human girl who wants to be a pilot! Written by Evan Kuhlman. Featuring minority characters.
August 1 to August 7: Peanut Goes for the Gold
Peanut the guinea pig does everything their own way! And now Peanut is determined to become a gymnast! Written by Jonathan Van Ness. Featuring LGBTQA+ voices and characters.
August 8 to August 14: Raven and the Loon
In a time before animals were what we now recognize, ravens and loons were both white. That is, until the bored raven hatched a plan to give his feathers some much needed color! Written by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley. Featuring Inuit voices and folklore.
August 15 to August 21: The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote
How does poor Coyote keep getting into embarrassing situations? Because of Rabbit of course! Written by Tony Johnston. Featuring Mexican characters and folktales.
August 22 to August 28: Miss Molly Learns Responsibility
Molly is out at the park when she discovers a stray kitten! She wants to keep it, but first her moms have to teach her about being a responsible pet owner! Written by Kathleen S. Pero. Featuring LGBTQA+ characters.
Week of August 29 to September 4: The Girl Who Loved Horses
In this Navajo story a young girl understands horses in a special way, and eventually finds her way to running free among them. Retold and illustrated by Paul Goble. Featuring First Nations stories and characters.