Programs Story Time with Roda Ahmed


  • Date:
    Sep 14, 2019
  • End Date:
    Sep 14, 2019
  • Time:
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Location:

Story Time with Roda Ahmed

Saturday, September 14, 2019
10:00—11:30 AM

The Africa Center is excited to welcome author Roda Ahmed to host a free Story Time for children.

Ahmed will be reading her books Mae Among the Stars and Good Night, Wiggly Toes, and leading discussions and games for everyone to play together. Details about each book are below.

This event is best suited for children aged 4+, but all are welcome!

Free with RSVP.

Mae Among the Stars is a beautiful picture book for sharing, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison. A great classroom and bedtime read-aloud, Mae Among the Stars is the perfect book for young readers who have big dreams and even bigger hearts!

​When Little Mae was a child, she dreamed of dancing in space. She imagined herself surrounded by billions of stars, floating, gliding, and discovering. She wanted to be an astronaut.

Her mom told her, If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible.

Little Mae’s curiosity, intelligence, and determination, matched with her parents’ encouraging words, paved the way for her incredible success at NASA as the first African American woman to travel in space.

This book will inspire other young girls to reach for the stars, to aspire for the impossible, and to persist with childlike imagination.


Good Night, Wiggly Toes is a bedtime story book, where the main character can’t go to bed cause her toes are too wiggly. So her mom helps her daughter say good night to her wiggly toes. But then her feet want to run, so she says good night running feet. But then her legs want to jump, good night jumping legs. It’s a good night book for the whole body to wind down, using a simple meditational method. Good Night, Wiggly Toes even works on the grown-ups reading it!


About the Author

RODA AHMED was born in Somalia and grew up in Norway with her seven siblings. She studied Anthropology at the Norwegian University of Technology and Natural Sciences and has also mastered five languages: Somali, Arabic, Norwegian, English and French. In 2018 she published her first bestselling children’s book Mae Among the Stars with HarperCollins. Roda is the Founder and CEO of Hightree Publishing. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.