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CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE:  WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

READ BY Sarah White

Mom reading in Tucson Preschool

A book by Maurice Sendak

One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bed without his supper. That night a forest begins to grow in Max's room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are. Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as their king, and then the wild rumpus begins. But when Max has sent the monsters to bed, and everything is quiet, he starts to feel lonely and realizes it is time to sail home to the place where someone loves him best of all.

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Date: Friday, September 2, 2016


CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT:  THE SNAIL AND THE WHALE

Tucson Preschool reading books

READ BY Rachel Beech

A book by Julia Donaldson

A snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on a whale's tail. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the snail feels very small in the vastness of the world. But when the whale is beached in a bay, it's the tiny snail who saves the day.

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Date: Friday, August 26, 2016


CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN:  This Book Just Ate My Dog

READ BY Ben Irvine

A book by Richard Byrne

When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right. Cleverly using the physicality of the book, This book just ate my dog! is inventive, ingenious, and just pure kid-friendly fun!

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Date: Friday, August 19, 2016


CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX: The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?

READ BY Rob Bovill

A book by Mo Williams

Much to the chagrin of Pigeon, little Duckling uses very polite manners to request a cookie, and actually gets one. Filled with righteous fury, Pigeon loses his temper and complains bitterly about this terrible state of affairs. However, things aren't what they seem, and Duckling has a secret plan! Part of the bestselling Pigeon series by genius children's book author and illustrator Mo Willems

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Date: Friday, December 18, 2015


CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE: WAY OUT IN THE DESERT

READ BY Martha Gomez-Sapiens

A book by TJ Marsh, Jennifer Ward

Filled with vibrant illustrations of many of the charming plants and animals that call the Sonoron Desert home, each illustration also hides numerals to teach children to count.

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Date: Friday, November 13, 2015


CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR: GRUMPY CAT

READ BY Nikki Hodge

A book by Britta Teckentrup

Poor Cat! All the other kitties in the neighborhood don’t ask him to come play. He just seems so …grumpy. But really, he wants to join in the fun; he just doesn’t know how. Then, one night, in a terrible rainstorm, everything changes: out of nowhere, Cat hears a plaintive "meow" and finds a drenched little kitten taking shelter between his paws. And no matter what Grumpy Cat does, she’s determined to stick by him….... There’s a special friend for everyone.


CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE: THE BIG OLD BEAR WHO SWALLOWED A FLY

READ BY Julieta Valdez

Book read at Tucson Preschool

A book by Trish Phillips

There was an old bear with a rumbly tummy He spotted a fly and cried,

"Fly dinner - YUMMY!"

But Bear's fly is eaten by a fat caterpillar and Bear is furious! He's just about the eat the caterpillar instead when a greedy green frog snaps it up, and Bear's day goes from bad to worse...

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Date: Friday, October 23rd, 2015


CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO: LIZARDS FOR LUNCH

READ BY Tamara Sargus

A book by Conrad J. Storad

A humorous children's tale about the roadrunner and his daily routine in his natural habitat.

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Date: Friday, October 16th, 2015

Mother reading at Tucson Preschool

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE: IF YOU GIVE A DOG A DONUT

READ BY Nadezhda Andreeva

Tucson Preschool reading program

A book by Laura Joffe Numeroff

If you give a dog a donut, he’ll ask for some apple juice to go with it.

When you give him the juice, he’ll drink it all up.

Then, before you can say “Woof” . . . Dog is off on a backyard adventure!

The exuberant dog who first appeared in if you give a pig a party is now the star of his very own book. Written in the irresistible “If You Give…” tradition, if you give a dog a donut is another home run from the beloved team of Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.

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Date: Friday, October 9th, 2015


CHAPTER TWENTY: CALVIN CAN'T FLY

READ BY Jodi Heli

A book by Jennifer Berne

Tucson Preschool Storytime

Calvin is one unusual starling! While his siblings and cousins learn to fly, this rare bird lets his imagination soar while reading about pirates, dinosaurs, and other fascinating things. The other birds call him “geeky beaky,” but Calvin just ruffles his feathers and buries his beak in a book. Yet, when it comes time to migrate, poor Calvin suddenly realizes he can't fly!  His sisters, brothers, and cousins carry him into the air.


But on their way south, the winds blow hard, the trees bend, and the air starts to smell strange. It's a hurricane, and only Calvin can save the day-because he has read all about it!


Witty illustrations, an endearing hero, and a delightful story make this a true celebration of the pleasures of reading!

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Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2015


CHAPTER NINETEEN: THE SPIFFIEST GIANT IN TOWN

READ BY Jesse Davis

Tucson father reads at Preschool

A book by Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler

When George the giant spies a shop full of wonderful clothes, he decides to treat himself to a new outfit. He puts on his new shirt, pants, shoes, and tie, and is immediately transformed from the scruffiest giant in town to thespiffiest giant in town. But on his way home, George runs into various animals who need his help. And little by little, George finds himself giving away all his new purchases. 
From the creators of Room on the Broom, this is a lively tale that reminds readers that sometimes it's what's inside a person-or a giant-that matters most.

