Storytime in a Box

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Everything you need for a storytime now available in a single box.

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The Thousand Oaks Library’s Storytime in a Box quickly gets fun books into the hands of your family. Each storytime kit contains five similarly themed books, a list of songs and fingerplays you can try at home, and an additional source of family fun.

Kits are located near the Children's Library Folk Tale section.

Storytime in a Box titles cannot be placed on hold using the Library catalog. Download a printer-friendly copy of our Storytime in a Box Information Sheet.

Borrowing Policy

  • Borrower must have a Thousand Oaks Library card.
  • The kit will be checked out on the library card of the person picking up the kit. That patron is responsible for the kit and all of its contents.
  • The loan period is eight weeks and cannot be renewed.
  • Holds cannot be placed online for Storytime in a Box.

To request a Book Club in a Box, contact us via email through Ask a Librarian

(The book title links are for viewing book summary only, not for placing holds for Storytime in the Box.)


Bears & Hibernation Storytime Kit

Contains five titles:

Additional Resource: Animal Photo Card Library


Bug & Garden Storytime Kit

Contains five titles:

Additional Resource: Food Photo Cards


Community Storytime Kit 

Contains five titles: 

  1. Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora
  2. Windows by Julia Denos
  3. Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy
  4. Helpers in Your Neighborhood by Alexander Cassel Schwartz
  5. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

Additional Resource: Around Our Community Photo Cards


Dinosaur Storytime Kit

Contains five titles: 

  1. Dinosaur A-Z by Simon Mugford
  2. If I Had a Dinosaur by Alex Barrow
  3. Dinosaur vs the Library by Bob Shea
  4. Crunch, the Shy Dinosaur by Greg Pizzoli
  5. Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: a first book of manners by Judge Sierra

Additional Resource: What's Happening Cards


Dr. Seuss & Eric Carle Storytime Kit

Contains five titles:

Additional Resource: School Photo Card Library


Family Storytime Kit

Contains five titles: 

  1. Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal
  2. The Family Book by Todd Parr
  3. A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O'Leary
  4. Families by Shelly Rotner
  5. Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio

Additional Resource: All About Me Photo Card


Heart & Friends Storytime Kit

Contains five titles: 

  1. The Hug Machine by Scott Campbell 
  2. Hooray for Hat! By Brian Won 
  3. How do Dinosaurs Stay Friends by Jane Yolen 
  4. Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato 
  5. Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman 


Ocean & Water Animals Storytime Kit

Contains five titles: 

  1. I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
  2. A Perfect Day by Sarah Brannen
  3. Don’t Worry Little Crab by Chris Haughton
  4. The Whale in My Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan
  5. Turtle Tug to the Rescue by Michael Slack

Penguins & Snow Storytime Kit

Contains five titles: 

    1. Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon
    2. Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright
    3. Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
    4. A Polar Bear in the Snow by Mac Barnett
    5. Snow Falls by Kate Gardner

    Transportation Storytime Kit

    Contains five titles:

    Additional Resource: Building Language Cards


    Tree Storytime Kit

    Contains five titles:

    Additional Resource: Social-Emotional Photo Cards