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Fourth Annual StoryTime!

October 24, 2020 @ 8:00 pm EDT

Join CMA for our Fourth Annual StoryTime! Carly Ciarrocchi, host of Weird but True on Disney+ and Pinna’s Don’t Break the Rules, returns to host this unique, intimate (and this year open to all because it’s virtual) fundraiser that will give attendees a glimpse into the authentic, true stories of our esteemed speakers. More info to come on who our amazing speakers are; all sharing stories based on our 2020 theme – voice.
The event will also feature the return of our coveted Silent Auction. You’ll be able to bid online in the days leading up to StoryTime as well as during the event itself, and we are looking for donations for prizes! Some examples of this year’s prizes are mentoring and coaching sessions with industry leaders including children’s media pioneers Amy Friedman (clients include Sesame, Scholastic, Viacom) and David Kleeman (Senior Vice President of Global Trends for Dubit), and COVID-friendly gift cards and swag. If you have something you’d like to contribute please reach out to by October 10th. Check your email for more info soon on bidding!

When: Saturday, October 24th – 5 pm PT | 8 pm ET

How: Via Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent the day of the event. 

Price: This event is $20 for CMA Members and $40 for non-members.

The StoryTime Auction Is Live!


The Silent Auction for this year’s StoryTime is now LIVE! This year’s exciting items will be available to bid on from now until half-way through the event! Follow the instructions below to begin the bidding process.

1. Click here to get to the Auction Page:

2. On the Auction Page, click the “Register to Bid” button.

3. After clicking the “Register to Bid Button,” you will be redirected to the “Register to Participate in Auction” page. Please fill out your name, email, and cell phone number. We will need this information in order to contact you if you’re the highest bidder for an item. Your cell phone number will be used to log in for future sessions and receive notifications about being outbid.

4. Once registered, click “View Your Event Now” to go to your personal Auction Page, browse through the auction items, and start bidding! All items have bidding intervals between $5 and $10.

5. To log back in during a future session, go to the Auction Page and click “Already Registered.” You will be prompted to enter the cell phone number or email address you used to register and will be sent a 4-digit code to enter.

If you have any questions, concerns, or need help using the auction platform, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Auction Coordinator, Jesse Pilnik, at

About Our Host

Carly Ciarrocchi is a performer, writer/creator and morning enthusiast. She began her journey in kids’ media as a host/writer on Sprout’s Sunny Side Up. Other preschool TV credits include Snug’s House and The Big Fun Crafty Show on Universal Kids. All three shows earned Daytime Emmy nominations. As a musician, she’s written tunes for Sprout/Universal Kids and is a vocalist/songwriter on Tim Kubart’s Grammy Award-winning children’s album HOME. In March, she hosted the 2020 LEGO Idea Conference in Denmark, helping the team pivot to a livestream experience due to COVID-19. As a performer and content creator, she meets her audience where they are and keeps things just the right amount of weird. Her work combines authenticity, resilience, curriculum and comedy. She’s the co-host of the newest season of Weird But True, from National Geographic, which launched on Disney+ in August.

About Our Speakers

Having already solidified himself as the breakout star of 2020 with the wildly successful series Blue’s Clues & You on Nickelodeon, which has also been nominated for 2 Daytime Emmy Awards, actor, singer and Broadway star Josh Dela Cruz has kept himself busier than ever! Most recently, Josh along with Timothy Huang, released “American Morning,” a full length musical that tells the story of two immigrant cab drivers. 

With the recent premiere of Season 2 in August of 2020 and already being picked up for a third season, one of Nickelodeon’s most iconic children’s series to date, Blue’s Clues & You, is back. Already making headlines around the world through Buzzfeed, People Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly as the photogenic new host, Josh is ready to teach the next generation in classic Blue’s Clues fashion with an updated take all his own. The all-new series invites its viewers to join in on collaborative, clue-led adventures to solve puzzles that mixes live-action and digital animation. With each paw print, the viewer is inspired to interact with Josh and his puppy, Blue, to figure out what Blue’s clues leads to, perfectly blending education and entertainment. Everyone’s favorite colorful dog ‘Blue’ is back and better than ever, and the series is joined by both familiar and new faces. Following a rigorous national audition process and countless callbacks, Joshua landed the coveted role as the new host of Blue’s Clues & You with original host Steve Burns’ help who played “a part of the search for the new host.” 

When Josh isn’t filming Blue’s Clues & You, he can always be found with a camera in hand and his wife, Amanda, by his side. Both Josh and Amanda are vegan, and he keeps in remarkable shape through practicing Jiu Jitsu and weight training. 

