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
Discussion Guide for the Novels of Blue Balliett

In Pieces and Players, the main characters from each of Blue Balliett's books come together to solve the ultimate art heist. Use these discussion questions and extension activities to teach with Blue's award-winning novels.

MORE IDEAS FOR SHARING BOOKS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

  • Blue Balliett Author Interview Video
  • Blue Balliett Flashlight Readers Student Activity
  • Blue Balliett's Author Visit Kit

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    Booktalks
    Elijah of Buxton
    Elijah of Buxton
    by Christopher Paul Curtis
    Grades 3–5

    Elijah was special. He was the first free baby born in Buxton, the first person there who had never been owned by a slave master.


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    Lon Po Po
    Lon Po Po: A Chinese Fairytale Lesson Plan
    by Ed Young
    Grades PreK–2

    Compare the popular fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood to a similar Chinese tale, Lon Po Po, and explore the similarities and differences between the two cultures.
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    Book-Based Lesson Plans
    Go, Go America
    Go, Go America
    by Dan Yaccarino
    Grades K–5

    Far-out festivals, kooky contests, ludicrous laws, peculiar people, and oodles of oddities across America...fasten your seat belt and get ready to go, go through fifty states of fun!
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    Angel Island: Li Keng Wong's Story
    Angel Island: Li Keng Wong's Story

    Follow the story of Chinese American immigrants who came through Angel Island to America in the 1930s.
    Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge
    Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

    Kids can help set a new world record for summer reading.
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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.
    Chrysanthemum
    Chrysanthemum
    by Kevin Henkes
    Grades PreK–2

    A little mouse thinks her name is absolutely perfect until she starts school and all the kids make fun of her.
    Inch by Inch
    Inch by Inch
    by Leo Lionni
    Grades PreK–2

    The Caldecott Honor author follows a worm who inches his way out of being eaten.
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