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Story Time With Tutus & Tennis Shoes

Story Time With Tutus & Tennis Shoes

By Kanisha Tillman
We are celebrating black girl magic through books that interest us, and reflect the beauty in our diverse world. Tutus & Tennis Shoes is a hair care education company located in San Antonio, Texas. We specialize in natural hair care for black girls, and also in teaching transracial adoptive parents to care for their children’s hair. If you like more information about Tutus & Tennis Shoe please check out the website Don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss a story time. Thanks you!!
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This is one story you should definitely read along with us! The illustrations are too good to be missed.
February 07, 2021
Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice
Our VP looks like me!! Does she look like you or somebody you know? We are watching history being made! This is an exciting time!  For more information on Tutus & Tennis Shoes, please go to our website:
January 28, 2021
Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
This cute and educational short story is just right when you need a little help remembering how to be kind.  To learn more about Tutus & Tennis Shoes LLC please go to
January 28, 2021
Mae Among The Stars By Roda Ahmed
This very cute story is based on the real life of Mae Jemison. Have you heard of her before? Would you like to be an Astronaut like her one day?
December 27, 2020
Don't Touch My Hair! By Sharee Miller
Make sure you always protect your personal space just like Aria shows us how in this fun book from Sharee Miller 
December 20, 2020
Brothers Of The Knight by Debbie Allen
Do you know who Debbie Allen is? Debbie Allen is a dancer, choreographer, author and actress known for her work on the 1982 series Fame, in which she both played Lydia Grant and served as principal choreographer. She's also played Catherine Avery on Grey's Anatomy.  This story is a cute, rhythmic, fantasy that is sure to get the family dancing!
December 13, 2020
One Million Men and Me
This sweet story is based on a powerful and epic event in our recent history. Take the time out to talk about the Million Man March after listening to this story. I picked up this story from the local library. You can find it at your library or from a local Black owned bookstore.
December 07, 2020
I Believe I Can By Grace Byers
What do you think of yourself? Do you know you can be or do anything? This uplifting story gives great inspiration to everyone to believe in themselves. 
November 13, 2020
One Hen
This is a story about how one micro loan changed a whole community. Kojo is resilient and inspiring! I feel like I need a hen now, lbvs! 
October 21, 2020
Why War Is Never a Good Idea by Alice Walker
Oprah said this is the most necessary children's book back in 2009. We are late reading it then! The story takes us on a poetic ride through war's pain and destruction. 
October 18, 2020
Prncess Hair By Sharee Miller
I am so happy to be back after a looooong covid break! I look forward to reading more great stories that celebrate black girls this season!  Debut author-illustrator Sharee Miller's board book celebrates different shapes, textures and styles of black hair, from dreadlocks, to blowouts, to braids (and more!), shining a spotlight on the beauty and diversity of black hair with playful, colorful illustrations and an endearing text with great read-aloud quality. For more hair care information please go to 
September 28, 2020
Why We Stay Home
Learning With Millie and Suzie By Samantha Harris and Devon Scott Suzie is really excited to be able to stay home with her Mommy, Daddy, and older sister Millie! When Suzie expresses this to Millie, she explains to Suzie why they have been staying home with a quick lesson on Coronavirus.
April 26, 2020
Princess Truly in I Am Truly
 Are you ready to join Ms. Kanisha on another audio adventure? Today she is reading about Princess Truly in I  Am Truly.  This story was created by the the author and illustrator for Princess their daughters. They wanted them to see a strong, smart, problem-solving, confident young girl with beautiful curls who could do anything she set her mind to! Does that sound like somebody you know? 
