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6 by 6 Early Literacy Kits

The 6 by 6 Early Literacy Kits were created by the state. Each kit focuses on a single title and includes activities and toys to encourage parent and child interactions that facilitate children gaining the 6 skills they need in order to be ready to learn to read when they attend school. Kits can be used in conjunction with a storytime or as passive programming materials.

NCKLS has supplemental materials that can be checked out in conjunction with the 6 by 6 Early Literacy Kits. These supplemental materials include 6 other books related to the same theme as the original 6 by 6 book, as well as a folder story. These materials are intended to make the 6 by 6 Early Literacy Kits more easily integrated into a storytime.

How does it work?

  • Kits are checked out for 3 months
  • Kits are checked out only to libraries
  • 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.

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

Alphabet Under Construction

alphabetKit 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 items upon request: Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack, Alphabeep, The Sleepy Little Alphabet, Creature ABC, Wild Alphabet, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and Alpha-gator folder story.

Blue Sea

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Kit 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 items upon request: Fish Eyes Big Book, Happy, Hooray for Fish!, I Spy Under the Sea, I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean, Ten Little Fish, and Seaweed folder story.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

chicka chicka imageKit 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 items upon request: A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea, Alphabet Tree, Big Fat Hen, Rah, Rah, Radishes!, Twenty Four Robbers, Two Little Monkeys, and If You’re Wearing Any. . . folder story.

Click, Clack, Moo
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Kit 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

Supplemental items upon request: Funny Farm, Down on the Farm, Little Blue Truck, Dooby Dooby Moo, I Spy on the Farm, Giggle, Giggle, Quack, and Growing Vegetables folder story.

Little Cloud

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Kit 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 items upon request: Cloud Boy/Nino Nube, Cloud Dance, Cloudette, Clouds, It Looked Like Spilt Milk, Shapes in the Sky, and Shapes in the Sky folder story.

Mushroom in the Rain

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Kit Includes:

  • Small Magnifying Glasses
  • Large Magnifying Glass
  • Assorted letter & 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 items upon request: Are You Ready to Play Outside?, Rain!, Rain, Rain, Go Away!, Raindrop, Plop, The Thingamabob, Umbrella, and Fantastic Umbrella folder story.

Put It On The List

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Kit 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 items upon request: At the Supermarket, Bunny Money, Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping, Baby Max & Ruby: Shopping, Shopping with Dad, Farmers’ Market Day, and Coins folder story.

Seven Blind Mice

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


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

Tip Tip Dig Dig

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Kit 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 items upon request: Construction Kitties, Demolition, Dinosaur Dig!, Job Site, Machines at Work, One Big Building, and Stop Sign folder story.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Kit 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 items upon request: Snack Time for Confetti, Ten Little Caterpillars, Worms for Lunch?, A Crazy Day at the Critter Cafe, Pete the Cat: Pete’s Big Lunch, Froggy Eats Out, and Hungry Caterpillar Colors folder story.

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