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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:



All of Us

All of Us (book by Carin Berger)
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story (book by Kevin Noble Maillard)
You and Me Both (book by Mahtab Narsimhan)
The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story (book by Aya Khalil)
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match = Marisol McDonald No Combina  (bilingual audio-enabled book by Monica Brown)
I Never Forget a Face Memory Game (24  pieces)    
My Family Builders(24 pieces)
Let’s Talk About Race Bibliography
Tips on Raising an Antiracist Child(pamphlet by Ibram X. Kendi)
Laminated Sheets: Craft, Fingerplay, and Poem Suggestions


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

Baby Talk Backpack


Hello, Baby! (board book by Mem Fox)
Rock-a-bye Romp (book by Linda Ashman)
In the Small, Small Pond (book by Denise Fleming)
Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry (book by Jane Yolen)
The Read-Aloud Handbook (book by Jim Trelease)
Starling device  (white star), wearable attachment (orange star-shaped clip), charging dock, charging cable, wall plug and white cloth bag for storage
Plush Mother Goose set with 6 mini books and 6 nursery rhyme toys
Mudpuppy “My ABCs Ring Flash Cards”  (26 cards on a ring)
100 Toddler Favorites (Music CD)
Rhymes, Tips and Booklist
Starling Instructions


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


Batter Up! (Donated in memory of William C. Wolff)


Baseball Baby (board book by Laura Gehl)
Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 (book by Ernest Lawrence Thayer)
Digger the Dinosaur (audio-enabled book by Rebecca Kai Dotlich)
My First Book of Baseball (book by Beth Bugler)
Take Me Out to the Ballgame (book by Jack Norworth)
Easy Catch Ball and Glove Set (two mitts and one soft baseball)
Major League Baseball (MLB) Matching Game (32 pieces)
Laminated Sheets: Rhymes, Activities and Crafts 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


Build It!

Whose Tools? (book by Toni Buzzeo and Jim Datz)
Tap Tap Bang Bang (book by Emma Garcia)
Construction Kitties (book by Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges)
Build, Dogs, Build (book by James Horvath)
Manny’s Green Team (DVD by Disney)
Construction Lacing Cards (10 cards and 10 laces)           
Toolbox (9 pieces)
Rhymes and Fingerplays/Craft Suggestion

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


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


Fun in the Sun (Donated in memory of Ely Roll)


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


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

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


It’s Potty Time


I’m Not Using the Potty (book by Laura Gehl)
Goldilocks and the Just Right Potty (book by Leigh Hodgkinson)
A Potty for Me! (book by Karen Katz)
Knock! Knock! Who’s There? (book by Nick Pierce)
Dinosaur vs. the Potty (book by Bob Shea)
Tinkle, Tinkle, Little Star (book by Chris Tougas)
It’s Potty Time! (DVD – Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood)
Cloth Doll with magnetic pacifier
Cloth Potty
Potty Training Watch Timer with directions
Potty Training Reward Chart with Stickers
Potty Training:  Learning to Use the Toilet (Parent Resource)
Toilet Mastery (Parent Resource)
Bibliography of Potty Training Books (Parent Resource)


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


Money Matters


What Can You Do with Money? (book by Jennifer S. Larson)
Just Saving My Money (book by Mercer Mayer)
Make Money Choices (book by Mary Reina)
Money (book by Sara Pistoia)
Saving Money (book by Mary Lindeen)
Let’s Sort Money (book by Lauren Coss)
Shake, Shake My Piggy Bank! (Music CD by Richland Library)
Money & Making Change (DVD by Rock ‘N Learn)
Learning Resources ATM (1 ATM card & play money)
Wallet (3 “credit” cards & play money)
Rhymes/Songs/Activity 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


Painting Petals (Donated in memory of Dorothy E. Wolff)


Mix It Up! (book by Hervé Tullet)
The Hidden Rainbow (book by Christie Matheson)
My Garden (book by Kevin Henkes)
Bloom, Boom! (book by April Pulley Sayre)
The Amazing Watercolor Fish/El Asombroso Pez Acuarela (bilingual audio-enabled book by Carolyn Dee Flores)
Create-a-Garden Flower Building Set (8 base plates, 20 stems, 16 flower parts, 5 insects, watering can, and activity cards)
Painting kit (watercolor paints, paintbrush, and paper in blue clipboard)
Laminated Sheets: 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



Pretty Princesses


Not All Princesses Dress in Pink  (book by Jane Yolen)
Disney Princess: Enchanted Character Guide (Book by Disney)
Princess Bess Gets Dressed  (book by Margery Cuyler)
The Princess and the Pea  (book by Rachel Isadora)
Disney Princess: The Ultimate Song Collection (Music CD by Disney)
Prince & Princess Magnetic Wooden Dress-Up  (2 dolls, 2 doll stands, 36 magnetic pieces of Royal Clothing)
Craft/ Activity Suggestions


Searching for Seashells (Donated in memory of Ely roll)

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


Super Sight Words


Pig Wig (book by Blue Apple Books)

Cats (book by Alice K. Flanagan)
Rhyming Dust Bunnies (book by Jan Thomas)
Learn to Read with Tug the Pup and Friends! (7 book set by Dr. Julie M. Wood)
Learning Sight Words (workbook with 1 dry erase crayon and cloth)
Search & Find Sight Word Bags
Sight Word Swat Game
Activity 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


Telling Time


Telling Time (book by David A. Adler)
My First Clock Book (book by Rhea Gaughan)
Telling Time (bookby Bridget Heos)
I Know About Telling Time (book by Richard Little)
Tock the Learning Clock (1 learning clock)
Telling Time Find-a-pair Puzzles (10 total pieces)
Time Mat Floor Game (1 mat, 2 arrows, 5 cards)
Rhymes and Craft 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


Watch My Garden Grow (Donated by the Asharoken Garden Club) 

Plant the Tiny Seed (book by Christine Matheson)

The Forever Garden (book by Laurel Snyder)

If You Plant a Seed (book by Kadir Nelson)

A Green, Green Garden (book by Mercer Mayer)

Super Simple Fairy Gardens: A Kid’s Guide to Gardening (book by Alex Kuskowski)

Songs for Wiggleworms (Music CD)

Toy Gardening Tools (7 pieces)

Kids Garden Gloves (1 pair)

Plush Daisies (3 pieces)

Wildflower Seed Packet

Rhymes and Activity 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)
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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