Book Bundles: Construction

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For an overview of the Book Bundles and Parenting Packs early literacy kits, please visit the original post. The cost listed is the list price of each item, regardless of whether or not we got it on sale/discount. The activity sheets amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.

Itemized List

  • Backpack ($7.39) — 4Imprint
  • The Construction Crew by Lynn Meltzer ($15.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker ($18.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Crystal Climbers (48 pieces) ($24.99) — Lakeshore Learning
  • Hardwood Construction Vehicles (6 pieces) ($29.99) — Lakeshore Learning
  • Wooden Tool Belt Set (6 pieces) ($17.99) — Amazon
  • Vinyl Bags (3) ($8.97) — The Container Store
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total: $126.86

For this Bundle, I took advantage of the fact that a favorite book was being re-released in a new format — Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site is now glow-in-the-dark! So I added that to the Bundle rather than re-buy it for the collection. And I got to write some pretty fun activities to go with the glow-in-the-dark aspect of the book. I also wanted to include a book that has not only racial diversity, but gender diversity as well. And that book was The Construction Crew.

The Crystal Climbers were a lighter option to building blocks and I like the opportunities that it provides to build something a bit more unusual that kids may not have seen before.

Hardwood Construction Vehicles were a great choice since I knew that I wanted to have actual vehicles in this Bundle. I love the weight of these vehicles — much better quality than plastic vehicles.

And the Wooden Tool Belt Set was something that I just couldn’t resist to buy for this kit. I’m always interested in providing dress-up clothes at the library, but I’m often concerned with germs. This wooden set allows for disinfection without needing any clothes to be washed.


This Bundle has circulated twelve times in the past five months!

Book Bundles: Clothes

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For an overview of the Book Bundles and Parenting Packs early literacy kits, please visit the original post. The cost listed is the list price of each item, regardless of whether or not we got it on sale/discount. The activity sheets amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.

Itemized List

  • Backpack ($7.39) — 4Imprint
  • Let’s Get Dressed by Caroline Jayne Church ($7.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Maggie and Michael Get Dressed by Denise Fleming ($17.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Alex Toys One Two Tie My Shoe! (2 shoes/laces & instructions) ($14.99) — Amazon
  • Lakeshore Learning: The Jacket I Wear in the Snow & Book ($36.98) — Lakeshore Learning & Baker & Taylor
  • Lakeshore Learning Lapboard ($9.99) — Lakeshore Learning
  • Melissa and Doug Teddy Wear Plush ($19.99) — Amazon
  • Vinyl Bags (2) ($4.98) — The Container Store
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total: $122.85

For the books in this Bundle, I knew that I wanted to include a board book for the younger kids and a picture book for the older ones. I found the perfect picture book in Maggie and Michael Get Dressed. I read this in preschool storytime and the kids just laughed at Michael dressed Maggie. And Let’s Get Dressed! is simple and has the pages tabbed out for little hands.

The Alex Toys One Two Tie My Shoe! is a great way to learn how to tie your shoes and it’s a toy that we have in our Family Center as well. I only included two shoes in the Bundle so I’ll have replacement laces or shoes if needed.

I made a whole kit of The Jacket I Wear in the Snow that includes the book, a lapboard, and the Lakeshore Learning puffy cloth pieces to re-tell the story.

And the Melissa and Doug Teddy Wear Plush is perfect because it has some different kinds of closures (snaps, Velcro, ties, zippers, and a buckle) and is non-gender specific!


The clothes Bundle has been very popular and has circulated eleven times since releasing five months ago! It was the fastest one out of the gates, circulating four times in the first month.

Preschoolers: Water

For more information on how I plan and prepare my preschool storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one class.

The Plan

Books

All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon and Katherine Tillotson*
Puddle by Hyewon Yum**
Rain by Linda Ashman
Wave by Suzy Lee**

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Wiggleworms Love You**

Featured Track: #18 Rain, Rain Go Away

Flannelboard: I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean**

Flannelboard: Ten Little Umbrellas & Ten Little Raindrops*

Prop: Slippery Fish*

Letter of the Day: W**

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree*
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
  • Icky Sticky Bubble Gum*
  • Movement Cube

How It Went

Monday morning
My class was very quiet this morning. But I sure did pick the right theme for this week — we’ve got nothing but rain happening here in Illinois. I started with Puddle since I thought the kids might relate to being stuck inside at this point in our weather. It was a hit! They were really enthralled even though they all knew that there would be a puddle at some point because of the title. All the Water in the World was kind of a flop today, but it has worked for me in the past at storytime. They also really liked counting “Ten Little Umbrellas & Raindrops” with me!