Kay Wilson Stallings serves as Executive Vice President of Creative and Production for Sesame Workshop.

She oversees Sesame Street and all Sesame Workshop shows, as well as the development of new programs and content across existing and emerging platforms. Wilson Stallings leads creative for domestic production and partners with global teams to enrich and expand Sesame Workshop’s presence around the world.

She was most recently the SVP of Creative Development at Sesame Workshop, where she developed the first new Sesame Workshop shows in nearly a decade: the critically acclaimed and award-winning Esme & RoyHelpsters, and Ghostwriter. She created Sesame Studios, a YouTube channel hosting a broad mix of original stories, songs, and other Sesame-quality kids’ content, and she expanded the Workshop’s impact through animation with specials including Elmo’s Puppy and the series Mecha Builders, the first CGI-animated spinoff of Sesame Street.

In 2017, Wilson Stallings created and directed the first annual Sesame Workshop Writers’ Room, an intensive six-week competitive fellowship program dedicated to discovering, nurturing, and increasing the presence of writers with diverse voices in children’s media. Held at Sesame Workshop’s New York City office, participants come from across the country to meet weekly with industry writers, producers, agents, and executives, with two winners each year offered creative development deals. Upon completing the program, many participants find staff positions on kids’ series for production companies like NetflixDreamWorksNickelodeon, and more.

Kay Wilson Stallings holds a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor’s degree from MacMurray College. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

Marley Dias is the witty and purpose-driven 15-year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks and author of Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You! whose successful campaign has garnered over 10 billion media impressions.

#1000BlackGirlBooks, is an international movement to collect and donate children’s books that feature Black girls as the lead character. Marley launched the #1000BlackGirlBooks drive in November of 2015 with the help of GrassROOTS Community Foundation, leveraging the power of social media to reach a larger audience. The goal was to collect 1,000 books featuring Black women or girl protagonists by February 2016. The story went viral and was picked up by media outlets around the world as well as bloggers, schools, youth-focused organizations and millions of individuals who wanted to participate in the project. Marley has collected over 12,000 books to-date. 

Marley has spoken at the White House’s United State of Women alongside Michelle Obama and Oprah, The Forbes Women’s Summit, United Nation’s Girl Up, Inbound, CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, the Social Innovation Summit and several others. She was honored with the Smithsonian Ingenuity Award, also known as the “the Golden Globes of Intellect,” in the Youth Category in 2017, for her transformative work in 2016 around representation in literature. Dias was also recognized by TIME, as one of the 25 most influential teens in 2018 and was identified as the youngest member of the Forbes 30 under 30 list to date.

Marley’s #1000blackgirlbooks resource guide can be found here: 

Princess Lucaj (Neets’aii Gwich’in) is an actor/writer/director/producer. She is committed to social and environmental justice and sits on the board of Native Movement and NDN Collective and is the former ED of the Gwich’in Steering Committee.

Princess received a B.A. in International Relations from The George Washington University and a Masters in Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage with a focus on Environmental and Science Education. She has served on the SAG-AFTRA Native American Committee since 2007 and in 2015 she was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is Creative Producer and writer for the GBH produced PBS Kids series Molly of Denali and is a Nia Tero Indigenous Storytelling Fellow. She lives in Fairbanks with her husband, James, and her three boys, their dog and rabbit.


About Our Musical Guests


Grammy award winning children’s performer Dan Zanes and Haitian-American music therapist / jazz vocalist Claudia Zanes have been making music with each other since the day they met in the fall of 2016. The two decided while sitting at Dan’s kitchen table that afternoon that they would continue singing together and, in the spirit of inclusion and good times, would work with presenters to try and make all of their concerts sensory friendly.

Inspired by their artful modern-day all-ages folk music and their commitment to accessibility, the Kennedy Center commissioned Claudia and Dan to create a theater piece for young audiences. Night Train 57: A Sensory Friendly Comic Folk Opera premiered in October 2017 and has been performed several times since. The soundtrack recording is available on Festival Five Records. Their love of songs and communal music-making lead to a publishing deal with the Quarto Group USA and the result, a songbook entitled Dan Zanes’ House Party: A Family Roots Music Treasury, was released in late 2018. This has opened the doors to many new conversations with parents, educators, music therapists, and fellow musicians about how to work together to create a healthier, more musical (and ultimately, more festive), society.

While taking on these projects, Claudia and Dan have continued to bring their music to family shows, school workshops, community singalongs, and folk festivals throughout the U.S. and into Canada. They take their commitment to accessibility and inclusion with them wherever they go. And – the icing on the cake – in the midst of it all they were married!


October 24, 2020
8:00 pm EDT
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