Page Turner Adventures

Page Turner Adventures

Join us each week in June & July for a new animal adventure from Page Turner Adventures! 

Page Turner Adventures is the creation of Jill Ross Nadler and Kenny Mikey.  The series combines stories and steampunk circus in supersized productions that redefine the meaning of audience participation.  Jill plays the intrepid Storyologist, Page Turner.  Kenny is her slap-stick sidekick.  Together, they transform children into Storyologists and send them on comic quests to collect, tell, and write stories.  Viewers become the main character in the story, interacting directly with the actors which enhances their educational experience.

In this eight-week series, there are five days of programming for each weekly theme.  Each week includes:  Show Day (original, interactive shows that are sure to engage kids); Craft Day (simple, fun crafts that inspire creativity); Author/Illustrator Day (short interviews with some of the best creators out there); Mashup Day (recipes, games, bonus crafts and other fun stuff); and Special Guest/Field Trip Day (virtual visits to some amazing places and people including mini-shows from other fantastic performers)!

Content for the week will go live on the Monday of that week so keep an eye out!  In the meantime, you can print a list of all the supplies you'll need to gather to get you through the entire series!

Printable Supply List

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Week 1: Farmyard Friends

June 07-11 (all videos will go live on June 07)

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Show Day:  Myrtle Over the Moon

In this original Moooosical Adventure, a “boring bovine” seeks love and fame on MooTube by attempting to jump over the moon using a trampoline, roller skates, and a jetpack. She fails, but finally realizes the appreciation she craves was there all along. A cast of talented kids join Kenny and Page Turner in this tale of farmyard friendship.

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Craft Day:  Cow Over the Moon Paper Plate Spinners

With a couple of paper plates and a few simple supplies, kids can make their own Myrtles or Cludes or Jessicas or........... 

Printable Craft Instructions

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Author Day:  Tammi Sauer

Tammi Sauer has written 30 picture books with more on the way!  In THE FARM THAT MAC BUILT: The scarecrow from Old Mac Donald’s farm emcees a barnyard theater production that collapses into hilarious chaos in this rollicking rendition of “The House That Jack Built.” And in NOT NOW, COW, all of the farm animals are ready for the seasons to change—but not Cow.

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Mashup Day:  Clucking Chicken Cups

Time for another egg-cellent craft. Today we’re making chickens out of cups that actually cluck!

Printable Craft Instructions

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Special Guest Day:  Kamal Bell from Sankofa Farms

Kamal Bell is not your average farmer. He started the 12-acre Sankofa Farms, in Durham, NC to improve food policy, teach nutritional literacy, and educate kids about agricultural-related professions. Kamal will take us on a virtual tour of Sankofa farms, including their working beehives, and give kids a "taste" of modern farm life.

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Week 2:  Fish Tales

June 14-18 (all videos will go live on June 14)

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Show Day:  The Ocean's Got Talent

We’ve searched the seven seas for some of the ocean’s most talented creatures. Octopus will perform an amazing escape, Mantis Shrimp will prove he’s not just a pretty face, and Angler Fish has an act you’ll definitely want to catch. With all this talent, will Sea Slug be able to shine? Puppetry and live-action make this show a watery wonder.

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Craft Day:  "Printed" Ocean Scenes

With some recycled styrofoam and water-based markers, kids can make their own beautiful ocean scenes.

Printable Craft Instructions

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Author Day:  Kate Messner

Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books for kids who wonder, too.  During our interview, we’ll talk about two books in Kate’s Over and Under series.

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Mashup Day:  Coffee Filter Fish

With some water-based markers and a little H2O, coffee filters are transformed into colorful fish.

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Special Guest Day:  Yasu Ishida

Yasu is an award-winning performer who combines traditional Japanese theatre, music, origami, magic, and storytelling into one-of-a-kind performances. Yasu will share an excerpt of his show and teach kids how to make origami water creatures!

