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Book-related activities

Applesauce Story Time Kit

The story time kit provides a song, place mat and bib to color, and more.
The story time kit provides a song, place mat and bib to color, and more.

Not only does Applesauce is Fun to Wear make a "silly, rollicking" read aloud for baby and toddler story time, but it offers opportunities for remote or in-person healthy eating and art activities. From singing along to finger painting to healthy snacks to eating tips, here is a whole menu of delicious (sticky) hands-on activities for families created by Curious City.

Baby's Firsts Story Time Kit

Image of baby crawling in a circle
Look what this baby can do!

Share this "joyful, poetic celebration of tiny moments in babies' lives" (Kirkus Reviews) with a read aloud and early literacy engagement. The kit was a collaboration between the book's creators, Curious City, and librarian Meghan Day.

The kit contains:
— Read Aloud: Suggested Movements & Actions
— Marketing: Poster
— Decorations: Early Literacy Pennant Flags
— Activity: Party Hats
— Takeaway: Early Literacy Tips
— Takeaway: Log of Baby's Firsts


Download the kit from the Curious City website.


Pirate Jack with the parrot
Make a parrot for your shoulder

In the picture book Pirate Jack Gets Dressed (Beach Lane Books), readers are treated to a riot of color and a rollicking read aloud. The companion kit invites readers to talk, sing, and dress like a pirate (and carry a paper parrot home on their seafaring shoulders).

The kit contains:
— Marketing: Event poster and suggested calendar copy
— Preparation: Step-by-step suggestions
— Decorations: Pennants
— Activity: Tattoo Template
— Activity: "Talk Like a Pirate" Read Aloud Prompts
— Activity: Pirate Song
— Activity: Search & Perch Parrot Standee
— Craft: Pirate Bandana


Download the event kit from Curious City's website.

Hoorade Day!

Parade illustration with American flags
Color flag templates

Hosting a story time or a booth at a post-parade celebration? Want to make a parade right in your library, bookstore, or classroom? Hoorade! This picture book parades by all the attractions of a small-town celebration, but also features the imaginative play of one girl's own pretend parade.

Whether you will be pretending with readers at story time or helping them further enjoy a community parade day, these activities can help kids say "Hoorade!" to parades.

The kit contains:
— Poster and copy to share your event
— Suggested preparation
— Pennant decorations
— Customizable flag templates
— Drum and horn craft
— Ideas for making a ribbon dance


DOWNLOAD Hoorade Day! Event Kit on Curious City's website



The Classroom Activity Guide includes puzzles and other creative activities, coloring pages, and alphabeast bookmarks.


Download it on Arcadia Publishing's website.