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Story Time Kits

Our story time kits are designed to work either as passive programming in your library or as a way to enhance story time.  Each kit comes with books, activities and toys that caregivers and children can use in the library.  Activities are based on the 6×6 Ready to Read early literacy initiative.

How does it work?

  • Kits are checked out for 1 month
  • Courier, van or mail can be used to transfer the kit
  • Contact Melendra to check out a kit at 1-800-432-2796 ext. 143 or by e-mail at msanders.

Who can check them out?

  • Kits will be checked out from NCKLS only to libraries
  • Libraries may check out Story Time Kits to other entities as they choose
  • Libraries that check out Story Time Kits to outside entities are responsible for replacing any damaged or missing items from the kit, including:

Activity Pieces
Kit Binder
Kit Tote

  • Libraries are not responsible for replacing documentation sheets

To find out what kids are available, check Verso, call, or email.

#1 Farm Animals

Farm AnimalsKit includes:

  • Hen puppet
  • Farm animal hand puppets (6)
  • Farm animal finger puppets (5)
  • Flannel for “This Little Chick”
  • Animal Song CD by Raffi

Books included: Baby Danced the Polka, Old MacDonald Had a Farm, Barnyard Dance!, Thunder Boomer!, Farmyard Beat, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, Have You Seen My Duckling?, Big Fat Hen, Barnyard Banter, and This Little Chick.

#2 Colors & Shapes


  • Giant Plush Stacking Rings
  • Wooden Bead and Wire Maze
  • Shapes flannel
  • Rainbow flannel
  • 150 Toddler Songs CD

Books included: Mouse Shapes, Round is a Mooncake, Shape by Shape, The Shape of Things, Orange Pear Apple Bear, A Color of His Own, Blue Chicken, A Book of Colors: Butterfly Butterfly, I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!, Ten Red Apples, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See.

#3 On the Go

Kit includes:

  • Puzzle Box with 4 (12 pc) puzzles
  • Construction Worker puppet
  • Train Banner with felt pieces
  • Recycling Truck with loader and material
  • Pete Seeger Children’s Concert CD

Books included: Here Comes Grandma!, Hot Rod Hamster, Rattletrap Car, Wheels on the Bus, Sheep in a Jeep, Freight Train, Duck on a Bike, Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo, Demolition, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Planes, I Stink!, and My Truck is Stuck!

#4 Bedtime

Kit includes:

  • Woolly Sheep Farm Animal Puppet
  • Yellow Blanket
  • Puppet and Props for “Goodnight Moon” Book
  • Teddy Bear Hand Puppet
  • Rhyming Puzzle Cards
  • 24 Piece Bedtime Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Oversized books: Goodnight Moon and The Napping House

Books included: Llama Llama Red Pajama, Goodnight, Train, It’s Time to Sleep, My Love, Sleepy, oh so Sleepy, Tuck Me In!, Interrupting Chicken, Switching on the Moon, Bear Snores On, Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime, and Russell the Sheep.

#5 All Things Suess


Kit includes:

  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Fishbowl
  • I Can Do That! Game
  • Wood Alphabet Puzzle
  • Cat in the Hat Puppet
  • What’s in the Cat’s Hat Game
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish Memory Game
  • A Tribute to Dr. Seuss CD

Books include: The Cat in the Hat Book and Hat, Dr. Seuss’s ABC, Hop on Pop, Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, Would you rather be a Bullfrog?, There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, The Foot Book, Green Eggs and Ham, Fox in Socks, Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, and Horton Hears a Who!

#6 In The Garden
In the GardenKit includes:

  • Monarch Butterfly Hand Puppet
  • Magnetic Garden Puzzle
  • Chicken Count Game
  • Lenny’s Garden Flannel (ladybug, spider, butterfly, bee)
  • Play! CD by Milkshake

Books included: Jack’s Garden, Waiting for Wings, The Curious Garden, In November, In the Tall Tall Grass, Lenny in the Garden, And Then It’s Spring My Garden, The Little Scarecrow Boy, The Little Red Hen, and Winter Lullaby.

