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Backpack Storytimes


Can’t get to the Library for storytime?  Check out a Backpack Storytime! 

Backpack Storytime


Each Backpack Storytime contains 3-4 books on a particular theme, a media component, manipulatives such as puppets and puzzles, and suggested enrichment activities.  Designed for children ages 3 years and up, Backpack Storytimes circulate for up to fourteen days. 


Backpack Storytimes promote early literacy skills by providing thematic and age-appropriate literature, music and activities.  These kits will help you create a fun and stimulating environment wherever you are, which is key to creating a lifelong love of books and learning.

 

 

Themes and Contents:

 

 

Amazing Alphabet

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (book by Bill Martin)

ABCs at Home (book by Daniel Nunn)

LMNO Peas (book by Keith Baker)

Alphabet City (book by Stephen Johnson)

My First ABC (book by Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks (10 pieces)

Leap Frog Touch Magic Learning Bus


Backpack for Military Families

 

Over There Daddy version (book by Dorinda Silver Williams)
Over There Mommy version (book by Dorinda Silver Williams)
Home Again (book by Dorinda Silver Williams)
H is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet (book by Devin Scillian)
Love Lizzie: Letters to a Military Mom (book by Lisa Tucker McElroy)
Celebration of America (music CD by Music for Little People)
World Map Floor Puzzle (33 pieces)
Three pamphlets: Honoring Our Babies and Toddlers Activity Suggestions
Activity/Craft Suggestions

 

Blast Off!

Astronaut (book by Giovanni Caviezel)
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
(book by Eric Carle)
The Planets (book by Margaret Rustad)
Space Dog (book by Mini Grey)
Preschool Fun: Planets and Dinosaurs (DVD by Wonderscape Entertainment)
Blast Off! Memory Game (20 pieces)
Plush Space Shuttle (5 pieces)
Fingerplays/Song/Activity Sheet, Craft Suggestions

 

Bug Off!

Insects:  Biggest!  Littlest! (book by Sandra Markle)
I Love Bugs!  (book by Philomen Sturges)
Insects (book by Herbert S. Zim)
Bugs:  Poems About Creeping Things (book by David L. Harrison)
Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes:  Little & Big Animal Folk Songs (music CD by Pete Seeger)
Insect Rubbing Plates (6)             
Caterpillar Puppet
Rhymes and Fingerplays, Activity/ Craft Suggestions


Bunches of Bears

Bears on Chairs (book by Shirley Parenteau)
The 3 Bears and Goldilocks (book by Margaret Willey)
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (book by Michael Rosen)
Time for Kids:  Bears! (book by Nicole Iorio)
Teddy Bear Tunes (music CD by Georgiana Stewart)
Bear Puppet
Changeable Mood Bear Puzzle Box
Rhyme, Activity/Craft Suggestions

 

The Cat's Meow


A Cat Like That (book by Wendy Wahman)

Cat Secrets (book by Jef Czekaj)

Three Little Kittens (book by Jerry Pinkney)
Why Do Cats Meow? (book by Joan Holub)
Won-Ton:  A Cat Tale Told in Haiku (book by Lee Wardlaw)
What Kind of Cat Are You?! (music CD by Billy Jonas)
Pet Lacing Cards (5 cards and 5 laces)
Three Kittens with Mouse Puppet
Rhymes, Activities and Craft Suggestions

 

Catch That Train


I Love Trains! (book by Philemon Sturges)
A Train Goes Clickety-Clack (book by Jonathan London)
Trains (book by Mary Lindeen)
Choo Choo (book by Petr Horáček)
Choo Choo Boogaloo:  Zydeco Music for Families (music CD by Buckwheat Zydeco)
Freight Train Felt Story Set (1 flannel background, 10 pieces, book by Donald Crews)
Build-A-Train Play Puzzle (9 pieces)
Rhyme, Activity/Craft Suggestions

 

Check Up Time

 

The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness (book by Lizzy Rockwell)
I’m Getting a Checkup (book by Marilyn Singer)
My Friend the Doctor (book by Joanna Cole)
What to Expect When You Go to the Dentist (book by Heidi Murkoff)
Caillou: The Doctor (book by Joceline Sanschagrin)
My First Body Board Book (book by Iris Rosoff)
Elmo Visits the Doctor (DVD by Sesame Street)
Doctor puppet
Doctor Kit (soft case with four pieces)
Rhymes and Songs Sheet

 

Colors Around Us

 

Dog’s Colorful Day:  A Messy Book About Colors and Counting (book by Emma Dodd)
I Spy Colors in Art (book by Lucy Micklethwait)
Colors Everywhere (book by Tana Hoban)
Red Sings from Treetops:  A Year in Colors (book by Joyce Sidman)
Color Wheel Cartwheel (music CD by Laura Freeman)
Hide ‘n’ Squeak Eggs (1 carton, 6 chicks with shells)
Color Glasses
Rhyme, Activity Suggestions

