Bel and Bunna Story Times
Story times at Bel and Bunna’s Books in Lafayette are not to be missed—and throughout the pandemic, sessions have been held virtually on Instagram. Regular offerings include online reads for bookworms under age 5, as well as those for all ages. The shop’s Instagram page includes recordings of previous sessions, too, giving you access to hours and hours of literary fun. belandbunnasbooks.com, instagram.com/belandbunna.
Girl Warriors: How 25 Young Activists Are Saving the Earth
This collection of non-fiction stories from Berkeley’s Rachel Sarah is an ideal tool for motivating budding environmentalists. Aimed at middle-grade readers, Girl Warriors highlights the stories of a series of women younger than 25 years old who are leading the charge against climate change, through governmental interaction, TED talks, and more. Order the volume from a local independent bookshop, such as Flashlight Books. flashlightbooks.com.
Arts and Crafts
At-Home Activities for A Beautiful Mess: Weavers and Knotters of the Vanguard
The Bedford Gallery is open again, welcoming visitors through mid-June to their latest exhibition, A Beautiful Mess, which highlights textile art created by women. If you’re at home with young ones, consider a crafting day with project suggestions on the gallery’s website, including a paper plate weaving activity and guidelines for making textured collages. (You can also catch the A Beautiful Mess exhibition digitally.) bedfordgallery.org.
Albums from the Alphabet Rockers
The Oakland-based Alphabet Rockers have been delighting young ears since their first album dropped in 2012. The group aims to address social issues and inspire listeners to create change. Their two most recent albums—Rise Shine #Woke and The Love—were both nominated for Grammy Awards, and, between the two, offer hopeful messages about living authentically and confronting hatred, and highlight gender non-conforming, trans, and two-spirit stories. alphabetrockers.com.
The Oakland Puzzle Book
This fun-filled activity book, which debuted earlier this month, offers nearly 100 crossword puzzles, word searches, jumbles and other on-the-page games all centered around the city of Oakland. Kids and the young-at-heart are sure to enjoy the references to many local landmarks, including Children’s Fairyland, Oakland’s iconic redwoods, and more, and might even learn new facts about this East Bay metropolis along the way. Order it from a local independent bookshop, such as Rakestraw Books. rakestrawbooks.com.