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Lollipops Reading List


Together with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, we've compiled a recommended Lollipops Reading List to read with your children!

We're challenging our passionate Pops and Lollipops fans to rally around an important issue in our community—the fight against childhood illiteracy. We encourage you to read one of the Lollipops Reading List books to a child in your life, and to bring a book to our Lollipops Family concerts to donate to our book drive for United Way of Greater Cincinnati


Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss
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“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way. 

Things That Go Burp! In the Night
by Lynne Moerder
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Late at night, when they think everyone's asleep, 10 brave and hungry mice step out for a late night treat. Readers can count along as these NOT-so-picky eaters go through 9 carrots, 8 macaroni, 7 blueberries, 6 orange slices, 5 grapes, 4 peas, 3 crackers, and 2 bananas. But it only take 1 surprise "guest" to send the mice scampering for cover. 

Dinnertime for Chickies
by Janee Trasler
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Wash your wings, and take a seat. What will these tiny chickies eat? With the help of Cow, Pig, and Sheep, soon the chickies learn to cheep, "Pass the carrots. Pass the peas. Pass those yummy broccolis!" With engaging rhymes, endearing illustrations, and a soft padded cover, this book is perfect for babies and toddlers to enjoy, especially those picky chickies. 

Spider Sandwiches
by Claire Freedman
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Come and eat with Max, he has a MONSTER appetite. He eats such yucky, mucky food, his mealtimes are a fright. From fish-eye cheese and bug burgers to snail trail sauce and cockroach curry, Max will feast on anything crawly, creepy, hairy and sticky. But his favorite snack has to be Spider Sandwiches! Kids will laugh out loud at Max's monstrous mealtimes and terrible tastes in this silly, funny, gloopy, gunky picture book. 

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog
by Mo Willems
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When Pigeon finds a delicious hot dog, he can hardly wait to shove the entire thing in his beak. But . . . then a very sly and hungry duckling enters the scene and wants a bite. Who will be the more clever bird? In this hilarious follow-up to the acclaimed Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Mo Willems has created another avian adventure that encourages children to share even their most prized processed foods. 


Bonus: Listen to Superheroes! on CD
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Superheroes!, recoreded by John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops, showcases some of Hollywood’s grandest musical scores from recent blockbusters such as The Avengers, The Dark Knight, Iron Man 2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Thor, Spider-Man andCaptain America, and also features themes from television and film classics including The Adventures of Superman, Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Batman, Super Friends and more. 

Superhero ABC
by Bob McLeod
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Silly and zany, and armed with the most unusual skills, these heroes are out to save the world-one letter at a time! Bubble-Man blows big bubbles at bullies, and laughing lass laughs at lawbreakers! 

My First Book of Girl Power
by Julie Merberg
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This is a celebration of girl power for budding super heroines featuring beloved DC characters from Wonder Woman to Batgirl. Exploring attributes from physical strength to intuition, this introduction to DC's super heroines is also a catalog of role models for little girls. 

Super Red Riding Hood
by Claudia Dávila
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Here's a picture book with a humorous new twist on what happens when red riding hood meets the hungry wolf in the woods. 

by Marc Tauss
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Every kid wants to be a SUPERHERO! Maleek may be a small boy in a big city, but he's no ordinary kid. He's a scientist and a superhero! So when his beloved city's parks and playgrounds mysteriously disappear, it's up to Maleek and his robot Marvyn to save the day. Marc Tauss's mesmerizing black-and-white photo-illustrations bring every young superhero's fantasy to life. 


Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
by Lloyd Moss
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With mournful moan and silken tone, itself alone comes ONE TROMBONE... Then a trumpet joins in to become a duet; add a French horn and voila! you have a trio -- and on it goes until an entire orchestra is assembled on stage. Lloyd Moss's iresistible rhymes and Marjorie Pricemans's energetic illustrations make beautiful music together -- a masterpiece that is the perfect introduction to musical instruments and musical groups, and a counting book that redefines the genre. 

The Remarkable Farkle McBride
by John Lithgow
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Young Farkle McBride is a musical genius: He plays the violin, the flute, the trombone, and the drums with incredible skill. But he's never satisfied: Something is missing. In his first book, actor and musician John Lithgow introduces a memorable character, a fickle yet lovable child prodigy who brings the sounds and rhythms of an orchestra to sprawling visual life. With a double gatefold showing the entire orchestra, this is the ultimate book for the music lover in all of us. Illustrations by Cincinnati's own C.F. Payne were inspired by actual musicians of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 

Mole Music
by David McPhail
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A spiritual story about the far-reaching effects of private actions. Mole has always led a simple life, but lately he feels something is missing. When he first hears someone playing a violin, Mole realizes that he longs to make beautiful music, too. Through practice and patience, Mole learns to play. And even though he plays alone, in the privacy of his underground home, his music has an effect on others that is more magical than Mole will ever know. 



Peter and the Wolf (based on the original work by Sergei Prokofiev)
by Chris Raschka
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Writer, artist, musician, and Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka has given the original story a new setting: a stage performance. Here you will relish language inspired music; enjoy mischief, suspense, and triumph in the theater; and delight in a surprise (and an additional character) Prokofiev's merry tale didn't provide. 

The Boy Who Cried Wolf
retold by B.G. Hennessy
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"Nothing ever happens here," the shepherd thinks. But the bored boy knows what would be exciting: He cries that a wolf is after his sheep, and the town's people come running. How often can that trick work, though? B.G. Hennessy's retelling of this timeless fable is infused with fanciful whimsy through Boris Kulikov's hilarious and ingenious illustrations. This tale is sure to leave readers grinning sheepishly. 

Help!  The Wolf is Coming!
by Cedric Ramadier
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Oh no! The wolf is coming! He's a bit scary - maybe he wants to eat us! But here's an idea: if we hold the book on a lean, maybe the wolf will slip and fall... And if he holds onto a branch, maybe we can shake the book so he drops off... Or maybe it's enough to turn the page to make him disappear... Let's try! Bye-bye wolf! Interactive books don't have to be e-books or apps. In this book, you need to follow the instructions to make sure the wolf won't get you. 

Nutik & Amaroq Play Ball
by Jean Craighead George
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Amaroq is a lively Eskimo boy who lives at the top of the world with his best friend, Nutik, the wolf pup. Amaroq was named after a great wolf leader; Nutik is the wolf leader's grandpup. The boy and the wolf pup are like brothers. 


The Snowman
by Raymond Briggs
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This wordless tale is told entirely in dream-like pictures, making it perfect for young not-quite-yet readers. The Snowman perfectly captures the wonder and innocence of childhood and has enchanted children for over 30 years. 

Disney Frozen: Olaf’s 1-2-3
by Mosqueda
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Walt Disney Animation Studios presents an epic tale of adventure and comedy with Frozen. When the kingdom she loves is trapped in an eternal winter, it is up to Anna and the daring mountain man Kristoff to set out on an adventure filled with danger, magical creatures, and a hilarious snowman in order to find Anna's sister, the Snow Queen Elsa. Boys and girls ages 0-3 will love this sturdy board book based on the film and featuring sparkling glitter on the cover and on every page. 

Snowmen at Night
by Caralyn Buehner
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Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This delightful wintertime tale reveals all! Caralyn Buehner's witty, imaginative verse offers many amusing details about the secret life of snowmen and where they go at night, while Mark Buehner's roly-poly snowmen are bursting with personality and charm. 

The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats
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Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal, Keats' story of a young boy experiencing the year's first snowfall has delighted millions of readers.