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.
- Backpack ($7.39) — 4Imprint
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault ($17.99) — Baker & Taylor
- Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert ($6.95) — Baker & Taylor
- Here Comes the ABCs by They Might Be Giants by They Might Be Giants ($11.99) — Amazon
- Learning Resources: Letter Construction Activity Set ($39.99) — Learning Resources
- Smarty Kid A-Z Flash Cards ($16.99) — Amazon
- Mesh Laundry Bag ($3.99) — The Container Store
- Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house
This books for this Bundle were a hardcover of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and a board book copy of Eating the Alphabet. Obviously, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was a classic choice and I wanted to include it for caregivers familiar with the book to realize that they are already helping their child learn their letters. And Eating the Alphabet was chosen primarily because of the large vocabulary included in the book. I often get asked how to increase vocab and unique alphabet books are a great way to do that.
“Here Comes the ABCs” is awesome because it’s not a typical alphabet CD/song like many of the offerings out there. It’s fun and upbeat and is the kind of music that caregivers can listen to without bemoaning children’s music.
The Letter Construction Activity Set was actually one of the very first items that I saw when looking to build the Book Bundles. And I knew that I had to have it. I love the opportunities it presents to talk about straight lines and curved lines and the different connections kids can be shown because of the color of the pieces. (The curve of a lowercase “b” is the same as a lowercase “d”! etc.) For less potential for loss, I made sure to only include enough pieces to make each lowercase and uppercase letter at the same time. The other pieces are being held for when pieces go missing.
Flash cards are an easy choice because this is a part of the kit that caregivers can throw in their diaper bag or purse/bag if they’re going to the grocery store. And there’s just something about having a small toy contained with a ring that really appeals to me — nothing to count and inventory for caregivers and our adult volunteers.
It’s the beginning of May and the ABCs Book Bundle has gone out 9 times (with two renewals) since launching at the end of November! I’m just as happy with renewals as check-outs. Maybe more so because the patrons want to keep the kit longer!