Pre-K to Fifth Grade Literacy Kits

What is a Literacy Kit?

A literacy kit is designed to enhance children’s literacy skills and appreciation for literature, and to encourage parent involvement in this effort. The kits are checked out by schools or organizations to students, much like a library book. The student takes the kit home to read the book and do the activities with his or her parents. The books selected as the basis for the Learning Connections literacy kits are all great, award-winning children’s literature.

Eighteen of the 23 literacy kits contain both an English and a Spanish copy of the book, a literacy guide written in both English and Spanish, an educational activity, and a Response Journal for parents to communicate with the teacher. (Five of the literacy kits are available only in English because the books are not published in Spanish.) The first page of the guide suggests questions for parents to ask their child as they are reading the book together, as well as discussion questions after they have finished. The second page describes in detail how to do the activity that is included in the kit; the third page offers an additional activity for parents to do at home with their child; and the last page is a bibliography of related books to look for on their next visit to the library. The hands-on activity is always educational and can be used at the level of the child. All of these items are housed in a colorful, durable children’s backpack.

Learning Connections literacy kits provide unique, motivating, hands-on learning opportunities for children pre-school through third grade.

Download the printable order forms here.

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  • Healthy Snacks Literacy Kit (Bilingual)HealthySnacks_sm

      Healthy Snacks gives families great ideas on what types of foods are healthy for snacks and why eating healthy is so vital to being fit. The literacy guide addresses portion sizes, discusses five rules to live by to maintain a healthy diet, and provides recipes for healthy snacks. With the obesity rate at an […]

  • Swimmy Literacy KitSwimmy

    Swimmy is the only little fish amongst his brothers and sisters who was born black instead of red. He also has the ability to swim faster than the rest of the fish and is able to out swim the big fish that comes to devour his family. Poor Swimmy is left all alone in the […]

  • Tacky the Penguin Literacy KitTacky

    Tracy the Penguin is a total nonconformist who lives with a group of formal, proper penguins.  But it is Tacky who foils the plans of three hunters who threaten the penguins.  With his un-penguin-like behavior, Tacky puzzles the hunters to such an extent that they are firmly convinced that they cannot be in the “land […]

  • The Bully Blockers Club Literacy KitBully Blockers

    On the first day of school, Lotty Raccoon encounters Grant Grizzly, the class bully, who taunts and teases her at every turn. Ignoring him does not work, nor do several other tactics she tries. Finally, she comes up with a solution: a Bully Blockers Club. She recruits other students who have been bullied by Grant. […]

  • The Cat in the Hat Dictionary Literacy Kit (Bilingual)Cat Dictinary

    For those who have always wanted to say things like “Mi madre es una gallina” (“My mother is a hen”) or “Los zorrillos huelen mal” (“Skunks smell bad”), this book is the answer to your dreams! After all, who wouldn’t want to learn Spanish from the Cat in the Hat? Simple (and occasionally silly) English […]

  • The Cat in the Hat Literacy KitCat in the Hat

    Poor Dick and Sally! It is cold and wet and they are stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the house in the process! This book will really help children learn […]

  • The Hat Literacy KitThe Hat

    Hedgie the hedgehog discovers the wisdom of the adage, “Don’t go poking your nose where it doesn’t belong” only after curiosity gets this prickly fellow in a pickle. When Lisa’s woolen stocking blows off the clothesline, Hedgie finds it and sticks his nose inside, only to discover his prickles prevent him from pulling out of […]

  • The Judgmental Flower Literacy KitJudgmental

    The flower patch has always been the same.  Purples hang with Purples. Blues hang with Blues.  But when Purple moves into the Blue Patch, Blue just isn’t sure how he feels about that! Fortunately, Blue’s Mom is around to point out how much Blue and his friends can learn from Purple. This important tale teaches […]

  • The Keeping Quilt Literacy KitKeeping Quilt

    In Patricia Polacco’s signature book, she narrates the true story of her family’s history from the time her great-grandmother came from Russia to her own family. The significance of this family quilt is highlighted throughout the generations with uses ranging from weddings, births, comfort, and playtime. Following this brightly colored quilt through four generations is […]

  • The Scrambled States of America Literacy KitScrambles States

    It was a very ordinary day and states all over the country were waking up to enjoy a beautiful sunrise.  All the states, except Kansas.  Together with Nebraska, they decided to throw a first annual “states party.”  During the party states hatched a plan to switch places so each could see a different part of […]