Become a

Maritime Mondays

Enjoy a virtual story time with Lauren T. Furey!

Hop online for a reading adventure every Monday! Fun for both children and caregivers, enjoy story time with Lauren T. Furey, manager of visitor engagement, and also discover an artifact (or two) from our Museum’s Collection.

Designed for children from 18 months to 8 years, Lauren takes you and your little mariners on a journey to show how we are all connected to the world’s waters.

Be sure to register in advance, and join us for a new book every week!

Lauren T. Furey

New! Two times to connect with us on Mondays – 11 AM (EST) and 1 PM (EST)!

Weekly Book Titles • Register Online:

Monday, March 29, 2021

Time: 11 a.m and 1 p.m. (EST)

Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13
Written by Helaine Becker
Illustrated by Dow Phumiruk

As a child, Katherine Johnson loved to count. Boundless, curious, and excited by calculations, young Katherine longed to know as much as she could about math, about the universe. Come discover the bold story of a groundbreaking African American mathematician at NASA who not only calculated the course of moon landings but, in turn, saved lives and made enormous contributions to history.

Storytime: 11 a.m. (EST)
Storytime: 1 p.m. (EST)

Monday, April 5, 2021

Time: 11 a.m and 1 p.m. (EST)

Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built
Written by Angela Burke Kunkel
Illustrated by Paola Escobar

In the city of Bogata, in the barrio of La Nueva Gloria, there live two Joses. One is a boy who dreams of Saturdays – that’s the day he gets to visit Paradise, the library. The second Jose is a garbage collector. Get immersed in this marvelous and inspiring picture book filled with a celebration of perseverance, community, and the power of books – and based on the life of José Alberto Gutiérrez, a garbage collector.

Storytime: 11 a.m. (EST)
Storytime: 1 p.m. (EST)

Monday, April 12, 2021

Time: 11 a.m and 1 p.m. (EST)

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Written by William Joyce
Illustrated by William Joyce & Joe Bluhm

Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds. But the power of story will save the day. Discover the book that inspired the Academy Award–winning short film, from New York Times bestselling author and beloved visionary William Joyce. It’s a modern masterpiece to celebrate!

Storytime: 11 a.m. (EST)
Storytime: 1 p.m. (EST)

Monday, April 19, 2021

Time: 11 a.m and 1 p.m. (EST)

Little Libraries, Big Heroes
Written by Miranda Paul
Illustrated by John Parra

From founder Todd Bol’s first installation to the creation of more than 75,000 mini-libraries around the world, here’s an uplifting story of how the Little Free Library organization brings communities together through books. Learn how Todd Bol became a literary superhero, and with the help of thousands of volunteers – many of whom are kids – millions of books have been enjoyed around the world.

Storytime: 11 a.m. (EST)
Storytime: 1 p.m. (EST)

Monday, April 26, 2021

Time: 11 a.m and 1 p.m. (EST)

Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library
Written by Barb Rosenstock
Illustrated by John O’Brien

As soon as Thomas Jefferson learned to read, he found his passion: books, books, and more books! His massive collection eventually helped rebuild the Library of Congress – now the largest library in the world! Come hear how Barb Rosenstock’s rhythmic words and John O’Brien’s whimsical illustrations capture Jefferson’s passion for the written word as well as little-known details about book collecting.

Storytime: 11 a.m. (EST)
Storytime: 1 p.m. (EST)

Support The Mariners’ Museum and Park!
Go to and choose The Mariners’ Museum as your charity of choice!
Be sure to use this feature when shopping for books by the authors of our Maritime Mondays.

Special thanks to our community partner:

Newport News Arts Commission logo

Monday, October 12

Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat
Author: Philip C. Stead

When Jonathan loses his best friend, a stuffed bear named Frederick, he sets sail on the Big Blue Boat to find him. Along the way he assembles a ragtag crew, including a mountain goat, a lonely circus elephant, and even a friendly whale. Adventure and intrigue (and pirates!) follow.

Monday, October 19

The Storm Whale
Author: Benji Davies

The Storm Whale tells a simple but powerful story about a little boy’s loneliness and how a lost whale washed up from a storm deepens the love between a parent and child who don’t have much material possessions.

Monday, October 26

Deep in the Ocean
Author: Lucie Brunellière

From the glittering surface of the sea to the darkness of the abyss, Deep in the Ocean takes readers on a bewitching journey through fascinating waters — some warm, colorful, and crowded with sea creatures, others mysterious and turbulent.

