Story Time Kits

NCKLS’s Story Time Kits are for use as either a passive programming resource or to enhance library storytimes. Each kit contains books; activities based on the Ready to Read early literacy initiative; and interactive toys.

NCKLS offers Story Time Kits ranging in topic from Farm to Dr. Seuss. Story Time Kits can be checked out by any NCKLS library for up to two months. Libraries can share these resources with community partners as they deem appropriate.

How does it work?

  • Kits are checked out for 2 months
  • Courier, van or mail can be used to transfer the kit
  • If you have questions, contact Sandy at 1-800-432-2796 ext. 804 or by e-mail at swilkerson.

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
Folder Story Materials
Kit Binder
Kit Tote

  • Libraries are not responsible for replacing documentation sheets

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

Active Play Construction In the Garden
All Things Seuss Dinosaurs Ocean
Animals Farm Animals On the Go
Autism Spectrum & Disability Resources Feelings Owls
Bath Time Friendly Monsters Pets
Lapsit Fun with Food Pirates
Bugs & Worms Getting Dressed Police Officers & Firefighters
Celebrations (Bilingual Spanish/English) Healthy You Zoo
Colors & Shapes Homes  

#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
  • This Little Chick folder story

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 On the Go

onthegoKit 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
  • This Little Train folder story

Books included: 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!

#3 Colors & Shapes


  • Wooden Bead and Wire Maze
  • Felt Shapes
  • 150 Toddler Songs CD
  • Sail Away Shapes
  • Melissa & Doug Beginner Pattern Blocks
  • Bow-Wow’s Colorful Life folder story

Books included: Mouse Shapes, Round is a Mooncake, Shape by Shape, The Shape of Things, Green Is a Chile Pepper, A Color of His Own, Blue Chicken, A Book of Colors: Butterfly Butterfly, Golden Domes & Silver Lanterns, City Shapes, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See.

#4 Lapsit

Kit includes:

  • Large Brown Bear Stuffed toy
  • Musical Shakers
  • Dancing scarves
  • Farm Animal Puzzle
  • Rainbow stacker
  • Fill and Spill
  • Sort and Count
  • Peekaboo Morning book set
  • Naping House book set
  • Who? book set

Books included: 5 Little Ducks, B is for Baby, Babies on the Bus, Rain, Rain, Go Away, Sleepy oh so Sleepy, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Ten Nine Eight, Touch the Brightest Star, and You are my Sunshine.

#5 All Things Seuss

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
  • Magic Hat folder story

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:

  • Flower Rubbings
  • Bean Bag Fruits & Vegetables
  • Plastic Basket & Produce
  • Groundhog Puppet
  • Chicken Count Game
  • Play! CD by Milkshake
  • Dirt Made My Lunch CD
  • Old McRainbow folder story

Books included: Jack’s Garden, The Curious Garden, Eating the Alphabet, Growing Vegetable Soup, How Groundhog’s Garden Grew, Lola Plants a Garden, And Then It’s Spring, My Garden, The Little Red Hen, Tops & Bottoms, The Enormous Potato, and Rainbow Stew.

#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
  • I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean folder story

Books included: Beach Tail, Over in the Ocean, Somewhere in the Ocean, Beach Day, The Snail and the Whale, Beach Feet, Sea, Sand, Me!, The Deep Blue Sea, Swimmy, The Pout-Pout Fish, I’m a Shark, and Breathe.

#8 Zoo

ZooKit includes:

  • Tom Paxton’s Goin to the Zoo CD
  • Zoo Animal Hand Puppets
  • Zoo Animal Finger Puppets
  • Melissa & Doug Zoo Animals Sound Puzzle
  • Counting Elephants
  • My Heart is Like a Zoo Flannel
  • Red-Eyed Tree Frog folder story

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, Can One Balloon Make an Elephant Fly?, Zoo Day: a My First Experience Book, and Where’s Walrus?

#9 Dinosaurs

dinosKit includes:

  • Dinosaur Finger Puppet Playhouse
  • Dinsosaur Finger Puppets (plastic, 6 different types)
  • T-Rex Puppet
  • Melissa & Doug Dinosaur Puzzle
  • Singable Songs Raffi CD
  • Magnetic Dinosaur Playset
  • 5 Little Dinosaurs Flannel (with ferns)
  • Dinosaur Rubbing Plates
  • Dinosaur Skin folder story

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, The Super Hungry Dinosaur, The Littlest Dinosaur, Dinosaur Kisses, How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?, and Dinosaur Bones.

#10 Friendly Monsters

monstersKit includes:

  • Fantanimals (2)
  • Girlie Monster Puppet
  • Monster Finger Puppets (6 types, 24 total)
  • Boogie Monster CD
  • Boogie Monster Booties
  • 5 Little Monsters Flannel
  • Don’t Push the Button folder story

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

#11 Construction

Kit includes:

  • Melissa and Doug Wooden Construction Site Puzzle
  • Construction Worker Puppet
  • Construction Worker Hat & Vest
  • Five Little Nails prop story
  • Five Little Hard Hats Magnet Story
  • Build a House with Shapes Flannel Story

Books included: Albert the Fix-it Man, Build Dogs Build, Bulldozer’s Big Day, Busy Builders Busy Week, Construction ,Construction Crew, Construction Kitties, Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site, Job Site, Mighty Mighty Construction Site, Stanley the Builder, Mixed-up Truck, and Whose Tools?

