DU Women's Basketball Team Head Coach Doshia Woods Reads in Celebration of Juneteenth!

This Juneteenth, the Library is grateful to have basketball coach and library supporter, Doshia Woods read for Phone-a-Story in honor of the celebration! Read more about Juneteenth, which is known to be the oldest celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States, here. 

Coach Doshia reads We Are Here by Tami Charles through June 24. Listen now by dialing (720) 865-8500 and pressing 3.

Every Tuesday, Phone-a-Story uploads something new to listen to. With 24/7 access to Phone-a-Story, you get free children’s stories, songs, and rhyme recordings available in English, Spanish, Amharic, and Vietnamese for different age groups! 

Phone-A-Story Guest Star Profile

Doshia Woods has been the head coach for the University of Denver Women’s Basketball team, the Denver Pioneers, for the last four years! During Doshia’s first year of coaching, the team found success right away by becoming one of the top-scoring teams in the Summit League despite the challenges brought on by the COVID pandemic.

In addition to reading for Phone-a-Story, Doshia has supported the Denver Public Library by participating in storytimes for the Pauline Robinson Branch Library.

More About the Featured Telephone Tale

The cover to "We Are Here" by Tami Charles. A child looks to the sky. The background is an outer space like area with starts and bubbles around the child.
Coach Doshia Woods chose to read We Are Here in honor of Juneteenth. Tami Charles writes the picture book and poetically chronicles the history and resilience of the Black community. The picture book looks to empower black children to feel capable and powerful and serves as a reminder of the strength and legacy of the generations of ancestors before them. Check out the book using your Denver Public Library card to look at the beautiful illustrations by Bryan Collier.
Are you looking for more children's books like the one Doshia read? Take a look at this list of similar titles below:

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles

The cover to "All Because You Matter" by Tami Charles. A Black boy looks directly to the reader. His background includes the faces of many other Black people.
A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to Black and brown children everywhere: reminding them how much they matter, that they have always mattered, and they always will, from powerhouse rising star author Tami Charles and esteemed, award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier.

Juneteenth by Van G. Garrett

A group of people are excitingly cheering for a parade. It is the cover to the book "Juneteenth" by Van G. Garrett
A young Black child experiences the magic of the Juneteenth parade for the first time with their family as they come to understand the purpose of the party that happens every year--and why they celebrate their African American history! The poetic text includes selected lyrics from "Lift Every Voice and Sing," the unofficial Black National Anthem, and the vibrant art illuminates the beauty of this moment of Black joy, celebrated across the nation.

A Flag for Juneteenth By Kim Taylor

The cover to "A Flag For Juneteenth" by Kim Taylor. The cover art looks to be made of fabric and quilts. A simple design of a person looks to a flag that is hung on a pole.
Little Huldah’s 10th birthday is on June 19, and she is excited to celebrate. But what happens on her birthday morning changes her community forever. How will they process the news? Will they celebrate? Will they create something new to mark the occasion? This joyful story is told through the eyes of a little girl with an illustration style that mimics the beautiful detailing in quilts.

The Night Before Freedom A Juneteenth Story By Glenda Armand

The cover to "The Night Before Freedom" by Glenda Armand. Three people dance and smile outdoors in the night time.
This moving picture book tells the story of Juneteenth with all the care and reverence such a holiday deserves. The rhyming text and stunning illustrations will teach children about this historic day in history.

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