Monday, November 2, 2020

The Mermaid
Author: Jan Brett

When a young mermaid chances upon a gorgeous house made of seashells and coral, will she find treasure or trouble? Chock full of fish and fauna and adventure, The Mermaid is an intriguing version of Goldilocks that is sure to enchant readers of all ages. Author and illustrator Jan Brett transports this classic fairy tale to a magical setting inspired by the seas off the coast of Okinawa, Japan.

Monday, November 9, 2020

My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep Around the World
written by Rebecca Bond and illustrated by Salley Mavor

Did you know that not all beds are made the same? In the Netherlands, some beds rock on water. In Brazil, they might sway in the breeze. From Canada to Japan, Afghanistan to Norway, sleep has taken many forms and shapes throughout history. Astonishing, hand-stitched illustrations and a delightful narrative, come hear the story of sleeping traditions across the world.

Monday, November 16, 2020

My Mommy is a Hero
Author: Hannah Tolson

In a season of gratitude, join us as we honor mothers in the armed forces! Author Hannah Tolson strives to share in an enlisted parent’s pride to help make them feel a little closer when they are far away in a beautifully illustrated picture book. Military mommies and daddies do all kinds of jobs in all kinds of places, but there’s one thing every military child knows for sure – “My Mommy is a Hero!”

Monday, November 23, 2020

Over the River and Through the Wood
Author: Lydia Maria Child

Walk along down memory lane with author Lydia Child as she travels to her grandfather’s house for a season of excitement and celebration! The joys of Thanksgiving are indelibly captured in this glorious poem, which also highlights the many details about life in the 19th century.

Monday November 30, 2020

We Are Water Protectors
Author: Carole Lindstrom

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, Carole Lindstrom’s bold and lyrical picture book We Are Water Protector s issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguarding the Earth’s water from harm and corruption. Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all. When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison the water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource.

Monday, December 7, 2020

The Christmas Tree Ship
Written by Carol Craned and illustrated by Chris Ellison

Using stories she loved to hear her grandfather tell to the family, author Carol Crane weaves this heartwarming fictional tale based on the true events of the little schooner carrying up to 5,000 trees. A perfect timeless story for all who love Christmas, its traditions and stories, and especially stories of the sea, including the vast inland sea that is Lake Michigan.

Monday December 14, 2020

The Gingerbread Pirates
Written by Kristen Kladstrup and illustrated by Matt Tavares

Sail away with Captain Cookie on a daring adventure as he seeks to rescue his pirate crew from a mysterious character named Santa Claus (gasp!). Sparkling with all the excitement of a pirate adventure, this tale is bound to be a new and funny holiday classic for everyone of all ages!

Monday, December 21, 2020

A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas
Written by Philip Yates and illustrated by Sebastiá Serra

Come aboard, young mateys, for a humorous and colorful piratical version of the beloved Clement C. Moore classic The Night Before Christmas! When a young boy discovers a ship of mischievous brigands who have visions of treasure chests, not sugar plums, dancing in their heads, no one expected a visit from jolly St. Nick. With the author’s rollicking rhymes and sprightly, fun-filled pictures by the illustrator, this Christmas perennial turns into a jubilant celebration.

Monday December 28, 2020

Over and Under the Snow
Written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

Inspire your little mariner for a love of nature! Over the pond, the water is a mirror, reflecting the sky. But under the water, there is a hidden world of minnows darting, beavers diving, and tadpoles growing. Come dive into these secrets and many others that are waiting to be discovered in this underwater oasis!

Monday, January 4, 2021

Jungle Drums
Written by Graeme Base

Tired of being teased, Ngiri, the smallest warthog in Africa, uses a set of magic drums to make wishes. Find out what happens when his wish is granted in a most unexpected way, and creates a huge surprise for all the animals in the jungle.

Monday, January 11, 2021

The Legend of the Golden Snail
Written by Graeme Base

Inspired by a storybook tale of a magical Golden Snail banished to the Ends of the Earth by a Grand Enchanter, Wilbur sets out on a daring voyage to find the legendary snail and claim it as his own. Set sail for an adventure unlike any other!

Monday, January 18, 2021

The Water Hole
Written by Graeme Base

From the plains of Africa and the jungles of the Amazon to the woodlands of North America and the deserts of outback Australia, the animals come together to drink from the water hole. But their water supply is diminishing. Gather together to try and solve the mystery: will the animals come back or is their water source gone forever?

Monday, January 25, 2021

The Jewel Fish of Karnak
Written by Graeme Base

Far away in Ancient Egypt, Jackal and Ibis are facing punishment but then granted a second chance at redemption. Come learn what happens when these two friends ignore the Cat Pharaoh’s words and disaster follows in a cautionary tale set amongst the wonders of an ancient world.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Anna Carries Water
Written by Olive Senior and illustrated by Laura James

Anna fetches water from the spring every day, but she can’t carry it on her head like her older siblings can. Set in Jamaica, this charming and poetic family story by Commonwealth Prize-winning author Olive Senior shows young readers the power of determination, as Anna achieves her goal and overcomes her fear.

