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Storytime Activity: This is a Sea Cow

On July 23rd the International Childrens Arts Network is premiering This is a Sea Cow, a story written and illustrated by Cassandra Federman and published by Albert Whitman and Co. In this colorful book, we follow Sea Cow- or Manatee as she prefers to be called, as she comes to life on the pages of […]

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Zentangles

Zentangle? What’s a Zentangle? Zentangle is a really cool type of art that creates wild pictures, the ‘tangle’, through lots of thought and focus, the ‘zen’.  Follow along to learn how to make zentangles. This art form was created by a couple named Rick and Maria Roberts in 2003. Maria was drawing a pattern in the background of a picture she […]

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Splatter Paint

Careful, this one gets messy.  Splatter paint is as explosive and colorful as its history. It started in the 1940’s in New York, due to art censorship, or the banning of certain kinds of art. Because artists were not supposed to show art that spoke badly about politics, creative styles like splatter paint were used to get their […]

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Pointillism

Think it’s rude to point? These artists sure don’t!  Pointillism is a French art style where dots of pure, unmixed color are placed on a canvas in such a specific way that the final result tricks the eye into seeing a picture. The style was created by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac in Paris in the mid-1880s. They were not […]

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The Complete Works of Winnie-the-Pooh on ICAN!

ICAN is proud to announce Winnie-the-Pooh and all of Christopher Robin’s friends are coming to ICAN. Come explore the Hundred Acre Woods created by author A. A. Milne. The wood is visited daily by Christopher Robin, who accompanies Winnie-the-Pooh and company on their many adventures. You can catch the audio stories throughout the summer, every day […]

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ICAN Color! Operation Photobomb

Tonight’s storytime is a story written by Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie, illustrated and read by Matthew Rivera. This book is published by Albert Whitman & Co: When Monkey finds a camera, Chameleon discovers that he loves to photobomb everyone! But Chameleon’s photobombing starts to drive the other animals bananas. Can they find a way […]

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Children’s Day 2020- Superstar Spotlight!

Happy Children’s Day! Children are making remarkable actions everyday, so today we’re highlighting a few talented kids who are making big change in our world.   Jahkil Jackson After 8 year old Jahkil Jackson helped his aunt distribute food to Chicagoians experiencing homelessness, he knew he wanted to step up and create some serious change. He set to work, creating […]

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6 Children’s Books to Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth, June 19th, is a day to celebrate when all American’s honored the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Today, sometimes called Freedom Day, it honors the end of slavery in the United States. However, prejudice didn’t stop when slavery ended. Here are six books to continue to learn about Black History and discrimination with your kids. […]

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More Composer Kids

Have you ever wondered what classical composers were like when they were kids? Let’s meet a few and find out! Franz Liszt (1811-1886) Franz Liszt [that’s pronounced “List!”] was born in Hungary. His father was a government official, and he also played the piano, the cello, and the guitar. Franz especially loved listening to his […]

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Composer Kids

Have you ever wondered what classical composers were like when they were kids? Let’s meet a few and find out! Maria Anna Mozart (1751–1829)& Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Maria Anna Mozart (nicknamed Nannerl) were musical Austrian siblings. When little brother Wolfgang was a toddler, he was fascinated by his sister’s piano […]

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