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
- Brown Bear Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. ($8.99) — Baker & Taylor
- Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell ($11.95) — Baker & Taylor
- Finger Puppets ($15.99) — Amazon
- Lakeshore Learning: Picture-Word Rubbing Plates ($12.99) — Lakeshore Learning
- Melissa & Doug Animal Puzzle Book ($16.99) — Amazon
- Vinyl Bags (2) ($5.98) — The Container Store
- Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house
Both of my animal books are classics. And while we have a plethora of copies of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, we don’t own Dear Zoo in the collection because of the flaps/pop-ups. I was really excited to put it in a kit since it won’t be subjected to constant use in our front-facing shelves. I chose a book that covers mostly domestic/forest animals and a book that does jungle/zoo animals for variety.
We had a TON of puppets available in our previous kits. Like every single kit had puppets. So I knew that I needed to have puppets in one of my kits. I think animals made the most sense for me and I hope families are making up silly songs and talking lots with these manipulatives.
My favorite idea for working on write skills! We don’t provide crayons and paper, but I know these are being used with the amount of crayon wiping our volunteers have had to do on the plates themselves. I also really like that each plate also has the name of the animal printed on it which is great for print awareness.
One of the biggest brand names that I trust in the early childhood toy field is Melissa and Doug. This puzzle book is organized by where the animals live and I thought that was such a great way to do an animal book. I also like that the book is magnetic puzzle so it doesn’t involve lots of loose pieces in the Bundle. (Now, I wasn’t always able to avoid the loose pieces but I sure tried when I could!)
It’s the beginning of May and the Animals Book Bundle has gone out 13 times since launching at the end of November! With our two week circulation, that means it goes right back out the minute it hits the shelves — this is one of the Bundles that patrons often request for holds as well.