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

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


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.

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

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.