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A bookstore-without-walls® for kids, teens, families, and educators in the Bronx and beyond.

Since we launched in 2017, the core values that we use to guide our work have been joy, justice, and community. Thank you for joining us in promoting joyful reading experiences that center the stories, identities, and experiences of young people in our Bronx community and beyond.
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This Saturday, May 22, will be our final Boogie Down Storytime on Zoom.


We can’t begin to tell you how much we've enjoyed reading with you all over the past year, and we're excited to connect with you in new and wonderful ways now that spring is here.

We'll be celebrating the Zoom Storytime community on May 22 so be sure to join us!

Here at Boogie Down Books, our core values are joy, justice, and community. Putting justice at the center of our work means that we are committed to making sure that every Bronx child who wants to attend Storytime with us can do so. That's why we’re asking audience members at some of our outdoor sites to pay $10 per family to subsidize pay-what-you-can admission at other sites. Thank you for joining us in making sure that our Storytime community promotes literacy justice for all young readers in the Bronx and beyond.

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Boogie Down Storytime
Saturdays 10am
May 22: on Zoom
Starting May 29: On Location in and around the Bronx

Don't miss Boogie Down Storytime with author Hope Lim featuring My Tree!

 

When a young boy's beloved plum tree falls in a storm, he feels like he's lost both a friend and a connection to his old home.

A young boy, recently arrived from Korea, finds a glorious plum tree in his new backyard. It reminds him of a tree his family had back home, and he names it "Plumee" for the deep purple plums on its branches. Whenever the boy is homesick, he knows he can take shelter in Plumee's tall branches.

And when a storm brings the old tree down, he and his friends have all kinds of adventures on its branches, as it becomes a dragon, a treehouse, and a ship in their imaginations. But soon it's time to say goodbye when the remains of the tree are taken away. Before long, a new plum tree is planted, new blossoms bloom, and a new friendship takes root.

A South Korean immigrant herself, Hope Lim brings her perspective on the struggle for child immigrants to feel at home to bear through spare, poetic text, perfectly matched by soft, lyrical illustrations by Korean artist Il Sung Na.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

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Upcoming Storytime events:


May 29: We'll be back where Storytime started–at Mottley Kitchen in the South Bronx!

June 5: We're launching our Pride Month celebration at the Randall's Island Urban Farm, including a Pride Pop-Up Bookshop!
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