Reading Adventure Pack: Where the Wild Things Are

Reading Adventure Pack: 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!

Reading Rockets' Where the Wild Things Are reading adventure pack


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.


Get the books

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

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Sometimes I'm Bombaloo by Rachel Vail

My Many Colored Days

My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss

Not a Box

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Max's Words

Max's Words by Kate Banks

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Where Are the Night Animals?

Where Are the Night Animals? by Mary Ann Fraser

What Makes Day and Night

What Makes Day and Night by Franklyn M. Branley

Night Animals

Night Animals by Susan Meredith

Night Creatures

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.

Interested in more reading adventures?

Browse our full library of reading adventure packs. And for additional information about reading adventure packs, you might want to read this article.

Reading Rockets, Rachael Walker (2009)


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Love the ideas! The parent information is written at a higher level than most of my students' parents can read and comprehend. I will need to scale the letter down considerably before using.

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