FORT GREENE — Story Time at Greenlight Bookstore is heading outside for the summer.
The bookstore’s monthly Story Time series will take place at Fort Greene Park from May to July this year.
Celebrated children’s authors Fran Manushkin, Julia Sarcone-Roach and Giada Crispiels will read from their books at the Fort Greene Park Redoubt on the third Sunday of each month between 3 and 4 p.m.
“Fort Greene Park is one of our most wonderful neighborhood resources, and it’s great to celebrate it along with some of our favorite authors and artists,” Greenlight co-owner Jessica Stockton-Bagnulo said in a statement.
“A Sunday afternoon with books and crafts in the sunshine at the Redoubt: what could be better?”
Interactive activities and crafts like puppet-making and coloring sessions will follow each reading.
The books in the series will feature images of public parks in celebration of public green space.
“The Summer Story Time Series will bring together our park users and incredibly talented local authors, and we’re lucky to be able to celebrate Fort Greene's front yard alongside a neighbor as important to our community as Greenlight,” said Julian Macrone, Fort Greene Park Conservancy’s director.
All readings are free and open to the public. Craft materials will be provided.
Here’s this summer’s Story Time schedule, with descriptions of each book:
► May 15
Fran Mushkin will read from “Happy in Our Skin,” a rhyming picture book where children of all ethnicities, abilities and religions enjoy time at urban parks, pools and block parties with their families and neighbors. After the reading, kids can create paper bag puppets of characters from the book or their loved ones.
► June 19
Brooklyn-based author Julia Sarcone-Roach reads “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich,” about a bear lost in the city who finds an unattended sandwich in the park. Kids can make bear finger-puppets after the reading and families are encouraged to bring their own sandwiches.
► July 17
Giada Crispiels will present her coloring book “Wildlife of New York: A Five Borough Coloring Book,” which shows images of the city’s landscape and animal life. Crispiels will lead kids and families through a guided coloring workshop of her city scenes.