ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY
Story Kit Titles and Descriptions
A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Phillip Stead
In this heartwarming book, a kindly zookeeper, Amos McGee, befriends the animals he cares for, the value of friendship and caring is demonstrated. This book also features beautiful illustrations using woodblock printing techniques. Families will explore this art form in the experiential extension activity. This Story Kit contains copies of the book in both English and Spanish.
Amanda and the Mysterious Carpet, by Fernando Krahn
This wordless book shows the imaginative adventures of a little girl on a magic carpet. Parents and children will search for pictorial clues such as expressions in the illustrations to identify the character's feelings. After reading this book, families will complete a survey about feelings from both the parents' and the children's perspectives. Materials in the facilitator's guide are in English and Spanish.
Bein' With You This Way, by W. Nikola-Lisa
This is a lilting, rhythmic book about the many ways that people are alike and different. Parents and children will recognize the words and phrases that are repeated. Parents will encourage their children to anticipate the chorus and join in. After reading the book, parents and children will make their own face puppets showing the diversity of physical attributes inside and among families.
Changes, Changes, by Pat Hutchins
What else can happen to this wooden toy couple? First, they build a house, then, when the house burns down what happens next? The activity accompanying this wordless book introduces the reading strategy of prediction. Parents develop questions to help their children guess what the characters will do next. After reading the book, parents and children will make paper cutouts of the colorful blocks, allowing them to add a tactile and kinesthetic experience to the visual.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett
In the town described in this humorous book, food falls from the sky. This discussion activity will help parents and children recognize the elements of a tall tale. Parents and children will identify the benefits and problems of having your food delivered like the weather.
The Clown, by Quentin Blake
In this wordless book, the Clown is a discarded toy on a mission. In the activity, parents and children will work together to recognize the role that cause and effect play in the story. Each character's actions result in the next event, so that after reading this book, families will map the story sequentially.
The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash / El dia que la boa de Jimmy se como le ropa, by Trinka Hakes Noble
Parents will relate to this humorous story of a girl's adventures while on a class trip to a farm. Somehow, when asked what happened, the girl tells only a piece of the story. In the family activity, parents read the book and discover the true sequence of the events. With their parent's guidance, children create a storyboard arranging the story's pictures chronologicallly. The parents and children explore how cause and effect shaped the tale. The Story Kit has 15 books in English and 15 in Spanish.
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, by Laban Carrick Hill
This book provides an account of a slave named Dave who lived in South Carolina in the 1800's. As a slave, Dave miraculously learned many skills often forbidden by slave owners. Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, provides families with an opportunity to discuss slavery, African American history, art and poetry. Parents and children will experience making pinch pot and coil construction pottery, just like Dave did in the book. This Story Kit is best suited for families with children over the age of 7.
The First Tortilla, by Rudalfo Anaya
This bi-lingual book focuses on legends and folklore. This is the story of a young girl, Jade, who saves her Mexican village from a drought because of her courage. The book contains a glossary of terms used in the book with which families may not be familiar. Activities to accompany this book range from play dough tortillas for families with young children to origami blue birds for families with older children.
Grandfather Tang's Story: A Tale Told in Tangrams, by Ann Tompert
Grandfather Tang tells his granddaughter a traditional Chinese folktale using tangrams. In the family activity, parents will learn about tangrams and how to use them to tell the story as they read the book. Parents will help their children arrange the tangram pieces into the different animal shapes that the fox fairies assume. In addition, the parents will encourage their children to guess which animal the fox fairy will turn into next. The families will use tangrams to make more shapes after reading the story.
How Are You Peeling? by Feymann Saxon and Elffers Joost
In this family activity, parents and children will actively engage one another in reading How Are You Peeling? Entertained by the pictures of fruits and vegetables displaying their feelings (e.g., embarrassed, scared, angry) in various situations, parents and children will explore their own moods by sharing their answers to the many rhyming questions in the book. Discussion of emotions will continue while families draw faces (reflecting different feelings) to superimpose on food pictures as they make their FACES book.
