Friday, October 28, 2016

We Listen: Fractured Fairy Tales

Technically these are not all fractured fairy tales, but they all have that silly, fairy-tale-flip feeling to them.

  • The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka (out of print): 9781591122302
  • The true story of the three little pigs by Jon Scieszka (pb only): 9780140544510
  • Bad boys by Margie Palatini (pb only): 9780060001049
  • The Umbrella by Jan Brett (hc only): 9780399242151

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Listen 'n' Read: Animals Move

This was going to be National Geographic easy readers, but I couldn't find 4 that fit, so I threw in Puppy Mudge. These are growing in popularity and I am trying to keep the reading level roughly similar.

  • Swim Fish: 9781430118831
  • Jump Pup: 9781430118800
  • Swing Sloth: 9781430118770
  • Puppy Mudge wants to play: 9781430114147

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Maker Kit: Birdwatching


Ever since I read Annette Cate's Look Up! Bird-watching in your own backyard I have been wanting to use it in a kit and now I've finally got one! This one is very simple but I hope it will be popular.

Kit includes:
  • Look up! Bird-watching in your own backyard: 9780763645618
  • Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Birds: 9781426322990
  • Binoculars ($12 on Amazon)
Consumables
  • Paper notebooks
  • Colored pencils


Friday, October 21, 2016

We Listen: Things that Go

I wish I had more "truck" type books, but this is what I had and I'm making the most of it.

  • I Stink! by Kate McMullan (pb only): 9780064438360
  • Curious George rides a bike by H. A. Rey: 9780618689460
  • Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel by Virginia Lee Burton: 9780618737567
  • Caboose who got loose by Bill Peet: 9780618959792

We Listen: Exploring Outside

This is a good all-ages one, since it includes two older and two younger stories about the natural world and outdoor imaginative play.

  • Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran (pb only): 9780060526337
  • Weslandia by Paul Fleischman (pb only): 9780763610524
  • In the tall, tall grass by Denise Fleming (pb only): 9780805039412
  • In the small, small pond by Denise Fleming (pb only): 9780805059830

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Listen 'n' Read: Animal Friends

This pack includes four easy readers and cds about animals.

  • Go away dog by Joan Nodset: 9780061765025
  • Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff: 9780061335402
  • Mittens by Lola Schaefer: 9780061765018
  • Harry and the lady next door by Gene Zion: 9780061336096


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Maker Kit: Tasty Treats 2



I haven't figured out a way to include consumables in our cooking kits, so it's just cookie cutters basically. I pick them up at Walmart or people donate them.

Kit Includes

  • Crazy about cookies: 9781402769139
  • Assorted cookie cutters
  • Cookie mold
  • Measuring cups

Monday, October 17, 2016

Read 'n' Play: Peekaboo Pals

This bag includes three books with extensive lift-the-flap action. They're too fragile for the general board book and picture book areas, so I decided to make them a toy. I did not purchase them; they were review copies I donated.

Sources for Materials

  • Peekaboo Pals 123: 9781626865211
  • Peekaboo Pals ABC: 9781626865204
  • Peekaboo Pals Opposites: 9781626865228

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Storytime Kit: Nesting Farm

These kits are primarily for classroom or home classroom use but families do check them out as well. They include books at a variety of levels, a toy that includes both educational and sensory aspects, and sheets with tips for early literacy and sensory play. They're kept in plastic bins with a handle and people are only supposed to open them at home, not play with them in the library, unlike our regular toy bags. There is a label reminding patrons of this rule.

Materials included:
  • Plastic bin - purchased from Walmart
  • Nesting Farm - Melissa & Doug (includes tip sheet for play activities)
  • Books
    • Mary had a little lamb (Indestructibles): 9780761158608
    • Old Macdonald had a farm (Indestructibles): 9780761159223
    • Down on the farm 1, 2, 3 (nonfiction picture book): 9781681520025
    • Pig-Piggy-Pigs (easy reader): 9780448482217
    • Backyard chickens (easy reader): 9780448487205
    • No sleep for the sheep (picture book): 9780544668348
    • Chicken dance (picture book): 9781454914778
    • Chicken Squad: The first misadventure: 9781442496774
  • Laminated sheet of early literacy and sensory tips

