March Literature Connections

 


Date: March 20

This date is special because: It is Mitsumasa Anno's birthday (1926).

Books That Relate To This Date:

PICTURE BOOKS:

Anno, M. (1986). "All in a Day" New York: Philomel.

Anno, M. (1975). "Anno's Alphabet." New York: Crowell.

Anno, M. (1984). "Anno's Flea Market." New York: Philomel.

Anno, M. (1977). "Anno's Journey." New York: Philomel.

Anno, M. (1990). "Anno's Masks." New York: Philomel.

Anno, M. (1987). "Anno's Math Games." New York: Philomel.

Anno, M. (1989). "Anno's Math Games II." New York: Philomel.

Anno, M. (1991). "Anno's Math Games III." New York: Philomel.

Anno, M. (1987). "Anno's Sundial." New York: Philomel.

Anno, M. (1983). "Anno's USA." New York: Philomel.

Anno, M. (1982). "Britain." New York: Philomel.

Anno, M. (1977). "Counting Book." New York: Crowell.

Anno, M. (1982). "Counting House." New York: Philomel.

Anno, M. (1988). "In Shadowland." New York: Orchard.

Anno, M. (1978). "Italy." New York: Collins.

Anno, M. (1976). "The King's Flower." New York: Collins.

Anno, M. (1981). "Magical ABC: An Anamorphic Alphabet." New York: Philomel.

Anno, M. (1972). "Magical Midnight Circus." New York: Weatherhill.

Anno, M. (1980). "Medieval World." New York: Philomel.

Anno, M. (1983). "The Mysterious Multiplying Jar." New York: Philomel.

Anno, M. (1987). "Peekaboo." New York: Philomel.

Anno, M. (1989). "Topsy-Turvies: More Pictures to Stretch the Imagination." New York: Philomel.

Anno, M. (1988). "Upside-Downers: Pictures to Stretch the Imagination." New York: Philomel.

Mori, T. (1986). "Socrates and the 3 Little Pigs." Ill. by Anno. New York: Philomel.

Nozaki, A. (1985). "Anno's Hat Tricks." Ill. by Anno. New York: Philomel.

RESOURCE BOOK:

Kovacs, D. and Preller, J. (1991). "Meet the Authors and Illustrators: 60 Creators of Favorite Children's Books Talk about Their Work." New York: Scholastic. (an interview with Anno) (pages 12-13)

ACTIVITIES FOR EXTENSION:

1. Invite students to read some of Anno's books, then discuss their favorites.

2. Read "All in a Day" (Anno, 1986) and ask students to write some of their own daily activities.

3. Using Anno's notes at the end of the books, challenge students to find all of the hidden characters.

4. Anno does mostly wordless books. Encourage students to make their own wordless picture book.

5. Students can make and use their own sun dials using "Anno's Sun Dial" (Anno, 1987) as a guide.


Date: March 22

This date is special because: It is Randolph Caldecott's birthday.

Books That Relate To This Date:

PICTURE BOOKS:

Caldecott, R. (1986). "A First Caldecott Collection." New York: Warne.

Caldecott, R. (1986). "A Second Caldecott Collection." New York: Warne.

Caldecott, R. (1986). "A Third Caldecott Collection." New York: Warne.

Caldecott, R. (1976). "Yours Pictorially: Illustrated letters of Randolph Caldecott." Ed. by Michael Hutchins. London: F. Warne.

Cummings, P. (1992). "Talking with Artists." New York: Bradbury.

Kovacs, D., and Preller, J. (1991). "Meet the Authors and Illustrators." New York: Scholastic.

RECENT CALDECOTT WINNERS:

Ackerman, K. (1988). "Song and Dance Man." Ill. by Stephen Gammell. New York: Knopf.

Macaulay, D. (1990). "Black and White." Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

McCully, E.A. (1992). "Mirette On the High Wire." New York: Putnam.

Say, A. (1993). "Grandfather's Journey." Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Van Allsburg, C. (1985). "Polar Express." Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Wiesner, D. (1991). "Tuesday." New York: Clarion.

Yolen, J. (1987). "Owl Moon." Ill. by John Schoenherr. New York: Philomel.

Yorinks, A. (1986). "Hey, Al." Ill. by Richard Egielski. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Young, E. (1989). "Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China." New York: Philomel.

