Literacy Explorer Kits Link raising readers Books with Family Literacy (& others)

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Reading is one of the best ways parents can help their children develop a love of books and reading. However, access to books and the parent's own literacy level can be barriers to making that happen. Through raising readers and the Maine Family Literacy initiative, the Libra Foundation and the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy are working together to overcome those barriers.

Kits include reading tips, developmental information & extension activities

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The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has generously funded the development of Literacy Explorer Kits that contain reading tips and developmental information, playgroup ideas for child and parent together time and activities to help parents extend the learning at home. The Kits integrate the books that families receive from raising readers into family literacy programming, which deepens the impact and helps families get the most out of them.

The Kits are available to individual parents, family literacy programs and other organizations and can be downloaded below.

Refer to the 2010 and 2011 and 2012 book lists to determine when a title was distributed by the program.

Learn More about how you can access the raising readers book collection
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A Red Train
Distributed April 2010 – May 2011 in the newborn tote

A Visitor for Bear
Distributed May 2010 – May 2011 at 48 months

All About Me
Distributed August 2011 – August 2012 at 6 months

Animals (My Little Carry Me Books)
Distributed November 2012 – November 2013 at 9 months

Baby Bear's Books
Distributed June 2011 – June 2012 in the newborn tote

Baby Bear's Big Dreams (Included in Maine Stories for Maine Children: A raising readers Collection)
Distributed June 2012 – June 2013

Baby Faces
Distributed May 2010 – June 2011 at 4 months

Baby Faces
Distributed October 2012 – October 2013 at 6 months

Babies World
Distributed April 2010 – May 2011 in the newborn tote

Blueberries for Sal (Included in Books from Maine: A raising readers Collection)
Distributed April 2010 – May 2011 at 60 months

Bob
Distributed October 2010 – October 2011 at 36 months

Book!
Distributed August 2012 – August 2013 in the newborn tote

Books from Maine: A raising readers Collection Includes these titles: Camping Day!, Miss Rumphius, Dino Pets, Blueberries for Sal, Little Beaver and the Echo.
Distributed April 2010 – May 2011 at 60 months

Camping Day! (Included in Books from Maine: A raising readers Collection)
Distributed April 2010 – May 2011 at 60 months

Chunky Books – 4 Pack
Distributed August 2012 – August 2013 in the newborn tote

Cousin Ruth's Tooth (Included in Maine Stories for Maine Children: A raising readers Collection)
Distributed June 2012 – June 2013

Dance with Me (Included in raising readers: A Treasury of Tales from Maine)
Distributed May 2011 – May 2012 at 60 months

Dino Pets (Included in Books from Maine: A raising readers Collection)
Distributed April 2010 – May 2011 at 60 months

For Just One Day
Distributed November 2012 – November 2013 at 3 years

Hip, Hop
Distributed June 2012 – June 2013 at 2 months

Homer the Library Cat
Distributed June 2012 – June 2013 at 4 years

Hop a Little, Jump a Little
Distributed October 2012 – October 2013 at 12 months

Hugo and Miles in I've Painted Everything (Included in Maine Stories for Maine Children: A raising readers Collection)
Distributed June 2012 – June 2013

I Can Help
Distributed July 2012 – July 2013 at 2 years

I Love Colors
Distributed June 2011 – June 2012 at 4 months

If You're Happy and You Know It
Distributed May October 2010 – November 2011 at 15 months

In the Wild: (Included in raising readers: A Treasury of Tales from Maine)
Distributed May 2011 – May 2012 at 60 months

Kiss the Cow
Distributed May 2011 – May 2012 at 48 months

Knees and Toes
Distributed November 2011 – November 2012 at 15 months

Little Beaver and the Echo (Included in Books from Maine: A raising readers Collection)
Distributed April 2010 – May 2011 at 60 months

Little Blue Truck
Distributed May 2010 – June 2011 at 24 months

Little Scholastic Colors
Distributed April 2010 – May 2011 at 2 months

Look at That!
Distributed May 2011 – May 2012 at 2 months

Look at You!
Distributed August 2011 – August 2012 at 12 months

Maine Stories for Maine Children: A raising readers Collection
Distributed June 2012 – June 2013

Meeow and the Little Chairs
Distributed May 2011 – May 2012 at 18 months

Miss Rumphius (Included in Books from Maine: A raising readers Collection)
Distributed April 2010 – May 2011 at 60 months

One Frog Sang (Included in raising readers: A Treasury of Tales from Maine)
Distributed May 2011 – May 2012 at 60 months

Peek-a-boo WHAT?
Distributed August 2011 – August 2012 at 9 months

Peek a Boo WHO?
Distributed June 2010 – August 2011 at 9 months

Possum and the Peeper (Included in Maine Stories for Maine Children: A raising readers Collection)
Distributed June 2012 – June 2013

Pouch!
Distributed June 2011 – June 2012 at 24 months

Quack, Quack Maisy
Distributed September 2012 – September 2013 at 4 months

Rainbow Colors Peekaboo
Distributed June 2010 – August 2011 at 6 months

raising readers: A Treasury of Tales from Maine (Includes these titles: Dance with Me, In the Wild, One Frog Sang, The Bugliest Bug, The Circus Ship)
Distributed May 2011 – May 2012 at 60 months

Read to Your Bunny Very First Library
Distributed April 2010 – May 2011 in the newborn tote

The Bugliest Bug (Included in raising readers: A Treasury of Tales from Maine)
Distributed May 2011 – May 2012 at 60 months

The Circus Ship (Included in raising readers: A Treasury of Tales from Maine)
Distributed May 2011 – May 2012 at 60 months

The Seals on the Bus
Distributed September 2011 – September 2012 at 24 months

Time for Bed
Distributed August 2012 – August 2013 in the newborn tote

Too Many Frogs (Included in Maine Stories for Maine Children: A raising readers Collection)
Distributed June 2012 – June 2013

Two at the Zoo
Distributed April 2010 – May 2011 at 18 months

Vroom Vroom Maisy
Distributed June 2011 – June 2012 in newborn tote

Walk with Me
Distributed July 2010 – August 2011 at 12 months

What Does Baby See?
Distributed June 2011 – June 2012 in the newborn tote

Who Hoo Are You?
Distributed December 2012 – December 2013 at 15 months

Who's in the Forest?
Distributed June 2012 – June 2013 at 18 months