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New Literacy Exhibition Helps Children Find Joy in Books

1/8/2015

On January 17, the Bay Area Discovery Museum opens Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites

As children return to school after their holiday vacation, the Bay Area Discovery Museum is putting the final touches on its own learning environment aimed to build literacy skills in the Bay Area’s youngest learners. 

According to the National School Readiness Indicators Initiative, early literacy is a key indicator of school readiness in young children. As children develop, literacy is highly correlated with school achievement and is essential to lifelong learning. A new literacy-based exhibition will provide children ages 0-8 with essential book-based experiences while equipping adults with messaging and tools to promote literacy. 

Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites opens at the Bay Area Discovery Museum on Saturday, January 17 and will continue through May 3, 2015.

Storyland transforms seven beloved and award-winning picture books – “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter; “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats; “Where’s Spot?” by Eric Hill; “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff; “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault; “Abuela” by Arthur Dorros; and “Tuesday” by David Wiesner – into three dimensional, bilingual (English and Spanish) play and learning environments that highlight the six pre-reading skills defined by the Public Library Association and Association for Library Service to Children: disposition to read, print awareness, letter knowledge, sound awareness, vocabulary, narrative skills and comprehension.

Children will explore literacy skills and concepts through imaginative, interactive experiences and dramatic play. Families can immerse themselves in Peter Rabbit’s world as they build vocabulary and narrative skills. Visitors will get a mouse-eye view of super-sized elements from “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” which encourage children to create new and rhyming words by matching letter magnets to word trunks. Babies and young toddlers can experiment with busy wall interactives based on “Where’s Spot?” while adults can get tips about cultivating pre-reading skills. Young children will explore the alphabet, develop letter and sound awareness, and sharpen their narrative skills and vocabulary by delivering news from inside a TV. 

Encouraged to reflect on their Storyland experience, children can create a drawing inspired by the books and write a caption, title or story. A digital Drawing Cam will capture the paper image and visitors can add it to an electronic gallery of other postcards for visitors to see, and email it home as a souvenir of their experience.

Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites is presented by Target, and was created by the Minnesota Children’s Museum. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Local support is generously provided by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and Opower. For more information, visit BayKidsMuseum.org/storyland.

About the Bay Area Discovery Museum

Creative thinking begins early in every child’s life. It enables original thought and the ability to see solutions where others don’t. It unlocks possibilities and fosters innovation. It provides the fundamental building blocks for success in school and beyond.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is designed to ignite creative thinking in children. The 7.5 acres of natural beauty inspires families to engage in a world of possibilities. Framed by the majestic backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge, the museum is a space for imaginations to run wild. Every curated detail of our exhibits brings creative thinking to life for all stages of childhood. Navigate winding tunnels to develop physical and intellectual risk-taking skills. Feel the rush of cold-water tide pools that surprise and awaken curiosity. Imagine new worlds by transforming into a spider, a ship captain, or a bridge builder. At every turn is a new opportunity to challenge the boundaries of creativity.

Now we are taking these experiences beyond our physical location. We launched the Center for Childhood Creativity in 2011 to pioneer new research, thought-leadership, and teacher training programs that advance creative thinking in all children—extending our impact beyond the Museum.

Our mission: To ignite and advance creative thinking for all children.

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