ACT and Books on the Common teamed up during quarantine to bring you our Story Time series! Hear some of your favorite children's books read by some of our favorite ACT alum!
STORY TIME! Episode 1: The Day the Crayons Quit
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun. Recommended for grades K-3. Morgan Billings-Smith appeared in ACT of Connecticut's productions of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Godspell.
STORY TIME! Episode 2: Ada Twist, Scientist
Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Recommended for grades K-3. Monica Ramirez appeared in ACT of Connecticut's productions of Evita, Working and Godspell.
STORY TIME! Episode 3: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon! But you've never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate. Recommended for grades K-3. Ryan K. Bailer appeared in ACT of Connecticut's production of Evita.
STORY TIME! Episode 4: There's a Bear on My Chair
Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favorite chair, and that chair just isn’t big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move pesky Bear, but nothing works. Once Mouse has gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But what’s that? Is that a mouse in Bear’s house? Recommended for grades K-3. Katie Ladner appeared in ACT of Connecticut's production of Godspell.
STORY TIME! Episode 5: The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick
When super cheerful Stick and grumpy stuffed bunny Huggie get thrown from a backpack, the adventure is on! Together this odd couple survives encounters with sea-faring pirates, raging rhinos in Africa, sword-wielding royalty in Europe, stick-eating panda bears in Asia, sharks in Australia, hungry penguins in Antarctica, and piranhas in South America--all before finally making it home to North America. A fantastically funny read-aloud about two unlikely friends and their epic journey around the world. Recommended for grades K-3. Emma Tattenbaum-Fine appeared in ACT of Connecticut's productions of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Godspell.
STORY TIME! Episode 6: Knuffle Bunny
Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind? Using a combination of muted black-and-white photographs and expressive illustrations, this stunning book tells a brilliantly true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy's in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong. Recommended for grades K-3. Robb Sapp appeared in ACT of Connecticut's production of Little Shop of Horrors.
STORY TIME! Episode 7: Dragons Love Tacos
Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble. Recommended for grades K-3. Laura Woyasz appeared in ACT of Connecticut's productions of Little Shop of Horrors and Working.
STORY TIME! Episode 8: Imagine That
Olive is a little girl with a big, bright imagination. Hoot is her stuffed-animal owl…and her best friend. The two love adventures of all sorts. But on the rainiest of days, there is only one thing to do: stay inside and imagine a whole new world. Just as they’re about to begin their adventure, Hoot makes a shocking discovery―his imagination is broken! Like the best of best friends, Olive comes up with some ideas to help him. But nothing is working: not the head unscrambler, the earmuffs, or the hypnosis. Just as the two are about to give up, Olive remembers the secret ingredient to imagination, and they give it one more try. Recommended for grades K-3. Rachelle Legrand appeared in ACT of Connecticut's production of Little Shop of Horrors.