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Storytime Kits/Aids, Books, and CD's were purchased for Growing Readers @ MHLS Libraries participating libraries to assist with early literacy storytime programming. Information here is to assist libraries with information needed to order their own early literacy materials

Storytime Kits/Aids
Baby Literacy Kits & Parent Videos - Bonding with Baby Company.

Band-in-a-Box by Melissa & Doug - Set of 6 instruments. Amazon.com.

Childcraft Literacy Bags - Colorful fabric bags containing a book, puppet or manipulative and 2-sided laminated activity card with extension activities. Also have a set in Spanish. Childcraft. NOTE: Link goes to Childcraft homepage. You must type the keywords literacy bag(s) in the "Quick Search" box.

Demco Discovery Packs - These themed backpacks contain a variety of learning games, books and ideas for parents. DEMCO Company. NOTE: Link goes to Demco homepage. Type the keywords discovery pack in the "Search for Products" box.

IDEAS Scarf Kits (27-inch) - 24 colorful scarves useful for storytimes, movement, musical interpretation and creative dramatics. Arts Education IDEAS.

IDEAS Total Literacy Classroom Unpitched Instrument Kits - 24 durable, high-quality instruments. Arts Education IDEAS.

Lakeshore Storytelling Kits - Sets of stuffed cotton storybook characters and props backed with Velcro; ideal for use with Lakeshore Storytelling Apron and Storytelling Board. Lakeshore Learning Materials. NOTE: Link goes to Lakeshore homepage. You must type the keywords storytelling kit in the "Search keyword/item" box and then scroll down the result page.

LeapPad Learning Systems - interactive, instructional learning tools. LeapFrog Enterprises. Also, available for borrowing through MHLS public libraries.

Books (Links here bring you to the MHLS library catalog.)
101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children
by Abigail Flesch Connors. Gryphon House, 2004.

The Big Book of Stories, Songs and Sing-Alongs: Programs for Babies, Toddlers, and Families by Beth Maddigan. Libraries Unlimited, 2003.

The Complete Book of Activities, Games, Stories, Props, Recipes, and Dances for Young Children by Pam Schiller. Gryphon House, 2003

The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, and Chants by Jackie Silberg. Gryphon House, 2002.

Great Books for Babies and Toddlers by Kathleen Odean. Ballantine Books, 2003.

The I Can't Sing Book for Grownups Who Can't Carry a Tune in a Paper Bag, but Want to Do Music with Children by Jackie Silberg. Gryphon House, 1998.

Kathy Ross Crafts Letter Shapes & Crafts Letter Sounds by Kathy Ross. Millbrook Press, 2002.

Kids Make Music: Clapping, Tapping from Bach to Rock by Avery Hart. Williamson Publishing Co, 1993.

Music and Dramatics at Circle Time: Quick, Easy Ideas for Active Participation by Carol Gnojewski. Totline Publications, 1999.

Picture Book Activities: Fun and Games for Preschoolers Based on 50 Favorite Children's Books by Trish Kuffner. Meadowbrook Press, 2001.

Piggyback Songs for Infants and Toddlers & More Piggyback Songs by Jean Warren. Totline Press & Gryphon House, 1985/84.

Ready-To-Go Storytimes: Fingerplays, Scripts, Patterns, Music, and More by Gail Benton and Trisha Waichulaitis. Neal Schuman, 2003.

Where Is Thumbkin?: 500 Activities to Use with Songs You Already Know By Pam Schiller and Thomas Moore. Gryphon House, 1993.

Alphasongs with Greg Whitfield -musical CD to help with learning letter sounds. Munchkin Records, 1997.

You Are My Sunshine with Elizabeth Mitchell - musical CDs of traditional folk songs, performed in a gentle, calming style, and featuring children's voices and sounds; great for babies. Last Affair Records, 2002.