Each of the 16 modules in Read, Play, and Learn!® are centered around a popular children's storybook. The storybooks were carefully selected on the basis of their quality, cultural and geographic diversity, and availablity.

The storybooks themselves are not included with the modules. All are easily available from local booksellers and libraries. (You may have many of them already, in fact.) You can also purchase them online at Amazon.com (click the links below), where you can often find inexpensive used copies as well as new.

Module Collection 1

The Kissing Hand
by Audrey Penn
Chester the raccoon and his mother prepare for his first day of school in this warm story about leaving home for the first time.

Somebody and the Three Blairs
by Marilyn Tolhurst
In this humorous reversal of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, while the Blair family is at the park, a little bear named Somebody visits their home.

Picking Apples & Pumpkins
by Amy and Richard Hutchings
This fall story follows an extended family and friends through a day of seasonal activities as they visit a farm and return home to bake apple pie and carve pumpkins.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
by Linda Williams
A little old lady gathers herbs, spices, seeds, and nuts from the forest and has an adventure on the way home in a story that fits nicely with Halloween.

The Knight and the Dragon
by Tomie dePaola
This story is a magical tale about a dragon and a knight who learn that it is much more fun to cook together than to fight each other.

Abiyoyo
by Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger’s storysong retells a tradition African folktale about a small boy who plays a ukulele; his father, who possesses a mysterious magic wand; and terribly dirty giant named Abiyoyo.

Night Tree
by Eve Bunting
In a holiday story that emphasizes giving, sharing, and celebrating family traditions, a family that pays their annual visit to “their” tree in the woods and decorates the tree with food for the forest animals.

The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats
A young African American boy named Peter spends a fun-filled winter day playing outside in the snow.


Module Collection 2

A Porcupine Named Fluffy
by Helen Lester
In this humorous tale, a young porcupine named Fluffy tries to live up to his unusual name.

First Flight
by David McPhail
A young boy and his teddy bear take their first airplane flight to visit the boy’s grandmother, helping children learn what it is like to fly in a plane.

Friends
by Helme Heine
Three farm animal friends share adventures and learn that good friends stick together, make decisions together, and treat each other fairly — but also that even good friends don’t have to be together all the time.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff
by Janet Stevens
In this retelling of the familiar tale, three brother goats face a scary troll while crossing a bridge, and they must work together as a family and face their fears with courage.

The Three Little Javelinas
by Susan Lowell
This new spin on an old story celebrates the American Southwest through the tale of The Three Little Pigs.

A Rainbow of Friends
by P.K. Hallinan
Through a poem illustrated with cartoon of all sorts of children, this book emphasizes that every child is special and that children can create a “rainbow” of friends who help each other, have fun together, and form a “circle of caring.”

Franklin Has a Sleepover
by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark
A turtle named Franklin and his friend Bear have a fun sleepover, allowing children to understand and cope with the idea of sleeping away from home.

The Rainbow Fish
by Marcus Pfister
A beautiful fish learns the importance of giving and sharing and discovers what it means to be a friend.


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