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Storytime at Fort Collins Nursery (June 29)

June 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bring your kiddos to Fort Collins Nursery on June 29 for some summer-reading fun!

We’re excited to bring back our Storytime event as a three-part series. Three wonderful groups of local children’s book authors and illustrators will be on-site to read the fabulous stories they have created. We’ll gather on our outdoor patio, nestled along the banks of Dry Creek and the Cache la Poudre River and surrounded by beautiful plants, trees and wildlife. These FREE events will also feature fun crafts and activities for the children and a fundraiser for Children’s Speech & Reading Center. Books will be for sale by The Crowded Bookshelf and can also be purchased in advance here

 Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for additional seating. Well-behaved pets on leashes are welcome!

June 29 Event Features


Lynn Becker

Lynn has been a reader and creator all her life. After growing up in New York, Lynn spent many years in the Southern California desert with her husband, children, cats, dog, and lots and lots of chickens. She now lives in Colorado. The chickens stayed behind, but a few mythical beasties may have followed her to her new home…! 

Her debut picture book, MONSTERS IN THE BRINY, illustrated by Scott Brundage (Sleeping Bear Press), was named a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of 2022. JUNE MOON, illustrated by Nate Carvalho (Familius), just came out in June of 2024!  Learn More Here

Featured Story: 

MONSTERS IN THE BRINY. Written by Lynn Becker & illustrated by Scott Brundage (Sleeping Bear Press).

What do you do with a grumpy kraken, a sickly sea serpent, and a tearful gigantic tortoise? You sing them a tune, of course! Following the sea shanty rhyme of What Do You Do With…, a ship’s crew of sailors has to contend with a coterie of mythical sea creatures, all demanding comfort and attention. As each creature threatens to swamp the ship, the quick-thinking crew knows just what to do to save the day, from serving pancakes to mopping a sweaty forehead to sharing an umbrella to keep the rain away. But what happens when the sailors have had enough? Back matter includes information about the sea creatures featured, music and lyrics, along with a brief history of sea shanties. 









Julie Rowan-Zoch

Author, illustrator, bookseller, and activist Julie Rowan-Zoch grew up collecting freckles and chasing hermit crabs in New York, and spent years slicing rich breads in Germany before waking up to 300 days of blue Colorado skies. If she doesn’t answer the door, look in the garden!   Learn More Here

Featured Story: 

NOT ALL SHEEP ARE BORING! Written by Bobby Moynihan & Illustrated by Julie Rowan-Zoch.

“Rowan-Zoch creates a fluffy mutton cast with amusing mannerisms and accoutrements for an effect that’s decidedly not boring.” – Publishers Weekly










Laura Resau

Laura Resau is the award-winning author of many highly acclaimed young adult and children’s books, including The Lightning Queen, Tree of Dreams, What the Moon SawRed Glass, and Star in the Forest. Laura draws inspiration from her time in Latin America as an anthropologist and ESL teacher. She lives with her family, wild husky pup, and a hundred houseplants in Fort Collins and donates a portion of her royalties to Indigenous rights organizations.  Learn More Here

Featured Story: 

Stand as Tall as the Trees: How an Amazonian Community Protected the Rain Forest. Written by Patricia Gualinga and Laura Resau & illustrated by Vanessa Jaramillo.
Co-authored with Kichwa leader Patricia Gualinga, this inspiring picture book shows how her Pueblo of Sarayaku defended their sacred forest home from an invading oil company . . . and won! The gorgeous watercolor illustrations were painted by the Ecuadorian artist Vanessa Jaramillo. Available in English and Spanish versions.










Michelle Schaub

Michelle Schaub is an award-winning children’s author and poet. She loves using wordplay and the sounds and rhythms of language to delight, inspire, and empower kids, especially when it comes to caring for the Earth and each other. Her books include Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market, which won the 2018 Growing Good Kids Award and 2019 Northern Lights Book Award; Finding Treasure: A Collection of Collections, a National Council of Teachers of English notable poetry book for 2020; Dream Big, Little Scientists; and Kindness is A Kite String. Michelle lives in Colorado with her husband, three children, and a golden retriever named Bear. When she’s not writing, you’ll find Michelle visiting her local farmers markets and hiking in nature.  Learn More Here

Featured Story: 

Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market. Written by Michelle Schaub & illustrated by Amy Huntington.

Spend a day at the farmers’ market with food, fun, and a fresh harvest. Through eighteen lively poems, follow the adventures of two new friends and their canine companions as they discover how much there is to love at the market. 










Jo Renfro

Jo Renfro is a freelance writer and illustrator with a love of mixing color, pattern and whimsy in her often humorous and always upbeat art. With a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Kansas, she has written greeting cards, calendars and humorous gift books and is now venturing in to the world of children’s book publishing. She uses her sense of humor, a survival skill after raising three kids, several dogs, numerous cats and a potbellied pig named Matilda, to create work that is lighthearted and fun. Her love of the outdoors and animals and her amazing kids and grandkids her inspiration. A lifelong Kansas, she finally made the ever-dreamed-of move to Colorado and the beautiful Rocky Mountains, which still take her breath away every single day. Learn More Here

Featured Story: 

PEG GETS CRACKIN. Written & Illustrated by Jo Renfro.

Peg is an egg and although it’s not that exciting, she’s safe inside her shell and that is all that matters. Or is it? She can imagine all the scary things out there in the big, wide world, but eventually, she’s going to have to get crackin’!










The Crowded Bookshelf

The Crowded Bookshelf is a pop-up bookshop offering a curated selection of books for all ages that aren’t likely to be found on the bestseller lists. They also carry an assortment of gift items for readers including bookmarks, notebooks, literary prints, and more. Follow them on Instagram to see where they’ll be popping up next or visit their website where you can shop anytime. Instagram: @thecrowdedbookshelffc










Children’s Speech & Reading Center

Children’s Speech & Reading Center is dedicated to developing and providing innovative, high quality, affordable speech-language services to all children in Northern Colorado who experience speech, language, or reading delays. The Center’s services for communication disorders improve the independence, self-respect, and quality of life of children and their families. Their therapists are certified to provide treatment that builds communication skills affected by a variety of childhood disorders including autism, Down Syndrome, dyslexia, apraxia, articulation disorders, hearing impairment, learning disabilities and other development disorders.










Information and a list of authors and illustrators for all events is posted here

Originally published on May 10th, 2024. Updated on June 18th, 2024.


June 29
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Fort Collins, 80524
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