Ms. Martha Reads, Fridays, 10 a.m. on Facebook

A new weekly Facebook segment featuring stories written by local children. Join us each week online to hear a new story.

If you missed a week, catch up with the videos below.

This performance is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.


 

Most Recent Stories

The Donkey Who Lost His Memory
by Ruben, 2nd grade
James Hurst Elementary, Portsmouth

 


 

The Scared Little Fish
by Sahasra, 1st grade
Kiln Creek Elementary, Newport News

 


 

Cory Clanet
by Grace, 3rd grade
Hermitage Elementary, Virginia Beach

 


 

The Adventures of Oreo the Rat
by Holly, 1st grade
Carver Elementary School

 


 

Meatball's Adventure
by Kiera, 4th grade
Star of the Sea School, Virginia Beach

 


 

Stacy and the Candy Dimension
by Aynslee, 3rd grade
Tidewater Academy, Wakefield

 


 

Bubble Trouble
by Kennedy, 2nd grade
Nansemond Parkway Elementary School, Suffolk

 


 

Ranger Bill
by Deonta, 3rd grade
Kiptopeke Elementary School, Cape Charles

 


 

The Scissors Go To School
by Ruby, 1st grade
Occohannock Elementary, Exmore

 


 

The Baker Princess
by Lara, Kindergarten
Norfolk

 


 

Do Not Waste Water
by Aaria, 1st grade
John B. Dey Elementary, Virginia Beach

 


 

The Adventures of Net Man
by Frank, Kindergarten
Suffolk

 


 

The Bunny Who Saved His Family
by Victoria, 2nd grade
Norfolk

 


 

The Ups and Downs of Earth
by Zoey, 5th grade
Pembroke Meadows Elementary, Virginia Beach

 


 

Earth's Cardboard Creations
by Evie, 4th grade
Kilby Shores Elementary, Suffolk

 


 

Recycle Me!
by Aanya, 3rd grade
Old Donation School, Virginia Beach.

 


 

Kitty's Garden
by Isaac, Kindergarten
Great Bridge Presbyterian School, Chesapeake

 


 

Saniya And The S-Bots
by Saniya, 5th grade
Carver Elementary School, Newport News

 


 

Magical Art
by Taryn, 3rd grade
Chesapeake

 


 

Splash Splash Mermaddy (with First Lady of Virginia)
by Madison, 2nd grade
Corporate Landing Elementary, Virginia Beach

 


 

Daisy the Dolphin and the Adventures in the Elizabeth River
by Moriah, 5th grade
W.H. Taylor Elementary School, Norfolk

 


 

Whoo-ty's Great Idea!
by Alissa, 2nd grade
Saunders Elementary School, Newport News

 


 

Nature Helps Timmy to Read
by Josiah Williams, 4th grade
Chesapeake

 


 

 

Past Seasons

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One Inch Tall
by Mariana, 3rd Grade
Stonehouse Elementary, Williamsburg

 


 

The Talking Flower and Alex
Makayla, Kindergarten
Achilles Elementary, Glouchester

 


 

Kids Meet An Alien
by Skylar, 1st grade
Homeschooled

 


 

The Magnet Who Lost Magnetism
by Michael, 3rd grade
Creekside Elementary School, Suffolk

 


 

One Brave Arachnid
by Daxton, 2nd grade
Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg

 


 

The New School
by Erin, 2nd grade
Oceanview Elementary, Norfolk

 


 

The Mean Tree
by Savannah, 5th grade
Camden Intermediate School, Camden

 


 

The Mysterious Mermaids
by Sidney, Kindergarten
Great Bridge Presbyterian Preschool, Chesapeake

 


 

The Snowman of Norfolk
by Ela, 3rd grade
Larchmont Elementary School, Norfolk

 


 

Duck and Zebra
by Ava, Kindergarten
Kiptopeke Elementary, Cape Charles

 

 

George's Adventure
by William, 2nd grade
Hermitage Elementary, Virginia Beach

 


 

The Mermaids Save the Dolphins
by Grace, 2nd grade
Kilby Shores Elementary, Suffolk

 


 

The Man and the Island
by Vadun, 41st grade
Hampton Roads International Montessori School

 


 

The Adventures of Giraffe and Ostrich
by Bryson, 4th grade
Alanton Elementary, Virginia Beach

 


 

Bubba The Hero
by Phillip, 4th grade
Tidewater Collegiate Academy, Virginia Beach

 


 

The Little Cup Cake
by Laila, Kindergarten
Kiptopeke Elementary, Cape Charles

 


 

Millie Gets A Home
by Hudson, 3rd grade
Occohannock Elementary, Exmore

 


 