 

Digging Up Dinosaurs

 

Buying, Training, & Caring for Your Dinosaur  (book by Laura Joy Rennert)
Dinosaur Roar!  (book by Paul and Henrietta Stickland)
Dinosaurs!  (book by Gail Gibbons)
Dizzy Dinosaurs: Silly Dinosaur Poems  (book by Lee Bennett Hopkins)
Dinosaur Rock  (music CD by DinoRock)
Build-A-Saurus Dino (17 pieces)
Dinosaur Egg Puppet
Rhymes, Activity/Craft Suggestions, and 2 Laminated Dinosaur Templates

 

Dogs Have Their Day


Why Do Dogs Bark? (book by Joan Holub)
Harry the Dirty Dog (book by Gene Zion)
Loose Leashes (book by Amy Schmidt)
BINGO (book by Rosemary Wells)
Kids Dance Party (music CD by The Party Cats)
Flannel Background (1) with BINGO Flannel Pieces (6) 
Super Sized Floor Puzzle (24 pieces)
Rhymes and Songs
Activity/ Craft Suggestions

 

Down On The Farm


Big Red Barn (book by Margaret Wise Brown)
Hen Hears Gossip (book by Megan McDonald)
My Day at the Farm (book by Jory Randall)
Pete the Cat: Old MacDonald Had a Farm (book by James Dean)

Who Says Quack?  (book by Jerry Smath)
Farm Animals (Music CD)
Farm Animal Figures (10 pieces & 4 fences)
Farm Scenes Wooden Cube Puzzle (one wooden base & 16 cube pieces)
Song, Rhymes, and Activity Suggestions

 

Fun in the Sun

 

Duck & Goose Go to the Beach (book by Tad Hills)
Sea Rex (book by Molly Schaar Idle)
Staying Safe in the Sun (book by Siân Smith)
Penguin on Vacation (book by Selina Yoon)
Fun in the Sun (2 CD set by Fisher Price)
Crab Toss Game (3 pieces)
Beach Matching Game (16 pieces)
Rhymes, Activity/Craft Suggestions

 

Get in the Game

 

Cheetah Can’t Lose (book by Bob Shea)
Dino-swimming (book by Lisa Wheeler)
Goodnight Baseball (book by Michael Dahl)
Maisy Plays Soccer (book by Lucy Cousins)
Tennis (book by Allan Morey)
Yoga Kids, Volume 2: ABC’s for Ages 3-6 (Gaiam Kids DVD)
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wood Lacing Sneaker (2 items—lace and wooden sneaker)
Number Bean Bag Set (10 pieces)
Rhyme and Activity Suggestions

 

Folklore & Fairy Tales

 

My First Fairy Tales (book by Tomie dePaola)

The Three Little Pigs: A Folk Tale Classic (book by Paul Galdone)
Thumbelina (book by Sylvia Long)
The McElderry Book of Grimms’ Fairy Tales (book by Saviour Pirotta)
The Story Tree: Tales to Read Aloud (book by Hugh Lupton, includes CD)
Sing Me a Story (music CD by Heather Forest)
Red Hen puppet
Three Little Pigs felt story (1 felt background and  20 felt pieces)
Contents sheet


Happy Birthday


Wolf’s Coming!  (book by Joe Kulka)
Birthday Customs Around the World (book by Sarah L. Schuette)
On the Night You Were Born (book by Nancy Tillman)
A Birthday For Cow! (book by Jan Thomas)
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday? (book by Jane Yolen)
Happy Birthday Party: All Time Favorite Kids Party Songs (music CD by Kado Music)
Wooden Birthday Cake (16 pieces)
Wolf Puppet
Laminated Sheets: Fingerplay/Song/Activity Sheet, Craft Suggestions


Going To School

 

Froggy Goes to School  (book by Jonathan London)
Mouse’s First Day of School  (book by Lauren Thompson)
The Kissing Hand  (book by Audrey Penn)
Panda Kindergarten  (book by Joanne Ryder)
School Days  (music CD)
Fisher-Price Little People Play ‘n Go School (schoolhouse with 7 pieces)
Songs and Activities

Let's Speak Spanish!/ ¡Vamos a Hablar en Español!

