Bringing theatre into your classroom is a wonderful way to bolster your students’ imaginations, problem-solving skills, team building, and enjoyment of reading. We look forward to supporting you in the wonderful work you do for kids!

This school year, we are offering Interactive Digital Story Kits, In-Class Performances, and Reader’s Theatre scripts.


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The digital story kits take all the great curriculum ideas we created for our physical story kits in 2020-21 and make them more accessible. For each title, you will receive a copy of the book and a pdf with downloadable arts curriculum, including two reader’s theatre scripts and exercises in writing, acting, visual arts, and movement. These can be purchased for an individual class, a grade band, or an entire school.

We are offering two different in-class, interactive performances this year: Koala Lou and an original class-devised piece called StoryMakers. A Book-It teaching artist will join your individual classroom to perform a piece for, and with, your students. These experiences include a study guide to deepen the discussion of the work, and classes ordering Koala Lou can purchase the digital story kit for a small fee.

Reader’s Theatre scripts are a fantastic way to encourage reading, oral interpretation, public speaking, and creativity! We will have 2-3-page, original scripts based on folktales from around the world and popular curriculum themes for a small fee, and we will offer a few scripts that you can download and use for free!


2021-2022 Arts Education Season

September 15: Orders are open!
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DREAMERS (SOÑADORES)
Written & Illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Adapted by Angélica Duncan-Basile
Story Read by Angélica Duncan-Basile
All curriculum in both English and Spanish

Grades: K-5

Digital Kit: October 13, 2021 – June 30, 2022

Learn More: Dreamers/Soñadores


THE BOOK ITCH: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore
By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
Adapted by Shermona Mitchell
Story Read by Bob Williams

Grades: 3-6

Digital Kit: January 3 – June 30, 2022

Learn More: Book Itch


KOALA LOU
By Mem Fox; Illustrated by Pamela Lofts
Adapted by Gillian Jorgensen
Directed by Zenaida Smith
Read & Performed by Jordi Montes

Grades: PreK-3

Digital Kit: February 4 – June 30, 2022
In-Class Performance: February 4 – March 31, 2022 (Tuesdays & Fridays)
Community Performance: February 4 – March 31, 2022 (available to public libraries, community centers, etc.)

Learn More: Koala Lou


TWO PROBLEMS FOR SOPHIA
By Jim Averbeck; Illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail
Adapted by Gillian Jorgensen
Story Read by Sarah Russell

Grades: K-5

Digital Kit: February 3 – June 30, 2022

Learn More: Sophia


STORYMAKERS
Created by Your Class & Book-It’s Arts Education Department

Grades: 3-6

In-Class Performance: March 1 – June 30, 2022

Learn More: StoryMakers


READER’S THEATRE SCRIPTS
2-3 page original scripts for all grade levels, with 4-20 roles for readers

Digital script sets for: PreK, K, 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12

Available: January 3 – June 30, 2022

Throughout winter and spring, reader’s theatre scripts will be available in sets of 3-5 per grade band, beginning with grades 1-6. Each script is written by a local playwright. Please contact us for more information about available sets.


PRICING:

$50: Digital Kit for Single Classroom or Homeschool

$125: Digital Kit for Grade Band at School (e.g. all kindergarten classrooms)

$225: Digital Kit for Entire School

$40: Digital Kit Add-On with Purchase of In-Class Performance (Koala Lou only)

$200: In-Class Interactive Performance (Koala Lou)

$200: Public Community Performance (Koala Lou)

$175: In-Class Devised Performance (StoryMakers)

$10: Reader’s Theatre Scripts (per title)

FREE: Reader’s Theatre Scripts, Assorted Curriculum, and Teacher Chats

Free and reduced rates are available to all Title 1 schools.


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Story Kit Read-Alouds were recorded at Seattle Center Studios.

 

 

 

Lexical matrices created by Rain City Reading.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book-It’s Arts Education program is a rostered organization through The Creative Advantage.

In support of you and your students during rapid school changes in the coming days, the Arts Education team at Book-It would like to offer you some materials for asynchronous work.


FREE! Comic Book Writing Exercise
Includes: instructions that can be adapted for any grade, a book list for teachers, and five sample frame layouts for use with the exercise. Click to download the pdf:
Book-It Comic Book Writing Exercise
TWO Frame Layout
THREE Frame Layout
FOUR Frame Layout
FIVE Frame Layout
SEVEN Frame Layout
Book-It Comic Book Exercise Book List
Writing Exercise Examples

 

Join Book-It’s Arts Education team each month for a FREE, 60-minute workshop of our offerings this school year. Each session will focus on a different title or program. In the first half of each session, we will explore sample curriculum for that month’s highlighted program, and in the second half of our time there will be a Q&A on the content of that curriculum and how to adapt it to fit into your classroom’s needs.

We look forward to seeing you on Zoom!


Thursday, October 28, 4:15-5:15pm
Dreamers (Soñadores) by Yuyi Morales
Register for October Chat

Thursday, November 18, 4:15-5:15pm
The Book Itch by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Register for November Chat

Thursday, December 9, 4:15-5:15pm
Koala Lou by Mem Fox
Register for December Chat

Thursday, January 20, 4:15-5:15pm
Reader’s Theatre Scripts
Register for January Chat

Thursday, February 17, 4:15-5:15pm
The Book Itch by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Register for February Chat

Thursday, March 24, 4:15-5:15pm
Koala Lou by Mem Fox
Register for March Chat

Thursday, April 21, 4:15-5:15pm
Two Problems for Sophia by Jim Averbeck
Register for April Chat

Thursday,  May 12, 4:15-5:15pm
StoryMakers
Register for May Chat

Thursday, June 9, 4:15-5:15pm
2022-2023 Titles, Workshops, & Residencies
Join Book-It’s Arts Education team to learn about the titles, workshops, and residencies we’ll be offering during the 2022-2023 school year.
Register for June Chat

Welcome to the 2021-22 Digital Story Kits!

This is the page to access any of the 2021-2022 Digital Story Kits you’ve purchased. With these arts-infused exercises, you and your students will use your own lived experience and creativity to engage with the story in a deeper way.

You will have access to download files through June 30, 2022—please abide by the terms of your purchase agreement and do not share these files outside of your agreed licensing (single class, grade band, or whole school). If you would like to upgrade your access, please contact Jordi Montes at jordim@book-it.org.


PASSWORD-PROTECTED PAGES
Click the title for the kit you’ve purchased to access the password-protected page with the downloadable story kit and read-aloud video.

Dreamers/Soñadores

Coming Soon:
The Book Itch by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Koala Lou by Mem Fox
Two Problems for Sophia by Jim Averbeck


Looking for our Reader’s Theatre scripts or to book an in-class performance of Koala Lou or StoryMakers? Click here to complete our programming request form.