Monday, February 8, 2021

The Little Hippo
Written by Géraldine Elschner and illustrated by Anja Klauss

In this delightful children’s story, a young boy befriends a little hippo and together they live out their days along the banks of the Nile. After many years, when the boy’s life comes to an end, the hippo finds himself in a strange world populated with deserts, cities, forests, and finally a museum where he is reunited with his friends. Come discover how and why the hippopotamus was such an important figure in that ancient world.

Monday, February 15, 2021If Dominican were a Color

Written by Sili Recio and illustrated by Brianna McCarthyThe colors of Hispaniola burst into life celebrating the joy of being Dominican. This exuberantly colorful, softly rhyming picture book beautifully illustrates a mami’s words to her daughter on what Blackness looks like across her home country.
Monday, February 22, 2021Anansi and the Magic Stick

Written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Janet StevensWhen Anansi finds out that Hyena has a magic stick that could fix his messy problem, he begins to conspire a way to steal it. But will the magic be more than Anansi bargained for? Based on tales originating in West Africa and familiar in Caribbean culture, this funny story is part of a five-book Anansi the Trickster series filled with slapstick humor and mischief.
Monday, March 1, 2020Shark Lady

Written by Linda Skeers
Illustrated by Marta Álvarez MiguénsEugenie Clark fell in love with sharks from the first moment she saw them at the aquarium. But Eugenie quickly discovered that many people believed sharks to be ugly and scary ― and those people also didn’t think women should be scientists. Come hear an inspiring story of a woman who dared to dive, defy, discover, and embolden others ― a wonderful start to celebrating Women’s History Month!
Monday, March 8, 2021 Ocean Speaks: How Marie Tharp Revealed the Ocean’s Biggest Secret
Written by Jess Keating
Illustrated by Katie HickeyFrom a young age, Marie Tharp loved watching the world. She loved solving problems. She loved pushing the limits of what girls and women were expected to do and be. She faced many barriers in her career, and the science field was no exception. When Marie landed a job at a laboratory in New York, she learned that women were not allowed on research ships – women were considered bad luck on boats. So Marie stayed back in the office and dove deep into the data her colleagues recorded, mapping point after point, and slowly revealing a deep rift valley in the ocean floor. Come hear this inspiring picture biography of Marie Tharp, who became the first person to map the Earth’s underwater mountain ridge.
Monday, March 15, 2021
Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist
Written by Linda Skeers
Illustrated by Marta Álvarez MiguénsMary Anning loved scouring the beach near her home in England for shells and fossils. She fearlessly climbed over crumbling cliffs and rocky peaks, searching for new specimens. One day, something caught Mary’s eye.Bones. Dinosaur Bones.Learn how Mary rocked the world of science and helped create a brand new field of study – paleontology. While she wasn’t given the credit she deserved, Mary helped reshape scientific beliefs about the natural world. This beautifully illustrated picture book biography of Mary Anning is sure to enlighten children about the discovery of the dinosaurs and the importance of female scientists!
Monday, March 22, 2021Of Numbers and Stars

Written by D. Anne Love
Illustrated by Pam PaparoneHypatia grew up on the northern tip of Egypt in the city of Alexandria in the fourth century A.D. As the daughter of mathematician Theon, Hypatia was unlike most girls of her time as she learned to read and write. As she grew older, she became a respected scholar in mathematics and philosophy in which scholars from all over the world journeyed to Alexandria to seek her teachings.

Have a question regarding Maritime Mondays?

Contact the Interpretation Department to get quick answers to your questions.

Interpretation Department
(757) 591-7747

Header book graphic created by eightonesix –

Copyright Disclaimer:
Under section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education, and research. Virtual programs presented by The Mariners’ Museum and Park, a non-profit organization, are intended for personal and educational use.

Virtual Program Disclaimer:
By registering for a virtual program, you understand that video and audio content is streamed to other participants when your computer microphone and camera are on. Anyone under the age of 18 must have parent/guardian permission to participate, and anyone age 13 or younger must have direct adult supervision for the duration of the event.

Please be advised that The Mariners’ Museum and Park make no warranties or representations concerning virtual programs. Your decision to participate is an express consent to waive all claims against The Mariners’ Museum and Park, which may result from said participation and hereby release and discharge The Mariners’ Museum and Park and its employees from all liabilities.