POETRY:

"Art Class" in: Kennedy, X.J. (1985). "The Forgetful Wishing Well." Ill. by Monica Incisa. New York: Atheneum. (page 6)

"Crayons" by Marchette Chute in: Prelutsky, J. (1986). "Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young." Ill. by Marc Brown. New York: Knopf. (page 86)

"The Paint Box" by E. V. Rieu in: Prelutsky, J. (1983). "The Random House Book of Poetry for Children." Ill. by Arnold Lobel. New York: Scholastic. (page 226)

ACTIVITIES FOR EXTENSION:

1. Ask students to vote on their favorite illustrated picture book. Make a picture graph of the results.

2. Display recent Caldecott Medal books and discuss the different art styles.

3. Challenge students to find out who is depicted on the Caldecott medal.

4. Ask students to predict which picture book will win next year's Caldecott award. Chart the results.

Note: This award is given by the American Library Association and is announced in mid-January. Only books published during the previous year are considered for the award.

5. Students might want to invent another award that could be given to picture books. Ask them to design the medal and the criteria. Give the award to a deserving book voted on by the class.


Date: March 24

This date is special because: It is Harry Houdini's birthday (1874).

Books That Relate To This Date:

PICTURE BOOKS:

Bailey, V. (1990). "Magic Tricks: Games and Projects for Children." New York: Watts.

Brisson. P. (1991). "Magic Carpet." Ill. by Amy Schwartz. New York: Bradbury.

Brown, M. (1985). "Arthur's April Fool." Boston: Little, Brown.

Chew, R. (1982). "Mostly Magic." New York: Scholastic.

Christelow, E. (1987). "Olive and the Magic Hat." New York: Clarion.

Cole, J. (1987). "Mixed-Up Magic." Ill. by True Kelly. New York: Scholastic.

Combs, P. (1984). "The Magician and McTree." New York: Lothrop.

de Paola, T. (1982). "Strega Nona's Magic Lessons." San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Ernst, L.C. and Ernst, L. (1990). "The Tangram Magician." New York: Abrams.

Evans, C. and Keable-Elliot, I. (1989). "The Usborne Complete Book of Magic." Ill. by Kim Raymond. London: Usborne.

Howe, J. (1993). "Harold and Chester in Rabbit-Cadabra!" Ill. by Alan Daniel. New York: Morrow.

Karaske, R. (1989). "Harry Houdini: Master of Magic." New York: Scholastic.

Kroll, S. (1987). "The Big Bunny and the Magic Show." Ill. by Janet Stevens. New York: Scholastic.

Lester, H. (1990). "The Revenge of the Magic Chicken." Ill. by Lynn Munsinger. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Lester, H. (1988). "The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken." Ill. by Lynn Munsinger. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Levy, E. (1981). "Running Out of Magic with Houdini." Ill. by Blanche Sims & Jenny Rutherford. New York: Knopf.

Nozaki, A. and Anno, M. (1985). "Anno's Hat Tricks." New York: Putnam.

Penrose, G. (1989). "Dr. Zed's Science Surprises." New York: Simon & Schuster.

Zelznick, B. (1991). "The Houdini Box." New York: Knopf.

Van der Meer, R. (1983). "The Pop-Up Book of Magic Tricks" New York: Viking.

Walter, M. (1989) "Magic Mirror Tricks." Ill. by Navah Haber-Schaim. New York: Scholastic.

Wyler, R. and Ames, G. (1990). "Magic Secrets." Ill. by Arthur Dorros. New York: Harper Collins.

POETRY:

"Magic Things" in: Livingston, M.S. (1984). "A Song I Sang to You." Ill. by Margot Tomes,. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. (pages 66-79)

"Miraculous Mortimer" in: Prelutsky, J. (1984). "The New Kid on the Block." Ill. by James Stevenson. New York: Greenwillow. (page 139)

"Magic" in: Silverstein, S. (1974). "Where the Sidewalk Ends." New York: Harper & Row. (page 11)

ACTIVITIES FOR EXTENSION:

1. Invite students to demonstrate their favorite magic tricks. "Magic Secrets" (Wyler and Ames, 1990) has some easy magic tricks for young readers.

2. Invite a magician to come to class and demonstrate some magic.

3. Ask students to make up new magic tricks.

4. Students might want to put on a class magic show using the tricks from Activities 1 and 3.

5. Encourage students to write a story with a magical character.

 



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