Playaway Bookpacks

The State Library has made a collection of Playaway Bookpacks available to all Kansas public libraries for use by their patrons through a “floating collection.” The purpose of this collection is to allow Playaways to “float” between libraries. While the State Library remains the owner, the library that holds the actual item can vary depending on which public library in Kansas had the Playaway last.

Each Playaway Bookpack contains age-appropriate children’s book(s) along with an audio player, containing accompanying reading and music for each book within the bookpack. The prerecorded audio players are smaller than a deck of playing cards and weigh 2 ounces. They store up to 80 hours of high definition audio. The digital content (audiobook or music compilation) is preloaded at the factory and cannot be changed or copied by the end user. A 3.5 mm stereo jack provides output to earphones or an external amplifier.
What is are Bookpacks?
Easy read-along audiobooks for kids.

How do I get one into my library?
Find your item in the Kansas Library Catalog. Create an ILL request; when the lender answers SHIPPED, the holder on Kansas Main changes to your library. These requests can be at the behest of a local user or you can just create a bunch to get them into your library.

What's Available?

  1. Amelia Bedelia Audio Collection volume 1
    Amelia Bedelia Audio Collection volume 2
    Arthur's Audio Favorites Vol. 1
    Arthur's Audio Favorites Vol. 2
    Boy Who Cried Wolf and Other Favorite Fairy Tales, The*
    Caps For Sale and other Storybook Classics
    Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type and other Barnyard Stories*
    Clifford The Big Red Dog and Other Clifford Stories
    Curious George & Other Stories
    Curious George Rides a Bike and other Storybook Classics
    Dog on His Own, A
    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and More Stories by Mo Willems
    Duck on a Bike and other Favorite Stories*
    Frog and Toad Audio Collection
    Gooney Bird Collection, The
    Harry the Dirty Dog and Other Animal Stories*
    How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night and Other Dinosaur Tales
    In the Small, Small Pond and Other Stories That Rhyme*
    James Marshall's Favorite Fairy Tales
    Johnny Appleseed and Other Stories About America
    Judy Moody & Stink - The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt
    Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
    Judy Moody Gets Famous
    Just So Stories
    Knuffle Bunny and Other stories about Families*
    Lon Po Po and other Stories from the Asian Tradition
    Magic School Bus, The
    Miss Nelson Has a Field Day and Other Back-to-School Stories*
    Miss Nelson is Missing and Other Storybook Classics
    Mr. Popper's Penguins
    Nate the Great Audio Collection
    Owen and Other Stories by Kevin Henkes
    Penderwicks, The
    Ready Freddy - Don't Sit on My Lunch & Shark Tooth Tale
    Ready Freddy - Tooth Trouble & Homework Hassles
    Scholastic Pet Paradise Collection, The
    Snowy Day and other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats, The
    So You Want to Be President? and Other Election Day Stories*
    Sophie & Other Favorite Stories
    Splat the Cat and Other Funny Stories*
    Strega Nona and Other Stories from Near and Far*
    Stuart Little
    Sylvester and the Magic Pebble and Other Stories by William Steig
    Teacher from the Black Lagoon and Other Back-to-School Stories, The
    The Gym Teacher From the Black Lagoon and other Stories About School
    True Story of the Three Little Pigs and Other Favorite Animal Stories, The*
    Where the Wild Things are and other Storybook Classics
    Who's in Rabbit's House and other Stories from the African Tradition*