#7 Ocean

Kit includes:

  • Harbor Seal Folkmanis Puppet
  • Melissa & Doug Sea Life Wooden Chunky Puzzle
  • T.S. Shure Mini Fish N Learn Magnetic Fishing ABC
  • The Deep Blue Sea Flannel
  • Baby Beluga CD by Raffi

Books included: Mister Seahorse, Water Sings Blue, Somewhere in the Ocean, Beach Day , The Snail and the Whale, Sea, Sand, Me!, The Deep Blue Sea, Swimmy, The Pout-Pout Fish, and Rainbow Fish.

 #8 Zoo

ZooKit includes:

  • Tom Paxton’s Goin to the Zoo CD
  • Zoo Animal Hand Puppets (6)
  • Zoo Animal Finger Puppets (7)
  • Melissa & Doug Zoo Animals Sound Puzzle
  • My Heart is Like a Zoo Flannel (8)

Books included: Bruno Munari’s Zoo, 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo Train, My Heart is Like a Zoo, A Sick Day for Amos McGee, The View at the Zoo, A B C Zoo Borns!, Pssst!, Wild About You, Monkey and Me, and Where’s Walrus?

#9 Dinosaurs

Kit includes:

  •  Dinosaur Finger Puppet Playhouse
  • Dinsosaur Finger Puppets (plastic, 6 different types)
  • Melissa & Doug Dinosaur Puzzle
  • Gund Stegosaurus puppet
  • Singable Songs Raffi CD
  • Magnetic Dinosaur Playset
  • 5 Little Dinosaurs Flannel (with ferns)
  • Dinosaur Rubbing Plates (6)

Books included: Ten Terrible Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs Roar, Butterflies Soar, Dinosaur vs. the Library, Shape by Shape, Dinosaurs A-Z, Dinosaur Roar!, Dinosaurs: A Giant Fold-Out Book, Prehistoric Actual Size, My Visit To The Dinosaurs, The Littlest Dinosaur, The Littlest Dinosaur & the Naughty Rock, How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?, and Dinosaur Bones.

#10 Friendly Monsters

Kit includes:

  • Fantanimals (2)
  • Girlie Monster Puppet
  • Monster Finger Puppets (6 types, 24 total)
  • Boogie Monster CD
  • Boogie Monster Booties
  • 5 Little Monsters Flannel


Books included: Leonardo the Terrible Monster, Don’t Squish the Sasquatch, Go To Bed Monster, My Monster Mama Loves Me So, Tickle Monster, Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance, Where the Wild Things Are, If You’re a Monster and You Know It, The Monster at the End of This Book, Monster Day at Work, and Larf.

#11 Picnic

Kit includes:

  • Kidoozie Picture Perfect Picnic Basket
  • Melissa and Doug Wooden Sandwich Making Kit
  • Eric Carle Very Hungry Caterpillar 3-D Deluxe Play Set
  • Joe Scruggs Ant CD
  • We’re Going on a Picnic Flannel

Books included: Hey, Little Ant, Ready for Anything!, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Picnic, We’re Going on a Picnic!, Peter Spit a Seed at Sue, Teddy Bears’ Picnic, The Giant Jam Sandwich, We Had a Picnic This Past Sunday, and Having a Picnic.

#12 Feelings

Camera Effects-5Kit Includes:

  • 102 Children’s Songs Volume 3 CD & Getting to Know Myself by Hap Palmer CD
  • Magnetic Fun Tin: Silly Faces
  • Todd Parr Feelings Flash Cards
  • Feelings Hand Puppets (5)
  • Teddy Bear Mood Puzzle
  • Funny Faces Reusable Stickers
  • Magnetic Board with Face and Magnets
  • Feelings Flannel (5)
  • Magnetic Jumbo Alphabet Letters

Books included: Funny Face, How Do You Feel?, Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day, Don’t Worry Bear, The Grouchy Ladybug, My Many Colored Days, How Are You Peeling? Foods With Moods, Happy, Pigeon Has Feelings Too, and Taking a Bath with the Dog Other Things that Make Me Happy.