Tuesday morning
This morning’s class was a bit disrupted. We had to switch classrooms because of election day in our state, so we were in a small group study room. It was a bit weird. But the kids came alive during “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean” and I had one friend who had already read the book. I asked him to keep it a secret until the end, but I let him say the last line with me. But my favorite part of this class was when I became “too tired” to read our last book — Wave — and had the kids read it to me. They loved being able to tell me what was happening in the pictures. I had one friend who kept tracking the path of the seagulls and letting me know where they were. I had another friend who liked speaking for the little girl: “Don’t do that, ocean!” “::raspbery::” “Ahhhhh runnnnn!” It was a great experiment and I would definitely use a wordless book again in storytime!

Book Bundles: Calendar

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For an overview of the Book Bundles and Parenting Packs early literacy kits, please visit the original post. The cost listed is the list price of each item, regardless of whether or not we got it on sale/discount. The activity sheets amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.

Itemized List

  • Backpack ($7.39) — 4Imprint
  • All Year Round by Susan B. Katz ($17.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Today is Monday by Eric Carle ($16.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • A Year With Friends by John Seven ($15.95) — Baker & Taylor
  • H.U.M. All Year Long by Carole Peterson Stephens ($14.99) — Amazon
  • Lakeshore Learning Weather/Seasons ($29.99) — Lakeshore Learning
  • Little Smartie All About Today Board ($50.00) — Amazon
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total: $155.85

I wanted to provide a lot of different options in this kit: days of the week, months of the year, and seasons. The books really accomplish that. All Year Round focuses on the months of the year and shapes; Today is Monday does the days of the week, and A Year With Friends does both the months and the seasons.

The CD that I chose: “H.U.M. All Year Long” is one that I use in storytimes a lot and have noticed that the kids really enjoy dancing to it. I hope that families will enjoy it at home as well!

The Lakeshore Learning Weather/Seasons kit was a great find to help kids sort out the different activities and clothes we use in different seasons. I only included half of the kit in the Bundle, so I have replacement pieces if they are necessary!

The Little Smartie All About Today Board just barely fits inside the backpacks that we use for the Bundles, but it fits! I like that this board is made of wood and covers so many of the topics that I wanted the Bundle to focus on! It also has a clock on it for those that might have enjoyed the Time Bundle and want more practice!


This kit has circed twelve times in the last five months!

Preschoolers: Reptiles

For more information on how I plan and prepare my preschool storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one class.

The Plan

Books

Clarabella’s Teeth by An Vrombaut*
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom**
Snip Snap What’s That? by Mara Bergman**
Turtle Island by Kevin Sherry

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Mr. Jon & Friends**

Featured Track: #6 Snake in the Grass

Flannelboard: Five Little Turtles*

Prop: Alpha-Gator*

Puppets: I Have a Little Turtle**
I have a little turtle (put hands on top of one another)
He lives in a box (make box)
He swims in a puddle (swimming motion)
He climbs on the rocks (climbing motion)
He snapped at a mosquito (clap)
He snapped at a flea (clap)
He snapped at a minnow (clap)
And he snapped at me (clap)
He caught the mosquito (cup hands together)
He caught the flea (cup hands together)
He caught the minnow (cup hands together)
But he didn’t catch me! (shake finger “no”)
Credit: Childhood

Letter of the Day: R**

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree*
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
  • Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
  • Movement Cube

How It Went

Monday morning
Well, folks, it happened. I did a reptiles storytime after swearing for years never to do one. And it was wonderful! The kids absolutely loved the two books that we read Snip Snap, What’s That? and One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree. But! I will say that I think you need to know your group very well to read two “scary” books in a row. Since the library does registration, I not only know the names of patrons, but also the ages. And my classes are skewing towards a 4.5 year-old average age.

