2019 Children’s Summer Program
Tuesdays at 10:30 am
July 2 through August 27

Spend an hour at Old York’s historic York Corner Schoolhouse, hear a story, and afterwards enjoy a related activity, followed by fun and games in the school yard. The program features books that bring history alive, and teach children about life in Maine, New England, and beyond.

Recommended for children ages 4 to 10. Admission is FREE! All children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information email Kathleen Shea at education@oldyork.org, or call 207-363-4974.

This program is supported by a generous grant from Kennebunk Savings. 

Program Schedule

July 2
Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney (author and illustrator)

Miss Alice Rumphius made a promise to make the world a more beautiful place. She began by sowing lupine seeds along the coast of Maine, and soon became known as the Lupine lady. Join us for this lovely, whimsical tale and gather some lupine seeds of your own to take home after the story.

July 9
Charlie Needs a Cloak, by Tomie De Paola (author and illustrator)

Charlie is a shepherd and he really needs a new cloak. So after our story we will help Charlie comb and card the wool, spin it into yarn, and then visit our historic loom to see how it is woven into cloth.

July 16
Journey Cake Ho! by Ruth Sawyer (author), and Robert McCloskey (illustrator)

This great old folktale tells the adventures of Johnny the bound out boy who lives on the top of Tip Top Mountain with Merry, and her husband Old Man Grumble. When hard times come to them, Johnny and his Journey Cake save the day. We will make some journey cakes of our own in historic Jefferds Tavern following the story.

July 23
Cocoa Ice, by Diana Appelbaum (author) and Holly Meade (illustrator)

In the late 1800s, Maine schooners sailed south with their holds filled with blocks of ice cut from frozen ponds, to trade for cocoa and coffee beans. This story follows a girl in Santo Domingo harvesting cocoa, and her counterpart in Maine harvesting ice. Afterwards we will learn about cocoa and taste some chocolate.

July 30
The Circus Ship, by Chris Van Dusen (author and illustrator)

This rollicking story is very loosely based on the true story of the Royal Tar, a ship full of circus animals that sank near the coast of Vinalhaven in 1836. Children will love helping to find the lost circus animals after the story.

August 6
I Am Birch by Scott Kelley (author and illustrator)

A birch tree is an unlikely champion and protector of the forest in a story inspired by the legends of the Wabanaki tribes of Maine. As rumors of coming cold and darkness spread through the woods, chaos and fear grow, and the animals begin to panic. The birch, however, is firmly rooted, and gently helps to put the animals’ fears to rest. Learn about trees and creatures of the forest following the story.

August 13
The Little Scarecrow Boy, by Margaret Wise Brown (author), and David Diaz (illustrator)

Children will love this story of a little scarecrow boy who learns from his scarecrow father to scare away the crows—a heartwarming and funny tale that celebrates the tradition of passing knowledge from one generation to the next. After the story, help make a scarecrow!

August 20
A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat, by Emily Jenkins (author), Sophie Blackall (illustrator)

It’s blackberry season, and this is a story about blackberry fool—a simple dessert made with berries, sugar, and cream. Tracing the recipe from its origin in England to the American colonies, and finally to modern-day California, we learn how food, technology, and even families have changed throughout American history. We will have fun making and sharing our own blackberry fool in historic Jefferds Tavern after the story.

August 27
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Any Thing, by Linda D. Williams (author), and Megan Lloyd (illustrator)

Join us for a fun, interactive autumnal story about a very brave little old lady who encounters some scary things while out in the woods collecting herbs. But, she is not afraid of anything, and all turns out well in the end.