Teaching with Books

Lesson plans, booktalks, and discussion guides for teaching with the best children's books

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Teacher Book Wizard
Teacher Book Wizard Beta: Kevin O'Hare, Woodbrige, NJ, reading a book

Designed by teachers! Match the right children's books to your students.

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Book-Based Lessons for Your Class
The Mitten

Jan Brett's The Mitten can be used to teach sequencing, predicting, and how to retell a story.

MORE IDEAS FOR SHARING BOOKS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

  • The Mitten Story Craft
  • Jan Brett Author Study
  • Jan Brett in Her Studio Video

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    Booktalks
    Snowmen All Year
    Snowmen All Year
    by Caralyn Buehner
    Grades PreK–2

    What would you do with your snowman if he never had to melt away? That's what one little boy wonders.


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    Discussion Guides
    I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.
    I Am Martin Luther King, Jr.
    by Grace Norwich
    Grades 3–5

    This captivating biography provides an opportunity for students to learn about a great leader during a troubled time in American history.
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    Book-Based Lesson Plans
    Mr. Popper's Penguins
    Mr. Popper's Penguins
    by Richard and Florence Atwater
    Grades 3–5

    Use these vocabulary activities, partner projects, and more to teach with the classic story of Mr. Popper's Penguins.
    Additional Book-Based Lesson Plans
    Activities for Students
    Flashlight Readers
    Flashlight Readers

    Fun activities that let students go inside nine popular and highly-taught books.
    Clifford Interactive Storybooks
    Clifford Interactive Storybooks

    Read along and follow up with phonics fun, games, and more learning activities for early readers.
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    Books Come Alive Give your students an inspiring, enriching, and fun reading experience by using audiovisual adaptations of picture books in your classroom. These unique videos motivate beginning, struggling, reluctant, and limited English language proficient readers to want to read.
    Lemonade in Winter
    Lemonade in Winter
    by Emily Jenkins
    Grades PreK–2

    With a catchy refrain, plus simple math concepts throughout, here is a read-aloud that's great for both storytime and classroom use.
    Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator
    Hooray for Amanda and Her Alligator
    by Mo Willems
    Grades PreK–2

    Sometimes Amanda surprises Alligator with books.sometimes Alligator eats them. But what happens when Amanda brings home a special surprise?
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