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Highline Storytime

Book selections and recorded videos from Highline College Library's Highline Storytime

The Sweetest Kulu

The Sweetest Kulu | written by Celina Kalluk | illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis | read by Library staff member Shay Kelley

The library's own Shay Kelley reads The Sweetest Kulu, a "beautiful bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk" (Description from publisher). Reading level: baby to 3 years.

Listen to author Kalluk singing "Daylight Remains," a song containing a combination of Inuit and throat singing.

Stonewall: A Building, An Uprising, A Revolution

Stonewall: A Building, An Uprising, A Revolution | Written by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Jamey Christoph | read by Librarian Ben Horvath


In honor of LGBT History Month, librarian Ben Horvath reads Stonewall, a picture book celebrating 1969's Stonewall Riots. Suggested audience: ages 5-8.

The Boy and the Bindi

The Boy and the Bindi | written by Vivek Shraya, illustrated by Rajni Perera | read by librarian Sam Sermeño

Librarian Sam Sermeño reads this story celebrating the meaning of the bindi while exploring oneself. Reading level: 4-8 years.

How Groundhog's Garden Grew

How Groundhog's Garden Grew | written by Lynne Cherry | read by Librarian Hara Brook

Librarian Hara Brook reads this picture book that introduces how plants grow. Suggested audience: 4-8 years. Note that this story briefly mentions the Thanksgiving holiday. We occupy the stolen lands of indigenous peoples. Here in South King County, this is the stolen land of the Duwamish and the Coastal Salish, among other groups. The white version of Thanksgiving, we know, isn't the same as that of indigenous peoples'. Indigenous people have always been stewards of the land, farmed, raised animals, and still to this day, fight for their land and protection of it from exploitation, pollution, and theft.

Stellaluna and Never Tease a Weasel

Stellaluna | written and illustrated by Jannell Cannon | read by Communication Studies Faculty Laura Manning

Never Tease a Weasel | written by Jean Conder Soule

Communication Studies faculty member Laura Manning reads Stellaluna, a picture book about a lost baby fruit bat and their struggles to fit in. Reading level: 4 to 7 years. Special bonus content: Never Tease a Weasel.

Umoja Storytime

My Hair is a Garden | written and illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Benny Doesn't Like to Be Hugged | written by Zetta Elliott | illustrated by Purple Wong

In honor of Black History Month, Umoja student ambassador Bontu Balda and Library Director Gerie Ventura share two favorite stories celebrating Black, African American, and African storytelling with campus. Bontu reads My hair is a garden,  a picture book celebrating natural Black hair. (Reading level: 4 to 7 years.) 

Gerie reads Benny doesn’t like to be hugged, a children’s book that encourages children to appreciate and accept our differences. (Reading level: 8 to 12 years.) 

Listening to My Body

Library Director Gerie Ventura shares this book that guides children through the practice of naming their feelings and the physical sensations that accompany them. Grade level 3 - 7. Reading level: 8 - 12 years.

The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day | written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats | read by Librarian Katie Straton

Librarian Katie Straton shares a family favorite read with The Snowy Day, a picture book about the magic of snow. Reading level: 4-7 years.