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Week 3:  Pet Pals

June 21-25 (all videos will go live on June 21)

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Show Day:  Such a Library!

A live-action/animated show about a wacky librarian, a magic book and, of course, lots of animals. Based on the book SUCH A LIBRARY!

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Craft Day:  Pet Pop-Up Books

With an old file folder and a pair of scissors, kids can create their own magical pop-up books!

Printable Craft Instructions

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Author/Illustrator Day:  Author Donna Gephart & Illustrator Francesca Chessa

We have two special guests today, Author Donna Gephart and illustrator Francesca Chessa who will talk about their picture book GO BE WONDERFUL! Which features a spunky girl named Daisy and her pet dog, Mr. Bonkers. We’ll also get a sneak peek at Donna’s new novel for older readers, ABBY TRIED AND TRUE.

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Mashup Day:  Pet Pal Open Face Sandwiches

This delicious treat is part art project and part recipe, and all you need is a slice of bread and any fixins’ you can find around the house.

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Special Guest Day:  Jamie Katz, Pet Detective

Yup, pet detectives are really a thing, and Jamie Katz (her REAL name!) is one of the best as Kenny and Jill (aka Page Turner) found out first hand when Jamie helped them find their lost cat, Philo. Jamie will introduce us to her sniffer dogs, Gable and Fletcher and show kids how she trains them to help find lost pets.

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Week 4:  Celebrity Critters

June 28-July 02 (all videos will go live on June 28)

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Show Day:  The PAW-cademy Awards

Get ready to roll out the red carpet when a cast of special guests join Kenny and Page during this classic awards-style show honoring furry friends of the silver screen, hero animals, and presidential pets.

Craft Day:  Celebrity Paw Prints

Using construction paper, paint, and craft foam, we’ll create celebrity paw prints worthy of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Author/Illustrator Day:  Pat Cummings

Pat is the recipient of the Coretta Scott King and the Boston Globe-Horn Book awards. She’ll share her latest book WHERE IS MOMMY. We’ll also meet a celebrity spider in ANANSE AND THE LIZARD. 

Mashup Day:  Pat Cummings Reads, Harvey Moon, Museum Boy!

Author, Pat Cummings, will read her book, Harvey Moon, Museum Boy!

Special Guest Day:  Wesley Williams' Puppy Pals-Comedy Dog Show

Wesley has been on America’s Got Talent and Britain’s Got Talent, now he’s here with an excerpt from his hilarious Puppy Pals show featuring cute canines creating controlled chaos!

Week 5:  Safari Stories

July 05-09 (all videos will go live on July 05)

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Show Day:  The Sofa Safari Game Show

What animal eats upside down? How many hearts does an octopus have? Can you hop as high as a kangaroo? These questions and more will be answered during Sofa Safari, the interactive game show that takes you on a safari without leaving your sofa!

Craft Day:  Jungle Safari Flashlight Craft

A zip lock bag, black and white construction paper, and permanent markers are all that’s needed to make this project that’s part craft and part optical illusion.

Illustrator Day:  David DePasquale

Illustrator David DePasquale will share his debut picture book A WISDOM OF WOMBATS and invite kids to explore the wonderful words we use to describe groups of animals. David is also the lead character designer on Arlo the Alligator Boy, a new Netflix movie available now! He’ll give us some tips and tricks for future illustrators and animators!

Mashup Day:  A Virtual Visit with Jim Hammond, Puppet Master from The Lion King

Get ready for a ROARING good time when Jim shares some backstage stories and teaches kids how to be puppeteers. We will include a bonus craft video on this day that teaches kids how to make their own “hand puppets.”

Special Guest Day:  Teachers of Nature

Every animal needs a superpower to survive. Cheetahs have speed, chameleons have camouflage and birds have flight. Meet real live animal superheroes in this “wild” program.

Week 6:  Creepy Crawlies

July 12-16 (all videos will go live on July 12)

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Show Day:  The Smallest Show on Earth!

