Thursday, July 20, 2017

Listen 'n' Read: Best Friends

A collection of some classic, oddball friends titles. I purchased the books from Baker and Taylor and the audio cds from Recorded Books.


  • Mr. Putter and Tabby turn the page
  • Mr. Putter and Tabby bake the cake
  • Mouse and Mole: winter wonderland
  • A brand-new day with Mouse and Mole

Monday, July 17, 2017

Imagine a Story: Tea Party

[Updated July 2017]

We kept losing bits of the dish set and it was driving my aides crazy so I replaced it with a plastic tea set and a plastic play cake from Amazon. The label just says "tea set" and "cake" so we don't have to count all the little pieces.

This bag includes a hardcover book (it's a lot harder than you might think it is to find a picture book that features a tea party) and most of a set of dishes. I say "most" because we're always losing pieces and not all of them fit anyways. So I just say "cooking set" and let it go at that.

Source of materials:

  • Florentine and Pig by Eva Katzler (hardcover): 9781599909493
  • Dishes and cake from Little Treasures via Amazon

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Storytime Kit: Dinosaurs

This kit was frustrating because the Explore a T.Rex title was about 1 inch too big for my regular tubs! I had to buy a special, extra-large tub to fit it and then I couldn't decide what else to put in! I had a bunch of random plastic and rubber dinosaurs I added, which I didn't picture because I didn't want to have to count them. I don't usually put consumables in the storytime kits, but I had a bunch of foam dinosaur stickers (mainly white, which the kids don't like) and I threw those in as well.

Materials included:
  • Large plastic bin (Walmart)
  • Dinosaur skeletons (Amazon)
  • Dinosaur stencils (Amazon)
  • Dino car toy (Amazon)
  • Real-as-life dinosaurs (4 donated, but the full 12 pack is available on Amazon)
  • Flannel and laminated dinosaurs in a plastic envelope
  • Books
    • Triceratops (board book): 9782745981769
    • T. Rex (Board Book): 9782745981752
    • Dino records: 9781426327940
    • Scanorama dinosaurs: 9781626866300
    • Explore a T. Rex: 9781626863958

Friday, July 14, 2017

We Listen: Stories with Bear

The Bear books aren't available in paperback in the US - I purchased them from Gardners in the UK. Hence the "colours" spelling! I hope there aren't any changes in the books, but it shouldn't be a big deal if there are a few different words.

All titles by Karma Wilson. I purchased the paperback books through Baker & Taylor and the audio cds from Recorded Books during their sale.

  • Bear sees colors
  • Bear says thanks
  • Bear's loose tooth
  • Bear feels scared

Link to insert

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Listen 'n' Read: Real Stuff

I had one title and cd and I scrounged a bit to find enough to make up the four. These are available in kits from Baker & Taylor. I know "real stuff" is not particularly inspired, but it was what I could think of at the time!


  • Storms by Goin: 9781430121244
  • Race day by Tuchman: 9781430120001
  • Volcanoes by Schreiber: 9781430126683
  • Trains by Shields: 9781430121190

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Listen 'n' Read: Funny Favorites

I have been saving a couple easy reader/cd combos from 2016, waiting until I had enough to make up a kit of four. I ordered cds from Recorded Books and books from Baker and Taylor to make up the set. The Ballet Cat books are in hardcover, although I prefer paperback, because there wasn't a paperback version available. This set contains:

  • Hi! Fly Guy
  • Super Fly Guy
  • Ballet Cat: The totally secret secret
  • Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants!

Friday, May 5, 2017

We Listen: Library Stories

I had a copy of Library Lion left from last year and put it together with a number of other books about stories and reading. They're not all technically library stories, but they're all about books! This kit includes:

  • Froggy goes to the library by Jonathan London
  • Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
  • Henry & the buccaneer bunnies by Carolyn Crimi
  • Interrupting chicken by David Ezra Stein

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Listen 'n' Read: Mr. Putter & Tabby

I put this set together with a deal from Recorded Books, for the cds, and purchasing paperbacks from Baker and Taylor. It includes:

  • Mr. Putter and Tabby dance the dance
  • Mr. Putter and Tabby clear the decks
  • Mr. Putter and Tabby smell the roses
  • Mr. Putter and Tabby drop the ball

Friday, April 28, 2017

We Listen: Fresh and Funny

This one was tricky because I had a coupon and ordered the cds from Recorded Books, but then had to order the accompanying books from Baker and Taylor. And, of course, none of them were available in paperback. So we had to fit four hardcovers in the bag! This kit includes:

  • Oh no, Astro! by Matt Roeser
  • Unicorn thinks he's pretty great by Bob Shea
  • It's a tiger by David LaRochelle
  • Zero the hero by Joan Holub

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Listen 'n' Read: Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa

I had a really good deal on audiobooks from Recorded Books, so I put together more of our popular easy reader bags. Of course, this meant I had to order cds from Recorded Books and the paperbacks from Baker and Taylor.

  • Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa
  • Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Spring Babies
  • Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Rain or Shine
  • Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Partners

Monday, March 13, 2017

Imagine a Story: Egg Drop

This has been missing for a long time - it was checked out and never returned shortly after I created it. I finally got a new egg and spoon race set (can be purchased from Amazon or Discount School Supply). Egg Drop is out of print, but I found a paperback on Amazon.

Publisher file available here

Read 'n' Play: Bunny Fun

This is a brand-new bag! A lot of mine have recycled pieces, but this one is shiny, fluffy, new. It has a board book of the classic Richard Scarry favorite, I am a bunny, a small hardcover of The Little Rabbit by Judy and Phoebe Dunn, and a Folkmanis Dutch Rabbit puppet.

Publisher File Available Here

Monday, March 6, 2017

Imagine a Story: Panda Play

This one went missing. The patron paid for it, but these are always hard to replace since they include pieces from so many different places. I ended up putting a book, a panda from Manhattan Toy Company (purchased on Amazon) and a Folkmanis grizzly cub bear puppet I received from Bearport many years ago together.

Publisher file available here

Monday, February 27, 2017

Imagine a Story: Big Hungry Bear

This is an updated version of a toy bag. It has Folkmanis puppets, plastic strawberries, and a book.

Link to publisher file here

Monday, February 20, 2017

Imagine a story: Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza

This is an old set. It originally had a chicken puppet, from I think Folkmanis, but I tracked down the pee smell to the unfortunate fowl so we bid her farewell. We are constantly losing pieces of the pizza set, so I made it just say "Cut 'n' Play Pizza" so we didn't have to worry about it.

Publisher File Available Here

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Storytime Kit: Exploring the Seasons

I felt like this kit was a little skimpy, but the books are very involved and there are a LOT of stencils to use. There are two packs of stencils, a lacing toy, two pop-up books, and two lift-the-flap books.

Materials included:

  • Plastic bin (Walmart)
  • Chunky Lacing Garden Set (Discount School Supply)
  • Perfect Leaf Stencils (Discount School Supply)
  • Super Snowflakes Stencils (Discount School Supply)
  • Books
    • Little Pear Tree: 9780763671266
    • Little Honey Bee: 9780763685317
    • Winter by David Carter: 9781419718236
    • Spring by David Carter: 9781419719127
  • Laminated sheet of early literacy and sensory tips