The Career Readiness Department invites our elementary family to join us for "Story Time," our new interactive hour where students can engage in Career Ready concepts and conversations. Lessons and activities will be available for continued at-home exploration. Sessions are hosted on Teams.

Times and links are below.

Season 4 : 2021 - 2022


Architecture & Construction

Be A Maker

By: Kately Howes Illustrated: Elizabet Vukovic
How many things can you make in a day? A tower, a friend, a change? This story celebrates creativity through beautiful rhyming verses and vibrant illustrations.

October 01, 2021Afternoon: 1:00 P.M.
Builder Brothers: Better Together

By: Jonathan and Drew ScottIllustrated: Kim Smith
Drew and Jonathan do everything together, whether they’re building birdhouses or dreaming up big plans for their future. They’re not just twins; they’re best friends. So when their town sponsors a soapbox derby race, Drew and Jonathan are first in line to enter.

October 15,, 2021Afternoon: 1:00 P.M.


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

The Girl with a Mind for Math: the story of Raye Montague

By: Julia Finley Mosca Illustrated: Daniel Rieley
Meet Raye Montague―the hidden mastermind who made waves in the U.S. Navy! After touring a German submarine in the early 1940s, young Raye set her sights on becoming an engineer.

November 05, 2021Afternoon: 1:00 P.M.
A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon

By: Suzanne Slade Illustrated: Veronica Miller Jamison
The inspiring true story of mathematician Katherine Johnson who counted and computed her way to NASA and helped put a man on the moon!

November 19, 2021Afternoon: 1:00 P.M.


Information Technology/ Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications

The Boy Who Thought Outside the Box: The Story of Video Game Inventor Ralph Baer

By: Marcie Wessels Illustrated: Beatriz Castro
Crazy about Wii, Nintendo, X-Box, and PlayStation? Meet the inventor whose work made them all possible: Ralph Baer, creator of the first home video game system!

December 03, 2021Afternoon: 1:00 P.M.
Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing

By: Kay Haring Illustrated: Robert Neubecker
Iconic pop artist Keith Haring comes to life for young readers in this picture book biography lovingly written by his sister.

December 17, 2021Afternoon: 1:00 P.M.


Law and Public Service

The Day I Became A Lawyer

By: Stephanie Morales Illustrated: Yvonne Frederick
Stephanie is a cheerful and smart girl. She loves to learn, solve problems and to talk to her friends at school. Stephanie just has one problem; she can't figure out what she wants to be when she grows up.

January 07, 2022Afternoon: 1:00 P.M.
Let's Meet a Police Officer

By: Gina BellisarioIllustrated: Cale Atkinson
Do you want to learn more about police cars? Police dogs? Other tools the police use? Then it's your lucky day! Guest Reader: Officer McKinney, HISD PD
January 21, 2022Afternoon: 1:00 P.M.


Business, Marketing, and Finance

Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money
By: Emily Jenkins Illustrated: G. Brian Karas
A lemonade stand in winter? Yes, that's exactly what Pauline and John-John intend to have, selling lemonade and limeade--and also lemon-limeade.
Feburary 04, 2022Afternoon: 1:00 P.M.
Arthur's Pet Business

By: Marc BrownIllustrated:
Arthur starts his own pet sitting business to show Mom and Dad that he can be responsible! But between a boa constrictor, an ant farm, and a group of frogs, he's got his hands full! Can Arthur still prove he can handle a dog of his own? Feburary 18, 2022Afternoon: 1:00 P.M.


Health Science / Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources / Energy

How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food
By: Chris Butterworth Illustrated: Lucia Gaggiotti
One of the best parts of a young child’s day is opening a lunchbox and diving in. But how did that delicious food get there?

March 04, 2022Afternoon: 1:00 P.M.
Meet a Nurse
By: Lisa HuntIllustrated: Cynthis Unwin
Share the excitement as Nurse Henry helps Emma manage her asthma and gives the kids a first-hand look at a school nurse's job. Guest Reader: Nurse K. Lincoln

March 25, 2022Afternoon: 1:00 P.M.


Manufacturing/ Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

I am Amelia Earhart

By: Brad Meltzer Illustrated: Christopher Eliopoulos

Amelia Earhart refused to accept no for an answer; she dared to do what no one had ever done before, and became the first woman to fly a plane all the way across the Atlantic Ocean.

April 01, 2022Afternoon: 1:00 P.M.
Nuclear Power: How a Nuclear Power Plant Really Works!
By: Amelia Frahm Illustrated: Andrew Handley

A chubby lab rat and a pretty blue bird think they know and explain how a nuclear power plant really works! They speculate, exaggerate and blame everything they don't understand on their arch-enemy: a cat named Penelope.
April 22, 2022Afternoon: 1:00 P.M.


Education and Training/ Human Services/ Hospitality and Tourism

I Have a Restaurant

By: Ryan AfromskyIllustrated: Ron Noble
Children love to eat out at their favorite restaurant and are often curious about what happens once the waiter or waitress takes their order and disappears into the back room. What goes on behind the scenes after an order is placed? Where does the food come from?

May 06, 2022Afternoon: 1:00 P.M.
Mrs. Joyce Gives the Best High-Fives: Introducing the School Counselor
By: Erainna Winnett Illustrated: Somnath Chatterjee
Mrs. Joyce, the school counselor at Emerson Elementary, uses high-fives to connect with her students. When Raymond moves to town he's not sure what to think of Mrs. Joyce. He enters her office nervous and full of questions, but it doesn't take long for him to trust the caring counselor.
May 20, 2022Afternoon: 1:00 P.M.