The Rabbit Hole

The Rabbit Hole Introducing The Rabbit hOle, the world's first Explor-a-Storium! The Rabbit hOle is an artist-driven non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a new museum experience around literature.

The Rabbit hOle is in the vanguard of a growing number of arts organizations in the United States dedicated to providing multi-sensory immersive experiences and discoverable environments to a new generation of families and museum-goers eager for physical and social engagement. In building the world’s first Explor-a-Storium, The Rabbit hOle will not only deliver Kansas City’s first truly immersive

The Rabbit hOle is in the vanguard of a growing number of arts organizations in the United States dedicated to providing multi-sensory immersive experiences and discoverable environments to a new generation of families and museum-goers eager for physical and social engagement. In building the world’s first Explor-a-Storium, The Rabbit hOle will not only deliver Kansas City’s first truly immersive

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Happy #BookfaceFriday! 📙: What Can You Do with a Rebozo? By Carmen Tafolla and illustrated by Amy Córdova (Random House ...
10/08/2021

Happy #BookfaceFriday!

📙: What Can You Do with a Rebozo? By Carmen Tafolla and illustrated by Amy Córdova (Random House Children's Books)

#Bookface #HispanicHeritageMonth

Happy #BookfaceFriday!

📙: What Can You Do with a Rebozo? By Carmen Tafolla and illustrated by Amy Córdova (Random House Children's Books)

#Bookface #HispanicHeritageMonth

Happy early birthday to artist and children’s book creator Faith Ringgold, who turns 91 tomorrow! 🎉 At The Rabbit hOle w...
10/07/2021

Happy early birthday to artist and children’s book creator Faith Ringgold, who turns 91 tomorrow! 🎉 At The Rabbit hOle we can’t wait to not only celebrate beautiful children’s books like Tar Beach, but also connect visitors to each creator’s larger artistic practice and lives.

Ringgold created in several mediums before she wrote her first children's book. She is especially well-known for her narrative quilts like "Flag Story Quilt," which is part of the collection at the Spencer Museum of Art: shorturl.at/qAD16

“I’ve never seen a dragon,” said my father. “Did you see him? How big is he?”📗: My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannet...
10/06/2021

“I’ve never seen a dragon,” said my father. “Did you see him? How big is he?”

📗: My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett and illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett (Random House Children's Books)

#WIP #WIPWednesday

“I’ve never seen a dragon,” said my father. “Did you see him? How big is he?”

📗: My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett and illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett (Random House Children's Books)

#WIP #WIPWednesday

Happy #WorldTeacherDay! Today we celebrate all the educators who help us learn and grow – teachers like the “indescribab...
10/05/2021

Happy #WorldTeacherDay! Today we celebrate all the educators who help us learn and grow – teachers like the “indescribable wonder” Mrs. Twinkle. Whether from a book or your own life, who is a teacher you’re thankful for?

📔: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books)

Happy #WorldTeacherDay! Today we celebrate all the educators who help us learn and grow – teachers like the “indescribable wonder” Mrs. Twinkle. Whether from a book or your own life, who is a teacher you’re thankful for?

📔: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books)

Yippee it’s #BookfaceFriday! In addition to Nils, the d'Aulaires' created nearly 30 books together. The d'Aulaire's Book...
10/01/2021

Yippee it’s #BookfaceFriday! In addition to Nils, the d'Aulaires' created nearly 30 books together. The d'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths is a particular favorite around The Rabbit hOle, and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire was born 123 years ago this week.

📘: Nils by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (Doubleday Books)

#Bookface

Yippee it’s #BookfaceFriday! In addition to Nils, the d'Aulaires' created nearly 30 books together. The d'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths is a particular favorite around The Rabbit hOle, and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire was born 123 years ago this week.

📘: Nils by Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire (Doubleday Books)

#Bookface

We know two rabbits who are getting married this weekend, and we hope they “live happily in the big forest; eating dande...
09/30/2021

We know two rabbits who are getting married this weekend, and we hope they “live happily in the big forest; eating dandelions, playing Jump The Daisies, Run Through The Clover and Find The Acorn all day long” just like in The Rabbits’ Wedding by Garth Williams.

Since it’s #BannedBooksWeek it’s also worth noting this book was challenged after it was published in 1958 because it showed the marriage of a white bunny and a black bunny.

