Matilda’s Book Joy


Bookjoy, Wordjoy

Duration icon Duration: 1 hour

Grades icon Grades: All grades

Group size icon Group Size: Open

Workshop description

Join Matilda on a journey in growing up and exploring the power of reading! This virtual experience will allow participants to join Matilda and her imagination in telling her own story, while also promoting the adventures reading can take you on!

In this four-part workshop, we will read and analyze together ‘Bookjoy Wordjoy’ by Pat Mora, where participants will be encouraged to use their imaginations and words to create any story or adventure that they want!

Through a combination of song, storytelling, and craft, together we will explore the challenges Matilda faced and how she was able to find comfort and adventure through both books and her imagination!

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Bookjoy, Wordjoy

Whether we are collecting words, reading favorite books in the library, celebrating holidays, writing poems, sharing secrets, or singing a jazzy duet, words and books can take us on wonderful adventures and bring us joy. Poet Pat Mora has brought together a collection of her poems that celebrates engaging with words and books in all these ways and more. Vivid illustrations by Raúl Colón bring the poems to life and interpret the magic of the language with captivating images in a style influenced by Mexican muralists. Together the poems and illustrations are sure to inspire creative wordplay in readers of all ages. We can read, you and I, see letters become words, and words become books . . . You and I read, round and round, bookjoy around the world.


Pat Mora


What You'll Need

  • Computer, tablet or smartphone with a stable internet connection. Video and sound on.
  • CRAFT: Bookmarks, in the style of Raul Colón’s work materials Required:
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers/Crayons
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Optional:
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Stickers
  • Glitter
  • Glue

Meet the Artist - Emma Wilcox

Hi there! I’m Emma, and I am an actor, singer, and dancer from New Jersey. I am receiving my BFA in Musical Theatre from Montclair State University and will be graduating this spring.

I have performed in various locations across the east coast in both community and regional theatre, and am so excited to bring theatre to young students through the magic of Zoom!

I have worked as a Sunday school teacher, camp counselor, and choreography assistant for children since I was 14 years old.

I aim to foster children’s love of reading and literacy through the use of song, storytelling, dance, reading, and craft!

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