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.

Sixteen of the twenty-eight 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. (Twelve 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.  The backpacks may be customized with your program’s logo for a small, one-time set up fee.

Learning Connections literacy kits provide unique, motivating, hands-on learning opportunities for children preschool through fifth grade.

Download the printable order forms here.

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  • The Keeping Quilt Literacy Kit

    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 Kit

    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 […]

  • The Tooth Book Literacy Kit

    Every child studies dental care in school and this lively picture book makes learning how to care for your teeth fun. Taking good care of your teeth and gums is an important part of maintaining overall health. After all, you need your pearly whites to eat, smile, and talk. But what should you expect when […]

  • The Vegetable Group Literacy Kit (Bilingual)

    The Vegetable Group provides important information about this essential food group and gives examples of healthy eating choices. It will help children and parents alike learn of the value of eating vegetables as part of a healthy life style and will encourage kids of all ages to eat more vegetables. The guide gives you tips […]

  • Up, Down and Around Literacy Kit

    This is a story of two children who help plant a garden and learn about how some plants grow up into the air, some grow down into the ground, and some grow around vines. It is a cheerful story that is a pleasant introduction to planting and prepositions. In 2008, up, Down, and Around ws […]

  • Where the Wild Things Are Literacy Kit

    This is one of those truly rare books that can be enjoyed equally by children and grown-ups. Max dons his wolf suit in pursuit of some mischief and gets sent to bed without supper. Amazingly, a forest grows in his room, allowing his wild rampage to take place. Sendak’s colorful illustrations (perhaps his finest) are […]

  • Wiggle Literacy Kit

    Do you wake up with a wiggle? Do you wiggle out of bed? For energetic toddlers (are there any who aren’t?), here is a book that invites them to wiggle along with the story. Told in rollicky, wiggly rhyme that begs to be read again and again, Doreen Cronin’s latest romp will have toddlers wiggling, […]

  • Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge Literacy Kit

    A small boy, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, knows and likes all of the folks in the retirement home next door, but his favorite is 96-year-old Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper because she has four names, just like him. Everyone says Miss Nancy has lost her memory, and despite the fact that Wilfrid doesn’t even know […]