The Woodlands Children’s Museum is doing its part to promote the love of books to area children. Join the museum for Children’s Book Week, scheduled for Tuesday, May 2 to Saturday, May 6.

From 10:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, May 2, Kaye Henry will read from her book, “Willie the Pencil Neck Pooch,” followed by a meet and greet and book signing. Henry retired from public school teaching after 28 years – and has fostered more than 50 lost animals, including ducks, pigs, horses, dogs and cats

“Willie was one of the pets Kaye welcomed with open arms,” Angela Colton, executive director of the museum, said. “He had a special personality – and inspired this tale of his adventures.”

More storytelling is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 6, when Kathy Duval, author of “A Bear’s Year,” will read and also meet guests and sign books. Her story celebrates the passing of seasons, following a mother bear and her cubs through the course of a year.

“Kathy was inspired to write this book after visiting Alaska and seeing bears in the wild,” Colton said. “She also is a poet whose work can be found in in children’s magazines and anthologies.”

Colton said Children’s Book Week is designed to spark a passion for reading at an early age.

“Reading is so essential to children’s success in school and in life in general,” Colton said. “This is the perfect opportunity to foster a love of literature. Young readers will be inspired by meeting these authors – and hearing them read their books.”



Tuesday, May 2

10:30-12:00: Author Visit . Kaye Henry will read her book, Willie the Pencil Neck Pooch at 10:30. The reading will be followed by a “meet and greet” with the author, who will be selling and signing her book until 12:00. (table location to be determined)

11:00 Boogie Bash—“Picture Book Boogie” (Block Area)

Miss Jan will be leading creative movement activities from the CD, Literacy in Motion by The Learning Station, based on classic children’s picture books. The book will be read first followed by the activity with the exception of “There Was an Old Lady…, which will be “told” along with the song using a large puppet.

· “Wild Things” (based on Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak)

· “Head to Toe Dance” (based on From Head to Toe by Eric Carle)

· “I Know an Old Lady” (based on There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback)

Wednesday, May 3

11:00-11:20ish: Storytime with Snow White (Front Stage). “Snow White” will read some favorite stories as well as lead the children in some favorite fingerplays and songs.

We Are in a Book: An Elephant and Piggie Book by Mo Willems

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood

The Children Who Loved Books by Peter Carnavas

Thursday, May 4

11:00-11:15: Shadow Puppet Theatre (Front Stage)

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Friday, May 5 (Cinco de Mayo)

11:00-11:15: StorybookTheatre (Front Stage)

Cinco de Mouse-o! by Judy Cox

Saturday, May 6

10:30-12:00: Author Visit (Discovery Room for reading and power point presentation, table will be set up for book sales/signing)

Kathy Duval will read her book, A Bear’s Year, at 10:30 (along with power point presentation).

The reading will be followed by a “meet and greet” with the author, who will be selling and signing her book until 12:00.