This story time Connie reads from the Nocturnals series and the new book, Tasty Treat. Join Connie for stories and songs and an occasional craft and snack. Our award-winning story time is always free for the whole family. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nocturnals was launched to critical acclaim in 2016 with The Mysterious Abductions, a Kids Indie Next List Pick, and The Ominous Eye. The Fallen Star was published in May 2017 and The Hidden Kingdom in February 2018. The Grow and Read Early Reader Series was launched in September 2017 with the first Early Reader, The Moonlight Meeting. The Slithery Shakedown and The Peculiar Possum were both published in 2018. The Chestnut Challenges and The Kooky Kinkajou both came out in 2019.
In spring of 2016, in partnership with the New York Public Library, Tracey Hecht created a Read Aloud Writing Program in 10 schools around New York City. Since then, we have expanded the program in over 85 school, libraries, and bookstores.
The Grow & Read Program was developed with free online printable storytime activities, including sight word games, coloring pages, animal mask crafts, story and character maps, and more. The activities help strengthen emerging readers' understanding of the books while instilling confidence and a lifelong interest in reading.
Every Grow & Read book includes an animal fact glossary.
Tracey Hecht has written, directed, and produced for film. The American Booksellers Association chose the first book in her critically acclaimed middle grade series, The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions, as a Kids' Indie Next List pick. This year, her Grow & Read early reader book, The Chestnut Challenge, was given a Mom's Choice Gold Award. In partnership with the New York Public Library, Tracey created a Read Aloud Writing Program that she has since conducted--both in person and virtually--in over 100 schools, libraries, and bookstores across the country. Tracey currently splits her time between New York City and Oquossoc, Maine, with her husband, four children, and dog, Penny.
Josie Yee is an award winning illustrator specializing in children's books. She lives in New York City with her daughter, Ana, and their cat, Dude.