Book Voyagers

Book Voyagers programs are now available!

Connecticut Humanities has funding to support programs for families and children in libraries, schools and non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations! Contact us for a 4-part reading and discussion series or to host a special event such as a storyteller, performance, cartooning workshop, or other literature-based program! New sessions on CT History have just been added!

Call TODAY so you don’t miss out! Depending on the funding source, restrictions may apply. Note: a cost share, ranging from $50 to $200 is required.

Many thanks to the Carolyn Foundation, the Chelsea Groton Foundation, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, the Ensworth Charitable Foundation and NewAlliance Foundation.








Welcome to Book Voyagers, Connecticut Humanities’ reading and discussion programs for families and children!

Every parent wants to see their child succeed and reading together at home is an important place to start. Book Voyagers programs are designed to promote the joy of reading and encourage families to create literature-rich home environments. Our experienced program facilitators work with libraries, schools and other community organizations to help parents and children build reading skills and bring stories to life. We use a variety of different program formats, including discussion circles, storytelling, and interactive workshops to immerse the whole family in compelling learning experiences. Hands on activities, like dramatic readings, theater games and writing and drawing exercises offer new ways for participants to connect with the written word. Book Voyagers helps families grow their home libraries, as participants receive copies of each book to keep and enjoy again and again for even more reading fun!

Book Voyagers encourages a love of literature, promotes critical thinking, and gives children the self-confidence to share their thoughts and opinions with others. Let Book Voyagers spark curiosity in your community!

For more information about bringing Book Voyagers to your organization, contact:

Susan Muro
Phone: (860) 937-6542

Four part book discussion series for families / children grades 1-3:

Believe in Yourself
Sometimes it is hard to appreciate ourselves the way we are. Do you have an odd name? A different sense of time? Or perhaps a unique situation at school?  In these stories, we see the varied ways others have learned to overcome obstacles and believe in themselves!

Growing Green
When you look around do you see something green growing? Or do you see an empty lot with possibilities? Read the inspiring stories of one girl who creates community through a garden, one man who dreams of feeding everyone, one woman who envisions trees where there are none, and one young man who learns to cherish, not destroy, the rainforest. The power of one is an amazing thing!

Tales from around the World
Folk tales help us to learn more about the world around us and, at the same time, about ourselves. A spider is rescued by the unique talents of each of his sons, a mysterious old man makes a magical paper crane, a wise woman rescues her silly helper with too much pasta, and a bossy rooster finds someone to do his bidding. Each of these stories will have some familiar characters in them!

Tales from around the World – with a Twist!
While time-honored folktales help us learn about the world around us, sometimes they just clamor for a twist! Enjoy the adventures of a boisterous chicken who really knows her fairytales, a sneezy wheezy wolf looking for a cup of sugar, a wise grandfather who retells a favorite story, and a pesky mosquito who causes quite a ruckus! See if you can recognize which parts of the stories are from the original tales and which parts are the twists!

Turning Obstacles into Opportunity
They say that when life gets tough, the tough get going. This four-book series invites conversations about overcoming whatever life throws our way with cleverness and patience — whether it’s a man trying to move a mountain, a donkey struggling to return to normal, a rooster trying to liven things up on the farm, or a young girl trying to help her mother.

Four part book discussion series for older readers/grades 3-5

Choosing Kind
This discussion series is designed to think of the many ways people choose to be kind –
whether it be one student to another, an adult to a child, or a child to an adult. Each book is about a young person who is in a difficult situation and each character faces challenges – physical, social or developmental – that sets them apart from their classmates. How the other classmates treat them is as important as how they view themselves. [This series was inspired by ALA’s Association for Library Services to Children’s initiative: Unity. Kindness. Peace.]

El Deafo by CeCe Bell
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Rules by Cynthia Lord

Mouse Messengers: Small but Mighty 
Four spunky mice prove that being small does not always mean being powerless. Enjoy these varied tails, oops, tales of the adventures and heroism of Stuart, Ralph, Despereaux and Mouse Minor! Their courage and compassion make these pint-sized messengers bigger than they really are!

Stuart Little by E.B. White
Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
The Mouse with the Question Mark Tale by Richard Peck

Reading Adventures
Take a peek into the lives of four adventurous characters–all from the safety of your favorite reading spot! Meet kids, who, just like you, face interesting and challenging situations. Some they create themselves, while others take place because of when and where they live. What would you do if you were in their shoes? Discover how we each bring our own unique experiences, skills and judgement to overcome the obstacles in our own lives. These books are the perfect blend of mystery and adventure!

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Junebug by Alice Mead
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

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In addition to book discussion programs, Connecticut Humanities helps bring special events to communities across the state. From multi-cultural storytellers to cartooning workshops, these special programs help children and families to engage with literature and culture in creative ways and from new perspectives. A wide variety of formats accommodates all types of learners. CT Humanities funding brings these experiences to you at discounted rates!

