It's summertime, and here at The New Victory we're busy getting ready for our upcoming season. All summer long, we're offering fun Summer Field Guides for you to celebrate being a kid in New York. Get inspired by the activities below and start getting in the mood for the shows to come!
In this issue, we celebrate Book Lover's Day
on August 9th, and the four shows this season based on kids’ lit favorites.
August 9th – Book Lover's Day
In the three months between the last day of school and the first day of school, summer reading is a great way make sure the learning never stops. In honor of Book Lover's Day
on August 9th, here are some summer reading recommendations, along with a peek at some of the stories coming to the New Victory stage this season.
What's better than asking your local librarian for book recommendations? Asking six local librarians! The folks at Brightly
recently teamed up with the New York Public Library to collect recommendations from librarians
at five of their 87 branches
around the city. Their choices (including Caps for Sale—
more on that in a moment) are specific to pre-K reading, a formative time in every young book lover's career. Brightly offers recommendations for other age groups, too, along with tips and advice
for parents of young readers.
Picture books don't tell stories that are only for the very young, though. Illustrated biographies are a great way to introduce kids of all ages to the personal stories of historical men and women. Marie Curie, Henri Matisse, Ella Fitzgerald and Harvey Milk are all represented in this great assortment
from Brain Pickings. There's even a biography of Antoine de Saint Exupéry, who himself wrote and illustrated The Little Prince
It's Reading Time!
If you're the competitive sort, you can track your summer reading as part of Scholastic's Summer Reading Challenge
. Sign up, keep track of your minutes and help your school reach the best sellers—er… readers list. Scholastic also offers book recommendations based on age and grade level, as well as resources and tips for parents looking to encourage their kids to do more reading.
Many books lend themselves to theatrical or cinematic adaptation, but illustrated kids' lit offers visual inspirations that can make the dramatized version instantly recognizable and engrossing—the story come to life! Augment your summer reading list with these stories, then come see them adapted for the stage this season at the New Vic.
Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
Published by Pan Macmillan
Returning to The New Victory in October is the world-famous tale of THE GRUFFALO
! Adapted by London's Tall Stories, the award-winning picture book gets a musical makeover with sing-along songs, slapstick comedy and scary fun for little ones. Bring along your copy when you come to see the show this fall—just don't get lost in the deep dark wood.
The Velveteen Rabbit
Written by Margery Williams
Illustrated by William Nicholson
Published by Harper Collins
Some theater magic helps one little rabbit become very real indeed, when London's Unicorn Theatre brings Margery Williams's timeless tale of THE VELVETEEN RABBIT
to life. Their poignant adaptation, for kids over six, perfectly captures the spirit of the book. Even if you know the story, give the original another well-deserved read.
Written and Illustrated by Eileen Browne
Published by Walker Books
Colorful illustrations of friendship and animal mischief are brought to life through song and lively puppets in Little Angel Theatre's adaptation of HANDA'S SURPRISE
. Dance and sing along, but don't give away the ending!
Caps for Sale
Written and Illustrated by Esphyr Slobodkina
Published by Harper Collins
One art form inspires another when Adventure Theatre MTC interprets Esphyr Slobodkina's masterful illustrations through music in CAPS FOR SALE THE MUSICAL
. We've been waiting 75 years to see those monkeys burst from the page onto the stage! Break out your first edition and join in the celebration.
Do you have a favorite storybook that you'd like to see adapted for the stage? Tweet us your choice @newvictory