Baby Bundles: Make Music

For an overview of the Baby Bundles 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

  • Tote Bag ($6.89) — 4Imprint
  • The Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz ($7.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It illustrated by Annie Kubler ($4.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Hohner 4-Piece Baby Band ($19.99) — Amazon
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total Cost: $42.41

Confession time: I actually started with toys while I was creating Baby Bundles. Since baby/toddler toys are a relatively small market compared with children’s toys, it seemed like I should get a list of toys that were appropriate for circulation before I picked out themes. Luckily, the toys lent themselves to natural themes and I still have a list of toys that I may use for future kits!

Oh, the joy of the Hohner 4-Piece Baby Band! Such great instruments in an adorable carrying case. I really wanted to make sure that our patrons had opportunities to have their own version of our music programs at home. Some of our most popular items in storytime have been the music makers and the Baby Bundle is a great way to allow caregivers to take those instruments home. I did read one review online that mentions that these instruments can become choking hazards if they are split open. Staff members and volunteers carefully look over the Bundle when it comes back to the library and have been instructed to pull this Bundle if any of the instruments are starting to look worn.

I wanted to have books that would encourage caregivers to sing to their child and both selections — The Babies on the Bus and If You’re Happy and You Know It — absolutely encourage singing. I always wanted to highlight a more traditional song and show caregivers how that could be expanded, which both books do as well. These are easy songs for caregivers to add their own verses to!

It’s been three months since the Baby Bundles debuted and this Bundle has circulated eight times. Music is one of our most popular requests!

3 comments on “Baby Bundles: Make Music

  1. WPL Librarian
    September 22, 2017 at 10:52 am #

    Hi, Katie! My name is Olivia and I have been thoroughly enjoying your blog. I am so inspired by the Baby Bundles and am putting some together for our library! I was wondering about the packet for caregivers.. I know you can’t share EXACTLY what you include in there but I was wondering if you could share what resources you used to put it together? Or did it all just come from you? Feel free to email me at Thank you so very much! Love your blog!! 🙂

    • Katie
      September 29, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

      I emailed you at the address that you provided. Thanks!


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