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
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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