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Media Kits are Great!

by Dawn Stoops | Dec 16, 2016

Among the library's wealth of resources available to check out, media kits are sometimes overlooked. A media kit is a plastic bag containing a book and matching audio CD. Little readers can look at the book and listen to it being read at the same time. It's a fun way to enjoy a good book! It's also very helpful for kids of all ages with learning disabilities or those who just need a little extra boost.

Maybe you didn't know there are a variety of media kits available. Take a look at this sample list and ask a librarian for more suggestions when you visit the library.

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When Marian Sang
written by Pam Munoz Ryan
illustrated by Brian Selznick
Here's a biography with a bonus! Actual recordings of Marian Anderson singing are interspersed with the reading of the book's text. Other little touches like applause make this book an especially great one to enjoy as a Media Kit.

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Anansi and the Magic Stick
written by Eric Kimmel
illustrated by Janet Stevens
You can find folk tales and fairy tales as media kits too. Fantastical characters, magical creatures, and adventures await!

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States and Capitals
by Kim Mitzo Thompson
Try a nonfiction title to help you learn fascinating facts. This kit about states has music designed to help kids in memorization and also fun puzzles to use with a class.

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Hi Fly Guy
by Tedd Arnold
Early Readers are great to share in audio because they sometimes give new readers that little extra boost to become more confident about words, pronunciation, pacing, expression, and plot.

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Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator!
by Mo Willems
Yes, there are lots of picture books in the media kit section. In some cases, like this book, you get some fun little audio extras like the author reading part of the book. Another bonus, the author's daughter, Trixie, narrates the part of Amanda.

The Allen County Public Library has thousands of these fun and useful kits. Ask us to show them to you. We're happy to help!
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