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Virtual Program – AB Kids

AB Kids is a virtual storytime series hosted each fall at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Nicole Cooke, the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair for the School of Information Science and the team from the South Carolina Center for Community Literacy work together to bring families and school age children, The Augusta Baker Storytelling Experience: Inclusion Programming for Children of All Ages (AB Kids). This series is part of the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair programming at the University of South Carolina.

Named in honor of Augusta Braxton Baker, a beloved children’s librarian and storyteller who made South Carolina her home after a 37-year career at the New York Public Library. The first African American Coordinator of Children’s Services within the NY Public Library system, she worked tirelessly throughout her career to diversify the genre of children’s literature and to make books for children and young adults more reflective of the young people who read them. Dr. Baker served as USC’s storyteller-in-residence for 14 years from 1980 to 1994.

In each kid-friendly session of AB Kids, experts share stories about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at a level appropriate for children and their caregivers. Sessions are 30-45 minutes long, and the audience includes children of all ages, some watching and participating live and others viewing the recorded sessions. This season, we were honored to have members from Storytime Solidarity and KidLit in Color joining us – sharing readings, songs, and stories geared toward helping kids and young people understand and appreciate differences. Recordings can be used as models for best practice, inspiration for your own storytime, and as programming for school librarians, classroom teachers, and homeschool communities. Youth Services librarians can share recordings with families to view at home. 

Check out recordings from the previous seasons (2021 and 2022) at the AB Kids website

Check out recordings from this season here – 

  • Ms. Christina – A joyful experience of songs, rhymes, and books that celebrate neurodiversity, gender-neutrality, and the power of good food to bring us all together.
  • Miss Rosie Reads – Bilingual Storytime with Miss Rosie Reads. A Special Bilingual Storytime in honor of Hispanic Heritage month. 
  • Anne Coppell – Storytime about grief and sadness. This storytime introduces some books and ways to start conversations about these feelings. The books included are written, illustrated, and published in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
  • Mr. Mychal Threets – Yes, THE Mychal Threets! A storytime featuring book joy written by authors and illustrators of color.
  • Kate Reynolds – AKA, The Lavender Librarian. A song-heavy storytime. Featuring books by neurodivergent and Autistic Authors including A Day With No Words by Tiffany Hammond.
  • Heidi Rabinowitz – Recording coming soon! Joyful Jewish stories and songs for people of all backgrounds.  Learn why Jewish stories are for everyone.
  • Tonya Abari – Recording coming soon! Celebrate Black girl magic with author Tonya Abari. She reads from her own books as well as recommends other fabulous books that feature vibrant and joyful girlhood. 

This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: I. Commitment to Client Group, III. Programming Skills, and VII. Professionalism and Professional Development.

Valerie Byrd Fort is an Instructor in the School of Information Science at the University of South Carolina and Co-Chair of the School-Age Programs and Services Committee.

One comment

  1. Suzi Wackerbarth

    OH WOW!!! I remember getting notified about this and I forgot all about it, but now I have all the links!!

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