Story Hour / Writing Hour

Story Hour / Writing Hour every weekday at 12:30pm MST

Kore is committed to building more just and radically connected communities with diverse voices and literature. We got you and your littles covered, for 30+ mins every week day at lunch time. Get your journal out and belly your kids on up to the nearest screen in your home for a mid-day, sheltering-in-place, mutual aid break!

Story Hour continues publicly via FaceBook Live. You can find us on Kore Press Institute’s FB page Monday May 4-Friday, May 8, 12:30pm (Tucson time) MST / 2:30pm CST / 3:30pm EST, and every weekday after that until we are done.

ASL interpretation for the KPI Story Hour will be provided later in separate video by Anna Martin.

This week’s readers:


Monday, May 4: Tenecia Phillips

Tuesday, May 5: Milta Ortiz

Gertie Lopez will be back with us next Wed, May 13.

Thursday, May 7: Maria Pape

Friday, May 8: Adiba Nelson


Tuesday, April 28: Award-winning Tucson Theater artist, playwright, and Borderlands Theater director,  Milta Ortiz, and her daughter Sol will read Hip, Hip Hooray It’s Monsoon Day (in Spanish and English) By Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford, and, Coco, A Family Mystery.


Wednesday, April 29: Tohono O’odham Waila bandleader, Gertie Lopez, from San Xavier Learning Center and Library will read a couple of books, play her guitar, and sing with us today.


Thursday, April 30: Translator and medical advocate, Maria Pape of Aprender y Jugar Language Program, will read Filou s’amuse avec Zami by Betran Gauthier in both French and English.

Friday, May 1: Gabriella Cázares-Kelly, community organizer, educator, and co-founder of Indivisible Tohono will read The Peace Book by Todd Parr and A is for Activist, written and illustrated by Innosanto Nagar.


Previous Readers & Resources:

Monday April 13: Tucson Public Librarian, rad mama, and Kindred Team Leader Tenecia Phillips, reads I Will Be Fierce! by Bea Birdsong, Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld, Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty, and Derrick Barnes’ The King of Kindergarten.

Tuesday, April 14: Tucson Theater artist and playwright, Milta Ortiz, reads My Nana’s Remedies / Los remedies de mi Nana by Toni Capin Rivera-Ashford, and All Around Us by Xelena Gonzáles.

Wednesday, April 15: Gertrude Lopez, from San Xavier Learning Center and Library will read and sing today, Don’t Push the Button by Bill Cotter and Groovy Joe Ice Cream & Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin.

Thursday, April 16: Jennifer Chee Diné asdzaan, Navajo woman, from the Navajo Nation, is an early Childhood Educator teaching 2nd grade on the Navajo Nation. She will read No! by Marta Altés, We Don’t Eat Our CLASSMATES by Ryan T. Higgins, and First Laugh Welcome, Baby by Rose Ann Tahe and Nancy Bo Flood.

Friday, April 17: Adiba Nelson,
Tucson writer and rad mama, will read her children’s book Meet ClaraBelle BlueSpanish translation provided by Maria Pape. Story followed by discussion about inclusion geared for K-1 audiences. See more about Adiba and Meet ClaraBelle Blue here.

Wednesday, April 8:Minneapolis poet, graphic designer, parent and former indie bookstore owner Chaun Webster, reading Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty, and The Rabbits by John Marsden and Shaun Tan. See Chaun’s latest poetry book, GeNtry!fication.

Thursday, April 9: Tucson Public Librarian, rad mama, and Kindred Team Leader Tenecia Phillips, reading I’m Gonna Push Through by Jasmyn Wright, I am Love by Susan Verde, and All of Us by Caron Berger.

Friday, April 10: Tucson writer and rad mama Adiba Nelson will read her children’s book Meet ClaraBelle Blue. Spanish translation provided by Maria Pape. Story followed by discussion about inclusion for second and third grade kiddos. Next week Adiba will read the story and lead discussion geared for K-1 audiences.See more about Adiba and Meet ClaraBelle Blue here.

Maria Pape, Spanish translator is the founder, owner and instructor of Aprender y Jugar Language Program. She was born in Quito, Ecuador, has a B.A in Journalism and Medical Assistant Certification, and is fluent in 3 languages: Spanish, English and French. She does Spanish Interpretation and Medical advocacy.



COVID-19 Resources for Indigenous People’s

We Push Through organization.


Thank you to our generous readers, and to the Tucson Jewish History Museum for sharing your tech during this time of need.

Expand your children’s diverse literary shelf life, and have some quiet time for yourself. We are in this together, and, we got you.