April 19, 2020
Anansi and the Magic Stick (Anansi the Trickster)
Join Ms. Kanisha in seeing what troublesome Anansi is up to, today! When the other animals laugh at his messy house, Anansi the Spider is embarrassed.  He wants to fix the problem . . . as long as he doesn't have to work too hard. Stomping off in a huff, Anansi stumbles into an amazing secret—Hyena has a magic stick that follows his orders. If he steals it, the spider thinks, he'll have the neatest home in town and he'll never have to work again.  But the magic might be more than Anansi bargained for... Based on tales originating in West Africa and familiar in Caribbean culture, the five-book Anansi the Trickster series is full of slapstick humor and mischief. Eric A. Kimmel’s imaginative retellings  combined with Janet Stevens’ expressive illustrations create the perfect silly stories for fun-loving kids You can buy the book on Amazon.  The next book Ms. Kanisha will read is She's Got This by by Laurie Hernandez and Nina Mata  (Illustrator).  To leave feedback or submit a book to be read: 
April 19, 2020
Deep in the Sahara
Join Ms. Kanisha as she discovers how Lalla lives in the Muslim country of Mauritania, and more than anything, she wants to wear a malafa, the colorful cloth Mauritanian women, like her mama and big sister, wear to cover their heads and clothes in public. But it is not until Lalla realizes that a malafa is not just worn to show a woman's beauty and mystery or to honor tradition—a malafa for faith—that Lalla's mother agrees to slip a long cloth as blue as the ink in the Koran over Lalla's head, under her arm, and round and round her body. Then together, they pray. By Kelly Cunnane and Hoda Hadadi
April 12, 2020
Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone
Join Ms. Kanisha as she reads a stunning picture-book biography of the High Priestess of Soul and one of the greatest voices of the 20th century. With evocative  moving prose, readers are introduced to Nina Simone, jazz-music legend and civil-rights activist. Shared as a lullaby to her daughter, a soulful song recounts Simone's career, the trials she faced as an African American woman, and the stand she took during the Civil Rights Movement. This poignant picture book offers a melodic tale that is both a historic account of an iconic figure and an extraordinary look at how far we've come and how far we still need to go for social justice and equality. A timeless and timely message aptly appropriate for today's social and political climates. You can buy the book on Amazon.  The next book Ms. Kanisha will read is Deep in the Sahara . To leave feedback or submit a book to be read: 
April 05, 2020
Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Join Ms. Kanisha as she discovers the life of Georgia Gilmore, a hidden figure of history who played a critical role in the civil rights movement and used her passion for baking to help the Montgomery Bus Boycott achieve its goal. By Dee Romito and Laura Freeman  (Illustrator) You can buy the book on Amazon.  The next book Ms. Kanisha will read is Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone Nina: Jazz Legend and Civil-Rights Activist Nina Simone. To leave feedback or submit a book to be read: 
March 29, 2020
Kenya's Song
Join Ms. Kanish as she grooves along with Kenya on the journey to finding her favorite song! For inspiration, Kenya accompanies her father to the Caribbean Cultural Center where he plays music. Kenya hears music from Cuba and Trinidad, Haiti and Puerto Rico.  She hears music in all different languages—French, English, Spanish. But still, Kenya can’t decide which song she likes best.  What song do you like best? You can buy the book on Amazon.  The next book Ms. Kanisha will read is Pies From Nowhere.  Feedback or submit a book to be read: 
March 22, 2020
Hip-Hop Lollipop
Ms. Kanisha decided it was time for a bonus episode! Today's story is Hip-Hop Lollipop by Susan McElroy Montanari.  Here is the Amazon Link.
March 17, 2020
A Night Out with Mama
Join Ms. Kanisha as she reads a story about a very talented little girl who has a very special night ahead of her. A night where she’ll get to wear a new dress in the most beautiful shade of blue with shoes that match it perfectly. A night where she’ll get to ride in the fanciest car she’s ever seen! A night that will, of course, include ice cream! What will be her favorite part of the night? Was her favorite part the dress, the shoes, ice cream , or sharing the night with her mom? You can buy the book on Amazon.  The next book Ms. Kanisha will read is Kenya's Song by Linda Trice, and Pamela Johnson. Feedback or submit a book to be read: 
March 15, 2020
Game Changers The Story of Venus and Serena Williams
 Join Ms. Kanisha as she reads with you about two peas in a pod, best friends, and sisters, Venus and Serena Williams. They are unstoppable! At age fourteen, Venus played her first professional match. Three years later, it was Serena’s turn.  By: Lesa Cline-Ransome and Coretta Scott King Honor winner James E. Ransome  You can buy this book on Amazon. The next book Ms. Kanisha will read is:  A Night Out With Mama By Quvenzhane Wallis and Vanessa Brantley-Newton 
March 08, 2020
Loretta's Gift
Join Ms. Kanisha as she reads about a little girl named Loretta who tries to find the perfect gift for her new baby cousin in this sweet. Loretta and her parents are so excited that Aunt Esme and Uncle Jax are having a baby! When Gabe arrives, Loretta thinks he is the best baby on the block! Everyone showers him with gifts, but Loretta doesn't know what to give. Can she think of the perfect gift for her baby cousin? By Pat Zietlow Miller Illustrated by Alea Marley You can purchase the book on Amazon Next episode Ms. Kanisha will read Game Changers The Story of Venus and Serena Williams By: Lesa Cline-Ransome
March 01, 2020