Monsoon Literacy Celebration 2024 | Events at Fox Tucson Theatre
2:00 pm

Monsoon Literacy Celebration

When the monsoons rain, they rain on us all!

As we welcome the monsoons, we also welcome everyone to the Fox.   Join us in celebrating reading and writing, and the way it can provide access, inclusivity, and understanding– of each other and the deserts we call home.

Get ready for:

  • The award-winning animated short movies, “The Smeds and the Smoos” and “Hair Love”
  • A Sonoran Desert sing-along with live musicians from the AZ-Sonora Desert Museum
  • Storytimes
  • Fun and hands-on literacy activities
  • Photos and dancing fun with mascots
  • Free books and other goodies
  • And more…



Recommended for children aged 4-10, but everyone is welcome!  The event is free, but please register above.


  • 2-3 PM: activities, storytimes, and literacy experiences throughout the theatre
  • 3-4(ish) PM:  short movies, sing-alongs, and fun from the stage in the auditorium


Featured Movies:



Featured Works:


book cover of "meet Clarabelle Blue"

By Tucson author Adiba Nelson, “Meet ClaraBelle Blue” helps children see that kids with special needs are first and foremost kids!



Cover of "The Cactus Queen"At a time when “not everyone cared about the desert[, and] Not everyone cared what a woman had to say,” one woman defied the odds and helped save a magical desert!  A true story by Tucson author, Lori Alexander.



book cover of Smeds and SmoosThe Smeds never mix with the Smoos… until love conquers all in this story of friendship, family, and embracing our differences– from the bestselling creators of “The Gruffalo.”



cover of the picture book Hair Love, showing a dad and his daughterThis tender and empowering New York Times Bestseller celebrates self-confidence and the love between fathers and daughters.



desert animals playing instruments

The Literacy Celebration’s live music and sing-along will feature songs and musicians from AZ-Sonora Desert Museum’s new album, “I L-O-V-E This D-E-S-E-R-T”!



Oshún and Me:  A Story of Love and Braids  –  Also by local author Adiba Nelson, we’ll have a chance to take a sneak peek at this heartwarming ode to family, identity, and the beauty of braided hair before it comes out later this year!