Reading Adventure Packs for Families

Reading Adventure Packs for Families

Reading Rockets has developed a set of reading adventure packs to encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around paired fiction and nonfiction books.

Parents who read to their children everyday and talk about what they are reading together promote a joy of reading and literacy achievement. How can teachers encourage reading at home and support the role of parents as educators?

One way is through the use of our reading adventure packs — a paired set of theme-based fiction and nonfiction books and related interactive activities that kids bring home from school to share with their family. Just assemble everything into a two-gallon zip top bag, and they're ready to go!

"[These packs] are a great idea from Reading Rockets. I love the fact that there are clear, accessible, and easy-to-understand suggestions for parents in each PDF. The activities would be fun and educational to link to any book that suits the themes, not just the ones suggested."

— The Book Chook

What goes into each reading adventure pack?

  • Parent information sheet with an introductory note that you can personalize, instructions about how to use the packet, and tips for sharing fiction and nonfiction 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

Themed reading adventure packs

simple illustrations of animals
Theme: Animals
Age: Kindergarten
Animals pack
(English and Spanish)
Environment reading adventure pack
Theme: Environment
Age: Grade 1
Environment pack
(English and Spanish)
simple illustrations of food
Theme: Food
Age: Kindergarten
Food pack
(English and Spanish)
repeated illustrations of a crescent moon
Theme: Folktales
Age: Grade 1
Folktales pack
(English and Spanish)
simple illustrations of musical instruments
Theme: Music
Age: Kindergarten
Music pack
(English and Spanish)
simple illustrations of time-related objects
Theme: Time
Age: Grade 1
Time pack
(English and Spanish)
simple illustrations of dinosaurs
Theme: Dinosaurs
Age: Grade 1
Dinosaurs pack
symbols from Where the Wild Things Are
Theme: Wild Things
Age: Kindergarten
Wild Things pack
(English and Spanish)
simple illustrations of things related to children sleeping
Theme: Sleep
Age: Kindergarten
Sleep pack
(English and Spanish)
Simple illustrations of stages of butterfly
Theme: What Happens Next?
Age: Pre-K and K
Hungry Caterpillar pack
(English and Spanish)
Simple illustrations of eggs and ham
Theme: Green Eggs & Ham
Age: Kindergarten
Green Eggs & Ham pack
Silhouette of snowy day with trees and young boy
Theme: The Snowy Day
Age: Kindergarten
Snowy Day pack
(English and Spanish) >
simple silhouette illustrations of farm items
Theme: Farms
Age: Kindergarten
Farms pack
(English and Spanish)
simple silhouette illustrations of Dr. Seuss trees
Theme: Trees
Age: Grade 1
The Lorax pack
(English and Spanish)
multicolor illustrations of different kinds of rocks
Theme: Rocks
Age: Grades 1 and 2
Rocks pack
(English and Spanish)
simple silhouette illustrations of ocean life
Theme: Oceans
Age: Grade 1
Oceans pack
(English and Spanish)
simple silhouette illustrations of cooking items
Theme: Cooking
Age: Grades 1 and 2
Cooking pack
(English and Spanish)
Simple illustrations of clouds, rain, tornado, sun and other weather icons
Theme: Weather
Age: Grades 1 and 2
Weather pack
(English and Spanish)
simple silhouette illustrations of house, tree, bird nest, beehive, and spider web
Theme: Building
Age: Grades 1 and 2
Building pack 
(English and Spanish)
simple silhouette illustration of two people canoeing down a stream
Theme: Rivers
Age: Grade 3
Rivers pack
(English and Spanish)
simple silhouette illustrations of bees, hives, honeycomb, and flowers
Theme: Bees
Age: Grade 3
Bees pack
(English and Spanish)
simple silhouette illustrations of planes, hot air balloons and other flying vehicles
Theme: Flight
Age: Grade 3
Flight pack
(English and Spanish)
illustrations of constellations
Theme: Stars
Age: Grade 3
Stars pack
(English and Spanish)
simple silhouette illustrations of coins, paper money, and piggy bank
Theme: Money
Age: Grade 3
Money pack
(English and Spanish)
Simple illustrations of plants and gardening tools
Theme: Gardening
Age: Grade 2 and 3
Gardening pack
(English and Spanish)
multicolor illustrations of robots
Theme: Robots
Age: Grade 2 and 3
Robots pack
(English and Spanish)
simple illustrations of symbols related to federal and local government
Theme: Government
Age: Grade 2 and 3
Government pack
(English and Spanish)
Icons of archaeologist tools and Native American and Egyptian symbols
Theme: Archaeology
Age: Grade 2 and 3
Archaeology pack
(English and Spanish)
simple silhouette illustrations of birds nesting, feeding, flying and singing
Theme: Birds
Age: Grade 2 and 3
Birds pack
(English and Spanish)
simple silhouette illustrations of caped superhero with the word WOW in comic style lettering
Theme: Heroes
Age: Grade 2 and 3
Heroes pack
(English and Spanish)
Icons of athletes, the Olympic torch and colorful international flags
Theme: The Olympics
The Olympics pack

Feedback wanted

If you use the reading adventure packs in your classroom, we'd love to get feedback on how well they worked, new theme ideas, or ways to improve the packs. Contact us and select "Reading adventure packs" from the subject field. Thank you!

