Reading Adventure Packs: Where the Wild Things Are
Go on a "Wild Thing" reading adventure! Teachers can support reading together at home with our reading adventure packs — designed to encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around paired fiction and nonfiction books. (Level: Kindergarten)
Explore Wild Things!
The featured books are Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and one of the nonfiction or concept books suggested (see the list below). In Where the Wild Things Are, Max's imaginative adventure begins the night he wore his wolf suit, making mischief and being downright rude. When he was sent to his room to cool off, he travels to the land of the Wild Things where he is crowned king only returning when he's ready to be loved again. The list includes both nonfiction titles about night and fiction books that emphasize concepts such as dealing with feelings and using your imagination.
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Interview with Maurice Sendak
Please note: this interview is intended for adults, not children. (Video provided by HarperCollins)
The featured books were chosen for their quality and availability in most school and public libraries. However, if you would like to purchase the books, here are the links:
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Sometimes I'm Bombaloo by Rachel Vail
My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Max's Words by Kate Banks
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Where Are the Night Animals? by Mary Ann Fraser
What Makes Day and Night by Franklyn M. Branley
Night Animals by Susan Meredith
Night Creatures by Scholastic
What's in the reading adventure pack?
- Parent information sheet with an introductory note that teachers can personalize, instructions about how to use the packet, and tips for sharing fiction and nonfiction or concept books with children
- Two books: one fiction and one nonfiction, selected by Reading Rockets for high quality and wide availability in school libraries
- Creativity Activity: a hands-on craft project
- Imagination Activity: encourages imaginative play, writing, or drawing
- Get Real Activity: focuses on real-world experiences for parent and child
- Bookmark: lists the featured titles and alternative titles
- Parent survey
While designed as a school-to-home project, the Reading Rockets adventure packs are also great for summer programs, after-school programs, and home-schoolers.