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Boogie Down Storytime with Author Reem Faruqi (May 15, online only)

Boogie Down Storytime with Author Reem Faruqi (May 15, online only)

Date(s) - 05/15/2021
7:00 am - 8:00 am

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Join author Reem Faruqi for a virtual reading of AMIRA’S PICTURE DAY!

About this event

Since our first event in 2017 our core values at Boogie Down Books have been Joy, Justice, and Community. Nowhere do those values come more alive than when we join together with our community to create joyful reading experiences with books that inspire us to make the world better and more just for all. We know how important these values are for all of you and for our world, not just right now, but always. Thank you for joining us!

Boogie Down Storytime is a family-friendly experience that cultivates early literacy awareness through joyful reading experiences. Each storytime is led by our Storytime Manager Wesley Sanders, generally lasts about 45-60 minutes, and includes:

  • Interactive read-aloud of a new or classic children’s book by an author, illustrator, or educator
  • Q&A so young readers can engage directly with the reader
  • Opportunities for young readers to thrive and learn from repetition with rituals and routines like mindful breathing that build social-emotional skills
  • Interactive questioning and discussion activities that build community and celebrate the contributions young readers make to conversations about books, reading, and the world
  • Welcome shoutouts to honor and acknowledge each individual child in our community
  • Active time for young readers to move, cultivate bodily awareness, and develop motor skills through yoga poses inspired by that week’s book, led by Bronx yoga teacher Jazy Cintron.

In addition to single-event tickets available here, Boogie Down Storytime is also available as a Monthly Membership and in 5-pack bundles with and without the featured books. These options make great gifts!

A unique Zoom link will be sent to registered families each week. Your registration is for one family/household. Our team devotes a tremendous amount of time, thought, and energy to producing storytime, and as a small business we thank you for acting with integrity and not sharing your log-in credentials.

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ABOUT Amira’s Picture Day:

Ramadan has come to an end, and Amira can’t wait to stay home from school to celebrate Eid. There’s just one hiccup: it’s also school picture day. How can Amira be in two places at once?

Just the thought of Eid makes Amira warm and tingly inside. From wearing new clothes to handing out goody bags at the mosque, Amira can’t wait for the festivities to begin. But when a flier on the fridge catches her eye, Amira’s stomach goes cold. Not only is it Eid, it’s also school picture day. If she’s not in her class picture, how will her classmates remember her? Won’t her teacher wonder where she is?

Though the day’s celebrations at the mosque are everything Amira was dreaming of, her absence at picture day weighs on her. A last-minute idea on the car ride home might just provide the solution to everything in this delightful story from acclaimed author Reem Faruqi, illustrated with vibrant color by Fahmida Azim.

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Reem Faruqi is an acclaimed children’s book author. Her debut picture book, Lailah’s Lunchbox, was named an ALA Notable Book and a Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and was selected for the International Literacy Association’s Choices reading list. Reem’s debut middle grade book Unsettled is forthcoming from HarperCollins. Reem immigrated from Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, to Peachtree City, Georgia, when she was 13 years old. She now lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and children. Find her online at

CODE OF CONDUCT: Our event provides a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate. Anyone violating these rules will be expelled from the event at the discretion of the organizers.

PHOTOS & RECORDING: Events may be recorded, and video and photos may be posted on our website, social media, and elsewhere. If you would prefer not to be visible, please ensure that your video is off.

PRIVACY: Registrants will be added to the Boogie Down Books mailing list. Your contact information will never be shared or sold. You may unsubscribe or update your subscription at any time.

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