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About the Mayor's Book Club

Join the Mayor of the City of Newport News in promoting early literacy on the Peninsula. Each month volunteers in Newport News will be reading to 93 pre-school classes in Newport News Public Schools’ Early Childhood Centers. Each class will hear the same book and each preschool student will receive a copy of the featured book to take home.

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Preschoolers in Newport News are getting new books and more people to read to them through a new program that kicked off October 6, 2011. The Newport News MayorsBook Club is designed to help get children ready to read by kindergarten. The program provides volunteer readers and new books to preschool students. Read more about the program's inception here.


Book Club Selections

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I Hear a Pickle - Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399160493
Publication Date: 2016-01-12
* "Isadora's book about the five senses is aimed perfectly at another sense--kids' sense of humor."--The Horn Book, starred review Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora's sweet and simple introduction to the five senses is perfect for the youngest children, who will recognize themselves in charming vignettes portraying a wide range of childhood activities. Hearing, smelling, seeing, touching, tasting--our five senses allow us to experience the world in so many ways! With our ears we hear the birds sing; with our nose we smell the stinky cheese; with our eyes we see the moon and stars (and sometimes glasses help us see even better!); with our skin we feel the rain (and learn not to touch the hot stove!); and with our tongue we can taste our favorite foods. Isadora's lively art reveals the power and delight of each sense.

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All by Myself - Mercer Mayer
ISBN: 0808563947
Publication Date: 2001-03-13
Many things a young child can do independently are demonstrated (tying shoes, riding a bike, kicking a ball), but there is one thing one cannot do alone.

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The Family Book - Todd Parr
ISBN: 0316070408
Publication Date: 2010-05-01
The Family Book celebrates the love we feel for our families and all the different varieties they come in. Whether you have two moms or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one, Todd Parr assures readers that no matter what kind of family you have, every family is special in its own unique way. Parr's message about the importance of embracing our differences is delivered in a playful way. With his trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes, this book will encourage children to ask questions about their own families. Perfect for young children just beginning to read, The Family Book is designed to encourage early literacy, enhance emotional development, celebrate multiculturalism, promote character growth, and strengthen family relationships

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Welcome to My Neighborhood! - Quiara Alegría Hudes; Shino Arihara (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545094245
Publication Date: 2010-08-01
M is for las muralistas, making murals of island vistas. Waterfalls that hide brick walls. Rain forests full of tropical trees. N is for the noisy neighbors who sit on the stoop and catch the breeze. From fire hydrants to ice-cream trucks, bodegas to trolley tracks, the sights and sounds of the barrio-even the less perfect things-come to life through the words of award-winning playwright Quiara Alegra Hudes. A perfect way to get kids exploring and talking about what makes their own neighborhoods special!

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Mini Tab: Dig Dig Digging - Margaret Mayo; Alex Ayliffe (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781627797146
Publication Date: 2017-04-04
With each turn of the tabbed page, discover the trucks and tractors, fire engines and helicopters that like to work hard all day. This bright and bouncy, noise-filled board book brings together all the vehicles that kids adore!

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Lola Plants a Garden - Anna McQuinn; Rosalind Beardshaw (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580896955
Publication Date: 2017-03-14
Readers who loved Lola at the Library, Lola Loves Stories, and Lola Reads to Leo are in for a backyard treat. After Lola reads a book of garden poems, she wants to plant some flowers. She gets books from the library and chooses her plants. Then Lola and her mommy buy the seeds, make the garden, and mark the rows. Now it’s time to wait. . . .

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The Earth Book - Todd Parr
ISBN: 9780316042659
Publication Date: 2010-03-17
"I take care of the earth because I know I can do little things every day to make a BIG difference..." With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitiviy, Todd Parr explores the important, timely subject of environmental protection and conservation in this eco-friendly picture book. Featuring a circular die-cut Earth on the cover, and printed entirely with recycled materials and nontoxic soy inks, this book includes lots of easy, smart ideas on how we can all work together to make the Earth feel good - from planting a tree and using both sides of the paper, to saving energy and reusing old things in new ways... Equally whimsical and heartfelt, this sweet homage to our beautiful planet is sure to inspire readers of all ages to do their part in keeping the Earth happy and healthy.

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Green Is a Chile Pepper - Roseanne Greenfield Thong; John Parra (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781607537076
Publication Date: 2014-12-01
Children discover a world of colors all around them. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, but all are universal in appeal. With rich illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the colors found in every child's day.

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