November Literature Connections


Date: November 3

This date is special because: It is Sandwich Day. It is the birthday of John Montague, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, creator of the first sandwich (1718).

Books That Relate To This Date:


Lester, H. (1992). "Me First." Ill. by Lynn Munsinger. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

McLean, B. (1990). "The Best Peanut Butter Sandwich in the Whole World." Ill. by Katherine Helmer. New York: Firefly.

Pelham, D. (1991). "Sam's Sandwich." New York: Dutton.

Riley, M. (1992). "Bogart's Sandwich. New York: Parkwest.

Wolcott, P. (1991). "Tunafish Sandwiches." Ill. by Hand Zandler. New York: Random House.

Ziefert, H. (1987). "So Hungry!" New York: Random House.


"If I Were a..." by Karla Kuskin in: deRegniers, B.S. et. al. (1988). "Sing a Song of Popcorn." Ill. by nine Caldecott Medal artists. New York: Scholastic. (p. 105).

"An Alarming Sandwich" in: Kennedy, X.J. (1975). "One Winter Night in August." Ill. by David McPhail. (p. 48).


1. Ask students to design their fantasy sandwich.

2. Allow students to make posters advertising their sandwich.

3. Brainstorm a list of sandwich ingredients. Itemize according to categories, such as meat, cheese, condiments, etc.

4. Using "Me First" (Lester, 1992) as a starting point, brainstorm a list of other homophones.

5. Students can write a story or poem using these brainstormed lists.

6. Make and eat some delicious sandwiches together! Try for some unusual but palatable combinations of fillings and condiments.

Date: November 11

This date is special because: It is Veteran's Day.

Books That Relate To This Date:


Black, W.B.. (1991). "Blitzkrieg." New York: Crestwood House.

Bunting, E. (1990). "The Wall." Ill. by Ronald Himler. New York: Clarion.

Durrell, A. and Sachs, M. (1990). "The Big Book for Peace." Ill. by Jon Agee et. al. New York: Dutton.

Gallaz, C. and Innocenti, R. (1985). "Rose Blanche." Mankato, MN: Creative Education.

Gauch, P.L. (1988). "Thunder at Gettysburg." New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell.

Hall, D. (1994). "The Farm, Summer, 1942." Ill. by Barry Moser. New York: Dial.

"Veteran's Day" by Jean Craighead George in: Low, A. (1991) "The Family Read-Aloud Holiday Treasury." Ill. by Marc Brown. Boston: Little, Brown & Co. (pp. 118-121).

Ray, D. (1990). "My Daddy Was a Soldier: A World War Story." New York: Holiday.

Stevenson, J. (1992) "Don't You Know There's a War On?" New York: Greenwillow.

Yolen, J. (1991) "All Those Secrets of the World." Boston: Little, Brown.


Kudlinski, K.V. (1993). "Pearl Harbor is Burning! A Story of WW II." Ill. by Ronald Himler. New York: Puffin.


Giff. P.R. (1991). "The War Began at Supper: Letters to Miss Loria." B. Lewin. New York: Delacorte.

Hest, A. (1991). "Love You, Soldier." New York: Macmillan.

Westall, R. (1989). "Blitzcat." New York: Scholastic.


"Armistice Day, World War I' in: Lewis, C. "Long Ago in Oregon." Ill. by Joel Fontaine. New York: Harper and Row. (pp. 50-51).

"At the Graveyard on Decoration Day" in: Lewis, C. (1987). "Long Ago in Oregon." (see above). (pp. 26-27).

"Wars" in: Little, J. (1989). "Hey World, Here I Am!" Ill. by Sue Truesdell. New York: Harper & Row. (p. 10)


1. Call a local veteran's association and invite a speaker to come and talk to the class.

2. Ask students to read "The Wall" (Bunting, 1990) and write about how the young boy felt at the end of the story.

3. Students can send letters to servicemen and servicewomen overseas.

4. Invite students to interview older relatives about their memories of war and veterans in their families.

5. Encourage students to write thank you notes to a local veterans' association, thanking the vets for their service to our country.

Date: November 28

This date is special because: It is author/illustrator Ed Young's birthday (1931).

Books that relate to this date:


Calhoun, M. (1992). "While I Sleep." Ill. by Ed Young. New York: Morrow.

Carlstrom, N.W. (1991). "Goodbye Geese." Ill. by Ed Young. New York: Philomel.

Coleridge, S.T. (1992). "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." Ill. by Ed Young. New York: Atheneum.

Hearn, L. (1989). "The Voice of the Great Bell." Ill. by Ed Young. Boston: Little, Brown.

Howe, J. (1987). "I Wish I Were a Butterfly." Ill. by Ed Young. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

Lewis, R. (1988). "In the Night, Still Dark." Ill. by Ed Young. New York: Atheneum.

Louie, Ai-Ling. (1982). "Yeh Shen: A Cinderella Story from China." Ill. by Ed Young. New York: Philomel.

Martin, R. (1985). "Foolish Rabbit's Big Mistake." Ill. by Ed Young. New York: Putnam.

Melmed, L.K. (1993). "The First Song Ever Sung." Ill. by Ed Young. New York: Lothrop.

Oppenheim, S.L. (1994). "Iblis." Ill. by Ed Young. San Diego: Harcourt.

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

Root, P. (1985). "Moon Tiger." Ill. by Ed Young. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston.

Wilde, O. (1989). "The Happy Prince." Ill. by Ed Young. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Young, E. (1980). "High on a Hill." New York: Collins.

Young, E. (1989). "Lon Po Po." New York: Philomel.

Young, E. (1992) "Seven Blind Mice." New York: Philomel.

Young, E. (1983) "Up a Tree." New York: Harper & Row.


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. (pp. 70-71).


1. Read "Lon Po Po" (Young, 1989). Compare and contrast with other versions of "Red Riding Hood."

2. Create watercolor illustrations of another folk tale or fairy tale.

3. Compare Ed Young's Cinderella illustrations in "Yeh Shen" with those in "The Egyptian Cinderella" by Shirley Climo, illustrated by Ruth Heller.

4. Students can do a creative drama presentation of their favorite Ed Young fairy tale.

5. Ask students to write their own fairy tale, complete with a moral.

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