#BooksUniteUs

hOle Dispatch #67: We are so grateful to City of North Kansas City and NKC Road District #9 who have invested $400k wort...
09/28/2021

hOle Dispatch #67: We are so grateful to City of North Kansas City and NKC Road District #9 who have invested $400k worth of road, sidewalk and drainage improvements around The Rabbit hOle. Recently, they hit some particularly hard bedrock that no gasoline, electric or diesel motor shovels could break through. I knew this was just the job for an esteemed friend of mine. Sure enough, Mary Anne got to work digging faster and better than a hundred men could do in a week. “Hurray for Mary Anne!” everyone shouted. Now she’s a proud member of their crew and even drives the excavator on occasion. -Travis

It's #BannedBooksWeek! Did you know that many of the challenged books on American Library Association's annual list of m...
09/27/2021
Thirteen Ways of Looking at Censorship

It's #BannedBooksWeek! Did you know that many of the challenged books on American Library Association's annual list of most challenged books are for youth? Rabbit hOle National Advisory Board Member Leonard Marcus' latest book talks with authors like Dav Pilkey and Matt de la Peña about their experiences with censorship.

In “You Can’t Say That,” Leonard S. Marcus interviews 13 authors whose books for kids have been banned or challenged.

“Last Sunday, when I used to be rich, I used to have a dollar.”Tomorrow is Math Storytelling Day. What are some of your ...
09/24/2021

“Last Sunday, when I used to be rich, I used to have a dollar.”

Tomorrow is Math Storytelling Day. What are some of your favorite picture books that use numbers and math to tell a story?

📔: Alexander, Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz

#MathStorytellingDay #Bookface #BookfaceFriday

“Last Sunday, when I used to be rich, I used to have a dollar.”

Tomorrow is Math Storytelling Day. What are some of your favorite picture books that use numbers and math to tell a story?

📔: Alexander, Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz

#MathStorytellingDay #Bookface #BookfaceFriday

Congratulations to Rabbit hOle National Advisory Board Member, friend and author Brian Selznick on his latest book Kalei...
09/23/2021
Brian Selznick’s Lockdown Masterpiece

Congratulations to Rabbit hOle National Advisory Board Member, friend and author Brian Selznick on his latest book Kaleidoscope, which debuted this week!

“Kaleidoscope” is the stuff of dreams — glittering shards of a wondrously ungraspable story.

At The Rabbit hOle pretty much everything we do is LIT, but we’re especially stoked about all the progress we’re making ...
09/22/2021

At The Rabbit hOle pretty much everything we do is LIT, but we’re especially stoked about all the progress we’re making on the Hook & Ladder Co 7 firehouse, where Pickles and his friends live.

📕: The Fire Cat by Esther Averill (HarperKids Books)

#WIPWednesday #wip

“And when summer is over, we know we can grow our rainbow again next year.” - Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert On the l...
09/21/2021

“And when summer is over, we know we can grow our rainbow again next year.” - Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

On the last day of summer we're thinking of Rabbit hOle team member Johanna's Rainbow Flower Patch and how Ehlert reminds us of the beauty and purpose of every season.

“Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert is a staple book in our house and is a simple, colorful depiction of several types of flowers and their journey from seed or bulb to blooming flowers,” says Johanna. "In a month or so our Zinnias will fade and we will collect the dead flowers and let them dry out over the winter so that we can plant our Rainbow Patch again next year."

“Aquí de mi caballito–Come here, my little horse.”The Rainbow-Colored Horse by Puerto Rican artists Pura Belpré and Anto...
09/20/2021

“Aquí de mi caballito–Come here, my little horse.”

The Rainbow-Colored Horse by Puerto Rican artists Pura Belpré and Antonio Martorell is the beautiful folktale about young boy named Pio whose kindness earns him three wishes from a rainbow-colored horse.

#HispanicHeritageMonth

Happy #BookfaceFriday! Today most of The Rabbit hOle crew is away on an important field trip. Do you know where we are?#...
09/17/2021

Happy #BookfaceFriday! Today most of The Rabbit hOle crew is away on an important field trip. Do you know where we are?

#bookface

Happy #BookfaceFriday! Today most of The Rabbit hOle crew is away on an important field trip. Do you know where we are?

#bookface

09/16/2021
hOle Lotta How To: Making Clay

It's #NationalPlayDohDay! In this video from our Exhibit Design Challenge, Deb shows us her favorite, super-easy homemade clay recipe.