Friday, October 14, 2016

We Listen: All About Animals

These were sort of animal-related titles; I've been told the Gail Gibbons nonfiction aren't very fun to listen to, so hopefully throwing in the poetry and inspirational story will make this more attractive.
  • Beast Feast by Douglas Florian (pb only): 9780152017378
  • Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier (pb only): 9780689869907
  • Sharks by Gail Gibbons: 9781595190802
  • Sea Turtles by Gail Gibbons: 9781595190765

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Listen 'n' Read

Earlier this year I adapted out book+cd bags to be in packs. I've been toying with the idea of adding easy reader audiobooks and decided to do them in the same format. They're a little trickier to find four in a theme or by the same author, but I've mostly done it! They're also in different-colored bags to make it easier for staff. I adapted the insert slightly as well to address early readers.

I have noted in the listing of materials when the book + cd is out of print or if the isbn only indicates the pb. Some sets were purchased from other vendors.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Maker Kit: Tasty Treats



This is a cooking kit. I've recently refreshed it with some more additions. These are the only kits that we don't have consumables with - I don't feel comfortable putting food in, even if it's sprinkles.

Kit Includes
  • Cook it: 9781465402547
  • Assorted cookie cutters
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cup
  • Silicone baking cups (donated by me - I purchased them for a project that didn't work out)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Imagine a Story: Horses

This one has a rubber horse and a book by Patricia Hubbell, Horses! The book is out of print and the horse comes with a big set so when it wears out I will probably have to completely redo it.

Publisher file available here

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Storytime Kit: Cars

These kits are primarily for classroom or home classroom use but families do check them out as well. They include books at a variety of levels, a toy that includes both educational and sensory aspects, and sheets with tips for early literacy and sensory play. They're kept in plastic bins with a handle and people are only supposed to open them at home, not play with them in the library, unlike our regular toy bags. There is a label reminding patrons of this rule.

Materials included

  • Plastic bin - purchased from Walmart
  • Nesting cars - Melissa & Doug (includes tip sheet for play activities)
  • Books
    • Vehicles (board book with raised shapes): 9781452145167
    • Honda the boy who dreamed of cars (picture book biography): 9781620141915
    • How do monster trucks work? (intermediate easy reader): 9781467796835
    • Digby O'Day in the Fast Lane (beginning chapter book): 9780763673697
    • Pocket Genius Cars (mini paperback guide): 9781465442376
    • Jon Scieszka's Trucktown (box set of easy readers): 9781481444835
  • Laminated sheet of early literacy and sensory tips

Friday, October 7, 2016

We Listen: Classic Stories Set 2

This set is basically "classics" that didn't fit anywhere else.

  • Harold and the purple crayon by Crockett Johnson (pb only): 9780064430227
  • A pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman: 9780142410400
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman: 9780142408391
  • Nana upstairs and Nana downstairs by Tomie DePaola (pb only): 9780698118362

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Maker Kit: Sew Fun

This is my first sewing kit. Although I don't like the heavily pink nature of this title, Jane Bull's books really are the best introductions to hand-sewing with simple projects, clear explanations of stitches, and lots of felt (which I think is the ideal sewing starter).

I supply most of the consumables from leftovers from my own sewing stash, but I also have stuff donated or left over from work
programs. I promote the sewing kits after I do sewing workshops and they generally circulate briskly. This one usually has yarn in it, to go with the crochet hooks and knitting needles, and someone added an embroidery hoop. It's nice to see things come and go!




Kit includes:

  • Made by me by Jane Bull 9780756651633
  • Good scissors, needles, needle holder
  • Knitting needles, crochet hooks, embroidery hoop
Consumables
  • Thread, yarn, ribbon, buttons
  • Felt, scrap fabric
  • Larger pieces of fabric I donated

Monday, October 3, 2016

Imagine a Story: Tiny Little Fly

This bag is a little crowded because it has a large hardcover, a very large rubber elephant, and a tiger smooshed in there.

Sources for materials
  • Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen (hardcover): 9780763646813
  • Zebra and giraffe from set of 5 jumbo soft jungle animals, purchased from Discount School Supply

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Storytime Kit

These started in 2015 as a collection of toys, books, and early literacy materials. Basically the same thing I put in a bag but the toys were too large! So I stored them in large tubs. I found that more teachers checked them out and they worked better as kits.