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
Elijah of Buxton

Master storyteller Christopher Paul Curtis introduces students to the rugged 19th century world of 11-year-old Elijah, the freeborn son of escaped slaves and the hero of this award-winning story.

MORE IDEAS FOR SHARING BOOKS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

  • Elijah of Buxton Teaching Guide
  • About Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Slideshow: The Underground Railroad

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    Booktalks
    The Arrival
    The Arrival
    by Shaun Tan
    Grades 5–12

    This amazing, mesmerizing graphic story explores the deep emotions that surround the immigrant experience.


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    Discussion Guides
    Through My Eyes
    Through My Eyes
    by Ruby Bridges
    Grades 3–5

    Ruby Bridges became the center of a political storm of controversy when she was among the first black children to go to a previously all-white school in New Orleans.
    Additional Discussion Guides
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    Book-Based Lesson Plans
    Clifford: Share Big
    Clifford: Share Big
    by Norman Bridwell
    Grades K–2

    Use students' favorite Clifford books to teach how acts of kindness can bring friends together..
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    Activities for Students
    Kids Are Authors Contest
    Kids Are Authors Contest

    Enter your class in the annual competition for aspiring writers in grades K-8.
    Share What You're Reading
    Share What You're Reading

    Students write book reviews and read recommendations submitted by other kids.
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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.
    Coretta Scott
    Coretta Scott
    by Ntozake Shange
    Grades PreK–2

    Together with Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott gave birth to a vision and a journey, with dreams of freedom for all.
    Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln
    Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln
    by Jean Fritz
    Grades 2–7

    The president visits Gettysburg to honor the soldiers and offers some of the most historic sentiments ever spoken.
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