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 Fairs
Book Fairs connect kids with books they want to read.
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Book-Based Lessons for Your Class
Meet Clementine!

Help students settle in with a comic tale of the life and school days of an imaginative third grader.


  • About Clementine
  • Sara Pennypacker Author Interview
  • Watch the Clementine Book Trailer
  • Back-to-School Book List

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    Fly Guy Presents: Space
    by Tedd Arnold
    Grades PreK–3

    Fly Guy and Buzz are back with another great nonfiction book! During a visit to a space museum, Fly Guy and Buzz learn all about planets, space crafts, space suits, and even dirty snowballs (comets!).

    Additional Booktalks
    Discussion Guides
    The Teacher From the Black Lagoon
    by Mike Thaler
    Grades PreK–3

    The Teacher From the Black Lagoon uses exaggeration and humor to help children confront their fears about the first day of school.

    Additional Discussion Guides
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    Book-Based Lesson Plans
    Teaching Respect With Clifford the Big Red Dog
    by Norman Bridwell

    The focus of this Clifford lesson plan is to teach social and emotional skills and encourage respect for diversity.
    Additional Book-Based Lesson Plans
    Activities for Students
    Story Starters

    This interactive tool creates quick writing prompts to help young students delve into creative writing.
    Flashlight Readers

    These fun online activities allow students to go inside nine popular and highly-taught books.
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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.
    How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
    How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?
    by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
    Grades PreK–2

    Just because they’re big doesn’t mean that dinosaurs can’t display good manners at meals.
    Will I Have a Friend?
    Will I Have a Friend?
    by Miriam Cohen
    Grades PreK–1

    On Jim's first day of school, it seems as if all the friends are already taken. As the new boy, he worries, "Will I have a friend?"
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