#13 Bugs & Worms

Kit Includes:

  • Ants CD
  • Diary of a Worm Playset
  • Monarch Butterfly Hand Puppet
  • Dragonfly Hand Puppet
  • Magnetic Bugs Playset
  • Magnetic Garden Insect Puzzle
  • Lenny’s Garden Flannel
  • Butterfly Wings folder story

Books included: There’s a Bug on My Book!, Lenny in the Garden, Waiting for Wings, Tiny Little Fly, Hey Little Ant, Wiggle Worms at Work, Diary of a Worm, Hank’s Big Day, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Bugs Galore, In the Tall Tall Grass, and Step Gently Out.

#14 Fun With Food

Kit includes:

  • Snack Time CD
  • Melissa & Doug Sandwich Stacking Games
  • Sandwich Stacking Game
  • Picnic Basket & Food
  • Pizza flannel
  • Ice Cream flannel
  • Sylvie folder story

Books included: What’s a Banana, Pete’s a Pizza, Mouse Mess, Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?, Soup Day, Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar?, Pizza at Sally’s, Peter Spit a Seed at Sue, Mmm. . .Let’s Eat, Salad Pie, Bee-Bim Bop!, and Tiger in My Soup.

#15 Owls

owlsKit includes:

  • Plush Treehouse with Animals
  • Folkmanis Barn Owl 13in Hand Puppet
  • Folkmanis Mini Spotted Owl Finger Puppet
  • Mix and Match Magnetic Owls
  • Little Owl Fingert Puppet book
  • 5 Little Owls Flannel
  • “Wow” Said the Owl folder story

Books included: Little Owl’s Day, Little Owl’s Night, The Littlest Owl, Wow! Said the Owl, Hootenanny!: A Festive Counting Book, Night Owl, I’m Not Ready, Little Owl Lost, Owl Babies,  A Book of Sleep, Hoot Owl Master of Disguise, and Owl the the Pussycat.

#16 Homes

Camera Effects-2Kit includes

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

Books included: Leap Back Home to Me, Melanie Mouse’s Moving Day, Welcome Home Bear, Building Our House, This Is Our House, It’s Moving Day, Jack’s House, The Tree House that Jack Built, Room for Bear, Froggy Builds a Tree House, A House in the Woods, and Welcome to the Neighborwood.

#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
  • Magic Treasure Chest folder story

Books Included: Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC, Small Saul, Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors, Bubble Bath Pirates, Do Pirates Take Baths?, How to Find Gold, Pajama Pirates, The Skeleton Pirate, How I Became a Pirate, Are You the Pirate Captain?, Riff Raff the Mouse Pirate, and Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime.

#20 Active Play


Kit Includes:

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

Books Included: Bounce, Clap Your Hands, Clip-Clop, Dance with Me, Get Up and Go, Hilda Must be Dancing, Hop Hop Jump!, The Busy Body Book, Jump!, I Got the Rhythm, Move!, and Stretch.

#21 Police Officers & Firefighters

Kit Includes:

  • Police Officer & Firefighter Toddler Dress-up Vests & Hats
  • Police Officer & Firefighter Puppets
  • Police Car Sound Puzzle
  • My Many Colored Badges folder story
  • Five Brave Firefighters flannel story
  • Firefighter Training Cube
  • Magnetic Town

Books Included: Officer Buckle & Gloria Police Officers, Firefighter Ted, Police Officers Help Us, Fireman Small Police Officers on Patrol, Tito the Firefighter/Tito El Bombero, Police Dogs, Fire Engine Man, Bug Patrol, Fire Engine No. 9, and Traffic Pups.

#22 Healthy You

Healthy You kit

Kit Includes:

  • Toddler Dress-up Vest & Hat
  • Community Helper Puppet
  • Doctor’s Kit
  • Where’s Howie’s Owie?
  • X-Ray magnet story
  • Bandages for Dr. Getwell flannel activity
  • Bandages, Bandages folder story

Books Included: My Friend the Doctor, Llama Llama Home with Mama, I Want to be a Doctor, Doctor Nice, Nicky Goes to the Doctor, If Beaver Had a Fever, Doctor Ted, Bear Feels Sick, Froggy Goes to the Doctor, How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?, Does a Hippo Go to the Doctor?, and Nurse Clementine.


#24 Celebrations (Bilingual Spanish/English)

Celebrations Bilingual kit

Kit Includes:

  • Matching Shapes Cupcakes
  • Maracas, Bells, and bag of Music Makers
  • I’m a Piñata flannel rhyme
  • 5 Empanadas flannel rhyme
  • Magic Piñata folder story
  • Cha, Cha, Cha CD

Books Included: Clatter Bash! A Day of the Dead Celebration, Alicia’s Happy Day/El Dia Mas Feliz De Alicia, Lupita’s First Dance/El primer baile de Lupita, What Can You Do With a Paleta?/Que puedes hacer con una paleta, El dia de los muertos/The Day of the Dead, The Best Mariachi in the World/El Mejor Mariachi Del Mundo, What Can You Do With a Rebozo?/Que Puedes Hacer Con un Rebozo?, Book Fiesta!/Celebremos El Dia De Los Ninos-El Dia De Los Libros, Dia De Los Muertos Fiesta!, Count Me In! A Parade of Mexican Folk Art Numbers in English & Spanish, and Dale, Dale, Dale: Una fiesta de numeros/Hit It, Hit It, Hit It: A Fiesta of Numbers.

Autism Spectrum and Disability Resources Kit

Kit Includes:

  • Varied Tangles
  • Varied fidgets
  • Tactile tiger sensory brush
  • Adapted books: Is your Mama a llama?/If you give a mouse a cookie
  • Flex Grip
  • Hand Therapy Exercise Balls
  • Calm  Down bottle
  • Relax Tangle
  • Lap belt sensory tool

This kit contains many resources and articles for making your sensory story time easier.


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