#13 Deep Under Ground

Camera Effects-3Kit Includes:

  • 102 Children’s Songs CD
  • Diary of a Worm Playset
  • Mole Hand Puppets (2 sisters)
  • Magnetic Bugs Playset
  • PBS Kids 3-Layer Puzzle
  • Forest Friends Imaginetics
  • Groundhog Hand Puppet
  • Fossil Rubbing Plates

Books included: underGROUND, Tops & Bottoms, What a Treasure, How Groundhog’s Garden Grew, If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet, The Enormous Potato, Wiggle Worms at Work, Diary of a Worm, Mole Had Everything, Diggers, Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of His Business, and The Mole Sisters and the Blue Egg.

#14 Fun With Food

Kit includes:

  • Melissa & Doug Sandwich Stacking Games
  • Snack Time CD
  • Pizza flannel
  • Ice Cream Cone flannel
  • Veggie Bean Bags (6)
  • Colored cones for active play
  • Colored scarves for active play
  • Learning Resources Food Pyramid Mat

Books included: The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza), Pete’s a Pizza, Eating the Alphabet, Mouse Mess, Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?, Spaghetti Eddie, I Will Never, Not Ever Eat a Tomato, LMNO Peas, Soup Day, Sweet Tooth, Gregory the Terrible Eater,  and Growing Vegetable Soup.

#15 Owls

Kit includes:

  • Plush Treehouse with Animals
  • Folkmanis Barn Owl 13in Hand Puppet
  • Folkmanis Mini Spotted Owl Finger Puppet
  • Mix and Match Magnetic Owls
  • 5 Little Owls Flannel

Books included: Little Owl Finger Puppet Book, Little Owl’s Night, The Littlest Owl, Wow! Said the Owl, Owl Babies, Hootenanny!: A Festive Counting Book, I’m Not Ready, Little Owl Lost, A Book of Sleep, Peek-a-Who?, and Owl the the Pussycat.

#16 Moving House
Camera Effects-2Kit includes:

  • Classic Moving Truck
  • Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Doorbell House
  • Melissa & Doug Play House! Reusable Sticker Pad
  • Melissa & Doug Deluxe Latches Board
  • House Giant Floor Puzzle
  • Family Finger Puppets

Books included:Do You Want to Be My Friend?, Leap Back Home to Me, Melanie Mouse’s Moving Day, It’s Moving Day!, We Are Moving, Big Ernie’s New Home, The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day, Saying Good-Bye, Saying Hello, A House Is a House for Me, and A Place to Call Home.

Note: this kit can be used to do a story time about moving or about houses/home.

#17 Pirates
Camera Effects-1Kit Includes:

  • Manhattan Toy Swashbuckler Maiden and Pirate Puppets
  • Smethport Create-a-Scene – Pirate Adventure
  • Puppettos Theater Stage
  • Pirate Finger Puppets
  • Pirates Stickers Reusable Sticker Tote
  • Melissa & Dough Pirate Chest
  • Alphabet Letters in a Pirate Pouch
  • Glow in the Dark Compass
  • Treasure Map

Books Included: Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC, The Pirates Next Door , Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors, How I Became a Pirate, Bubble Bath Pirates, I Spy Treasure Hunt: A Book of Picture Riddles, Pirates Don’t Change Diapers, Pirate Pete, Captain Flynn, and the Pirate Dinosaurs

#18 Getting Dressed (Photo Coming Soon)

  • Froggy Gets Dressed Flannel
  • Melissa and Doug Basic Skills Board
  • My Quiet Book
  • Learn to Dress Bear
  • Learning Basic Skills Through Music Volume 1
  • Getting to Know Myself CD
  • Melissa and Doug Wood Lacing Sneaker

Books Included:Loop, swoop, and pull!, Extra yarn, Animals Should Definitely not Wear Clothing, Smitten, I Like Old Clothes, Duck Sock Hop, Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons, Froggy Gets Dressed, One Two That’s my Shoe!, Brownie & Pearl get Dolled Up, and Joseph had a Little Overcoat

#19 Bath Time
Camera EffectsKit Includes:

