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Opera Time

OPERA TIME

LIVE SESSIONS VIA ZOOM AVAILABLE NOW!

 

Presented in classrooms all year long. Spanish-language programming now available!

Read together and sing together! This musical storytelling program, delivered live via Zoom by a teaching artist, fosters literacy in and through the arts. Opera Time aligns closely with Common Core Standards in English Language Arts, and gives students skills in broadening and contextualizing vocabulary, identifying character and motive, and selecting words that supply richness and meaning. Read our detailed guide on how Opera Time integrates with Common Core standards.

Appropriate for Pre-K through 2nd Grade. A teaching artist will present Opera Time in English or Spanish during a 30-minute session of singing, read-aloud story time, movement, and story/character exploration using one of the following books.

Just $65 per session.

As part of our commitment to equity, Seattle Opera is dedicated to providing programs that are accessible to everyone in our community, regardless of financial standing. Seattle Opera's school programs are available at no cost to all Title I schools, and financial assistance is available to all.

Contact Us about an Opera Time Session

Need a more flexible option? You can have Opera Time at home with recorded classes on demand! To access all of our streaming content, visit our Opera at Home page. 

Opera Time in School en español: Early Learning (Ages 2–7)

Read together and sing together with Seattle Opera’s Opera Time en español! To switch between videos, click or tap the icon in the top right corner of the video.

Books

A Shelter in Our Car by Monica Gunning

A Shelter in Our Car

Ideal for 1st–2nd Grade | Written by Monica Gunning & illustrated by Elaine Pedlar
Lexile: AD560L
Zettie and her Mama left their warm and comfortable home in Jamaica for an uncertain life in the United Sates. With Papa gone, Mama can't find a steady job that will sustain them and so they are forced to live in their car. But Mama's unwavering love, support, and gutsy determination give Zettie the confidence that, together, she and her mother can meet all challenges.

Monica Gunning's moving and authentic story about homelessness in an American city was developed with the help of the Homeless Children s Network in San Francisco. Elaine Pedlar's strong and lively illustrations bring the story to life in vibrant chalk pastel.

Great for World Homelessness Week, homelessness awareness, and for any time of the year.

Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae

Commotion in the Ocean

Ideal for Pre-K–2nd Grade | Written by Giles Andreae & Illustrated by David Wojtowyez
Lexile: AD850L
This delightful collection of poems includes fun rhymes about the creatures who live in and around the ocean. Children will delight in the snappy poems and colorful illustrations about whales, walruses, penguins, polar bears, stingrays, and sharks.

Great for an introduction to sea animals, creatures and for any time of the year.

Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice; Written by Julia Cook & illustrated by Anita Du Falla

Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice

Ideal for K-2 Grade | Written by Julia Cook & illustrated by Anita Du Falla
Lexile: AD630L
Isabella is a spirited girl who enjoys shouting out her thoughts, ideas and feelings. In fact, she loves using her loud voice so much; it's earned her the nickname "Decibella"! Young readers will be entertained as they see how Isabella learns the "five volumes" of voice and discovers that different situations require a different tone.

Great for classroom expectations, practicing the “five volumes” of voice or any time of the year.

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

Dragons Love Tacos

Ideal for Pre-K–2nd Grade| Written by Adam Rubin & illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Lexile: AD720L
The award-winning team of Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri has created an unforgettable tale of new friends and the perfect snack.

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble.

Great for any time of the year.

Elena’s Serenade by Campbell Geeslin

Elena’s Serenade

Ideal for K–2nd Grade | Written by Campbell Geeslin & illustrated by Ana Juan
Lexile: AD650L
Who ever heard of a girl glassblower?
In Mexico, where the sun is called el sol and the moon is called la luna, a little girl called Elena wants to blow into a long pipe…and make bottles appear, like magic.
But girls can’t be glassblowers. Or can they?
Join Elena on her fantastic journey to Monterrey home of the great glassblowers! – in an enchanting story filled with magic realism.

Great for issues of gender roles, self-confidence, and the workings of an artist’s heart. Great for any time of the year.

Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter

Follow the Drinking Gourd

Ideal for K–2nd Grade | Written & illustrated by Jeanette Winter
Lexile: AD630L
Winter's story begins with a peg-leg sailor who aids slaves on their escape on the Underground Railroad. While working for plantation owners, Peg Leg Joe teaches the slaves a song about the drinking gourd (the Big Dipper). A couple, their son, and two others make their escape by following the song's directions. Rich paintings interpret the strong story in a clean, primitive style enhanced by bold colors. The rhythmic compositions have an energetic presence that's compelling. A fine rendering of history in picture book format.

Great for Black History Month, Civil War History and for any time of the year.

Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World by Laurence Anholt

Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World

Ideal for Pre-K–2nd Grade | Written & Illustrated by Laurence Anholt
Lexile: AD580L
When a little girl named Mariana is sent to have her portrait painted by Frida, she is scared. "Well, that's okay," Frida tells her. "Everyone feels scared sometimes. Now take my hand and let's go inside." Soon, Mariana meets all of Frida's pets, from a handsome parrot and funny spider monkey to a little dog, baby deer, and beautiful eagle. Frida's home is full of wonders, and her studio is brimming with strange but beautiful paintings. As Mariana sits for her portrait, she learns all about Frida's life, and begins to think of her as the bravest woman in the world. Frida thinks Mariana is very special too&emdash;and she's got a wonderful surprise in store for her!

Great for Women’s History Month, Arts history, and for any time of the year.

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Ideal for Pre-K–2nd Grade | Written & Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Lexile: AD170L
"Nelson’s vibrant signature illustrations rendered in pencil, oil, and watercolor breathe new meaning and life into this favorite Sunday school spiritual in which families, communities, and forces of nature are celebrated with lively images and inspiring scenes. The cover painting of an African-American boy against a colorful landscape beckons readers inside to discover the wonders of creation. With each page turn and line of verse, Nelson gives fresh, thought-provoking interpretations to the lyrics that will stir the imagination and spark discussion.

The simple, repetitious flow of the words and the refrain make this an excellent read-aloud choice as well as a sing-along favorite." -School Library Journal, starred review

Great for celebrating our world and the people who share in its splendors, any time of the year.

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

I Am Enough

Ideal for Pre-K–2nd Grade | Written by Grace Byers & illustrated by Keturah A. BoBo
Lexile: AD580L
We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.

A simple but powerful poem that has been penned as a picture-book affirmation for girls who may be doubting their self-worth.

Great for teachers and librarians who wish to introduce concepts and spark discussion on self-esteem, women empowerment, and for any time of the year.

In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming

In the Tall, Tall Grass

Ideal for Pre-K–2nd Grade | Written by Denise Fleming
Lexile: AD630L
If you were a fuzzy caterpillar crawling through the tall, tall grass on a sunny afternoon, what would you see?

To find out, just follow the tiny tour guide as he inches his way through the pages of this book. You'll see ants and bees and birds—hip-hopping bunnies too. You'll even hear the sounds some of them make.

Crunch, munch,
caterpillars lunch...
Crack, snap, wings flap...

Great for an introduction to nature, and for any time of the year.

Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Julián is a Mermaid

Ideal for Pre-K–2nd Grade | Written & Illustrated by Jessica Love
Lexile: 190L
In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.

While riding the subway home from the pool with his Abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes — and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself? Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love’s author-illustrator debut is a jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality.

Great for Celebrating Pride, Inclusion and Acceptance, Self-Love, Individuality, and for any time of the year.