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My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother

February 20, 2013

Tricia can’t stand her rotten redheaded older brother Richie, who can do everything better than she can. So when her grandmother tells her a wish made on a shooting star will come true, she knows exactly what to wish for – to be able to do something, anything, better than Richie.

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Wednesday, April 1: April Fool’s Day

Watch Chris Pine read Clark the Shark.
Clark is a shark with zing, bang, and boom. Clark zooms into school, crashes through the classroom, and is rowdy at recess. Clark loves life – but when his enthusiasm is too much for his friends, Clark’s teacher, Mrs. Inkydink, helps him figure out a way to tone it down. Clark the Shark celebrates boisterous enthusiasm – and knowing when it’s time for indoor voices.

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Friday, April 3: Find a Rainbow Day

Watch Ernest Borgnine read The Rainbow Fish.
The Rainbow Fish is an award-winning book about a beautiful fish who finds friendship and happiness when he learns to share. The book is best known for its morals about the value of being an individual and for the distinctive shiny foil scales of the Rainbow Fish.

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Saturday, April 4: International Carrot Day

Watch Wanda Sykes read The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake.
When crime happens, especially when food goes missing on Ed’s farm, mouse crime fighters and food detectives Wilcox and Griswold are the animals to call. When Miss Rabbit’s carrot cake goes missing, they do what it takes to track down the thieves.

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Tuesday, April 7: World Health Day

Watch Annette Bening read The Tooth.
Marissa loves candy – maybe too much. When she wakes up with a toothache, her mother takes her to the dentist, and on the way, Marissa notices a man sitting on a grate on the sidewalk to keep warm. So begins a day that Marissa will never forget.

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Friday, April 10: National Siblings Day

Watch Melissa Gilbert read My Rotten Redheaded Brother.
Tricia can’t stand her rotten redheaded older brother Richie, who can do everything better than she can. So when her grandmother tells her a wish made on a shooting star will come true, she knows exactly what to wish for – to be able to do something, anything, better than Richie.

View the activity guide here.

Saturday, April 11: National Pet Day

Watch Betty White read Harry The Dirty Dog.
Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything…except baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away.

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Sunday, April 12: Easter

Watch Rose Byrne read The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
The quintessential cautionary tale, The Tale of Peter Rabbit warns naughty children about the grave consequences of misbehaving. When Mrs. Rabbit beseeches her four furry children not to go into Mr. McGregor’s garden, the impish Peter naturally takes this as an open invitation to create mischief. He quickly gets in over his head, when he is spotted by farmer McGregor himself.

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Wednesday, April 15: World Art Day

Watch Eric Close read When Pigasso Met Mootisse.
What begins as a neighborly overture between a painterly pig and an artsy cow escalates into a monumental modern art mess! Before you can say paint-by-numbers, the two artists are calling each other names and building a fence between them. But it turns out that what divides them also reunites them.

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Thursday, April 16: National Librarian Day

Watch Mindy Sterling read Library Lion
Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. But when a lion comes to the library one day, no one is sure what to do. There aren’t any rules about lions in the library. And, as it turns out, this lion seems very well suited to library visiting. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library, at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion quickly comes to the rescue in the only way he knows how.

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Monday, April 20: National Lima Bean Respect Day

Watch Sean Astin read A Bad Case of Stripes.
Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids at her school don’t like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact she is so worried that she’s about to break out in… A Bad Case of Stripes.

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Wednesday, April 22: Earth Day  

Watch Justin Theroux read Here Comes the Garbage Barge.
Before everyone recycled…there was a town that had 3,168 tons of garbage and nowhere to put it. What did they do?  Enter the Garbage Barge! This mostly true and completely stinky story is sure to make you say “Pee-yew!”

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Thursday, April 23: World Book Day – NEW Story Release!

Tune in on April 23 for our first bilingual story!
Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies!  / ¡Los Zombis No Comen Verduras!

Mo Romero is a zombie who loves nothing more than growing, cooking, and eating vegetables. Tomatoes? Tantalizing. Peppers? Pure perfection! The problem? Mo’s parents insist that their niño eat only zombie cuisine, like arm-panadas and finger foods. They tell Mo over and over that zombies don’t eat veggies. But Mo can’t imagine a lifetime of just eating zombie food and giving up his veggies. As he questions his own zombie identity, Mo tries his best to convince his parents to give peas a chance.

Wednesday, April 29: International Dance Day

Watch Oprah Winfrey read The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen.
Kameeka is confident that today she will finally beat her rival, Jamara, and become the Hula-Hoopin’ Queen of 139th Street. But then Mama reminds her that today is their neighbor Miz Adeline’s birthday, and Kameeka has a ton of chores to do to get ready for the party they are hosting. Kameeka’s disappointed to be stuck at home and can only think about the hoopin’ competition. Distracted, Kameeka accidentally ruins Miz Adeline’s birthday cake, and has to confess to her that there won’t be a cake for her special day. But then Miz Adeline’s confesses something too: she’s also got the itch—the hula-hoopin’ itch! Her fingers start snappin’. Her hips start swingin’. Soon everyone’s hips are swinging as the party spills out onto the street. The whole neighborhood’s got the itch—the hula-hoopin’ itch! 

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Thursday, April 30: International Jazz Day

Watch Viola Davis read Rent Party Jazz.
This story is set in New Orleans in the 1930s. Sonny and his mother are scraping by to pay their rent. Mama works in a fish canning factory, and Sonny works for the coal man before school each morning. When Mama loses her job, they no longer have enough money for the rent and fear that the landlord will turn them out. One day Sonny meets Smilin’ Jack, a jazz musician who is playing his trumpet in Jackson Square. Smilin’ Jack offers to play at a party at Sonny’s house to help raise money for the rent. The neighbors all come to sing and dance and before they leave, drop some coins in a bucket. Sonny learns how people can help one another “if they put their minds and hearts to it.”

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Thursday, April 30: Dia De Los Niños

Celebrate the “Day of the Children” with 
¡Los Zombis No Comen Verduras!

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