  • Five Little Monkeys Playset
  • Movement Scarves
  • Ducky A Fishing Game
  • Bath Time Glove Puppet
  • 102 Children’s Songs Volume 1
  • ABC’s Rubber Duckies
  • Gazillion Bubble Machine with Bubble Solution

Books Included: The Treasure Bath, Animal Baths, Ten Little Rubber Ducks, Five Little Monkeys Jump in the Bath, Bubble Bath Pirates, On my way to the Bath,Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea, Rabbit Ears, Hogwash, King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub, and Harry the Dirty Dog

#20 Active Play

Active Play Kit

Kit Includes:

  • Six small traffic cones
  • 27 Movement Scarves
  • 10 foot Parachute
  • Action Cube
  • 102 Children’s Songs Volume 2
  • Tunnel
  • Five Knubby Balls

Books Included: Bounce, Clap Your Hands, Clip-Clop, Dance with Me, Get Up and Go, Hilda Must be Dancing, Hop!, Hop, Hop, Jump, Jump!, Move!, and Stretch.

6 by 6 Ready to Read State Kits

Alphabet Under Construction

Kit includes:

  •  Kids Tape Measure
  • Alphabet Stix Activity
  • Castle Shapes Puzzle
  • Turn and Learn Magnetic Gears
  • Alphabet Clips Activity
  • Tactile Letters Kit
  • Loads of passive programming alphabet activities!

Books included: Alphabet Under Construction

Supplemental Books upon request: Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack, Alphabeep, The Sleepy Little Alphabet, Creature ABC, Wild Alphabet, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Blue Sea

blue sea imageKit Includes:

  • 4 Ocean Puzzles
  • 6 Pre-Writing Stencils
  • Ocean Gel Mat
  • Ocean Stamps
  • 2 Magnetic Fishing Poles
  • Scoop & Play Fishing Set
  • Pictures/Words of Sea Life
  • Laminated Magnetic Fish
  • 12 pack of Sticky Notes
  • Laminated Fish & Hole Templates
  • Other Ocean accessories

Books Included: Blue Sea

Supplemental Books upon request: Fish Eyes Big Book, Happy, Hooray for Fish!, I Spy Under the Sea, I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean, and Ten Little Fish.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

chicka chicka image

Kit Includes:

  • Egg Shakers & Band in a Box
  • Laminated Coconut Trees
  • Plastic Letter Stencils
  • Plush Coconut Tree with Felt Letters
  • All the materials for BINGO
  • Plastic Bird Clips & Match It Game
  • Table-top pocket chart & laminated letters
  • Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom Fill & Spill
  • Count & Sort Coconut Tree
  • Upper & Lower Case Magnetic Letters  and a 18”x 24” Magnetic Board

Books Included: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom & Chicka Chicka ABC

Supplemental Books upon request: A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea, Alphabet Tree, Big Fat Hen, Rah, Rah, Radishes!, Twenty Four Robbers, and Two Little Monkeys.

Click, Clack, Moo

Camera Effects-4Kit Includes:

  • 4 Farm Animal Hand Puppets
  • My First Laptop
  • Watering can
  • Worm Bag with Garden Tools
  • 2 Farm Animal Puzzles
  • Farm Animal Lacing Activity
  • Read-along version on CD
  • Other early literacy activities/supplies

Books included: Click, Clack, Moo

Books upon request: Funny Farm, Down on the Farm, Little Blue Truck, Dooby Dooby Moo,  I Spy on the Farm, and Giggle, Giggle, Quack.

Little Cloud

Little cloud imageKit Includes:

  • 2 Blue-goo bags
  • Large Floor Attribute Tiles
  • White Foam Shapes
  • Mystery Bag with 10 assorted foam shape & 4 sorting mats
  • 10 Rhyming Houses & Cards
  •  Sequencing Activities
  • Feathers & Straws
  • Nature Scene Poster Book
  • Laminated Cloud posters & Foam Letters
  • Flannel Storyboards with Carry Case

Books Included: Little Cloud

Supplemental Books upon request: Cloud Boy/Nino Nube, Cloud Dance, Cloudette, Clouds, It Looked Like Spilt Milk, and Shapes in the Sky.

