Ready to Read Tubs

Ready to Read Tubs provide a complete set of tools for building a solid foundation for literacy. These books were specifically chosen to offer multicultural portrayals or young children, some Alaskan themed books, and manipulative features (e.g. touch and feel, lift a flap, etc.). Materials can be incorporated into various aspects of early childhood learning and development.

The Center has 50 Ready to Read Tubs. Each tub includes:

  • An assortment of 30-50 board and picture books

  • A resource guide and a DVD for the adult childcare provider

Suggestions for using the Ready to Read Tubs:

  • Let children take board books in and out of the tub to develop fine motor skills
  • Use picture books for storytime with a group of children
  • Use song books to sing with children to develop sound awareness
  • Use books to engage children in a conversation to develop language skills
  • Discover new favorites with the vast array of titles



  • Tubs are not themed.
  • Ready to Read Tubs are loaned for 6 weeks. Tubs are renewable.
  • If sent to location outside of Anchorage, the loan period is 9 weeks.
  • The DVDs included in tubs are meant for adult caregivers.
  • Some tubs contain materials in Spanish, Korean, and Vietnamese.

  • Questions about kits?

Tub 1

Early Literacy Storytimes @ Your Library by Saroj Ghoting & Pamela Martin-Diaz

Tub 2

Every Child Ready to Read by Lee Pesky Learning Center

Tub 3

Reading with Babies, Toddlers and Twos: A Guide to Choosing, Reading, and Loving Books Together by Susan Straub

Tub 4

Baby Read-Aloud Basics: Fun & Interactive Ways to Help Your Little One Discover the World of Words by Caroline Blakemore

Tub 5

What's Going on in There?: How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life by Lise Eliot

Tub 6

Story Stretchers for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos: Experiences, Activities, and Games for Popular Children's Book by Shirley C. Raines

Tub 7

Literacy Play: Over 300 Dramatic Play Activities That Teach Re-Reading Skills by Sherrie West & Amy Cox

Tub 8

Lapsit Services for the Very Young II by Linda L. Ernst

Tub 9

Active Learning for Infants by Debby Cryer

Tub 10

Books in Bloom: Creative Patterns and Props that Bring Stories to Life by Kimberly K. Faurot

Tub 11

Games Babies Play by Jackie Silberg

Tub 12

Baby days: Activities, Ideas, and Games for Enjoying Daily Life with a Child Under Three by Barbara Rowley

Tub 13

365 Games Babies Play: Playing, Growing, and Exploring with Babies from Birth to 15 Months by Shelia Ellison

Tub 14

Babies in the Library! by Jane Marino

Tub 15

Games to Play with Babies by Jackie Silberg

Tub 16

Baby Minds: Brain-Building Games your Baby will Love by Linda P. Acredolo

Tub 17

125 Brain Games for Babies: Simple Games to Promote Early Brain Development by Jackie Silberg

Tub 18

Baby Signs: How to Talk to your Baby Before your Baby Can Talk by Linda P. Acredolo

Tub 19

Baby Play by Wendy S. Masi

Tub 20

Itsy Bitsy Yoga: Poses to Help your Baby Sleep longer, Digest Better, and Grow Stronger by Helen Garabedian

Tub 21

The Little Hands Art Book by Judy Press

Tub 22

Toddlers Together: The Complete Planning Guide for a Toddler Curriculum by Cynthia Catlin [NOTE: Tub includes some VIETNAMESE books]

Tub 23

More Toddlers Together: The Complete Planning Guide for a Toddler Curriculum, Volume II by Cynthia Catlin

Tub 24

Storytimes for Two-Year-Olds by Judy Nichols [NOTE: Tub includes some KOREAN books]

Tub 25

Flannelboard Stories for Infants and toddlers [Bilingual ed] by Ann D. Carlson

Tub 26

Year 'round Activities for Two-year-Old Children by Anthony J. Coletta

Tub 27

The Comprehensive Infant Curriculum: A Complete, Interactive Curriculum for Infants from Birth to 18 Months by Kay M. Albrecht [NOTE: Tub contains SPANISH books]

Tub 28

Creative Resources for Infants and Toddlers by Judy Herr [NOTE: Tub contains SPANISH books]

Tub 29

Learning Activities for Infants and Toddlers: An Easy Guide for Everyday Use by Betsy Squibb

Tub 30

And the Cow Jumped Over the Moon: Over 650 Activities to Teach Toddlers Using Familiar Rhymes and Songs by Pamela Byrne Schiller

Tub 31

125 Brain Games for Toddlers and Twos: Simple Games to Promote Early Brain Development by Jackie Silberg

Tub 32

The Everything Toddler Activities Book: Games and Projects that Entertain and Educate by Joni Levine

Tub 33

Winter Day Play: Activities, Crafts, and Games for Indoors and Out by Nancy F. Castaldo

Tub 34

Science Play: Beginning Discoveries for 2 to 6 Year Olds by Jill Frankel Hauser

Tub 35

Toddler Play by Gymboree

Tub 36

Little Hands Fingerplays & Action Songs: Seasonal Activities & Creative Play for 2 to 6 Year Olds by Emily Stetson

Tub 37

365 Games Smart Toddlers Play: Creative Time to Imagine, Grow and Learn by Shelia Ellison

Tub 38

The comprehensive toddler curriculum: a Complete Interactive Curriculum for Toddlers from 18 to 36 Months by Kay M. Albrecht

Tub 39

The Complete Resource Book for Infants: Over 700 Experiences for Children from Birth to 18 Months by Pamela Byrne Schiller

Tub 40

The Giant Encyclopedia of Theme Activities for Children 2 to 5 edited by Kathy Charner

Tub 41

365 Activities You and your Toddler will Love by Nancy Wilson Hail

Tub 42

The Eentsy, Weentsy Spider: Fingerplays and Action Rhymes by Joanna Cole

Tub 43

Something Musical Happened at the Library: adding Song and Dance to Children's Story Programs by Rob Reid

Tub 44

First Art: Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos by MaryAnn F. Kohl

Tub 45

The Little Hands Big Fun Craft Book: Creative Fun for 2 to 6 Year Olds by Judy Press

Tub 46

The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays and Chants by Jackie Silberg & Pamela Byrne Schiller

Tub 47

Do you Know the Muffin Man? An Essential Preschool Literacy Resource by Pamela Byrne Schiller

Tub 48

The Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities: For Children Birth to 3 edited by Kathy Charner, Maureen Murphy & Charlie Clark

Tub 49

Active Learning for Twos by Debby Cryer

Tub 50

The Complete Learning Spaces Book for Infants and Toddlers: 54 Integrated Areas with Play Experiences by Rachel T. Isbell


This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to
the Alaska State Library under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.