Storytime Kits

Storytime Kits

The Library’s Storytime Kits provide themed books, props, and suggested activities to support early literacy skills in a home or preschool setting.

 

Themed Kits

  • A bag with 4–5 picture books
  • 1 oversized "Big Book edition" of a picture book
  • Puppets
  • Foam magnetic letters
  • An activity card with suggested rhymes and strategies for using the contents

 

FAQ

  • Are these items available in the Library catalog? Yes, storytime kits are available in the Library catalog.
     
  • Who can check these out? Anyone, but they are designed for early-childhood educators, including caregivers.
     
  • How long is the checkout period for each kit? Three weeks.
     
  • Are they renewable? No. As this is a smaller collection, there are no renewals at this time.
     
  • How many can you check out at once? One. As this is a smaller collection, only one per library card may be checked out.
     
  • Can you place holds on these? Yes.
     
  • Where are the kits located? Near the toys in the Main Library Children’s Services area.

 

Themes Available

As more Storytime Kits are added to the collection, you can find a complete list in the Library catalog.

 

Talking About Race

Props

  • Books Help Build Early Literacy
  • Song Card
  • ASL Card
  • Letter Card
  • Story Sheet
  • Tips for Talking About Race
  • Uppercase “F” and lowercase “f” Magnetic Foam Letters

Books

  • All the Colors We Are/ Todos los Colores De Nuestra Piel by Katie Kissinger
  • I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoët
  • Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, Ann Hazzard
  • Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev

This collection has been made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities with funds from Lilly Endowment Inc.
 

 

Animals on the Farm

This storytime kit is farming themed and is suggested for ages 3-5 years old.

Props

  • Activity card
  • Old MacDonald Finger Puppet set
  • Finger play mitt
  • Uppercase F and lowercase f foam letters

Books

  • Big Book: Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Millie Wants to Play by Janet Pederson
  • Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern
  • Community Helpers: Farmers by Dee Ready
  • Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
  • This is the Farmer by Nancy Tafuri

 

Cats and Dogs

This storytime kit is feline and canine themed and is suggested for ages 3-5 years old.

Props

  • Activity card
  • Bingo finger play set
  • Fuzzy Mitt
  • Uppercase C and D +  lowercase c and d foam letters

Books

  • Big Book: Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty
  • Mama Cat has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
  • There are Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz
  • Mr. Pusskins by Sam Lloyd
  • Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee
  • Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

 

Story Bears

This storytime kit is bear themed and is suggested for ages 3-5 years old.

Props

  • Activity card
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears puppet set
  • Uppercase B and lowercase b foam letters

Books

  • Big Book: Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  • The Three Bears by Byron Barton
  • The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Aubrey Wood
  • Mama’s Little Bears by Nancy Tafuri

 

Tricky Foxes and Wolves

This storytime kit is fox and wolf themed and is suggested for ages 3-5 years old.

Props

  • Activity card
  • Story card
  • Little Red Riding Hood puppet set
  • Uppercase W and lowercase w foam letters

Books

  • Big Book: n/a
  • Chicken Little by Rebecca and Ed Emberley
  • Mushroom in the Rain by Mirra Ginsburg
  • The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
  • Dance Away by George Shannon
  • Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox

 

This Little Piggy

This storytime kit is piggie themed and is suggested for ages 3-5 years old.

Props

  • Activity card
  • Three Little Pigs puppet set
  • Uppercase P and lowercase p foam letters

Books

  • Big Book: Pig in the Pond by Martin Waddell
  • Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone
  • Suddenly by Colin McNaughten
  • Pigs in the Mud in the Middle of the Rud by Lynn Plourde

 

It's In the Mail

This storytime kit is mail and postal service themed and is suggested for ages 3-5 years old.

Props

  • Activity card
  • Mail carrier puppet
  • Uppercase M and lowercase m foam letters

Books

  • Big Book: Mail Monkeys by Rhonda Gowler Greene
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • Larabee by Kevin Luthardt
  • Millie Waits for the Mail by Alexander Steffensmeier
  • Mail Carriers by Dee Ready
  • Bunny Mail by Mary Wells

 

Imagine That!

This storytime kit is fairytale and imagination themed and is suggested for ages 3-5 years old.

Props

  • Story card
  • Jack and the Beanstalk puppet set
  • Dragon puppet
  • Uppercase J and lowercase j foam letters

Books

  • Big Book: Once Upon a Time by John Praeter
  • The Kiss That Missed by David Melling
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • George and the Dragon by Christopher Wormell
  • Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow

 

Halloween

This storytime kit is Halloween themed and is suggested for ages 3-5 years old.

Props

  • Activity card
  • Fuzzy mitt
  • Witch & 5 Little Pumpkins fingerplay set
  • Uppercase H and lowercase h foam letters

Books

  • Big Book: The Vanishing Pumpkin by Tony Johnston
  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
  • Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
  • The Three Bears’ Halloween by Kathy Duval
  • Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Kohara
  • The Little Green Witch by Barbara Barbieri McGrath

 

Winter Wonderland

This storytime kit is winter and snow themed and is suggested for ages 3-5 years old.

Props

  • Activity card
  • Fuzzy Mitt
  • Uppercase S and lowercase s foam letters

Books

  • Big Book: The Mitten by Jan Brett
  • Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer 
  • Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
  • Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara
  • When it Starts to Snow by Phillis Gershator
  • Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

What themes would you like to see? Suggest a theme through Suggest a Purchase.