LitWits Kits


Literary field trips in a box!

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A new way to LitWit great books!

Since 2010, our creative, three-hour “field trips” through literature have turned thousands of reluctant readers into avid enthusiasts.  After all, what’s not to love about making, tasting, smelling, inventing, building, re-creating, feeling, imagining, writing, and doing what the characters did?  And what better way to learn what they learned than by DOING what they did?  We offer three options for exploring great books in hands-on, memorable ways:

  1. Your kids are welcome to join our experiences of great books, online; we ship supplies to each child. Price:  $55-65
  2. You can create your own LitWitty experiences using our Explorer’s Guides–rich, detailed web pages containing our creative teaching ideas and printables. (Yes, we used to call these LitWits Kits, but that sounded like boxes of supplies.)  Price:  $18
  3. You can order LitWits Kits–actual boxes of supplies! The Explorer’s Guide for that book is included, and more; see below. Price:  $39

What’s in a LitWits Kit?


Each LitWits Kit includes these items for one child:

  • a personalized note to the child
  • the book
  • at least two sets of project/activity materials
  • narrative arc and creative writing worksheets
  • a book-related snack

Each order includes these aids for you, delivered digitally:

  • free access to the LitWits Explorer’s Guide for that book ($18 value)
  • a fine-tuned agenda, delivered after we finish our workshop
  • a free Zoom session the day after our workshop,  to walk you through our agenda, share what worked best, and answer questions

To order, click the link in our schedule below, and choose Option 2. LitWits Kits are only available for the books we’re teaching, and must be ordered by the deadlines shown.

Schedule and Order Forms

Click to register your child/ren for our workshop (Option 1) or order LitWits Kits (Option 2). Whether we teach that great book or you TIY, it’s a win-win for you and your kids.! Please note the deadline is the same either way–we need time to order supplies, pack them up in special ways, and get them shipped two weeks prior to our workshop.

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (held Jun 25)  |  ORDER TIY option until we run out (we had leftovers)

TOO LATE for My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (workshop will be Jul 23)

REGISTER or ORDER by Jul 18 for Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (workshop Aug 13)

REGISTER or ORDER by Aug 30 for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (workshop Sep 24)

REGISTER or ORDER by Sep 26 for  Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (workshop Oct 22)

REGISTER or ORDER by Oct 24 for  Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (workshop Nov 19)

REGISTER or ORDER by Nov 21 for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum (workshop Dec 17)


Whether you buy LitWits Kits or not, you’re welcome to sign up for our Workshop Review session on Zoom, the day after each workshop–we’ll be walking you through “what we did,” sharing what worked, passing along teacher tips, and answering questions. It will make more sense if you’ve ordered a kit, but please feel free to join us regardless.

Register for a Workshop Review Session

The LitWits Kit for Johnny Tremain, taught in our workshop on June 25, 2020.  Clockwise from lower right: the book; a story-significant snack wrapped in The Boston Observer (with the pig ad!),  a ground linseed poultice in a muslin bag; spices and citrus in a secretly coded bag, plus Patriot Punch mix, for making what Rab and Johnny concoted for the Sons of Liberty;  a welcome note with instructions for the child; glue, watercolor paint set, template, paper, cardstock, and tea bag of textures for the Old Boston Map project (teaching geography, conflict, turning point, and lots more); in the center, silver wax, a tiny crucible, a candle, flagpoles (British and American) for designing and carving a maker’s mark (while we learned the history of marks, and the art of silversmithing), with an optional “part 2” to be done with a parent later; not pictured:  narrative arc and creative writing handouts.  Also included:  The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for Johnny Tremain and an eight-page agenda, fine-tuned after our workshop.

Learn about our workshops
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we make great books lovable and learnable!

Here’s how we teach a great book
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