Imagine your students happily engaging with great books—

and learning strong character traits, coping skills, and academic lessons!


LitWits Kits

Experiential lesson-planning tools

Our creative teaching resources help you make great books meaningful and  memorable!  When you get stories off the page in real-life ways, you help kids understand — and want to read more. And kids who read more great books learn more great things!

Great things like language arts and academic skills, including history and science. But greatest of all is the powerful influence of great characters. In them, kids can to see themselves, and their own potential.

LitWits Kits are private pages that deliver the best of our experiential literature workshops for kids. (Each kit page includes a 30-40-page PDF version for easy printing, too.) At checkout, you’ll create an account that gives you instant access.

See a sample LitWits Kit
See all the great books we've LitWitted

Each LitWits Kit page includes everything below:

  • sensory prop ideas:  see, hear, smell, and feel what the characters did
  • bookbites ideas: taste what the characters ate
  • creative project ideas & instructions: make what a character made
  • kinetic activity ideas & instructions: do what a character did (or might/should have!)
  • academic handouts: learn the story’s narrative arc, vocabulary, setting, and more
  • creative writing handouts: write what a character wrote or felt
  • takeaway topics: know what the characters knew
  • learning links: learn more about what the characters’ world was like
  • audiovisual links: see and hear what the characters’ world looked and sounded like
  • CCSS alignment: check off lots of boxes!


Click here to see what that looks like.

What makes LitWits Kits special?

LitWits Kits hold the unique ideas and materials we created for our experiential workshops , held in Santa Cruz since 2010. Our immersive, meaningful approach to books has been kid-tested for years. We know what a difference it makes, especially for reluctant readers. (Click here to learn how and why it works; click here for a glimpse of the fun.) We want to share what we have with you and your kids!

We also want to save you time and stress. LitWits Kits are instant, cohesive resources. You can stop surfing and patching together your lesson plans!

How do I use LitWits Kits in my home or classroom?

Just pull the parts that work for you and your kids! Even in a single activity or BookBites snack, we’ve given you lots to talk about.  (Don’t feel you have to hold a half-day workshop like we did — good grief, who has time for that? That’s why homeschool parents in Santa Cruz have been sending their kids to us since 2010!)

More questions? Check out our FAQ, or get in touch with us.

We didn't just make faces - we learned about dodecahedrons, the etymology of the word, and the nuanced power of nonverbal expression! Thank you Norton Juster!
Making faces (12!), while learning some geometry, the Greek etymology of "dodecahedron," and the nuanced power of nonverbal expression! From the LitWits experience of THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH
Visit our store to see all the books we've ``done!``

It’s amazing how much kids learn while they’re “just” having fun.  Here’s how and why!

We hold experiential workshops for kids in Santa Cruz.
Then we turn those workshops into online LitWits Kits.


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