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Amped-Up Story Times

Fun events for little bookworms

All you really need for a good story hour is a delightful book and an engaging reader. But adding a little song and dance—or a few puppets—makes it even more exciting. Here are five events that take story time to a new level.

Aesop’s Fables Puppet Show
Brookline’s Puppet Showplace Theatre http://puppetshowplace.org/index.php (32 Station St., Brookline) hosts New York’s WonderSpark Puppets http://wondersparkpuppets.com/ for a reenactment of classic Aesop’s Fables. The puppeteers will perform “The Lion and the Mouse,” The Ant and the Grasshopper,” and “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Performances ($12), geared for kids two and up, run from Thursday, April 11 through Sunday, April 14.

Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
The Boston Children’s Theatre http://bostonchildrenstheatre.org/ sets this classic kids’ book to music in a one-hour play http://bostonchildrenstheatre.org/alexschool/. There are four performances this month, starting Saturday, April 13 at 2pm, at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts http://www.bcaonline.org/venues/calderwood-pavilion.html (527 Tremont St., South End). Tickets are $25.

Leslie and Lolly Make Stuff Up!
The Boston Area Guild of Puppetry http://www.bagop.org/ is bringing Leslie Carrara-Rudolph, voice of Sesame Street’s Abby Cadabby, to Reading’s Parker Middle School (45 Temple St., Reading) for storytelling and a puppet performance on April 13 at 2pm. Tickets cost $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

That Is Not A Good Idea!
Children’s author and Sesame Street alum Mo Willems (of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! fame) visits Mackenzie Auditorium at MassBay Community College (50 Oakland Street, Wellesley Hills) on Saturday, April 27 at 3pm. He’ll read from his newest creation, That Is Not A Good Idea!, and sign copies afterward. His shows are always wild and a little wacky. Tickets ($5) are on sale now through Wellesley Books http://www.wellesleybooksmith-shop.com/mo-willems. Children under three are free.

Birthday Weekend with Curious George
Drop into the Curious George Store http://www.thecuriousgeorgestore.com/ (1 JFK St., Harvard Square) on Saturday, April 20 or Sunday, April 21 for the store's first birthday fete http://www.thecuriousgeorgestore.com/event/042-2/. They’ll be celebrating with visits from George himself, cupcakes, and a sidewalk book sale.