Options include:

  • Author visits
  • Cartooning Workshops
  • Graphic novel programs
  • Photo / book workshops
  • Storytellers
  • Theme-based musical programs
  • Theatrical Performances
  • Writing and Illustrating workshops with The Great Connecticut Caper authors and artists

Don’t see what you are looking for – then contact us to discuss your ideas!

Share the sights, sounds and themes of 1818 with your patrons, students and other family groups.

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the Connecticut Constitution of 1818 and Connecticut Humanities is commemorating by offering programs that celebrate our state’s exciting history and the document’s lasting impacts.

Connecticut Humanities can help you bring the following history-enriched experiences to your venue by sharing the cost with you! For each program, when sites pay 25 percent of the total fee, Connecticut Humanities covers the remaining 75 percent. The final cost to you ranges from $65 to $225, depending on which performer you select. Book Discussions are a flat rate of $50. (Available through June 30, 2018, or while funding lasts.)

Please contact Susan Muro for availability, pricing and to schedule a program!

P: (860) 937-6542


Connecticut’s Path to the 1818 Constitution: Unraveling the Established Order in the Land of Steady Habits

Appearing in period attire of the early 19th century, and using folksongs, sea chanteys, and soldier and sailor songs from and about the early 1800s (including some original compositions), Tom Callinan (made Connecticut’s first Official State Troubadour in 1991), provides a musical overview to the period, which culminated with the need to create a new constitution in 1818.

Music of the Early 1818s

Popular songs of the past have always been a reflection of the cultural, political, economic and social events we think of as “history.” We gain insight about the past by listening to the songs that were popular at any given time. Rick Spencer and Dawn Indermuehle present a program of songs that were well known and popular in Connecticut during the time of our 1818 Constitution. The presentation also includes information about the significant events and people of the day!

Stories from the 1818 Era

What’s happening in Connecticut and around the world in 1818? Industry, immigration, music, literature, and a 13-stripe flag just to name a few. Storyteller Carolyn Stearns has over fifteen stories to share from the era. Hear her tell about the three Wolcott men who shaped Connecticut and our constitution’s history; the Constitution Oak; or the Hartford-built USS Sea Gull which became a pirate chaser for the US Navy. Carolyn tailors her performance and story selection based on the needs and ages of the audience. Her warm and welcoming manner make learning about our state’s magnificent history come alive!

Book Discussions

Noah Webster’s Fighting Words
by Tracy Nelson Maurer, illustrated by Mircea Catusanu

Noah Webster, famous for writing the first dictionary of the English language as spoken in the United States, was known in his day for his bold ideas and strong opinions about, well, everything. Spelling. Politics. Laws. You name it – he had something to say about it. He even commented on his own opinions! With a red pencil in hand, Noah often marked up work that he had already published.

Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass
by Dean Robbins, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko

Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass get together for tea and conversation. They recount their similar stories fighting to win rights for women and African Americans. Some people had rights, while others had none. Why shouldn’t they have them, too?

Through the generous support of federal and local funding, Connecticut Humanities covers the majority of program costs including facilitator honoraria and travel, books, resource supplies, and publicity materials (flyers and bookmarks).

Host sites are responsible for a modest cost-share payment to help defray program expenses.

  • $200 for a four-part series (4 one-hour sessions)
  • $50 for a one-session program
  • $75 – $150 is the range for Workshops and Events

Non-profit 501(c)3 organizations and municipalities are eligible to apply.

For more information about bringing Book Voyagers to your organization, contact:

Susan Muro
Phone: (860) 937-6542

We are currently accepting requests for SPRING/SUMMER 2018. Requests are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and are dependent on grant funding.

Our Book Voyagers facilitators are passionate about reading and eager to share that excitement with your community! These dedicated educators come from a variety of backgrounds and always go the extra mile to make each session rewarding and inspiring. All Book Voyagers facilitators are literature experts dedicated to helping you and your family make reading and talking about books fun and meaningful. Each facilitator uses their own unique talents to create a welcoming and engaging environment especially for you and abilities include bilingual (Spanish), artistic, theatrical experience and skill in working with diverse ages and populations.

Connecticut Humanities thanks the Carolyn Foundation, the Chelsea Groton Foundation, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, the Ensworth Charitable Foundation and the NewAlliance Foundation. Federal and state dollars and funding from generous sponsors and donors like you, allow Connecticut Humanities to offer Book Voyagers to libraries, schools and community organizations across the state.


“The Book Voyagers experience was excellent in every way. The children were engaged, the presenter offered storytelling and projects that were age appropriate and well received. We are anxious to offer the next session! Thank you!”

“Book Voyagers is an excellent program and opportunity for children to discuss books with a professional facilitator. The literature choices were totally appropriate for the age and interest of the participants. Thank you very much for making this program available for a reasonable price.”

“Thank you for an outstanding storytelling adventure. I thank CT Humanities for making Tellabration possible at our library.”

”Book Voyagers helps kids to think about stories and pay attention to the details of the illustrations in the books. This can help make reading more fun!”

“The program was out of the ordinary – it inspired creativity!”

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