Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs offers literacy programs for young readers ranging from 5-10 years old. The various programs offered render skills such as visual literacy, critical thinking, integration of knowledge and ideas, vocabulary acquisition, recognizing key ideas and details, comprehension and more.

Junebug Sampler: A Pre-Reading Discussion
Suggested for children age 7–10
Skills: Visual literacy, critical thinking, integration of knowledge and ideas, vocabulary acquisition, recognizing key ideas and details; comprehension
During this activity, author Tameka Bradley Hobbs gives participants a preview of her book, Junebug and the Gumbo Garden. Listeners are introduced to the storybook characters, the major themes of the work, and are treated to a reading from one of the early turning points in the book. Young readers will be primed to delve into the book on their own.
Down in Nawleans: Louisiana Folk Culture in Junebug and the Gumbo Garden
Suggested for children age 5–10
Skills: integration of knowledge and ideas, vocabulary acquisition, critical thinking
 
The antagonist in Junebug and the Gumbo Garden, Miss Marguerite Gautier, comes from a long line of New Orleanians before Hurricane Katrina forced her and so many others to flee their homes. Miss Gautier’s “Nawleans” culture, however, follow her to Johnsonville, Mississippi, where she meets an unsuspecting boy named Gregory Cornelius Jones, Jr., better known as Junebug. Throughout the book, Miss Gautier celebrates and shares parts of New Orleans’s culinary tradition, as she educates Junebug about Louisiana’s people, culture, and food. Focusing on this theme, this program highlights the unique folkways of New Orleans and educates children about this unique American culture.
“You and Your Greedy Gut”: Lessons About Healthy Eating and Exercise in Junebug and the Gumbo Garden
Suggested for children age 5–10
Skills: integration of knowledge and ideas, vocabulary acquisition, recognizing key ideas and details, comprehension, critical thinking
One of the things that gets Junebug in trouble is his love of food. Even though his friends warn him that there is something strange about Miss Gautier, Junebug continues to hang around her because he liked the sweet treats she made for him. This lesson focuses in on the theme of healthy eating and fitness, both of which are undercurrents in Junebug and the Gumbo Garden, instructions children on the importance of a balanced diet and exercise.
Meet the Author: Book Discussion with Tameka Bradley Hobbs
Suggested for children age 8–10
Skills: integration of knowledge and ideas, vocabulary acquisition, recognizing key ideas and details, comprehension, critical thinking
After reading Junebug and the Gumbo Garden, readers will have a chance to interact with the author, Tameka Bradley Hobbs, during this informal dialogue session. Children can pose their unanswered questions about the text, or ask questions about the writing process.
General Notes About Programs:
  • Programs are $75 for each session.
  • Programs are limited to a maximum of 15 participants per session. Additional fees will apply for each additional participant.
  • Each of the programs described above requires 35–40 minutes and can be expanded with the addition of worksheets.