Exploring the Library’s Picture Book Kits

Where I sit at the children’s desk, I am near the children’s audio section, both the longer chapter books and the shorter audios that include the read-along books. I hear what parents are looking for and what they like. Our selection includes many favorites. In the hanging bags, all three branches have the picture books and some series packaged so that you and your family can listen to the audio and follow along in the book, or just enjoy the great illustrations. Sometimes sharing these books helps the parent,as well as the child, learn reading fluency or pronunciation, and phrasing in English, which could be a second language for the family.

Listening comprehension skills develop several years ahead of reading comprehension for all readers, so it’s an excellent way to encourage and practice them. Ask the child ,“What do you think will happen next in the story? Does the peddler think he can outsmart the monkey? (Caps for Sale) What are some things you’d like to know about sharks? (Surprising Sharks) Did you want this story to end differently?” You can ask the child to tell the story again in their own words, perhaps prompting them: “Then what happens?” which helps develop a sense of cause and effect.

But let’s get to the stories! A favorite for the younger readers is I’m Dirty by Kate McMullan, an excellent recording; and, since you have the book too, you won’t miss those great illustrations! These are labeled in our  library catalog as kits. Please take (and return) the whole bag! Different branches’ bags are different colors, red, green, or blue, but remember you can return them in the bag to any of our three libraries.

Dooby, Dooby, Moo by Doreen Cronin comes as one disc, one book. Such fun with these wacky cows and the farmer!

Did your family go to the movie Ferdinand? We have the book, The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Karma Wilson books featuring Bear are always a hit at the library story time, and I think they’d be perfect for bedtime, car time, or break from homework time too. Here’s one you can try: Bear’s Loose Tooth.


Other picture books that are well loved and have one disc, one book include: Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Burton, Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina , and Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin .

One parent told me she was checking out at least one fairy tale or fable on each visit so her children would know these stories and we have plenty to offer in that category too.

Sleeping Beauty illustrated by Laura Barella. We also have Rapunzel, Snow White, Jack in the Beanstalk, and Little Red Riding Hood available at our local libraries. On your next visit take time to look at the children’s kit or audio selections. There are wonderful treasures for young scientists like Surprising Sharks by Nicola Davies , for sports-lovers Bambino and Me by Zachary Hyman , for those who love space exploration Moonshot: the Flight of the Apollo 11 by Brian Floca .


Miss Lee, Children’s Associate, Canyon Country


Miss Angie

I am a children's librarian at SCPL's Canyon Country Library. My favorite things are funny books, ice cream, and the Matterhorn at Disneyland.

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