Each year we host a family-friendly event that helps us to promote the importance of reading to children as early as possible and as often as possible. Our first goal is to get children excited about reading! The second goal is to fundraise for the Volusia County Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which we facilitate for all children between the ages of birth-5 years. The program is fully funded by local donations, grants, and fundraisers like this.
Scroll down to check out some photos from our first Storybook Village, which took place on October 17th at Ormond Memorial Art Museum & Gardens.
We loved celebrating children’s book author Eric Carle with local families!
Story time invited families to gather together for a fun, interactive reading of several Eric Carle books.
Orlando Family Stage generously came out to our event to bring story time to life! Their talented readers used songs, colorful props, and animated voices to keep children engaged and encourage their participation.
Families loved cozying up to hear The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear.
Crafts and Activities
Each book that we featured at Storybook Village came with a craft or activity. As families walked through the Storybook Village, they stopped at various tables to complete the craft or activity and receive a book.
10 Little Rubber Ducks was brought to life with an exciting scavenger hunt. Families followed yellow duck feet along a path to collect 10 little rubber ducks. The path was also lined with colorful duck signs that prompted children to ‘quack like a duck’ or ‘flap your wings like a duck.’
Once children found all of their ducks, they received the 10 Little Rubber Ducks book!
It wouldn’t be a children’s event without face painting! To get in the spirit of Eric Carle, children could choose from a small selection of characters from Eric Carle’s books to have painted on their face.
To help families remember this fun event, we set up a photo booth complete with a Very Hungry Caterpillar backdrop and props from all of Eric Carle’s books!
Children loved choosing a prop to pose with and the photos were all adorable!
Interested in Getting Involved?
We would love your support with our Storybook Village, whether it’s by sponsoring the event, donating your time as a volunteer to help us prep materials beforehand or by volunteering at the event!
Please reach out by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank You, Storybook Village 2023 Sponsors!