Mushroom in the Rain

Mushroom in the rain imageKit Includes:

  • Small Magnifying Glasses
  • Large Magnifying Glass
  • Assorted letter “M’s” & Mushroom pictures
  • Post-It Pads & Melissa & Doug Crayons
  • Magnetize Mushrooms for Sorting
  • Plush Animals: Fox, Bunny, Butterfly, Mouse, Frog, Sparrow & Ant
  • Mushroom Umbrella
  • Picture cards
  • Note Resonator Bells with Case

Books Included: Mushroom in the Rain

Supplemental Books upon request: Are You Ready to Play Outside?, Rain!, Rain, Rain, Go Away!, Raindrop, Plop,  The Thingamabob, and Umbrella.

Put It On The List

Camera Effects-6Kit Includes:

  • Activities related to a grocery store and cafe.
  • Electronic cash register
  • Play food
  • Table settings
  • Chalk board with chalk markers for cafe signs
  • Melissa & Doug felt pizza kit
  • Melissa & Doug felt sandwich kit

Books Included: Put It On the List

Supplemental Books upon request: At the Supermarket, Bunny Money, Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping, Baby Max & Ruby: Shopping, Shopping with Dad, and Farmers’ Market Day.

Seven Blind Mice

seven blind mice imageKit Includes:

  • Mystery Box  & Fan
  • Story Props: elephant, rope, pillar, fan, mouse, & snake
  • Mouse & Elephant puppets
  • Stack color rings
  • First Jungle Puzzle
  • 5 Boom whackers
  • Large Magnifying Glass & Color Viewers
  • Three Mice in a Box Puppet
  • Bag of stringing beads with laces & First Lacers
  • First Crayon Set with Tactile letters
  • 12 Plastic hoops & Laminated Mice

Books Included: Seven Blind Mice

Supplemental Books upon request: Hide-and-Squeak, Hop! Plop!, Little Mouse & the Big Cupcake, Mice, Mommy, Where Are You?, and Mouse’s First Day of School.


Snowballs imageKit Includes:

  • Snow Themed Foam Shapes
  • Foam Magnetic Alphabet
  • Large Laminated Cardboard Scene Pictures
  • Pairs of Mittens, Clothesline, & Soft Grip Clips
  • Matted Snowman Scenes
  • Snowman Plush
  • Snowman Poster Board
  • Foam Floor Mat Pieces in Navy Fabric Tote
  • Lakeshore’s Table Top Paper Center & Draw and Write Touch Board

Books Included: Snowballs and The Snowman

Supplemental Books upon request: It’s Snowing!, No Two Alike, Oh!, Pip & Squeak, Tracks in the Snow, and Winter Trees.

Tip Tip Dig Dig

tip tip imageKit Includes:

  • Lego Duplo Building Set
  • Extra Duplo Building Mat
  • Little Tikes Dump Truck
  • Magnetic Shapes  & Board
  • Laminated Large Machine Pictures
  • Sticky Back Foam Shapes
  • First Vehicle Set
  • Mini Play Wooden Road & Traffic Signs
  • Wooden Stackable Construction Vehicles
  • Laminated Rhyming Pairs

Books Included: Tip Tip Dig Dig

Supplemental Books upon request: Construction Kitties, Demolition, Dinosaur Dig!, Job Site, Machines at Work, and One Big Building.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Very Hungry imageKit Includes:

  • Alphabet Puzzle Book  & Letter Puzzle
  • Beginner Pattern Blocks
  • Butterfly Picnic Set & Tablecloth
  • Fruit Set in Shopping Net
  • Caterpillar & Butterfly Puppets
  • Caterpillar Tunnel
  • Colored Scarves
  • Laminated Magnetic Fruit Pictures
  • 100 Sheets of My First Storybook pages
  • Triangular Colored Pencils & Crayons

Books Included: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Supplemental Books upon request: Snack Time for Confetti, Ten Little Caterpillars, Worms for Lunch?, A Crazy Day at the Critter Café, Pete the Cat: Pete’s Big Lunch, and Froggy Eats Out.