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Summer Reading Program

Arizona Opera Summer Reading Program


Arizona Opera Education is excited to announce our very first Summer Reading program!

Now through July 19, readers will have the opportunity to choose fifteen (15) books from our provided book list to fill their summer. These stories teach about all different kinds of art forms, including opera, symphonic works, and ballet. Just print out the provided form, fill in the title, and color in the grid each time a story is completed and mail your completed form to the Arizona Opera Center by July 19. Once your completed form is received, you will be entered in a drawing to win Phoenix and Tucson community baskets! Any reading log postmarked by July 19.


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Due Date: July 19, 2024
Prizes: Community baskets include prizes from the Heard Museum,
Ballet Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona Museum of Natural History,
Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tucson Symphony, and Reid Park Zoo.


Book List:

Welcome to the Opera by Carolyn Sloan

Diva Delores and The Opera House Mouse by Laura Sassi

Music is in Everything by Ziggy Marley

Wild Symphony by Dan Brown

Showdown Symphony: A farmyard adventure in pictures, music and poetry by Kevin Klein, Leah Klein, and Emmaline Jackson

Hansel and Gretel by James Marshall

Pet of the Met by Don Freeman

Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo by John Lithgow and Leeza Hernandez

Because by Mo Willems

Danza!: Amalia Hernández and El Ballet Folklórico de México by Duncan Tonatiuh

Froggy Plays in the Band by Jonathan London

The Listening Walk by Paul Showers

The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow

The Animal Orchestra Plays Beethoven by Sam Taplin

Stomp Wiggle Clap and Tap: My First Book of Dance by Rachelle Burk

Music is for Everyone by Jill Barber

The Note who Faced the Music by Lindsay Bonilla

Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo by Monica Brown

Building an Orchestra of Hope by Carmen Oliver

A Soup Opera by Jim Gill

The Great Poochini by Gary Clement

The Magic Flute: An Opera by Mozart by Kyra Teis

Monkey’s Jungle Jam by Victoria Kintner Griswold

The Garden Symphony by Victoria Kintner Griswold


Have a favorite music story already? Feel free to add to our list!




Use the links below to purchase your books through local Phoenix and Tucson bookstores


Changing Hands Bookstore (PHOENIX)


Antigone Books (TUCSON)