Category: Reading Kits

Winter Wonderland: A Nutcracker Christmas Kit

Posted December 13, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 2 Comments

 

Two Cupcakes with Winter Decor

 

Normally I make a reading kit for my menu of the month, but since The Nutcracker is a play without any dialogue, there isn’t much to read. Still, I thought The Nutcracker would be a great theme for a series of Christmas gifts, so I present you with the Nutcracker Christmas Kit: a set of small Christmas presents themed around the famous play, perfect for giving to a friend…or saving as a gift for yourself! šŸ˜‰

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Some Midnight Reading: An Edgar Allan Poe Reading Kit

Posted October 11, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 0 Comments

 

Free stock photo of sky, night, moon, spooky

 

Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry is oh-so-perfect for a late night reading binge, but of course you’ll need the proper equipment to get you through: a cozy cup of tea, some Poe-inspired fashion, a candle to read by, and of course a big book of Poe-try! The reading kit below has everything you need for a night of perfectly spooky reading—no matter how far into the crypt your adventures might take you. Enjoy! šŸ™‚

 

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A Sherlock Holmes Reading Kit

Posted September 20, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 4 Comments

big ben, bridge, clock tower

Is it just me, or was Sherlock Holmes DESIGNED to have a reading kit? Putting this thing together was a breeze, you guys. I’ve made easy kits before, but seriously—I chose all the items for this one in under 20 minutes. It practically made itself! Maybe it’s the iconic imagery (pipes! deerstalkers! magnifying glasses!), or maybe it’s just the fact that there are so many Sherlock fans out there making awesome stuff. Either way, I’ve pretty much decided that this is already in my top 5 favorite reading kits. Enjoy! šŸ™‚

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A Studio Ghibli Marathon Kit

Posted August 16, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 5 Comments

 

 

Oh, Studio Ghibli. Not only are your stories amazing, but your characters are such a perfect combo of magic and true human spirit that they’ve become synonymous with childhood itself for many of us.

Making a marathon kit for Studio Ghibli movies was simultaneously one of the most difficult and most rewarding kits I’ve ever made. On the one hand, there are SO MANY options for what to include that it was downright intimidating. But all the Ghibli movies are so awesome, how can you possibly go wrong? šŸ™‚

In the end, this kit turned out a little bit longer than some of my others, but I’m satisfied that I managed to include the very best. Enjoy! šŸ™‚

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A Reading Kit Fit for a Princess

Posted July 5, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 4 Comments

 

 

There’s a lot of beauty to be found in the book A Little Princess. So many of the sentences are elegantly crafted with lush descriptions. I found myself reading several of them twice just to enjoy them over again (check out the sunset in Chapter 11—you wont’ be sorry!). But even if the descriptions had been sub-par, it would still be hard not to get swept up in the romanticism of vintage lockets, porcelain dolls, and dainty cakes.

Even so, the real artistry of A Little Princess is in how it showcases the beauty of the human spirit. Sara Crewe is gentle and generous while living in the lap of luxury, but this doesn’t change when she encounters hardship. Instead, she works even harder to live her philosophy that a girl is a princess because of how she acts, not what she has. As a result, she draws out the inner beauty of the people around her—from the baker woman down the stree to the ld man next door.

The reading kit below is designed to revel in the lavish lifestyle described in the book…but in true Sara fashion, remember to share it with a friend! šŸ™‚

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Make It So: A Star Trek TNG Marathon Kit

Posted June 7, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 5 Comments

sky, lights, space

 

As noted in last week’s recipe post, we’re departing from our usual book-inspired posts to pay homage to Star Trek: The Next Generation (after 3 months, I figured we were about due for another TV menu). And that means it’s time for another marathon kit! It was tough to narrow down exactly which items I wanted to include in the kit, but after several drafts I think I’ve got the perfect combo of items to help you make it through your next trekky Netflix binge. Enjoy!

 

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A Borrower’s Reading Kit: A Kit for the Tiniest of Readers

Posted May 10, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 4 Comments

This month’s reading kit is based on The Borrowers, and I’m happy to say there were so many options for things to include that I had trouble holding myself back! I knew Arrietty’s iconic cherry tree needed to be featured, along with the tiny scissors. But then I started finding so many borrower-like mini things that the list got SUPER long. I trimmed the kit down to 6 items, but don’t worry—I planned another mini-item themed post for next week!

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The Remarkable Reading Kit: A Series of Unfortunate Events Reading Kit

Posted April 12, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 0 Comments


Making this reading kit was actually a little tough. Not because there aren’t many potential reading kit items in A Series of Unfortunate Events, but because there are SO MANY! I found myself constantly wishing that these reading kits were twice as big so I could include all the SoUE stuff I wanted (Violet’s hair ribbon! A heart-shaped balloon! Gum from Lucky Saws Lumber Mill! Sunglasses! A tribute to Uncle Monty’s cool snakes!). Good problem to have, right? šŸ˜‰ I decided to stick with items that are relevant to the series as a whole, that way this kit would be perfect no matter which of the Baudelaires’ unfortunate life events you’re reading about. Enjoy!

 

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The Truth is Out There: An X-Files Marathon Kit

Posted February 9, 2016 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Reading Kits / 0 Comments

 

You may recall that last month I premiered a new type of monthly post: reading kits! I’m planning to do one for every menu I make this year, which I’m not ashamed to say has me super excited. I LOVE finding just the right mix of things related to my favorite books (or in this case, TV show). Since X-Files doesn’t involve much reading, I’m rebranding the kit as a “marathon kit” this time, but it’s basically the same thing: a compilation of 6 items inspired by our menu of the month. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so why not make a kit for that special X-Files fan in your life? I know I’d love one! šŸ™‚

What items would I include in an X-Files marathon kit? I’m so glad you asked…

These alien bookends for storing all your abduction research

Alien Abduction Bookends

This gray alien to keep you company while you watch the show.

This mug to help you keep the faith

 

I like my coffee like I like my government conspiracies: world-changing and masterminded by aliens.

 

This rainy day X-files activity book for when it’s too cloudy to hunt UFOs

The X-Files Rainy Day Colouring & Activity Book
Just try not to spill any sunflower seeds on your masterpieces.

These totally rad Mulder and Scully plushies for you to cuddle during the scary scenes

This super-mega-ultra comprehensive set of ALL the X-Files seasons and movies!

Because NOT spending the entire weekend binging on X-Files is for suckers.

 

What would you include in YOUR X-Files marathon kit? šŸ™‚

 

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