Tuesday morning
I had five extra kids (two six-year-olds, a five-year-old, and two four-year-olds) in class today because of spring break. I picked a good week to read the “scary” books! This group were very patient listeners and really wanted to engage with books this week, so we managed to read three books. All of the books are propped up on a table so the kids can see the titles as they come into class. My Tuesday class loves trying to guess the letter of the day based on the books I’ve got out. I also let them vote to pick what books to read this morning and that worked out great. We had some great discussions about covers and how they chose what book to vote on. They picked Clarabella’s Teeth because “it looks funny”. I asked them what made them think the book was funny and got a variety of answers: the toothbrush, her smile, “it just does”. It was just wonderful to hear their predictions and let them have some choices.

Book Bundles: Bedtime

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For an overview of the Book Bundles and Parenting Packs early literacy kits, please visit the original post. The cost listed is the list price of each item, regardless of whether or not we got it on sale/discount. The activity sheets amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.

Itemized List

  • Backpack ($7.39) — 4Imprint
  • Bedtime by Elizabeth Verdick ($7.95) — Baker & Taylor
  • A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na ($6.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton ($9.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Dreamland: World Lullabies by Putumayo ($13.98) — Amazon
  • Laurie Berkner Lullabies by Laurie Berkner ($9.99) — Amazon
  • Bedtime Alphabet Flashcards (32 cards) ($5.99) — Amazon
  • Melissa and Doug Sunny Patch Blaze Firefly Flashlight ($7.99) — Amazon
  • Learning Resources: Story Cubes ($12.99) — Amazon
  • Vinyl Bags (2) ($3.98)– The Container Store
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total: $89.79

There are so many wonderful bedtime books out there! Since we have a huge collection of bedtime books (shelved by subject) in the library, I decided to focus on bedtime board books in this Bundle. Board books in our library are shelved in bins and can be difficult to browse for a specific subject. I chose Bedtime because that featured photographs of babies sleeping, A Book of Sleep because it had animals sleeping, and The Going to Bed Book because it’s fun and inventive.

I chose two CDs to add to this Bundle. “Laurie Berkner Lullabies” was because she’s a favorite here at the library. And “Dreamland: World Lullabies” is a great way to incorporate multiple languages, sung by native speakers.

The toys were really fun finds, both chosen to be used by a caregiver/child pair before bed. The alphabet flashcards and flashlight make the dark fun for a child that may be frightened of it. It also promotes literacy and vocabulary! And the Learning Resources: Story Cubes are my nod to traditional storytelling. I love that it also promotes narrative skills and helps stretch this Bundle to be used with older kids as well as younger.


It’s been five months since this Bundle was released to be checked out and it has circulated ten times already!

Preschoolers: Calendar

For more information on how I plan and prepare my preschool storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one class.

The Plan

Books

All Year Round by Susan B. Katz*
Hap-Pea All Year by Keith Baker
An Orange in January by Dianna Hutts Aston*
Today is Monday by Eric Carle**

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: H.U.M. All Year Long**

Featured Track: #6 Like a Windy Day

Flannelboard: Thanks a Lot

Flannelboard: What’s the Weather**

Letter of the Day: C**

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree*
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
  • Icky Sticky Bubble Gum*
  • Movement Cube

How It Went

Monday morning
I have to admit that the Calendar theme was planned for the middle of last session. But when a cold knocked me out for a week, I recycled it into this session. I scheduled it first because winter is rapidly leaving Illinois, but that a mistake. The theme is a bit too quiet for a first week and I had one kiddo that absolutely refused to sit down after we sang our opening song. (I generally pick a guaranteed hit — dinosaurs, alphabet, colors, etc. as a week one theme.) That being said, they paid great attention during An Orange in January and made great predictions about what would happen next. And they were DELIGHTED when I read Today is Monday because it was Monday when I read it!

Tuesday morning
On the other hand, this group was baffled that I read Today is Monday because it wasn’t Monday. (There’s a good segue between groups for you!) This group really enjoyed tracing shapes in the air during All Year Round. All Year Round does a nice job of staying away from holidays, but it does have a heart as February’s shape and does talk about changing pumpkins to jack-o-lanterns in October’s spread. A heads-up for those wanting to remain 100% holiday free at storytime.

