December Literature Connections


Date: Any day in December

This month is special because: It is Human Rights Month


Aardema, V. (1988). "Bimwili and the Zimwi." Ill. by Susan Meddaugh. New York: Dial.

Aliki. (1982). "We Are Best Friends." New York: Greenwillow.

Anderson, D. (1986). "Friends." Elgin, IL: Chariot Books.

Baden. (1985). "The Greatest Gift is Love." St. Louis, MO: Concordia.

Berry, J. (1986). "Teach Me About Friends." Danbury, CT: Grolier, Inc.

Brown, M. "Oh, Kojo! How Could You!" New York: Dial.

Cavan, S. "(1993). "Thurgood Marshall and Equal Rights." Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press

Daniel, B. (1991). "Count on Your Friends." Good Apple.

Dellinger, A. (1985). "Hugging." Ill. by Jenny Williams. St Paul, MN: Childs World.

Dupre, R. (1993). "Agassu: Legend of the Leopard King." Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda.

Hallinan, P.K. (1985). That's What a Friend Is." Hambleton-Hill.

Hays, M. (1990). "The Tin Heart." New York: Macmillan.

Herbert, J. (1985). "Love is Kind." Elgin, IL: Chariot Books.

Kalman, B. (1985). "Fun With My Friends." New York: Crabtree Pub. Co.

Levine, E. (1990). "If You Lived at the Time of Martin Luther King." New York: Scholastic.

Marzollo, J. (1993)."Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King." New York: Scholastic.

Morris, B. (1987). "Friends Help Me." Nashville, TN: Broadman.

"Preschool Color and Learn: Making Friends and Sharing." (1992). New York: Scholastic.

Roberts, S. "Friendship." Ill. by Linda Hohag. St Paul, MN: Childs World.


1. Encourage students to make friendship bracelets and exchange them with friends.

2. Human Rights leaders look for ways to make the world a better place for everyone to live in. Invite students to brainstorm how the classroom can be made a better place.

3. Divide the class into pairs. Ask each child to think of three nice things about his or her partner. Ask children to share their words of kindness with the class.

4. Encourage children to make a collage of people that have helped the Human Rights cause. Some children might choose to create and illustrate a poster instead.

5. Brainstorm with students why it's good to be kind to everyone.

Date: December 3

This date is special because: It is Gilbert Stuart's Birthday. Gilbert Stuart was an American portrait painter.

Books That Relate To This Date:


Alcorn, J. (1991). "Rembrandt's Beret or the Painter's Crown." Ill. by Stephen Alcorn. New York: Tambourine.

Baker, A. (1986). "Benjamin's Portrait." New York: Lothrop.

Bang, M. (1981). "Tye May and the Magic Brush." New York: Greenwillow.

Demi. (1980). "Liang and the Magic Paintbrush." New York: Holt.

Harley, R. (1990). "Mary's Tiger." Ill by Sue Porter. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Kesselman, W.A. (1980). "Emma." Ill. by Barbara Cooney. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

Rylant, C. (1988). "All I See." Ill. by Peter Catalanotto. New York: Orchard.

Schwartz, A. (1983). "Begin at the Beginning." New York: Macmillan.

Zadrzynska, E. (1983). "The Girl With a Watering Can." Ill. by Arnold Skanick. New York: Chameleon.


Conrad, P. (1991). "Prairie Visions: The Life and Times of Solomon Butcher." New York: Harper.


"Frame for a Picture" in: Merriam, E. (1986). "Fresh Paint." Ill by David Frampton. New York: Macmillan.

"Me" by Walter de la Mare and "Me" by Karla Kuskin in: Prelutsky, J. (1983). "The Random House Book of Poetry for Children." Ill by Arnold Lobel. New York: Random House. (pages 118-119).


1. Children can do self portraits in a variety of art media.

2. Ask students to make a frame for their self-portraits to give to parents, family members or caregivers.

3. Allow students to do word portraits of themselves using words cut out from newspapers and magazines.

4. Read "Prairie Visions: The Life and Times of Solomon Butcher" (Conrad, 1991). Discus the lives of these people. How were they different from and similar to students' lives? Encourage students to write about it.

5. Ask students to find prints of famous portraits in art books in the library or at a local museum. Share with the class.

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