Lit Kit

The Lit Kit is “a box packed with love and bite sized ideas for joyful reading.” It includes a magazine to educate adults and books, games, and other materials to engage children. The magazine invites adults to engage in this routine:

  • Word Play
  • Child Reading
  • Adult Reading

The kits were created by Calgary Reads and funded by the Calgary Foundation, the Rotary Club of Calgary and the Herbert and Maren Mueller Foundation.

Build your own Lit Kit

If you don’t have a Lit Kit, you can build your own! Here are some supplies we recommend for it.


Your Lit Kit can include any excellent picture books. Here are the ones included in our Lit Kits.

  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  • We Are In A Book by Mo Willems
  • I Don’t Want to Read This Book by Max Greenfield, illustrated by Mike Lowery
  • My Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
  • Who Would Win: Hornet vs. Wasp? By Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Rob Bolster


  • Regular dice
  • Alphabet dice: A 26-sided dice with all the letters of the alphabet that you can use in games. 
  • Question Dice – who, what, where, when, why, how
  • Vowel dice


  • Magnetic Whiteboard
  • Whiteboard eraser
  • Dry erase markers
  • Scissors
  • Ziploc bag
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Mirror
  • Coloured bingo chips
  • Magnetic letters
  • Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) pin
  • Index cards
  • Paper sentence strips
  • Orange brain – stress ball


  • Bingo Blast
  • Rolling Endings 
  • Don’t Cross Me
  • Don’t Double Cross Me
  • Rolling Endings
  • Elkonin sound boxes
  • Onset-Rime and Making Words
  • Alpha Scramblers and other dice games
  • 2Fun4words Games – picture cards are used for playing phonemic awareness games.
  • Question Game – A series of fun get to know you questions like “Describe the ultimate ice cream sundae.”
  • Story cubes
  • Red Word Maker, cards and letter tiles

Lit Kit magazine

The Lit Kit magazine is full of information for adults who want to help children learn to read including:

  • Tips for reading aloud to children 
  • Ideas for word play and instructions for the Lit Kit games
  • Tips for guiding children as they read to you

Department of Education

MRU Reads