April Literature Connections


Date: April 7

This date is special because: It is World Health Day.

Books That Relate To This Date:


Ardley, N. (1982). "Health and Medicine." New York: Watts.

Baldwin, D. (1987). "Health and Drugs." Vero Beach, FL: Rourke.

Baldwin, D. (1987). "Health and Exercise." Very Beach, FL: Rourke.

Baldwin, D. (1987). "Health and Food." Vero Beach, FL: Rourke.

Baldwin, D. (1987). "Health and Hygiene." Vero Beach, FL: Rourke.

Barnes, C. (1989). "It's No Fun to Be Sick!" New York: Western.

Berger, M. (1985). "Germs Make Me Sick!" Ill. by Marilyn Hafner. New York: Crowell.

Brown, L.K. and Brown, M. (1990). "Dinosaurs Alive and Well." Boston: Little, Brown.

Burstein, J. (1983). "The Healthy Habits Handbook." Photos by Bruce Curtis, Ill. by Nurit Karlin. New York: Coward-McCann.

Cole, J. (1989). "The Magic School Bus: Inside the Human Body." Ill. by Bruce Degen. New York: Scholastic.

Davison, M. (1992). "Robby Visits the Doctor," Ill. by Nancy Stevenson. New York: Random House.

Eyewitness Visual Dictionaries. "The Visual Dictionary of the Human Body." London: Dorling Kindersley.

Girard, L.W. (1990). "Alex, the Kid with Aids." Ill. by Abby Levine & Blanche Sims. New York: A Whitman.

Isenberg, B. and Jaffe, M. (1984). "Albert the Running Bear's Exercise Book." Ill. by Dian de Groat. New York: Clarion.

Iveson-Iveson, J. (1986). "Your Health." Ill. by Bill Donohue. New York: Bookwright.

Roddie. S., and F. Cony. (1993). "Chicken Pox: A Touch-and-Feel Pull-Tab Pop-Up Book." Boston: Little, Brown.

Showers, P. (1991). "Your Skin and Mine." Ill. by Kathleen Kuchera. New York: HarperCollins.

Ward, B.R. (1988), "Health and Hygiene." New York: Watts.

Wolde, G. (1990). "Betsy and the Chicken Pox." New York: Random House.


"No More Medicine" in: Carlstrom, N.W. (1990). "It's About Time, Jesse Bear." Ill. by Bruce Degen. New York: Macmillan.

"Boots Have Tongues" in: Prelutsky, J. (1989). "Poems of A. Nonny Mouse." Ill. by Henrik Drescher. New York: Knopf.

"Sick" in: Silverstein, S. (1974). "Where the Sidewalk Ends." New York: Harper & Row. (page 58)

"Germs" in: Simmie, L. (1984). "Auntie's Knitting A Baby." Ill. by Anne Simmie. New York: Orchard. (page 9)

"My-Oh Wow!-Book" in: Viorst, J. (1981). "If I Were In Charge of the World and Other Worries." Ill. by Lynne Cherry, New York: Atheneum. (page 55)


1. Invite the school nurse. Discuss how nurses can help kids stay healthy. Talk about school rules that are designed to help keep kids safe and healthy.

2. Start an "I went to the doctor to . . ." class pattern book. Make photocopies of this sentence starter and bind pages to make a book. Place at your writing center and invite children to tell (or dictate) their stories of visits to the doctor. Take a field trip to a doctor's office or hospital. Add a class story to the book about the experience.

3. Invite the P.E. teacher to explain why exercise is an important part of staying healthy. Together, develop a daily routine that students can perform for a healthy break during the school day.

4. Have children take each other's pulses. Exercise and take pulses again. Chart and discuss the differences.

5. Talk about how foods helps people stay healthy. Have children cut out pictures of foods from magazines. Place pictures in a paper bag then let children take turns picking pictures and telling what food groups they belong to.

6. Plan parties featuring the five major food groups (fruits, vegetables, breads, milk, fats). With vegetables, for example, you could throw a Great Greens party and provide tastes of different kinds of lettuce, broccoli, green peppers, kale, spinach, and so on.

Date: April 14

This date is special because: It is National Dream Day.

Books That Relate To This Date:


Ahlberg, A. (1991). "Dinosaur Dreams." Ill. by Andre Arnstutz. New York: Greenwillow.

Beck, I. (1992). "Emily and the Golden Acorn." New York: Simon.

Bottner, B. (1992). "Bootsie Barker Bites." Ill. by Peggy Rathmann. New York: Putnam.

Clifton, L. (1990). "Three Wishes." New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell.

Collington, P. (1987). "The Angel and the Soldier Boy." New York: Knopf.

Collins, J. (1989). "My Father." Ill. by Jane Dyer. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Duncan, L. (1985). "Horses of Dreamland." Ill. by Donna Diamond. Boston: Little, Brown.

Gervais, B. (1992). "Voyage Under the Stars." New York: Lothrop.

James, B. (1990). "The Dream Stair." Ill. by Richard Jesse Watson. New York: Harper & Row.

Koontz, R.M. (1988). "Dinosaur Dream." New York: Putnam.

Larrick, N. (1983). "When the Dark Comes Dancing." Ill. by John Wallner. New York: Philomel.

Lester, A. (1988). "Ruby." Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Mayhew, J. (1988). "Katie and the Dinosaurs." New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell.