 

Caillou: My First Dictionary: My House = Caillou : Mi Primer Diccionario : Mi Casa (book)
Siesta (book by Ginger Foglesong Guy)
Here, Kitty, Kitty! = ¡Ven, Gatita, Ven! (book by Pat Mora)
The Birthday Box = Mi Caja De Cumpleaños (book by Leslie Patricelli)
The Best Kids Songs: A Bilingual Fiesta for Kids Ages 2-8 (CD by Jose Gonzalez)
Colors and Shapes/Colores y Formas Wooden Puzzle (7 pieces)
Alphabet Blocks (16 pieces)

Laminated Sheets: Rhyme/Fingerplay/Activity Sheets, Craft Suggestions

 

Music to My Ears

 

The Neighborhood Sing-Along (book by Nina Crews)
Be Quiet Mike (book by Leslie Patricelli)
Carnival of the Animals (book and CD by Camille Saint-Saëns)
Jazz Baby (book by Lisa Wheeler)
Farmer Joe and the Music Show (book by Tony Mitton)
Raffi: A Young Children’s Concert (DVD by Raffi)
Musical Instruments (3)

The Symphony Orchestra Floor Puzzle (24 Pieces)

Laminated Sheets: Fingerplay/Song/Activity Sheet, Craft Suggestions


Nocturnal Creatures

Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night (book by Joyce Sidman)
Little Owl’s Night (book by Divya Srinivasan)
One Nightime Sea: An Ocean Counting Rhyme (book by Deborah Lee Rose)
Bat (book by Stephen Savage)
The Very Quiet Cricket (board book by Eric Carle)
Sounds of the Earth: Sounds of Night (Music CD)
Owl Puzzle
2 Bat Finger Puppets
Rhymes and Activity Suggestions


One World, Many Stories

DK First Atlas (book by Anita Ganeri)
Global Babies (board book)
Say Hello! (book by Rachel Isadora)
To Be A Kid (book by Maya Ajmera)
Yoko (book by Rosemary Wells)
Multicultural Children’s Songs (music CD by Ella Jenkins)
Dress-To-Nest Dolls (5 pieces)
Stacking Rainbow Dancing Children (6 pieces)
Rhymes, Activity/Craft Suggestions

 

People In Our Community


Career Day (book by Kit Allen)
Community Helpers from A to Z (book by Bobbie Kalman)
Whose Shoes are These?  (book by Laura Purdie Salas)
Whose Tools are These? (book by Sharon Katz Cooper)
People in Our Neighborhood  (music CD by Ronno)
Community Helpers Fun-to-Know Puzzle matching game
Sesame Street When I Grow Up book and magnet dress-up set (red plastic case with assorted pieces)

Rhyme, Activity/Craft Suggestions

 

Picnics and Playgrounds


Slide, Already! (book by Kit Allen)
Please Play Safe!Penguins Guide to Playground Safety (book by Margery Cuyler)
Ready for Anything (book by Keiko Kasza)
Bats at the Beach (book by Brian Lies)
Picnic Playground:  Musical Treats from Around the World (music CD by Putumayo)
Lady Bug Bean Bags (6)
Flannel Background with Felt Fruit Pieces (18)
Rhyme, Activity/ Craft Suggestions

 

Pretty Princesses

 

Not All Princesses Dress in Pink  (book by Jane Yolen)
The Princess Encyclopedia  (book by Jo Casey)
Princess Bess Gets Dressed  (book by Margery Cuyler)
The Princess and the Pea  (book by Rachel Isadora)
Disney’s Princess Collection:  The Music of Hopes, Dreams, and Happy Endings  (music CD by Disney)
Prince & Princess Magnetic Wooden Dress-Up  (2 dolls, 2 doll stands, 36 magnetic pieces of Royal Clothing)
Wand
Tiara
Craft/ Activity Suggestions

 

Searching for Seashells

Beach Feet (book by Kiyomi Konagaya)
It's a Seashell Day
(book by Dianne Ochiltree)
A Whale of a Tale
(book by Amy Hsu Lin)
What Lives in a Shell?
(book by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld)
Deep Sea Diver
(music CD by Recess Monkey)
Giant Clam Hand Puppet
Seashells (7 pieces) and laminated matching game sheet
Contents sheet with rhymes and activity suggestions

 

Shapes Are Everywhere

Shapes! (book by National Geographic Society)
Flaptastic Shapes
(book by Victoria Harvey)
It’s a Shape!
(book by M. W. Penn)
Shapes in the Garden
(book by Rebecca Rissman)
Mouse Shapes
(book by Ellen Stoll Walsh)
Perfect Square
(book by Michael Hall)
Songs about Colors & Shapes
(music CD by Kimbo)
Shapes Fun-to-Know Puzzles (40 pieces)
Lacing & Tracing Shapes (9 cardboard shapes and 9 laces)

 

Smart About Our Senses

Bear’s Busy Family (book by Stella Blackstone)
My Senses (book by Leon Read)
Hello Ocean (book by Pam Munoz Ryan)
Five for a Little One (book by Chris Raschka)
Rain (book by Manya Stojic)
Move  Your Body (DVD by Hi-5)
Visual Explorers (5 framed panels)
Song, Activity/ Craft Suggestions

