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 25 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


  • 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?

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

Ready to Read Tubs

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 5

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

Tub 7

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

Tub 10

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

Tub 12

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

Tub 16

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

Tub 20

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

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 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 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 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 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 40

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

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 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 50

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