This Saturday’s read-aloud is “Papa’s Free Day Party” by Marilyn Nelson and illustrated by Wayne Anthony Still. “Johnnie wants to celebrate her Papa’s birthday, but Papa doesn’t know exactly when that special day is. Johnnie doesn’t understand how that could be. Then she learns about Papa’s childhood—how he built a new life in the all-Black town of Boley, Oklahoma. Inspired by her father’s incredible story, Johnnie decides to throw Papa a different kind of party—one to recognize her Father’s Day of freedom. Based on a true story about the author’s grandfather, Papa’s Free Day Party is a powerful celebration of storytelling, strength, and the importance of family. This is Storytime Saturday, Episode #104, with Children’s Author & Librarian, Phoebe Fox.
*Permission for the reading of this book in its entirety was granted by the publisher, Just Us Books.