Read Aloud Literacy Program

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Get lost in a great book with one of our “celebrity” book readers!

Bowie is teaming up with some local readers to provide a series of Read Aloud videos for our youngest residents. We hope you will enjoy seeing some familiar faces and have fun exploring some new books or getting reacquainted with some old favorites. Check back often as we will be adding more books soon.

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That is My Dream Langston Hughes & Daniel MiyaresTim Adams, Mayor of Bowie
Langston Hughes’ poem Dream Variation, comes alive in this picture book about a world free of discrimination and racial prejudice illustrated by Daniel Miyares.
Mr. Lincoln's WayPatricia PolaccoRoger Prince, Principal
Rockledge Elementary School
Mr. Lincoln is the coolest principal ever! At least everyone thinks so except “mean gene”. Listen and find out why!
Bedtime BonnetNancy ReddAkin Omisanmi, Teacher
Grace Christian School
Celebrate Black culture and traditions in this delightful, loving ode to Black hair.
Thank You HelpersPatricia HegartyMichael Esteve, City Councilmember
This celebration of helpers highlights the important jobs people do to keep us healthy and safe every day.
The Day You BeginJacqueline WoodsonTrasee Bradley, Chair
Bowie Education Committee
There will be times when you walk into a room for the first time and no one there is quite like you!
The Very Lonely FireflyEric CarleKathy Corley, volunteer
A very lonely firefly goes out in search of other fireflies. 
Grandfather’s JourneyAllan SayKathy Corley, volunteer
This is a short read about a Japanese immigrant who has an American son, but goes back to Japan because he misses his homeland, only to long for the new country he's just left.
I'm New HereAnne Sibley O'BrienAdrian Boafo, City Councilmember
I'm New Here follows the immersion experience of three students learning to adjust to living in a new culture, learning a new language, finding their place and making new friends.
Under My HijabHena KahnRoxy Ndebumadu, City Councilmember
This book invites readers to understand and appreciate the hijab (head covering) and Muslim women who decide to wear it.
The 13 Nights of HalloweenRebecca DickensonKathy Corley, volunteer

Corduroy's HalloweenB. G. HennesseyKathy Corley, volunteer

The Haunted Ghoul BusLisa TrumbauerKathy Corley, volunteer

Snow PumpkinCarole Lexa SchaeferKathy Corley, volunteer

The Thanksgiving StoryAlice DalglieshKathy Corley, volunteer

This book helps children identify the unique symbols that represent Thanksgiving.
Seven Spools of Thread
Angela Shelf MedearisAlita Geri-Carter, volunteer
Bowie Education Committee
In an African village live seven brothers who make family life miserable with their constant fighting. When their father dies, he leaves an unusual will: by sundown, the brothers must make gold out of seven spools of thread. If they fail, they will be turned out as beggars.
Miriam ChaikinRabbi Steve Weisman,
Temple Solel
This story describes the history behind Hanukkah and the ways it is celebrated.
Jingle BugsDavid A. CarterKathy Corley, volunteer
Jingle Bugs, Jingle Bugs, Jingle all the way. Here's a merry pop-up book to share on Christmas Day.
The Christmas Tree RideMary NevilleKathy Corley, volunteer
Two children and their father go to Mr. Pennyman's tree farm to pick out a Christmas tree and end up making a new friend

To learn more about this program, please contact Rhonda Simon in the Youth Services Division or Susan Proctor at Belair Mansion.