#tbt

Please join us in welcoming two of our most recent additions to The Rabbit hOle’s fabrication team: Will and Grant! They...
09/15/2021

Please join us in welcoming two of our most recent additions to The Rabbit hOle’s fabrication team: Will and Grant! They are both tremendously skilled and perhaps more importantly, they know how to wing it when needed.

#WelcomeWednesday #WingingIt #WIPWednesday

Please join us in welcoming two of our most recent additions to The Rabbit hOle’s fabrication team: Will and Grant! They are both tremendously skilled and perhaps more importantly, they know how to wing it when needed.

#WelcomeWednesday #WingingIt #WIPWednesday

The trailblazing children’s book creator John Steptoe was born on September 14, 1950. We are excited to be working with ...
09/14/2021

The trailblazing children’s book creator John Steptoe was born on September 14, 1950. We are excited to be working with his children Javaka and Bweela to design an exhibit celebrating his incredible work and legacy.

📙: Birthday by John Steptoe

“It’s exciting to see such a unique concept making its way to Kansas City, and I think it will help invigorate the desig...
09/13/2021

“It’s exciting to see such a unique concept making its way to Kansas City, and I think it will help invigorate the design community and inspire other creatives to think outside the box.” -KC Design Week Tour Attendee

Thanks KC Design Week for including us in your 2021 program!

Recently several Rabbit hOle team members went to donate blood with the American Red Cross, and of course we brought alo...
09/10/2021

Recently several Rabbit hOle team members went to donate blood with the American Red Cross, and of course we brought along some reading material.

What are some of your favorite picture books that inspire kindness and serving others?

📕: Clara and Davie by Patricia Polacco (Scholastic)

Recently several Rabbit hOle team members went to donate blood with the American Red Cross, and of course we brought along some reading material.

What are some of your favorite picture books that inspire kindness and serving others?

📕: Clara and Davie by Patricia Polacco (Scholastic)

Today (9/9) marks 50 years since Katy got loose! The Caboose Who Got Loose by Bill Peet (HMH Publishing Co., Inc.) is th...
09/09/2021

Today (9/9) marks 50 years since Katy got loose!

The Caboose Who Got Loose by Bill Peet (HMH Publishing Co., Inc.) is the very relatable story of a caboose who is tired of being dragged around and longs for a life among the trees. Luckily she finds her best life after a rusty coupling bolt breaks and she flies off a cliff and into two trees.

Bill Peet created over 30 children’s books and worked at Disney for 27 years as a story writer and animator.

We paired together some of Peet’s memorable characters from page and screen in today’s story. Check it out and see if you can identify them!

Today (9/9) marks 50 years since Katy got loose!

The Caboose Who Got Loose by Bill Peet (HMH Publishing Co., Inc.) is the very relatable story of a caboose who is tired of being dragged around and longs for a life among the trees. Luckily she finds her best life after a rusty coupling bolt breaks and she flies off a cliff and into two trees.

Bill Peet created over 30 children’s books and worked at Disney for 27 years as a story writer and animator.

We paired together some of Peet’s memorable characters from page and screen in today’s story. Check it out and see if you can identify them!

We want to wish children’s book creator, tireless advocate, dear friend and Rabbit hOle board member Jon Scieszka a happ...
09/08/2021

We want to wish children’s book creator, tireless advocate, dear friend and Rabbit hOle board member Jon Scieszka a happy, happy birthday. 🎉 We can’t wait to have him A. Wolf and the Stinky Cheese Man back for another visit ASAP. Help us celebrate our darling knucklehead and share your favorite Scieszka book in the comments.

We want to wish children’s book creator, tireless advocate, dear friend and Rabbit hOle board member Jon Scieszka a happy, happy birthday. 🎉 We can’t wait to have him A. Wolf and the Stinky Cheese Man back for another visit ASAP. Help us celebrate our darling knucklehead and share your favorite Scieszka book in the comments.

A big thank you to Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City and eight of their team members who spent the morning volunteering wit...
09/07/2021

A big thank you to Chicken N Pickle - Kansas City and eight of their team members who spent the morning volunteering with us as part of their 2nd annual “Our Hearts Are Local Day.” As a result of their time and talents we made a lot of progress painting envelopes for our end-of-year mailing! 💜💙

From all of us at The Rabbit hOle we wish you a restful and safe Labor Day!📘: Slow Dog's Nose by Allan Ahlberg and illus...
09/06/2021

From all of us at The Rabbit hOle we wish you a restful and safe Labor Day!