Mayher, J. (1989). "Katie's Picture Show." New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell.

McLerran, A. (1992). "Dreamsong." Ill. by Valery Vasilier. New York: Tambourine.

Nightingale, S. (1991). "A Giraffe on the Moon." San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Nolan, D. (1990). "Dinosaur Dream." New York: Macmillan.

Nunes, S. (1988). "Coyote Dreams." Ill. by Ronald Himler. New York: Atheneum.

Osofsky, A. (1992). "Dreamcatcher." Ill. by Ed Young. New York: Orchard.

Polacco, P. (1991). "Appelemando's Dreams." New York: Philomel.

Pryor, B. (1992). "Lottie's Dream." Ill. by Mark Graham. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Say, A. (1988) "A River Dream." Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Van Allsburg, C. (1990). "Just a Dream." Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Wiesner, D. (1988). "Freefall." New York: Lothrop.

Zemach, K. (1988). "The Funny Dream." New York: Greenwillow.


Aiken, J. (1986). "Past Eight O'Clock Goodnight Stories." Ill. by Jan Pienkowski, New York: Viking.


"I Picked a Dream Out of My Head" in: Ciardi, J. (1985). "Doodle Soup." Ill. by Merle Nacht. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. (page 29)

"Dream Boogie" by Langston Hughes in: Jabar, C. (1992). "Shimmy Shake Earthquake." Boston: Little, Brown. (page 4)

"Dreams" by Langston Hughes in: Prelustky, J. (1983). "The Random House Book of Poetry for Children." Ill. by Arnold Lobel. New York: Random House. (page 225)

"Pretending" by Bobbi Katz in: Prelustky, J. (1986). "Read-Aloud Rhymes." Ill. by Marc Brown. New York: Knopf. (page 66)

"Frozen Dream" in: Silverstein, S. (1981). "A Light in the Attic." New York: Harper & Row. (page 150)

"Invitation" in: Silverstein, S. (1974). "Where the Sidewalk Ends." New York: Harper & Row. (page 9)

"The Dream" in: Simmie, L. (1984). "Auntie's Knitting a Baby." Ill. by Anne Simmie. New York: Orchard. (page 18)


1. Allow children to illustrate one of their favorite dreams.

2. Ask students to close their eyes and imagine they can do or go anywhere. Where are they? Describe.

3. Students can write or illustrate a dream for one of their favorite characters in a book.

4. Invite students to tell the story of one of their scariest dreams. Compare with others.

5. Encourage students to interview other students and teachers about their most memorable dream.

Date: April 21

This date is special because: It is Friedrich Froebel's birthday (1782).

Friedrich Froebel is the man who invented kindergarten.



Calmenson, S. (1983). "The Kindergarten Book." Ill. by Beth Lee Weiner. New York: Grosset & Dunlap.

Caseley, J. (1991). "Hurricane Harry." New York: Greenwillow.

de Paola, T. (1989). "The Art Lesson." New York: Putnam.

Hamilton-Merritt., J. (1982) "My First Days of School." New York: Messner.

Howe, J. (1986). "When You Go to Kindergarten." Photos by Betsy Imershein. New York: Knopf.

Hurwitz, J. (1993). "Make Room for Elisa." Ill. by Lillian Hoban. New York: Morrow.

Jabar, C. (1989). "Alice Ann Gets Ready for School." Boston: Little, Brown.

Kunhardt, E. (1992). "Red Day, Green Day." Pictures by Marilyn Hafner. New York: Greenwillow.

Marlin, A. (1992). "Rachel Parker, Kindergarten Show-Off." Ill. by Nancy Poydar. New York: Holiday.

Park, B. (1993). "Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business." Ill. by Denise Brunkus. New York: Random House.

Pryor, Bonnie. (1992). "Jumping Jenny." Ill. by Anita Riggio. New York: Morrow.

Schwartz, A. (1991). "Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner." New York: Orchard.

Schwartz, A. (1982). "Bea and Mr. Jones." New York: Bradbury.

Serfozo, M. (1993). "Benjamin Bigfoot." Ill. by Jos Smith. New York: Macmillan.


Amos, J. (1993). "Getting to Know Germany and German." Ill. by Kim Woolley. Hauppauge, NY: Barron's.

Croll, C. (1991). "The Three Brothers: A German Folk Tale." New York: Putnam.

Harrap. (1990). "My First Vocabulary: English-German." Kent, England: Harrap Books.

Hodges, M. (1993). "The Hero of Bremen." Ill. by Charles Mikolaycak. New York: Holiday House.

Irving, N. (1992). "Learn German." Ill. by Ann Johns. London: Usborne.


Dakos, K. (1990). "If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand." Ill. by G. Brian Kara. New York: Macmillan.

"Five Years Old" by Marie Louise Allen in: Prelutsky, J. (1986). "Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young." Ill. by Marc Brown. New York: Knopf. (page 29)

1. Ask students to write their favorite kindergarten memory.

2. Students might want to interview parents about their kindergarten memories. Discuss the differences.

3. Invite a kindergarten class and their teacher to your room. Read to each other from the suggested reading list and illustrate responses to the literature. Maintain a pen-pal relationship with these students.

4. Invite students to volunteer to be aides in a kindergarten class for an hour. Ask students to write about their experiences.



Back to top