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Literacy Exhibit Opens January 21st at the Children’s Museum of Virginia

Storyland, Children's Museum of Virginia

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Beloved children’s books will come alive as Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites opens at the Children’s Museum of Virginia on Saturday, January 21st, 2023. Storyland, a new exhibit built by Minnesota Children’s Museum, provides imaginative, book-based experiences for children ages birth - 8 years old, and models early literacy experiences to parents and other adult caregivers. The exhibit will be on view through May 7th, 2023.

Storyland transforms seven beloved and award-winning picture books – The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter; The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats; Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill; If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault; Abuela by Arthur Dorros; and Tuesday by David Wiesner into three-dimensional play and bi-lingual (English and Spanish) learning environments that highlight the six pre-reading skills defined by the Public Library Association and Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association: a disposition to read, print awareness, letter knowledge, sound awareness, vocabulary, and narrative skills and comprehension.

Children explore literacy skills and concepts through imaginative, interactive experiences and dramatic play, such as:

  • Families can immerse themselves in the world of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, one of the best-selling children’s books of all time. Children explore Peter Rabbit’s world as they build vocabulary and narrative skills while searching for Peter’s lost belongings, harvesting vegetables, and playing in Peter’s burrow.

  • The Snowy Day welcomes visitors to Peter’s wintry world, where a young boy explores his neighborhood after a fresh snowfall. In addition to dramatic play activities, children have opportunities to build print and sound awareness, as they build a snowperson, and explore wintry sounds and words.

  • The exhibit features an area based on Where’s Spot? a well-known board book about the search for Spot the dog. Babies and young toddlers will explore sounds and images through busy wall interactives, highlighting for adults how literacy development begins at birth.

  • Children are encouraged to reflect on their Storyland experience by creating a drawing inspired by the books and writing a caption, title, or story. A digital Drawing Cam will capture the paper image and visitors can add it to an electronic gallery of other postcards for visitors to see and email it home as a souvenir of their experience.

About the Children’s Museum of Virginia

Children step inside a world where bubbles grow bigger than they are, where the forces of energy electrify and spark their imagination, and where they can be a farmer, a banker, a scientist, and more! The Children’s Museum of Virginia includes the Lancaster Antique Toy and Train collection – an attraction for kids of all ages as well as an immersive, full-dome digital projection planetarium and sound system. It also features a Gift Shop where children can take some imagination home with them. The Museum is located at 221 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704. For more information call 757-393-5258 or visit

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