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Date: Friday, September 25th, 2015


CHAPTER EIGHTEEN: A Big Guy Took My Ball!

READ BY David Coddon (Georgina's Dad) 

A book by Mo Williams

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. 
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. 
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. 

Gerald and Piggie are best friends. 

In A Big Guy Took My Ball! Piggie is devastated when a big guy takes her ball! Gerald is big, too...but is he big enough to help his best friend?

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Date: Friday, September 18th, 2015

Dad reading to Tucson Preschool children

CHAPTER Seventeen: Oh No, George!

READ BY Rabbi Batsheva Appel (Temple Emanu-El's Rabbi Educator)

A book by Chris Haughton

Rabbi Appel reads to Tucson Preschool children

George is a dog with all the best intentions. And his owner, Harry, has all the best hopes that George will be a well-behaved dog when he leaves him alone for the day. But when George spies a delicious cake sitting on the kitchen table, his resolve starts to waver. You see, George loves cake. . . . Uh-oh. What to do now? It’s so hard to be a good dog when there are cats to chase and flowers to dig up! What ever will Harry say when he gets back? Chris Haughton’s fetchingly funny story and vibrant, retro illustrations are sure to lure dog lovers of all ages — and anyone who has ever met a temptation too good to resist.

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Date: Friday, September 11th, 2015


CHAPTER SIXTEEN: The World's Birthday

READ BY MILA VASSER (Temple Emanu-El's Program Coordinator)

Rosh Hashanah book read at Tucson Preschool

A book by Barbara Diamond Goldin

Anticipating the forthcoming celebrations of Rosh Hashanah, young Daniel learns that Rosh Hashanah is to commemorate the world's birthday and decides to throw the entire world a great big party.

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Date: Friday, September 4th, 2015


CHAPTER FIFTEEN: Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

READ BY MAX STRASSFELD (Micah's Parent) 

Reading book At Tucson ECE

A book by Simms Taback

Joseph had a little overcoat, but it was full of holes—just like this book! When Joseph's coat got too old and shabby, he made it into a jacket. But what did he make it into after that? And after that?As children turn the pages of this book, they can use the die-cut holes to guess what Joseph will be making next from his amazing overcoat, while they laugh at the bold, cheerful artwork and learn that you can always make something, even out of nothing

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Date: Friday, August 28th, 2015


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CHAPTER FOURTEEN: Sammy Spider's First Rosh Hashanah

READ BY MARJORIE HOCHBERG (CANTORIAL SOLOIST) 

A book by Sylvia A. Rouss

A young spider wants to join in as he watches a family prepare to celebrate Rosh Hashanah.

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Date: Friday, August 14th, 2015

Cantor reads Sammy Spider First Rosh Hashanah at Tucson Preschool

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: The Girl Who Would Not Brush Her Hair

READ BY HOLLY BERLONGIERI (CHLOE'S MOTHER) 

Mother reading at Tucson Preschool

A book by Kate Bernheimer

Young fans of the Disney movie Tangled will especially love this hair-raising story. What happens when one little girl refuses to brush her long, beautiful hair? Well, one day a mouse comes to live in a particularly tangled lock. Soon after, more mice move in, and the girl's unruly mop is transformed into a marvelous mouse palace complete with secret passageways and a cheese cellar! She loves her new companions—they tell knock-knock jokes and are sweet to her doll, Baby—but as the girl comes to find out, living with more than a hundred mice atop your head isn't always easy. . . . Here's an fantastic tale that will have kids poring over the mice's elaborate world within the girl's wild, ever-changing hairdo. 

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Date: Friday, July 17th, 2015


CHAPTER TWELVE: Zoo's Who?

READ BY TRISIA EICKHOFF (ABIGAIL'S MOTHER) 

A book by Roger Priddy

-Perfect for babies and toddlers.

-Touch and feel luxurious textures and fabrics help to develop sensory awareness.

-Beautiful pictures of familiar and not-so-familar animals.

-Features fun rhyming text that parents and children will enjoy reading together.

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Date: Friday, July 10th, 2015

 

Zoo's Who?

CHAPTER ELEVEN: Lost and Found

READ BY MELLISSA DAVIS (NORAH, SOPHIE AND KENNEDY'S MOTHER) 

Preschool mother reading

A book by Oliver Jeffers 

What is a boy to do when a lost penguin shows up at his door? Find out where it comes from, of course, and return it. But the journey to the South Pole is long and difficult in the boy’s rowboat. There are storms to brave and deep, dark nights.To pass the time, the boy tells the penguin stories. Finally, they arrive. Yet instead of being happy, both are sad. That’s when the boy realizes: The penguin hadn’t been lost, it had merely been lonely.

A poignant, funny, and child-friendly story about friendship lost . . . and then found again.

 

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Date: Friday, June 26, 2015


CHAPTER TEN: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus & Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes Trash!

READ BY DENNIS FESENMYER & CINDY ELLIOTT (FELIX'S FATHER AND MOTHER) 

A book by Mo Willems 

When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon! But you've never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate. In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler's temper tantrum.

