Category: Early Literacy Kits

Baby Bundles: Pets

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
  • Fifteen Animals by Sandra Boynton ($6.95) — Baker & Taylor
  • My First Pets by DK Kids ($5.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Hape Walk-a-Long Puppy ($24.99) — Amazon
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total Cost: $47.37

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!

The Hape Walk-a-Long Puppy is the most expensive toy that I purchased for the Baby Bundles. But it is such a great, well-made toy. The pull string encourages grasping tools for good fine-motor development. And the fact that it is a pull-along toy encourages gross motor movement at home. I would love to have these kinds of toys available in the library, but the one that I did try to put out was broken within a week with the constant use. I was glad to be able to add a pull-along toy to the circulating Baby Bundles.

I really wanted to include books that showcased a lot of other pets since my toy choice was a specific pet. I also wanted to include a photo-illustrated book to show a different perspective. It was easy to choose my illustrated title though —
Fifteen Animals is my favorite Sandra Boynton book ever. It’s funny and makes a great flannelboard too. And then I added My First Pets to the Bundle to complete it.


It’s been ten months since the Baby Bundles debuted and this Bundle has circulated twelve times.

Baby Bundles: Peek-a-Boo

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
  • Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora ($7.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Peek-a-Who? by Nina Laden ($6.95) — Baker & Taylor
  • Melissa and Doug Peek a Boo Panda ($7.99) — Amazon
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total Cost: $32.37

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!

This is definitely a younger toy for sure (the manufacturer age says 9+ months), but I wanted to have a variety of ages represented in the toys that I chose for the collection. Since this is a very simple toy, it made sense to me to include it, as this is one that I can see some children growing out of very fast, but entranced by it for a brief period of time. (The reviews on many sites seemed to indicate that as well.) I also love the fine motor work that kiddos will work on.

But these books! Oh, these are some of my favorite board books in the entire world. I love Peekaboo Morning for its everyday diversity. It’s a great read for young toddler classes as well. And all of Nina Laden’s Peek-a-Boo books are pretty awesome. My favorite is Peek-a-Who? (and its the one with the most natural rhymes since its the first of the series).


It’s been ten months since the Baby Bundles debuted and this Bundle has circulated nine times. It is the lightest Baby Bundle, just for fun trivia facts!

Baby Bundles: Ocean

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
  • Deep Sea Dive by Salina Yoon ($7.95) — Baker & Taylor
  • You Are My Baby: Ocean by Lorena Siminovich ($8.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Melissa and Doug Flip Fish Baby Toy ($16.99) — Amazon
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total Cost: $43.37

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!

The Melissa and Doug Flip Fish Baby Toy was one of the true baby-friendly toys that I found online. Since we have a washing machine here in the library, I decided to circulate some of these soft toys knowing that we can clean them after circulations. This toy is also one that will grow with children, because you can play an almost memory-like game with the scales on the fish.

Both Deep Sea Dive and You Are My Baby: Ocean are books that have a part that make them difficult to have in the main collection of board books. Deep Sea Dive‘s clear blue piece would get scratched up easily and all of the “You Are My Baby” series wind up splitting the little board book’s spine from the big board book’s spine. I am hopeful that having these in the Baby Bundle will still let caregivers and children enjoy these great stories.


It’s been three months since the Baby Bundles debuted and this Bundle has circulated five times.

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!

Baby Bundles: Food

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
  • My First Book of Food by Eric Carle ($5.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli ($6.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Melissa and Doug Picnic Basket Fill and Spill Toy ($24.99) — Amazon
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total Cost: $47.41

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!

Another washable toy from Melissa and Doug! Each of the food items from the Picnic Basket Fill and Spill makes a sound when you shake the item — perfect for little hands to explore with. I did have one caregiver comment that they wished the lunch was healthy, but I interpreted the drink as juice and not soda.

I love Eric Carle’s My First Book of Food but it is a really difficult book to keep in good condition with the dual pages to turn. It works best in a kit. And Yummy Yucky is a food board book classic — a must-have for any collection!


It’s been three months since the Baby Bundles debuted and this Bundle has circulated six times.

Baby Bundles: Farm

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
  • Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig ($6.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Can You Say It Too? Moo! Moo! by Sebastian Braun ($8.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Melissa and Doug Musical Farmyard Cube ($19.99) — Amazon
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total Cost: $45.41

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!

I love the idea of soft toys; they are so wonderful for babies. But to have this kit, I think you have to have access to a washing machine for cleaning. My library has a washing machine (hooray!), so I felt confident in choosing the Melissa and Doug Musical Farmyard Cube. If you push each animal’s nose, they say their animal sound and sing a little song. Great fun and it helps expose children to music.