Felix the Flea wants to join a Flea Circus. But when his emotions get the best of him, Page and Kenny decide to put on an actual circus to show him the ropes. They’re joined by some special guests including a real jumping spider, the owner and star of Circus Kirkus, and Jonathan Lee Iverson...Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baily’s last Ringmaster (really!).

Craft Day:  Climbing Spider Craft

Grab some popsicle sticks, masking tape, and yarn to create a spider that can climb up any water spout.

Author Day:  Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming is the acclaimed author of more than forty books for children and young adults, including this year’s Sibert Medal Award Winning Book, HONEYBEE: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera. We’ll also chat about her book CUBS IN THE TUB.

Mashup Day:  Bug Bites Recipe

Nut butter, honey, oats and “mix-ins” make these the best bug bites you’ll ever have.

Special Guest Day:  Bobby Norfolk

An internationally known storyteller, performer and teaching artist, Bobby Norfolk is a three-time Emmy Award winner, multiple Parents' Choice Gold and Silver Award winner, and a National Storytelling Network Oracle Award recipient. Bobby will thrill us with tales of that famous trickster, Ananse the Spider.

Week 7:  Fantastic Beasts

July 19-23 (all videos will go live on July 19)

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Show Day:  The Book from Outer Space

When the Intergalactic Library is accidentally unplugged, the kids at home must join Kenny and Page on a virtual adventure to find an alien space slug to save the day.

Craft Day:  Paper Plate Dinosaurs

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? With a paper plate, paint and a toilet paper tube, kids will bring these beauties back from extinction.

Illustrator Day:  Raissa Figeruoa

Artist Raissa Figueroa, brings Kelly diPuccio’s story about a curious mermaid to life with gorgeous underwater illustrations. Raissa lives and works in San Diego, California where she loves walking the beaches in search of treasures of her own. She’s also the illustrator of WE WAIT FOR THE SUN, written by Katie McCabe and Dovey Johnson Roundtree.

Mashup Day:  Frozen Unicorn Horns

½ a banana, vanilla yogurt, and colorful sprinkles make this a magical treat.

Special Guest Day:  Dustin Growick, the Dinosaur Whisperer

This week is DINO-mite with a special guest and author visit rolled into one. Dustin is the author of DINOSAUR A-Z and UTTERLY AMAZING DINOSAUR from DK Books.

Week 8:  Swamp Stories

July 26-30 (all videos will go live on July 26)

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Show Day:  Everglades Adventure

Panthers, and Alligators, and Manatees...oh, my! Kenny and Page must travel through the River of Grass to save the Once Upon a Time Machine.

Craft Day:  Snake Coils

These critters are made from paper towel tubes.

Author Day:  Christina Soontornvat

Christina Soontornvat is an award-winning author, engineer, and STEM educator. Her many works for children include picture books and the Diary of an Ice Princess chapter book series. Her middle grade fantasy novel, A Wish in the Dark, and All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team were both named 2021 Newbery Honor Books. We’ll chat about several of her books including ALL THIRTEEN: THE INCREDIBLE CAVE RESCUE OF THE THAI BOYS’ SOCCER TEAM. While not technically animal-themed, it is a fantastic book and the name of the soccer team is the Wild Boars. So, hey, it works!

Mashup Day:  Big Mouth Frog Story & Origami Jumping Frog

Page Turner tells the story of the Big Mouth frog, then shows the kids how to make their own jumping frogs using only an index card.

Special Guest Day:  Roger Day

Grab your boots! And join Roger Day on a musical journey when he sings an excerpt from his Marsh Mud Madness Show. Roger has devoted his life to making sure that future generations sing loud, jump high, and--most importantly--dream big. He’s a four-time Parents' Choice® Gold Award Winner, National Association of Parenting Publications® Gold Award winner, and recipient of the  NACA Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity.