October Literature Connections



Date: Any Day In October

This month is special because: It is National Pasta Month.

Books That Relate To This Month:


dePaola, T. (1975), "Strega Nona." Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Dooley, N. (1991). "Everybody Cooks Rice." Ill. by Peter J. Thornton. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda.

Engel. D. (1991). "Gino Badino." New York: Morrow.

Gelman, R.G. (1992). "More Spaghetti, I Say!" Ill. by Mort Gerberg. New York: Scholastic.

Haycock, K. (1990) "Pasta." Minneapolis: Carolrhoda.

Hines, A.G. (1986). "Daddy Makes the Best Spaghetti." New York: Clarion.

Leffler-Cocca, M. (1995). "Wednesday is Spaghetti Day."

Machotka, H. (1992). "Pasta Factory." Boston: Houghton-Mifflin.

Thomson, P. (1993). "Siggy's Spaghetti Works." Ill. by Gloria Kamen. New York: Tambourine.


"Dinner Tonight" in: Adoff, A. (1979). "Eats: Poems" Ill. by Susan Russo. New York: Mulberry.

"The Spaghetti Nut" by Jack Prelutsky in: deRegniers, B.S. and others. (1988) "Sing a Song of Popcorn." Ill. by nine Caldecott artists. New York: Scholastic. (page 109)

"Italian Noodles" in Kennedy, X.J. (1989). "Ghastlies, Goops and Cushions." Ill. by Ron Barrett. New York: McElderry. (page 43)

"Spaghetti! Spaghetti!" in: Moore, L. (1982). "Sunflakes: Poems for Children." Ill. by Jan Ormerod. New York: Clarion. (page 28)

"Spaghetti" in: Silverstein, S. "Where the Sidewalk Ends." New York: Harper & Row. (page 100)


1. Ask students to bring their favorite pasta recipes from home. Create a classroom cookbook. 2. Plan a pocket chart activity to match different pasta shapes and their names. 3. Prepare some of the recipes from "Everybody Cooks Rice" (Dooley, 1991). Students can vote on their favorite. 4. Have a spaghetti sauce tasting party with different brands from the grocery store. 5. Ask students to create advertisements for their favorite pasta....or their favorite pasta literature! 6. Invite students to create original artwork from pasta.

Date: October 11

This date is special because:It is Eleanor Roosevelt's birthday (1884).

Books That Relate To This Date:


Adler, D.A. (1991). "A Picture Book of Eleanor Roosevelt." Ill. by Robert Casilla. New York: Holiday.

Blumberg, R. (1981). "First Ladies." New York: Watts.

Faber, D. (1985). "Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady of the World." Ill. by Donna Ruff. New York: Viking Kestrel.

Jacobs, W.J. (1983). "Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Happiness and Tears." New York: Coward McCann.

McAuley, K. (1987). "Eleanor Roosevelt." New York: Chelsea.

Toor, R. (1989). "Eleanor Roosevelt." New York: Chelsea.

Whitney, S. (1982) "Eleanor Roosevelt." New York: Watts.


Freedman, R. (1993) "Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery." New York: Clarion.

Weidt, M.N. (1991) "Stateswomen to the World: A Story About Eleanor Roosevelt." Ill. by Lydia M. Anderson. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda.


Hopkins, L.B. (1972). "Girls Can Too! A Book of Poems." Ill. by Emily McCully. New York: Watts.


1. Brainstorm characteristics of Eleanor Roosevelt which have contributed to her remaining one of the most famous and popular first ladies.

2. Make a list of living first ladies and the years they were in the White House.

3. Name the important projects each of the living First Ladies has been associated with.

4. Ask students to research who the current first lady is. Find articles from the newspaper about her.

5. What will we call the spouse of the first woman president? The First Man? Discuss these questions.

Date: October 20

This date is important because: it is "Circus Day."

Books That Relate To This Date:


Adler, D.A. (1983). "Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Circus Clown." Ill. by Susanna Natti. New York: Viking.

Corcoran, M. (1990). "Night Circus." New York: Contemporary Books.

dePaola, T. (1992). "Jingle the Christmas Clown." New York: Putnam.

Doty, R. (1991). "Wonderful Circus Parade." New York: Simon & Schuster.

Ehlert, L. (1992). "Circus." New York: HarperCollins.

Ernst, L.C. (1990). "Ginger Jumps." New York: Macmillan.

Fitzgerald, F. (1989). "Inside the Circus." New York: Contemporary Books.

Garland, M. (1993) "Circus Girl." New York: Dutton.

Goennel, H. (1992). "The Circus." New York: Morrow.

Harmer, M. (1981). "Circus." New York: Children's.

Hoban, T. (1984). "Round and Round and Round." New York: Greenwillow.

Johnson, J.E. (1985). "Here Comes the Circus." New York: Random House.

Kalman, M. (1991). "Roarr Calder's Circus." Photos by Donatella Brun. New York: Dell.

Klutz Press. (1990) "Face Painting." Photos by Thomas Heinser and others. Palo Alto, CA: Klutz Press.

McCully, E.A. (1992). "Mirette on the Highwire." New York: Putnam.

Moss, M. (1987). "Fairs and Circuses." New York: Watts.

Spier, P. (1992). "Circus!" New York: Doubleday.

Sullivan, C. (1993). "Circus." New York: Rizzoli.

Vincent, G. (1989). "Ernest and Celestine at the Circus." New York: Greenwillow.

Weil, L. (1988). "Let's Go to the Circus." New York: Holiday.

Wiseman, B. (1988). "Morris and Boris at the Circus." New York: HarperCollins.


"Said the Clown" in: Causley, C. (1986). "Early in the Morning." Ill. by Michael Foreman. New York: Viking Kestrel. (page 27)

"Circus Time" in: Merriam, E. (1992). "The Singing Green." Ill. by Kathleen Collins Howell. New York: Morrow. (pages 12-13)

Sullivan, C. (1992). "Circus." Ill. by famous artists. New York: Rizzoli.


1. Put on a circus in your classroom or playground.

2. Brainstorm a list of circus food and other items you see at the circus. Create a collage or illustrate.

3. Invite a clown into your classroom and have him or her explain clown makeup.

4. Ask students to draw different clown faces.

5. Have a face-painting day, using "Face Painting" (Klutz Press, 1990) as a guide.

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