Toddlers: Growing Up

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books

Little Bitty Friends by Elizabeth McPhee**
Lulu’s Busy Day by Caroline Uff**
Now I’m Big! by Karen Katz**
What Shall We Do with the Boo-Hoo Baby? by Cressida Cowell

Early Literacy Tip
Giving your children paper and crayons, markers, or pencils even when they can only scribble is the beginning of early writing. Posting your child’s work on the refrigerator or around the house will show them how proud you are of their efforts.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Songs for Wiggleworms***

Featured Track: #18 “The Milkshake Song”***

Flannelboard: Ten Little Babies

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Egg Shakers Up***
  • Put Your Shake On Your***
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
  • This Is Big***
  • Tick, Tock***

How It Went

Monday morning (9:30)
I read Lulu’s Busy Day and Now I’m Big! and both of them were great hits. I talked with the toddlers and caregivers about being big kids and the different things that we can do now that we’re big! (I did paperclip the diaper/potty spread in Now I’m Big! since the younger toddlers are often still in diapers and I didn’t want anyone to feel left out!) Since this was my last class with this group, I did THREE shaker songs, using Songs for Wiggleworms “The Milkshake Song” as my finale piece.

Thursday morning (9:30)
Since this is a quieter group, I read both Lulu’s Busy Day and Little Bitty Friends. Little Bitty Friends just barely ties into the theme of growing up, but I loved the soft illustrations and calming effects of the book on the group! This group did AMAZING with “Put Your Shaker On” and I stretched us by adding in new body words like: shin, thigh, heel as an example to caregivers on how to stretch vocabulary.

Thursday morning (10:30)
Both Now I’m Big! and Little Bitty Friends were wonderful. I especially made sure to read Now I’m Big! in this class because I have several friends who are expecting little siblings to join them within the next few months or so and I love how the book ends. I also did more body parts vocab with this group and it worked out just as well as the last!

Toddlers: Messy and Clean

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books

messyandclean

Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont**
Time for a Bath by Phillis Gershator
Uh-Oh! by Rachel Isadora**

Early Literacy Tip
Ribbons are very versatile and can be almost anything. Today we are going to use our ribbons to show directions like up, down, in, and out.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Hot Dog! (Caspar Babypants)

Featured Track: #6 Messy Face

Flannelboard: Five Clean and Squeaky Pigs**

Flannelboard: Five Elephants in the Bathtub

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
  • Roly Poly**
  • These Are the Colors**
  • This Is Big, Big, Big**
  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom**

How It Went

Monday morning (9:30)
I was sick this morning and didn’t see my Monday class.

Thursday morning (9:30)
This group’s favorite book was definitely I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More. I invited the toddlers and caregivers to play along with the book and pretend to paint each other. It was really fun to see the interaction between the grown-ups and their kiddos. I loved the ribbons early literacy tip and thought that it was received well by caregivers.

Thursday morning (10:30)
Uh-Oh! was a big hit in this group because I asked caregivers to talk while I panned the book, talking about messes and whether or not our toddlers were still messy kids. I liked that this book talked about other uh-ohs/messes rather than just being dirty. This group was FASCINATED when I did the flannelboard “Five Clean and Dirty Pigs” — their faces lit up with amazement/glee when the pigs became suddenly dirty or clean.

Preschoolers: Numbers

For more information on how I plan and prepare my preschool storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one class.

The Plan

Books

numbers

1 Big Salad by Juana Medina*
123 Peas by Keith Baker*
One Family by George Shannon
The Very Cold, Freezing, No-Numbers Day by Ashley N. Sorenson**

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Here Comes the 123s**

Featured Track: #6 High Five!

Flannelboard: Five Little Birds**

Flannelboard: Picture Counting Windows**

Letter of the Day: N**

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree**
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
  • Icky Sticky Bubble Gum
  • Movement Cube

How It Went

Monday morning
Oh, this group had a great time counting with me. Their favorite book was easily 123 Peas — this group was much of the same friends from this alphabet storytime and they remembered the ladybugs. So, we went on a ladybug hunt. I wound up calling each kiddo individually to have a chance to find the ladybugs as we counted. This was an unscheduled departure from what I had planned and took up a lot of class time, but it was hugely rewarding (and very Whole Book Approach) to spend this time with a single book!

Tuesday morning
This group LOVED The Very Cold, Freezing, No-Numbers Day, which is a book that I’ve had pinned on Pinterest for quite a while to read in storytimes. And this group also requested to do “Five Little Monkeys Swinging from a Tree” in American Sign Language like we had done during Languages storytime. They also wanted to start off doing it silently, but I led them into using ASL slowly since they were having trouble remembering all the signs.