Raj the Bookstore Tiger: A Story Hour Kit

Based on the Book:
Raj the Bookstore Tiger
By Kathleen T. Pelley
Illustrated by Paige Keiser
Published by Charlesbridge Publishers
Available in Hardcover & Paperback
Ages 4 and up

Best Users:
Booksellers, Public Children’s Librarians, School Librarians, Pre-K-2 Classrooms, Character Educators

Best Audience:
Children Grades PreK-2

Story Hour Kit Description:
Raj is a confident marmalade cat parading through his owner’s story hours believing that he is a tiger (as that is what his  owner always calls him).  When a visiting cat cuts Raj down with bullying words, Raj falls into a funk.  It takes a recitation on William Blake’s famous feliine poem to bring Raj back to himself.

The Story Hour kit allows your readers to play at being Raj by creating Raj tiger hats. Through a simple game (complete with a suggested script), you can help readers learn what words make Raj self-assured and what words make Raj lose faith.  Each one of your readers can walk away with a poem card with Blake’s transformative poem, “Tyger, Tyger.”

Story Hour Kit Contents:
This story hour kit contains:
• Tiger dress-up craft to make tiger hat
• Simple game of “tigerish” (or bully-free) words
• William Blake take-away poem card
• Story Hour Poster

Download the Story Hour Kit (PDF)
Visit the Author’s Website
• Find a copy of the book:
Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | Local Library
• Watch the Book Trailer:


• Watch the Author Read the Book:



Fairies & Hapennies Need Readers: A Past Giveaway for Librarians & Educators

Win this Library Fairy created by author & creature maker Jennifer Carson!

Where would Fairies and Hapennies be without librarians and teachers to read them into existence?

A Past Giveaway for Librarians & Educators (Grades 1-3)

Author and creature maker Jennifer Carson went into the land of stories as a child and never came out.  She spends her days weaving stories and stitching the marvels that appear in them.

The Chapter Book

Jennifer Carson’s (a.k.a. The Dragon Charmer) latest chapter book, Hapenny Magick is the sweet, suspenseful, oft giggle-worthy fantasy for ages 7+,  (illustrated quite wonderfully by P.A. Lewis).

“A charming book, perfect for a read-aloud or to read sitting in the crook of a favorite tree…a warm, cheery story with just the right amount of thrilling scenes.”  –Angela J. Reynolds, Head of Youth Services, Annapolis Valley Regional Library


The Winners
Not only did Jennifer give away fifteen signed copies of Hapenny Magick to elementary school librarians, public librarians, and teachers (grades 1-3), but one random applicant was be chosen by the fairies to receive the above (quite magical) Library Fairy*!  Truly?  Yes, truly.

Book Winners
Calais Free Library (Calais, ME)
Melrose Elementary Library (Placentia, CA)
Shining Rivers Waldorf School (Saint Louis, MO)
Myers Elementary School (Dallas, OR)
Lakewood Elementary (Phenix City, AL)
Founders Hall (McKeesport, PA)
Denison Library (Cleveland, OH)
Canisteo-Greenwood Central School (Canisteo, NY)
Skyview Elementary (Yukon, OK)
Shiver School (Pelham, GA)
Clay Springs Public Library (Clay Springs, AZ)
Saint Bonaventure Media Center (Thoreau, NM)
Thornwood Elementary School (Houston, TX)
Livonia Public Schools (Livonia, MI)

Library Fairy Winner
Cople Elementary School (Hague, VA)

StoryWalk in Maine

Thanks to the Maine Library Association for inviting Portland Public librarian, Mary Peverada and Curious City to speak about our experiences with StoryWalks.

Please feel free to download the “Bringing StoryWalk to Your Community” handout that we produced.  It covers producing your own StoryWalks using StoryWalk founder, Anne Ferguson’s model, where you can borrow a StoryWalk in the state of Maine, and tips on creating your own permanent StoryWalk tools.

StoryWalk is a brilliant kinetic literacy idea and one that can be used in any Maine community regardless of your budget.

Too Many Frogs: Cross Generational Event Kit to Save the Frogs

Based on the Book:
Too Many Frogs!
By Ann and John Hassett
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Hardcover ISBN: 9780547362991
Ages 4 and up

Best Users:
Public Children’s Librarians, School Librarians, Pre-K-2 Classrooms, Nature Centers, Birthday Parties

Best Audience:
Children Grades PreK-2, Senior Citizens

Event Description:
A  Read-Aloud Event for Seniors and Children

Seniors, Nanas, and Papas are invited to come to an event with children or grandchildren of their own or to meet children in the community.  Children (ages 3-7) and families are invited to this event with or without their grandparents.  Together we will be reading Too Many Frogs! by John and Ann Hassett, the tale of a clever senior citizen and the kids in her neighborhood who save a group of “thump-thump-bonking” frogs.  Together, we will play a game to rescue some pretend frogs and learn how to protect frogs in real life.

About the Event Kit:
This event kit has the following components:
• A cross generational event invitation and a poster for senior citizens and families with young children (ages 3-7) that mirrors the partnership of the senior citizen character, Nana Quimby, with the book’s neighborhood children.
• A frog finding / rescuing game that mirrors Nana Quimby and the children’s successful rescue of the frogs in Nana’s cellar.
•  A take away sheet that tells adults and children how to help frogs by simple conservation acts at home.
• A tea party social that mirrors the book’s final scene of eating cake with froggy friends.
• A coloring sheet.

Download the Event Kit (PDF)
Visit the Author/Illustrator Website
• Find a copy of the book:
Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | Local Library