Ivy's Fairy Tale
by Wylesia, 5th grade
Kiptopeke Elementary School, Cape Charles

 


 

The Tooth Fairy Meets Friends
by Scarlett, Kindergarten
Achilles Elementary, Hayes

 


 

The Kids and The Secret Portal
by Ethan, 4th grade
Home School, Chesapeake

 

 

Plants vs Cheese Balls... It's About Time
by Grayson, 3rd grade
Larchmont Elementary School, Norfolk

 


 

Rosie the Mermaid
by Madison, Kindergarten
Cape Charles Christian School, Chesapeake

 


 

The Princess
by Savannah, Kindergarten
Achilles Elementary School, Hayes

 


 

The Magical Adventure of Grayson and Bubba
by Grayson, 1st grade
Carver Elementary, Newport News

 


 

Beth Goes To Camp
by Elizabeth, 1st grade
Greenbrier Primary, Chesapeake

 


 

My Friend Sharko
by Siddhant, 2nd grade
Old Donation School, Virginia Beach

 


 

The Funny Pizza
by Jayd, 3rd grade
Atlantic Shores Christian School, Virginia Beach

 


 

The Girl Who Cried Santa
by Savannah, 4th grade
Sewells Point Elementary, Norfolk

 


 

Just with Juice to Make Magic
by Tra, 3rd grade
Larchmont Elementary, Norfolk

 


 

The First Kid President
by Selena, 2nd grade
Carrollton Elementary, Carrollton

 

 

Wenny Waffle Goes to Breakfast School
by Mahika, 1st grade
Cape Henry Collegiate School, Virginia Beach

 


 

My Special Surprise
by Saniya, Kindergarten
Carver Elementary, Newport News

 


 

The Friendship Fraud
by Dianna, 4th grade
Virginia Beach

 


 

The Fairy Princess
by Lillian, 1st grade
Kings Park Elementary, Springfield, VA

 


 

Life Was Different When Aunt Margaret Was Growing Up
by Keegan, 1st grade
Windsor Elementary, Windsor, VA

 


 

The Magic Wishing Powder
by Savannah, 3rd grade
Matthews Elementary School, Cape Matthews County

 


 

Fun Taco
by Isabelle, 1st grade
Trantwood Elementary School in Virginia Beach

 


 

The Rainbow Fossil
by Mckinley, Kindergarten
Great Bridge Presbyterian School, Chesapeake

 


 

The Puppy Pizza Place
by Lucy 2nd grade
Deer Park Elementary, Newport News

 


 

The Day I Glitched
by Kylen Boyer, 3rd grade
Sedgefield Elementary, Newport News

 


 

Albino
by Zymier Smith, 2nd grade
Kiptopeke Elementary School, Cape Charles

 

 


 

Learn more about Ms. Martha Reads

When Virginia leaders announced in March that schools across the Commonwealth would close for the remaining academic year due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the education staff at WHRO Public Media quickly changed up their normal routines to seek new ways to support teachers and parents as they ventured into at-home learning.

For our Early Childhood Learning team, this meant monumental changes. Our children’s services specialists on this team typically spend most of their time out in the community delivering lessons to children at schools, libraries and community centers to encourage reading and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, our educators were forced to park their colorful STEM and Reading Vans and find new methods of reaching children.

One new project that will soon launch is Ms. Martha Reads. Since her team couldn’t read to children in person, Martha Razor, manager of early childhood learning, decided to bring the stories to students virtually. Each week on Facebook, Martha will read a new story aloud. Rather than reading the books that children may already know, or could possibly find on their shelves at home, Martha will read stories that were submitted in previous years to our annual Young Storytellers Contest. These short tales are stories written by children, for children, with accompanying illustrations.

Martha taught for 15 years before coming to WHRO Education, so she is no stranger to classroom activities. Developing early literacy in children has always been one of her greatest joys. As part of her role at WHRO, she helps students throughout Eastern Virginia develop reading skills through our Literacy Van program, summer reading camps, and by providing books to students in under-served communities where books are not easily accessible in the home. She especially enjoys encouraging young students who struggle with reading to practice so they can become better, as well as distributing books to children through our First Books initiative.

“Out of all the activities that I participate in at WHRO, this is my passion. I love children reading and I love literacy,” Martha explains. “Even after 14 years, I still see the same expression on a child’s face when they receive a book. The children really get excited about having their own book to hold and keep.”

According to the Casey Foundation, students who are not proficient in reading by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of school than proficient readers. Children who receive books are more likely to increase reading time at home, have an increase in their desire to learn, and, most importantly, have a higher interest in reading.

Join us every Friday at 10 a.m. on our Facebook page for Ms. Martha Reads.

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