I Spy / Veo: Un libro deo adivinanzaz ilustradas, by Jean Marzollo
These books are photographic treasure hunts with rhyming clues. Parents and children will learn that reading can be active, by working together to solve the picture riddles. Parents and children will take turns describing a particular object on a page and challenging their partner to find it. The activity encourages both active participation and active listening. The Story Kit includes different books of the I Spy series in one kit. Some of these Story Kits contain both English and Spanish versions of I Spy which are not direct translations of the accompanying book. Materials in the facilitator's guide are in English and Spanish.
Laura Charlotte, by Kathryn Galbraith
This is the tale of a mother sharing her precious childhood toy with her daughter. In the experiential activity, families will learn the different ways in which we share family stories. For one, families will read Laura Charlotte. In addition, families will listen to the audiotape of the song The Marvelous Toy by Peter, Paul and Mary. Both the tape and the book tell stories of parents sharing childhood memories with their children. Parents and children will make a toy together and build their own memory.
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, by Kevin Henkes
A fun tale of a feisty little mouse named Lilly who learns the valuable lesson of forgiveness. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse provides families with an opportunity to discuss careers, emotions, behaviors, palindromes and math/money. Families can make their own purple plastic purse and dress up like Lilly for an extension activity. This Story Kit contains copies of the book in both English and Spanish.
Look, Look, Look, by Tana Hoban
Working with this photographic, wordless book takes some guesswork. Using this book, composed of pages masking a larger picture, parents and children must solve the problem of what is shown after viewing only the small portion. Each page reveals more of the masked picture and adds perspective. After reading and guessing their way through this book, families will make their own Look book.
The Napping House, by Audrey Wood
The Napping House is a beautifully illustrated, repetitive book for beginning readers that tells the story of a grandmother and grandchild napping on a rainy afternoon. Families will discuss sequencing and prediction in this book and create their own Story Stick to take home and retell the story again and again.
Picnic, by Emily McCully
This wordless book shows us a carefree family of mice going to the country on a summer's day. In this family activity, parents will use prediction and discussion to help the children guess what is going to happen next to the mouse family. Questioning techniques will start the children talking and keep them engaged in the story. Families will also create an oral and/or written story about the pictures in the book. After the book is read, families will make and eat edible butterflies. Materials in the facilitator's guide are in English and Spanish.
Shapes, Shapes, Shapes, by Tana Hoban
This photographic book shows us that shapes are everywhere. The activity will help parents learn to pick out the shapes in the world around us. Children, with their parents guidance, will make shape folders to introduce the names of the shapes. Using the shape folders they created, the parents will read the book with their children, identifying shapes together. Finally, the families will make their own Shapes book. Materials in the facilitator's guide are in English and Spanish.
The Snowman / El muneco de nieve, by Raymond Briggs
This classic tale is a wordless fantasy about the life of a snowman. In the activity, parents will encourage their children to tell the story by using the clues of the pictures. After reading the story, parents and children will play HOUSE, a bingo-type game and win prizes, learning the English and Spanish for household items in the process. This Story Kit has 15 books in English and 15 in Spanish.
The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
The Snowy Day is a winter classic in which a young boy wakes to the sight of the city covered in snow and tells of his ensuing adventures. This Story Kit contains a DVD, The Snowy Day & More Ezra Jack Keats Stories. These "moving storybooks" feature Keats' main character, Peter. Family extension activities for The Snowy Day include making a snowy day window scene. This Story Kit contains English and Spanish versions of the book.
Tuesday, by David Weisner
The lush illustrations allow parents and children an opportunity to enjoy an excursion into the world of make-believe. The pictures delve into the character's emotions in detail, expressing in another medium the humor of the story's events. In the family activity, parents will guide their children in creating a story from the pictures. Materials in the facilitator's guide are in English and Spanish.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar / La Oruga Muy Hambrienta, by Eric Carle
In this sequencing book, parents will introduce their children to the sequence of a caterpillar’s life cycle. Parents will also help their children identify the sequencing as the caterpillar begins eating on Monday and as the week continues, eats more and more. Parents and children will use the caterpillar puppets and food cards they make to explore various ways to sequence the eating scenes. This Story Kit has copies of the book in English and Spanish.
The Wheels on The Bus, by Maryann Kovalski
In this family activity, parents learn that some children’s books have been adapted from songs. Parents and children will recognize that although there are differences between the song and the book, the storyline is essentially the same in both. Making their own feltboard and feltboard story of a bus ride, parents and children will be able to compare the different versions of The Wheels on the Bus.