 

Superheroes Save the Day

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy (book by David Soman)
Superhero Joe (book by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman)
The Day I Lost My Superpowers (book by Michael Escoffier)
Ten Rules of Being a Superhero (book by Deb Pilutti)
Super Hero ABC (book by Bob McLeod)
Superheroes of Knowledge (Music CD by Stephen Fite)
Superhero Flannel Set (Laminated rhyme sheet, 2 felt people, 6 felt capes)
Superhero Memory Game (36 pieces)
Rhyme/Songs/Activity/Craft Suggestions

 

Sweet Dreams

 

Time for Bed (book by Mem Fox)

The Stuffed Animals Get Ready for Bed (book by Alison Inches)
The Napping House (book with CD by Audrey Wood)
I Love You As Much…(book by Laura Krauss Melmed)
Dreamland:  World Lullabies and Soothing Songs (music CD by Putumayo Kids)
Goodnight Moon Floor Puzzle (35 pieces)
Sheep puppet
Rhyme/Activity Suggestions


Things That Go!

 

The Great Big Book of Mighty Machines (book by Jean Coppendale and Ian Graham)
Alphabeep: A Zipping, Zooming ABC (book by Debora Pearson)
Away We Go! (book by Meredith Rusu)
Truck Driver Tom (book by Monica Wellington)
Most Amazing Truck, Train & Plane Songs (CD by Music for Little People)
Wheels on the Bus felt set (1 felt background, 15 felt pieces, and 1 lyrics sheet)
Transportation Toy Set (6 pieces)

Laminated Sheets: Rhyme/Songs/ Activity Sheet, Craft Suggestions

 

Under The Sea


I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean (book by Kevin Sherry)
Life in an Ocean (book by Carol Lindeen)
Swimmy (book by Leo Lionni)
What the Sea Saw (book by Stephanie St. Pierre)
Fins and Grins (music CD by Johnette Downing)
Jumbo Ocean Animals (4)
Scallop Puppet
Rhyme, Activity/Craft Suggestions

 

A Walk in the Woods


The Foggy Foggy Forest (book by Nick Sharratt)
Wild Tracks!:  A Guide to Nature’s Footprints (book by Jim Arnosky)
I Took a Walk (book by Henry Cole)
Singable Songs for the Very Young (music CD by Raffi)
5 Green and Speckled Frogs Play Set (5 frogs, 1 log)
Flannel Backgrounds (2) with Little Red Riding Hood Felt Pieces (13)
Little Red Riding Hood Story Sheet
Rhyme, Activity/ Craft Suggestions

 

We’re Having a Baby

 

I’m a Big Sister (book by Joanna Cole)
I’m a Big Brother (book by Joanna Cole)
My Baby & Me (book by Lynn Reiser)
That New Animal (book by Emily Jenkins)
Black on White (book by Tana Hoban)
Come On, Get Happy (music CD by Daddy A Go Go)
Baby Cuddles Doll
Baby Blanket
Rhymes, Fingerplays & Songs Booklet
Rhymes, Activity Suggestions

 

What Is Art?

Art (book by Patrick McDonnell)
Harold and the Purple Crayon (book by Crockett Johnson)
Beautiful Oops! (book by Barney Saltzberg
Elephants Can Paint, Too! (book by Katya Arnold)
Art Museum Opposites (book by Katy Friedland)
The Dot …and more stories for young artists (DVD by Scholastic Storybook Treasures)
Magic Etch A Sketch Screen
Stencils and Rubbing Plates (7)
Laminated Rhymes and Activity Suggestions


Wild Birds


Birds (book by Kevin Henkes)
Birds and Their Nests (book by Linda Tagliaferro)
Peterson Field Guides for Young Naturalists:  Backyard Birds (book by Jonathan P. Latimer)
No Roses for Harry (book by Gene Zion)
You Are My Little Bird (music CD by Elizabeth Mitchell)
Binoculars
Backyard Life Habitat Puzzle
Rhyme, Fingerplay, Activity/ Craft Suggestions

 

Yes I Can


Sign Language ABC (book by Lora Heller)
My Brother Charlie (book by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete)
The Black Book of Colors (book by Menena Cottin) We All Have Different Abilities (book by Melissa Higgins)
Jay and Ben (book by Lulu Delacre and Katharine Swanson)
Jay and Ben picture symbols and information sheet Love Me for Who I Am (Music CD by Brady Rymer)
Visual Tactile Matching Patches (one cloth bag and 12 patches)
Disability Awareness Flannel Board Set (2 felt backgrounds and 13 felt pieces)
Contents Sheet


 

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