LitWits Kits: Literature Teaching Supplies


Literary field trips in a box!

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 now offer three options for exploring great books in hands-on, memorable ways:

  1. Register your kids for our online experiences of great books; we ship LitWits Kits of supplies to each child. Price:  $55-65
  2. OR you can TIY! Order those same LitWits Kits of supplies, which include the Explorer’s Guide and more. Scroll down for details. Price:  $39
  3. You can create your own LitWitty experiences for 45+ books any time using our Explorer’s Guides–rich, detailed web pages containing our creative teaching ideas and printables. You print the printables yourself, and shop for your own supplies. Price:  $18

What’s in a LitWits Kit?

LitWits Kits are only available for the books we’re teaching, and must be ordered by the deadlines shown.

Each kit includes these items for one 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. 

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.

TOO LATE for Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (workshop was Jun 25) 

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

TOO LATE for Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (workshop Aug 13)

TOO LATE 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 (geared toward kit buyers)
Learn about our workshops
Learn about our Explorer's Guides
My Side of the Mountain - George - LitWits Kit teaching supplies materials

The LitWits Kit for My Side of the Mountain, taught in our online workshop on July 23rd.  From far left, packed in woodsy moss: the narrative arc and creative writing worksheets; authentic birch bark and marker for drawing botanical sketches; materials for making falcon jesses (leash is around the bark), the book; BookBites (a story-significant snack of venison, sassafras tea, and “acorn” pancakes and blueberry jam; clay for making jam pots as Bando did; a hawk feather; a slide whistle, and a template for designing a touristy rack card for Sam’s Hemlock Hotel. All straight from the story–or from Sam’s future!  Not pictured: personalized note to child. Teacher kits purchased separately also included The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for My Side of the Mountain and our fine-tuned workshop agenda.

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.

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we make great books lovable and learnable!

Here’s how we teach a great book
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