Trunks stuffed with nature-themed items are available for free checkout at libraries under the The Ready 2 Read Goes Wild! program offered for children 3 to 7 years old by the Montana State Library and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
The program uses nature and Montana animals to spark kids’ interest in language and literacy, math and science, and the natural world.
Each of the trunks focuses on a theme. The themes for the current trunks include owls, ungulates (hooved animals), bears and animal tracks. Each trunk includes puppets; a number of age-appropriate fiction and nonfiction books on the theme; rubber tracks; and animal parts, including items such as skulls, hides, antlers, feathers and hooves.
The Ready 2 Read Goes Wild! trunks are available through Montana public libraries and are free to check out for library patrons.