To learn more, please read our article about reading adventure packs.

* Si tiene alugunas preguntas o comentarios, contáctenos y seleccione "Cometarios sobre el paquete de actividades familiares."

Reading Rockets (2020)


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I teach 5th grade and would love to see these wonderful packs for the upper-grade kids. Thanks so much for providing what is here.

Would love a stronger phonics element IN ADDITION to the awesome social studies/science extensions.

You could do audio versions for those with reading difficulties like dyslexia so they get age appropriate content, expose them to age appropriate vocabulary

The Adventure Packs are great, but I would love to see sets for middle schoolers!

Please make more Pre-K level packs! I love the one that you have and would love, love, love to have more options to put in my take-home literacy packs.

Absolutely LOVE the literacy bags! Thank you for all the hard work with such wonderful themes and hands on activities. I am planning to use these for extended summer reading packets which the kids can come and trade out during the summer. I have a large group of ELL students. I'm planning to add a DVD/audio/video recording of each of the books to model target reading skills and oral reading fluency for our students and parents. If you already have audio/visual ideas and/or samples I would love to see them posted to Reading Rockets!

Looks like a great product! Do you have anything for children who are blind or visually impaired? They always seem to be left out.

To call yourself a Librarian and say that books are not needed in Spanish is not only insulting to those of use who honor biligualism but also ignorant. Librarian has obviously not seen the benefits of biligual education when done correctly. At my school, the students who are in the dual language program outperform those who are in our English only program. It's unfortunate that your experience was negative but don't undervalue something you clearly don't understand.

These literacy bags are a great resource; however, they are not easy to find. Could you set up a link on the homepage or include links under topics on the homepage?

I am a new daycare provider and I'm always looking for more and different ways to educate the younger kids. Do you have any more of these wonderful bag ideas for Preschool level children?

I love this idea! Do you have plans for extending it to 3-4 or even 5th grade?? Thanks!

These bags are wnderful. I do my own so this is very helpful. Is there anyway to send post a pdf bibliography of all the books used in these bags and also a materials list? It would be so much easier to gather the materials and put together the bags. I also include a journal in my bags so the families can add a picture of them doing the activity or reading together and they can write a blurp about it!

I have been looking for something like this and was so thrilled to find this resource. I would love more. I'm ordering the books through thriftbooks and getting the bags ready to use for this fall.

I read through the materials for the "Oceans" literacy bag and thought it was fabulous. However, I was disappointed when I didn't find any literacy bags for 2nd grade. I will likely make some myself, but as teachers there's so much that we make ourselves. It would be so helpful to find this kind of resource on your awesome web site.

Can you offer more bags for the pre-K crowd? As a member of a home daycare association, we would really benefit from those!

Thank you! These are wonderful. Thanks for sharing - they are helpful and they are designed attractively, as well - very much appreciated.

Wow. These literacy bags are a wonderful idea. This will come in handy for homeschool parents. You can make all kinds of bags in whatever subject you are working on at home. They can even be grade oriented. Thanks so much for the idea. It opens up a whole new realm for homeschooling families.

I would also love to see some Spanish materials. Librarian, this is not so much for the kids but so the parents who are not benefiting from daily English instruction can feel connected to their child's education through this activity.

These literacy bags would be great for my 3-5 struggling readers. Are you considering bags for older readers?

I used to do math bags for my kindergarden students to take home. I was working at a school where I knew the kids did not have manipulatives and such and I also knew the parents did not know exactly how and what to do with the kids. I made a ziplock full of activities that included directions and plenty of various manipulatives. I did it very inexpensively with dollar store items. The parents loved it and so did the kids. They were very proud of their bags! I can see this being the same! I love this idea. It is a great home school connection. Parents often want to work with their kids but just don't know the different things they can do and try. Great idea!

Please add more literacy bags for Kindergarten. Also include the translations to spanish. I would do the translations contact me at this e-mail [email protected] you are interested.ThanksMEsparza

These are wonderful resources; do you anticipate writing any literacy bags for older youth?

These are great they will help me supplement what my child is learning in school.

I really like the literacy bags, but do you have any for higher grades, or just K-1?

I think your family literacy bags are wonderful, but I think it would help if you would provide a site from which to purchase the books. I have most of the fiction books, but the non-fiction books I do not have.

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