This is another Bundle where I choose popular books to include with the kit to double a patron’s chance of seeing the books. I absolutely adore the Can You Say It Too? series and they are always checked out here. I also think that Farmyard Beat is one of the more success picture book to board book adaptations.


It’s been three months since the Baby Bundles debuted and this Bundle has circulated seven times. We love farm animals, haha!

Baby Bundles: Faces

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
  • Global Babies Bedtime by Global Fund for Children ($6.95) — Baker & Taylor
  • Play by Elizabeth Verdick and Marjorie Lisovskis ($6.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Sassy Crib and Floor Mirror ($14.99) — Amazon
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total Cost: $38.37

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!

We all know how much babies like to look at faces! This toy helps promote tummy time use, and lets baby see themselves in a mirror. I spent a lot of time reading reviews on mirror products. I wanted to make sure that it was a plastic mirror, which is safer but often distorts the mirror a bit. Many of the product reviews mention this. Ultimately, I decided safety was most important to me and the patrons.

Both Global Babies Bedtime and Play are very popular board books in our circulating collection. Since they are so popular, I decided to add them to the Bundle. I also really like that the whole Happy Healthy Baby series (of which Play is a title from!) also has caregiver tips at the back of the board book to encourage and empower caregivers.


It’s been three months since the Baby Bundles debuted and this Bundle has circulated five times. Fun fact: this was the first Baby Bundle ever checked out!

Baby Bundles: Counting

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
  • Butterfly Colors and Counting by Jerry Pallotta ($9.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • My First Numbers: Let’s Get Counting by Dawn Sirett ($5.95) — Baker & Taylor
  • Infantino Squeeze and Stack Blocks ($9.99) — Amazon
  • Vinyl Bag ($2.99) — The Container Store
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total Cost: $38.36

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!

Blocks are one of the best toys that you can give a toddler. But I knew that I wanted soft blocks, or at least softer blocks than wooden ones! I was happy to find these Infantino blocks, which are colorful and have great textures on each side of the blocks. I was able to make them almost squeak with my adult hands, but I’m not sure that young babies/toddlers will be able to, at least only using one hand.

My First Numbers: Let’s Get Counting is an oversized toddler board book and I love that it goes beyond counting to ten. So many of the children’s books stop at ten — this one is perfect for older toddlers who want to learn more. And Butterfly Colors and Counting is a book that we use in storytime. Our caregiver tip is that Butterfly Colors and Counting is easily translated as you read aloud in another language.


It’s been three months since the Baby Bundles debuted and this Bundle has circulated five times.

Baby Bundles: Colors

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
  • My First Book of Colors by Scholastic ($6.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Rainbow Zoo by Martina Hogan ($6.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Fisher Price Stack and Roll Cups ($10.00) — Amazon
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total Cost: $39.41

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!

This toy is actually a favorite of a small person in my life! She loves to stack the cups, and loves taking it apart when you put it together for her, and it is a fantastic ball for her to practice rolling with. So, I knew that I needed to include it as a toy for the library patrons. Fine-motor, gross-motor, color identification, basic engineering, hand-eye coordination — this toy has it all.

My First Book of Colors is a book that would probably be fine to circulate in the library, but since it has the colored plastic pieces, i wanted to save it for a kit. I also think that tabbed books like Rainbow Zoo are great for promoting fine-motor skills, but don’t always hold up on multiple check-outs.


It’s been three months since the Baby Bundles debuted and this Bundle has circulated six times.

Baby Bundles: Bugs

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
  • Hello Bugs by Smriti Prasadam-Halls ($6.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • In My Flower by Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich ($8.99) — Baker & Taylor
  • Melissa and Doug Caterpillar Gears Toddler Toy ($9.99) — Amazon
  • Vinyl Bag ($2.99) — The Container Store
  • Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house

Total Cost: $38.40

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!

The Melissa and Doug Caterpillar Gears toy is definitely geared for older children as opposed to young babies. But I felt it was important to have some toys for the 2-3 age range, since babies grow up to be toddlers, and they also need Bundles of their own. I love that this toy provides opportunities for caregivers to help their child with colors, basic engineering, and bugs! And since it’s Melissa and Doug, I know that it will also stand up against multiple circulations.

Hello Bugs is one of my favorite board books to give to friends who are expecting. The high contrast pages make it ideal for young children, but the shiny bits can also capture the attention of older children. And the vocabulary building is great. In My Flower is part of a wonderful series of books, but it’s books that won’t get added to the library’s general collection due to wear and tear. But it works in a Bundle!


It’s been three months since the Baby Bundles debuted and this Bundle has circulated four times. I think it’s because it’s one of the older toys that I’ve used in the Bundles