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Nona Reads

Children's books read aloud, plain and simple, by Nona (it's Italian for grandma). Occasionally my sweet side-kick pipes up, adding a drop of perfection to the readings.

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Horsey Twinkle Toes -- a Peppa Pig Book

Horsey Twinkle Toes is a Peppa Pig book and is delightful in its telling of Peppa and George and how they solve the problem of a new toy with no name and two owners!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nona-reads0/message

3mins

25 Feb 2021

Rank #1

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Read to Tiger

Written by R.W. Alley and illustrated by S. J. Fore, this little book is all about a kiddo who just wants to read and his tiger who wants to play! Take a listen to see how the two eventually manage to find an acceptable compromise!--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nona-reads0/message

6mins

25 Feb 2021

Rank #2

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The Rabbit Listened

Written and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld, The Rabbit Listened is a delightful children's book centered on a little tyke who has experienced the trauma of having his creation destroyed--so very symbolic and able to be adapted to many situations. He is told how to solve his problem by each of his friends with each solution mirroring the friend's manner. Finally, sweet Rabbit listens. Period. And the result is healing. Simple, yes, but more than enough for a kiddo to chew on. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nona-reads0/message

4mins

25 Feb 2021

Rank #3

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Last Stop on Market Street

Written by Matt de la Peña and illustrated by Christian Robinson, Last Stop on Market Street encourages listeners to open their eyes to the world beyond as a young boy and his grandmother travel from their world to a world needier than they.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nona-reads0/message

6mins

25 Feb 2021

Rank #4

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Curious George Visits a Toy Store

Curious George--we all grew up hearing stories about this rascally little fellow! Here we have a new adventure which is definitely delightful and will have you looking for more!  Haven't we all wanted to crawl up the shelves of a toy store?! True confession: I am uncomfortable reading the first Curious George book as it deals with his being taken from the jungle to be placed in a zoo...we all know the story didn't end that way, but for today's listeners, methinks we'll just skip reading that first book. What do you think?--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nona-reads0/message

4mins

22 Jul 2020

Rank #5

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Curious George Takes a Train

Curious George--we all grew up with his story in our hearts, and here we have a new adventure. Written in the style of the original books, this adventure is delightful and will have you looking for more! True confession: I am uncomfortable reading the first Curious George book as it deals with his being taken from the jungle to be placed in a zoo...we all know the story didn't end that way, but for today's listeners, methinks we'll just skip reading that first book. What do you think? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nona-reads0/message

5mins

22 Jul 2020

Rank #6

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Green Eggs and Ham

Another all-time favorite children's book, Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is a classic, spunky, fast-paced book. The tireless Sam-I-Am is most certainly a reference to the children in our lives who ask, ask and ask again! Like many of Dr. Seuss' works, this story is capable of tying your tongue into knots and tickling your imagination--all at once. The classic Dr. Seuss illustrations do not disappoint. My advice? Well, if you don't already have this in your home library, it is worth ordering for you and your kiddos.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nona-reads0/message

6mins

17 Jul 2020

Rank #7

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The Little Engine that Could

Written by Watty Piper and illustrated by George & Doris Hauman, this classic tale of choosing to be helpful has been read aloud to children across the nation since the 1920s! From its pages comes the repetition "I think I can! I think I can!" --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nona-reads0/message

5mins

29 Jun 2020

Rank #8

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Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa

Another delightful book by author/illustrator Anna Dewdney, Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa combines some familiar childhood fears, a stuffed animal loss and the perfect solution flawlessly in what is, as expected with Ms. Dewdney's books, a delightful bedtime read.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nona-reads0/message

4mins

29 Jun 2020

Rank #9

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Little Excavator

Written and illustrated by Anna Dewdney, Little Excavator, with all of its construction site excitement, appeals to both girls and boys. Listen along as "Little E" finds his place among the big rigs.--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nona-reads0/message

3mins

29 Jun 2020

Rank #10