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Summer storytelling at Pueblo Grande

Pueblo Grande Museum invites families to come enjoy hands-on children’s storytelling and crafts, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. every Saturday from June 1-29. Each book is read by the author, followed by story-related crafts and a light snack. Programs are $5 each, perfect for children in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade and include museum admission for the participant.

Parents can register online at or check-in at the front desk each Saturday to participate. All participants must be accompanied by an adult; there is no program fee for adults.

The Arizona Authors Summertime Storytelling & Craft Saturdays is also part of the Maricopa County Reads program, where children can get badges and points for participating in different programs around the Valley. Attend a storytelling program at Pueblo Grande to get a secret code and enter them at to collect badges.

The schedule includes:

  • “The Red Tail Tale on the Arizona Trail” by Rodo Sofranac, June 1. Rowen, a young, red-headed explorer, and Rojo, a clever, red-tailed hawk meet, bond, and experience a wonderful adventure on the fascinating Arizona National Scenic Trail.
  • “Who Eats Oranges?” by Dianne White, June 8. Who eats orange—a bunny? A chicken? Maybe you? Find out in this unique exploration of the rainbow of colorful foods eaten by animals around the world.
  • “Fast Freddie, The Legend In A Shell” by Michael Hale, June 15. Freddie is a Desert Tortoise who refuses to live a slow and boring life. It is a humorous rhyming tale of a running tortoise who’s life becomes the stuff of legend.
  • “Babies Nurse – Así se alimentan los bebés,” by Phoebe Fox, June 22. Babies―whether pandas, puppies, or people―nurse. This bond is precious; this process, a natural art. Luminous illustrations and lyrical text will inspire conversations about caretaking in the natural world, while the bilingual format makes this charming book accessible to speakers of both Spanish and English.
  • “My Magic Hat Rules! Because My Magic Hat Goes to School!” by Debi Novotny, June 29. This book is a creative, fun way of teaching fundamental phonics all the while using a play on words. Let this magic hat walk you and your kids through a fun story with learning intertwined. Its repetitive structure allows the young reader to gain confidence in fluency and holds your interest with introducing new reading rules as the story progresses.

Parents who want to tour the museum after the program will need to purchase museum admission. For more information, call 602-495-0901.

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