📘: Slow Dog's Nose by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by André Amstutz (Penguin Kids)

From all of us at The Rabbit hOle we wish you a restful and safe Labor Day!

📘: Slow Dog's Nose by Allan Ahlberg and illustrated by André Amstutz (Penguin Kids)

Who’s ready to play this Labor Day weekend?!📔: Play with Me by Marie Hall Ets (Viking Books)#Bookface #BookfaceFriday
09/03/2021

Who’s ready to play this Labor Day weekend?!

📔: Play with Me by Marie Hall Ets (Viking Books)

#Bookface #BookfaceFriday

Who’s ready to play this Labor Day weekend?!

📔: Play with Me by Marie Hall Ets (Viking Books)

#Bookface #BookfaceFriday

Headed into the holiday week like…📕: Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins (MacKids Books)
09/02/2021

Headed into the holiday week like…

📕: Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins (MacKids Books)

Headed into the holiday week like…

📕: Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins (MacKids Books)

Margaret Wise Brown Board Book Award Announced
09/02/2021
Margaret Wise Brown Board Book Award Announced

Margaret Wise Brown Board Book Award Announced

The Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education has announced the creation of the Margaret Wise Brown Board Book Award for excellence in literature for the youngest readers.

Today’s Forecast: Cloudy with a chance of dragons. ☁️🐉
09/01/2021

Today’s Forecast: Cloudy with a chance of dragons. ☁️🐉

Today’s Forecast: Cloudy with a chance of dragons. ☁️🐉

This morning we had poison for breakfast. Congratulations to our friend and author Lemony Snicket on his newest book.📔: ...
08/31/2021

This morning we had poison for breakfast. Congratulations to our friend and author Lemony Snicket on his newest book.

📔: Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket (Liveright Publishing)

This morning we had poison for breakfast. Congratulations to our friend and author Lemony Snicket on his newest book.

📔: Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket (Liveright Publishing)

Whenever we watch the trucks and trains go by outside The Rabbit hOle we can’t help but think about Freight Train, Truck...
08/30/2021

Whenever we watch the trucks and trains go by outside The Rabbit hOle we can’t help but think about Freight Train, Truck and other books by the amazing Donald Crews, who is 83 today. 🎉 Help us wish him a happy birthday and share your favorite Donald Crews book!

Whenever we watch the trucks and trains go by outside The Rabbit hOle we can’t help but think about Freight Train, Truck and other books by the amazing Donald Crews, who is 83 today. 🎉 Help us wish him a happy birthday and share your favorite Donald Crews book!

Happy #BeachFace Friday?As summer comes to a close we hope you found some time to relax and play. 🌊📘: Wave by Suzy Lee (...
08/27/2021

Happy #BeachFace Friday?

As summer comes to a close we hope you found some time to relax and play. 🌊

📘: Wave by Suzy Lee (Chronicle Kids)

#beachrestingface #bookface #bookfacefriday #bookscape

Happy #BeachFace Friday?

As summer comes to a close we hope you found some time to relax and play. 🌊

📘: Wave by Suzy Lee (Chronicle Kids)

#beachrestingface #bookface #bookfacefriday #bookscape

How it started ➡️ How it's goingLearn more about The Rabbit hOle's journey to now in our story or on our website: rabbit...
08/26/2021

How it started ➡️ How it's going

Learn more about The Rabbit hOle's journey to now in our story or on our website: rabbitholekc.org/project-mission

#TBT

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919 E 14th Ave
North Kansas City, MO
64116

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The Rabbit hOle is bringing a national center for children’s literature to Kansas City by building the world's first Explor-a-Storium. Our current creative workshop space and capital campaigns office is located at 1313 Atlantic Ave while we work to open our permanent home at 919 E 14th Ave. North Kansas City, MO.

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Hello! Has the Exhibit Design Challenge been judged yet?
Love what you do to make life more enjoyable and fulfilling for children and families. Continue to excel.
So delighted to support the Rabbit hOle. Kansas City is so lucky that we will have the world's first Explor-a-Storium!!
is this a store or a fundraiser foundation?
Are you planning another Lit Fest for this Spring?