January is Positive Parenting Awareness Month! A collaborative effort between First5 Inyo County, Kern Regional Center, Owens Valley Career Development Center programs including Tuniwa Nobi and Language, Wild Iris and CASA of the Eastern Sierra, Inyo County Libraries, Health & Human Services programs including Re-entry, FIRST Wraparound, and Tecopa, North Star Counseling Center, Inyo County Office of Education Child Development, Exceptional Family Start Resource Center, Eastern Sierra Child Support Services, and Altrusa of the Eastern Sierra. This year Positive Parenting Awareness Month brings multiple community events throughout January to celebrate Positive Parenting and raising children and youth to become healthy, confident, capable individuals.

Check out our Positive Parenting Awareness Month flyer with the complete list of classes and events, coming soon!

A new event as part of Positive Parenting Awareness month is the StoryStroll! Positive Parenting encourages families to spend time enjoying reading books together. Reading aloud to children at a young age can positively impact their brain development. Positive Indian Parenting recognizes that the values also found in traditional legends and stories provides a foundation for raising a child well.

StoryStroll takes you on a journey, spending quality time together. Check out our StoryStroll flyer to locate one of the fourteen StoryStroll locations. Click here to view the Story Stroll flyer in Spanish. Follow the signs and Stroll Together, Read Together, and Talk Together! At each Story Stroll location, scan the QR code to share photos and be entered into a drawing.

Head to one or all of the story locations and take a stroll together!

The books currently featured are:


1. Millpond Recreation Area: A Family is a Family is a Family, by Sara O’Leary

2. Bishop Community Garden: Nosotros Means Us, by Paloma Valdivia

3. COSA Pathway at Toiyabe Indian Health Project: Thunders Hair by Jessie Taken Alive-Recountre

4. Izaac Walton Park: I’ll Meet You in Your Dreams, by Rafael Lopez

5. Grandview Drive Sidewalk: Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes, by James Dean

6. Keough Street trail: The Big Umbrella, by Amy June Bates

7. Barlow Lane Ball Field: Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard


8. Mendenhall Park: If You Plant a Seed, by Kadir Nelson

9. Alan Spoonhunter Memorial (ASMG) Gymnasium: Thunders Hair by Jessie Taken Alive-Recountre


10. Independence Courthouse: Drawn Together, by Minh Le


11. Spainhower Park: Jayden’s Impossible Garden, by Mélina Mangal

12. Park by Toiyabe Indian Health Project Clinic: Thunders Hair by Jessie Taken Alive-Recountre


13. Pupfish Habitat Trail near Death Valley Academy: Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak


14. Tecopa Library/Playground: Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

It was so difficult to narrow down the list to twelve books, so we made a reading list for you! Head to your local library or Spellbinder Bookstore to read these other amazing stories about family.