Kids will Cut, Collage, and Create!

Your students will be authors and illustrators of their own versions of literature!

FAQs About KinderLit

  1. 1.What is a KinderLit book?

A KinderLit book is a reproducible book of 5 - 10 pages that is based on or adapted from a piece of children’s literature.  Your students will create the illustrations and write simple words in their copies of the KinderLit book. For a list of our books, click here.

  1. 2. What do I receive when I purchase a KinderLit book?

You will receive all the blackline masters of the pages and cover of the book you have ordered, specific directions for completing each page, and a photo page showing the finished pages from that book. Also included will be a     description of some techniques we use in our classrooms which may include:

  1. phonetically sounding out the words for each page

  2. modeling collage techniques for the illustrations

  3. modeling correct letter formation

  4. using the finished books for shared and guided reading

  5. home activities

  6. 3. Are the pieces of literature included?

No, but all books used are well-known pieces of literature available in bookstores and libraries.

4. What are the benefits of using KinderLit books?

Teaching through literacy and bookmaking is more effective than teaching skills in isolation through drill sheets and workbooks. Children become actively involved in their own learning and see themselves as readers and writers!  Children also will:

  1. learn to appreciate literature

  2. understand the roles of authors and illustrators

  3. take pride in their work

  4. be actively involved in their learning

  5. learn to think, preplan, measure, and problem-solve

  6. find success at any developmental and instructional level

  7. have ownership over their work

  8. love to learn!

5. What academic skills can be taught using KinderLit books?

Children learn letter and numeral identification, phonics, phonemic awareness, concept of print, simple sight words, colors, shapes, counting sets, and handwriting all while being exposed to great pieces of children’s literature!

6. How do I incorporate a KinderLit book into my lesson planning?

Lesson planning is easy with KinderLit books!  Each book consists of 5 - 10 pages, each page being a task or job to reinforce your reading or math lesson. We use them to integrate all curriculum areas.

  1. 7. How is phonics taught with KinderLit books?

Each page allows for teacher-directed phonics lessons to sound out the words needed on the page for that day.  As the teacher verbally stretches out the word to isolate each sound, the children respond with the appropriate letters. The correct letters are written on the chalkboard for all to copy into their books. The children learn to associate letters with their corresponding sounds through this process. 

  1. 8. How do KinderLit books teach math concepts?

Many of our titles are math-oriented and teach colors, shapes, numeral recognition and sets.  If drawing a set is required, the children are responsible for counting out the correct number in each set.  The KinderLit books are not like workbooks in that they do not have preprinted sets on the pages. 

9.  How much class time is needed to complete each book?

We complete one page a day so the time frame is determined by the number of pages in the KinderLit book. In a full-day or accelerated program, you may be able to complete 2 pages a day.

10. Is there a lot of prep needed for a KinderLit book?

Teacher prep time includes copying and stapling or binding a book for each child and preparing the collage materials for each page.  We include a set of directions with a list of materials for each page.  Although exact measurements are given for the paper needed, we cut the paper in approximate sizes since the children learn to measure and trim themselves.  We spend about 5 minutes cutting the squares and rectangles for the next day’s page and place all the sizes in baskets on the work tables.  This way we  do not have to clip the paper together for each child (takes too long!) and the children are responsible for choosing the correct sizes for each part of the illustrations. If you have a team of teachers, each team member can be responsible for cutting the paper for one page for all the classes.  Then the teachers swap the papers they have cut so that every teacher ends up with the paper for all the pages of the book. 

11. Do KinderLit books require any special materials?

No, the books use materials found in any Kindergarten classroom or around the school.

12.  How do I organize the classroom, the materials and the KinderLit books?

Once you have cut the paper needed for the day’s page, place all the pieces in a tray basket in the center of your work tables. Or you can put the paper on a central supply table and the children take it from there (this method lends itself to more movement on the part of the children!). 

  1. At cleanup time, the extra paper is placed in a “Scrap Box” which can be a

  2. cardboard box or a plastic bin.  The children use this scrap paper for the    

  3. small details of the illustrations, such as eyes, windows, doors, spots, etc. 

  4.   When the children complete the page of the day, the books can be folded 

  5. back to remain open for the glue or paint to dry and placed in a cubby.  If

  6. you do not have cubbies or something similar, place the books along a wall       

  7. out of the way to dry and then have a child collect them for you!  Keep    

  8. them in a plastic tub, ready to hand out for the next day’s page!

  9.   At cleanup time, the children can become “human vacuum cleaners” and pick up all the scraps, including any

  10. you have created from your modeling of that day’s page. They love cleaning up for you! Teach them the difference between a scrap to save and a scrap that is too small to use again and needs to be thrown away.

13. Will I be able to reproduce a copy of a KinderLit book for each of my students? 

Yes, you may reproduce the student pages in a KinderLit book for your classroom use only year after year. Reproduction of our books and/or materials for an entire school or school system is strictly prohibited. KinderLit books and/or materials may not be reproduced for storage in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, recording, photocopying, or otherwise, without written permission from KinderLit.

  1. 14. Are KinderLit books geared to all developmental stages and special needs?

Each child finds success by illustrating their own books a their level of development.  No two children’s books look alike at completion and each child is proud of their finished book.  KinderLit books allow for the more advanced students to add more detail and to increase their current skill level no matter what it may be.  The children do not realize that they are working at different levels since they are all working on the same project. KinderLit books equal success for all children!

  1. 15.Can I differentiate any KinderLit books for Preschool or First Grade?

Yes!  Many of our books are adaptable for other grades.  For preschoolers, write or dot in the words on the pages before copying for the children to trace over.  First graders can print a simple, two-sentence report on the back side of many of our books. 

For example, in our Eric Carle book, the students can write a “report” about the insects and animals. Any book that has the word “Kindergarten” in its title can be ordered with “Preschool” or “First Grade” instead.  Please contact us for more information.

16. Do the children like creating KinderLit books?

Yes!  The children love creating their own books because they can be creative, successful, and proud of their accomplishments, both with the books and with their learning.

17. What do parents think about KinderLit books?

The feedback has been very positive from the parents!  They see the excitement their children show about their KinderLit books and their enthusiasm for reading and learning.  One parent communicated the     following:  “I have enjoyed Sami reading her books to me.  Her book this week, Nursery Rhymes, was so cute.  She is very proud of them and I look forward to many more.”  Mrs. D.W., Phoenix, AZ.

18. When a KinderLit book is completed, what should I do with them?

Before sending them home with your students, use these books in your guided reading groups.  Here are some suggestions:

  1. count the number of words on a page

  2. find certain words and/or letters

  3. find high frequency words

  4. find the 1st word (2nd, 3rd, last, etc.)

  5. circle each word and point to each one as the page is read

  6. discuss beginning, middle, and end

  7. ask questions about comprehension of the story

  8. discuss the author and illustrator of the book (themselves!)

  9. and any other required literacy standards from your reading program!

On the day we send them home, we do one last large group shared reading.

19. Will the children learn to read using KinderLit books?

Learning to read is a process with many steps and KinderLit books allow children to begin at their level and progress as far as they developmentally can.

20. How can I place an order for a KinderLit book?

Click on the STORE button on any page of this site and you will be directed to our Teachers Pay Teachers store.

21. What if I have a question about your books or about ordering?

On this site, you can click on the Contact Us button to the left.  On Teachers Pay Teachers, click on the Ask A Question tab on any page and we will receive your question immediately.  Our response time is usually within 12 - 24 hours, sometimes even faster! 

If you have any other questions, please contact us!

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