A book by Barbara Odanaka

From castaway furniture to last night's leftovers, no job is too big or too small for this rugged team. With an upbeat, rhythmic text, Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash! follows two garbage trucks on their route. What results is a stinky, roaring, rumbling mess -- and LOADS OF FUN!

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Date: Friday, June 12, 2015

parents reading to children at Tucson Preschool

CHAPTER NINE: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild

READ BY LIZ WARREN-PEDERSON (OTTO'S MOTHER) 

Mother reading to children

A book by Peter Brown 

Are you bored with being so proper? 
Do you want to have more fun? 
Mr Tiger knows exactly how you feel. So he decides to go wild. 
But does he go too far? 
There is a time and place for everything...even going wild.

 

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Date: Friday, June 5, 2015


CHAPTER EIGHT: Chicken Big

READ BY DEBORAH COLMAN (JACOB'S GRANDMOTHER) & NOAH MICKEY-COLMAN (JACOB'S FATHER)

A book by Keith Graves 

On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, giant egg. And out of this egg came one big, humongous . . . something. "It's big!" clucked the little rooster. "It's enormous!" clucked the small chicken. "It's an elephant!" peeped the smallest chicken. "Run for your lives!" they cried. No matter how they try, these clueless chickens can't make sense of the gigantic new member of their familyuntil he saves the day. With wacky, laugh-out-loud humor and silliness to spare, this BIG twist on the classic Chicken Little story lends a whole new perspective to what it means to be chicken.

 

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Date: Friday, May 22, 2015

Parents reading at Tucson preschool

CHAPTER SEVEN: Pete the Cat - I Love My White Shoes

READ BY EILEEN McLEOD (MAYA & CODY'S MOTHER)

Pete the Cat book

A book by Eric Litwin 

 

Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song...because it's all good. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes asks the reader questions about the colors of different foods and objects.

 

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Date: Friday, May 1, 2015


CHAPTER SIX: It's A Little Book

READ BY KATRINA DLUGOSCH (RUBY'S MOTHER)

A book by Lane Smith 

 

A playful exchange between an uninformed young donkey and a book-loving young ape brings Lane Smith's bestselling IT'S A BOOK to an even younger audience. This fun and satisfying board book is perfect for small hands, so now the message about the joy of reading can be shared with toddlers too.

 

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Date: Friday, April 24, 2015

Parent reading a book at daycare program in Tucson

CHAPTER FOUR: The Day The Babies Crawled Away

READ BY BOB WORTMAN (ALTON'S GRANDFATHER)

A book by Peggy Rathmann

What a lovely day at the fair. Children lining up for pony rides . . . moms and dads in a pie-eating contest . . . babies chasing butterflies . . . babies heading for the trees . . . I SAY! Where are those babies GOING? Only a small boy sees them leaving and follows as the babies chase butterflies in trees, frogs in a bog, even bats in a cave, ignoring pleas to come back. But not to worry, our hero saves the day, making sure that all the babies get home safely from their appealing adventures. 

Caldecott Medal winner Peggy Rathmann has created a highly original story told in a lilting text and a bold new style with classic black silhouettes against stunning skies of many colors that change and glow as afternoon turns into evening.

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Date: Friday, April 3, 2015

Grandfather reads The Day the Babies Crawled Away to children at a preschool in Tucson

CHAPTER THREE: The Book With No Pictures

READ BY GRANT HENRY (ECE ADMINISTRATOR)

The Book with No Pictures read aloud to children at Tucson preschool

A book by BJ Novak

A book with no pictures?  What could be fun about that?

After all, if a book has no pictures, there's nothing to look at but the words on the page. 

Words that might make you say silly sounds... In ridiculous voices... Hey, what kind of book is this, anyway?

At once disarmingly simple and ingeniously imaginative, The Book With No Pictures inspires laughter every time it is opened, creating a warm and joyous experience to share--and introducing young children to the powerful idea that the written word can be an unending source of mischief and delight.

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Date: Friday, March 27, 2015


CHAPTER TWO: Little Bear

READ BY ERIN DURBAN-ALBRECHT (FEN'S MOM)

A book by Else Holmelund Minarik

 

Enter the world of Little Bear. Children will be entranced by Little Bear's trip to the moon, his birthday party, and his wishes and adventures.

This is the first of the five classic books about Little Bear, introducing the funny and strikingly childlike bear cub and his friends. The combination of Else Holmelund Minarik's simple, yet eloquent, stories and Maurice Sendak's warm, tender illustrations have made this beloved character an enduring favorite among beginning readers.

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Date: Friday, March 20, 2015

Parent reading Little Bear to group of preschool children in Tucson

CHAPTER ONE: Caps for Sale

READ BY LYN HENRY (ECE DIRECTOR)

Reading Caps for Sale at Strauss Storytellers

A book by Esphyr Slobodkina 

 

Caps for Sale is a timeless classic, in print for over fifty years, and beloved by generations of readers. This easy-to-read story about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity and teaches children about problem and resolution. Children will delight in following the peddler's efforts to outwit the monkeys and will ask to read it again and again. This is an excellent easy-to-read book that includes repetition, patterns, and colors, perfect for early readers.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

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Date: Friday, March 13, 2015