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A-Hunting We Will Go! by Steven Kellogg
A lovable team of animals avoids going to sleep as they set off on a carefree adventure that takes them from woodlands to waterfalls

·         Extension Activity focuses on action words. Scholastic

·         Technology Lesson using rhyming, word processing, and graphics. Madison Metropolitan School District (Wisconsin)

 

A My Name Is Alice by Jane Bayer
The well-known jump rope ditty which is built on letters of the alphabet is illustrated with animals from all over the world.

·         Lesson Plan for reviewing the alphabet and creating an alphabet book. A to Z Teacher Stuff

  • Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads
  • Technology Lesson using KidPix. Howard County, MD, Public Schools

 

A to Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy

·         Teacher's Guide with activities that can be used with all books in the series. Random House

 

Aani and the Tree Huggers by Jeannine Atkins
Based on true events in India in the 1970s, young Aani and the other women in her village defend their forest from developers by wrapping their arms around the trees, making it impossible to cut them down.

·         Teacher's Guide includes background, reading questions, and interdisciplinary activities. Lee & Low Books

 

Aaron and Gayla's Counting Book by Eloise Greenfield
Two children playing in the rain count the things around them.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Aaron's Gift by Myron Levoy
Aaron gives a pigeon to his grandmother for her birthday in hopes of easing some of her pain from the traumatic events of her early life.

·         Lesson Plan includes activities for oral reading, discussion, and real life connections. Class Zone

 

Abarat by Clive Barker
Candy Quackenbush of Chickentown, Minnesota, journeys to the Abarat, an archipelago filled with strange wonders, and has a curious revelation: she has been here before, and it is her responsibility to save this mysterious place from the evil forces that threaten it.

 

Abbie Against the Storm by Marcia Vaughn
A fictionalized account of an incident in the life of a fourteen-year-old girl who tends her family's lighthouse during a fierce storm on the coast of Maine in the winter of 1856.

 

Abby, My Love by Hadley Irwin
In love since junior high, Chip and Abby finally share Abby's secret: her father is sexually abusing her.

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

 

ABC Mystery by Doug Cushman
An alphabetical list of people, objects, and clues leads Inspector McGroom to a stolen work of art.

·         Activity related to the alphabet. Nancy Polette

 

ABC Yummy by Lisa Jahn-Clough
An alphabetical tour of good things to eat, from Alicia's appetizing asparagus to Zoe's zesty zucchini.

·         Lesson Plan for reinforcing alphabet sounds. A to Z Teacher Stuff

 

Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington by Cheryl Harness
Portrays Lincoln's life as a lawyer in Springfield, a devoted husband and father, and president during the Civil War years.

·         Literature Circle Lesson Appalachian State University

 

Abe Lincoln Remembers by Ann Warren Turner
Abraham Lincoln tells his own story—from his childhood in a log cabin to his Civil War years.

·         Activities include curriculum ideas and discussion topics. Scroll down the page. Ann Turner

·         Teaching Plan includes the study of historical fiction and activities about the life of Abraham Lincoln. Scholastic

 

Abe Lincoln's Hat by Martha Brenner
Abraham Lincoln uses his hat as a filing cabinet.

·         Activities include comprehension. TeacherViews

 

Abel's Island by William Steig
Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse, finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home.

·         Guided Reading Lesson includes introduction of text, discussion prompts and questions, post-reading activities, and word study. Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School, NY

·         Guided Reading Lesson includes introduction of text, discussion prompts and questions, post-reading activities, and word study. Chapter 1, Chapter 5, Chapter 9. Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School, NY

·         Lesson Plan includes vocabulary activities, discussion questions and extension activities. Merced County, California, Public Schools

  • Lesson Plan centers around the concept of survival. Learn NC
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods

 

Abhorsen by Garth Nix
Lirael, the young Second Assistant Librarian of the Clayr, is abruptly transformed into the Abhorsen-in-Waiting--a future guardian of the border between life and death--and immediately finds the fate of all life in her hands.

 

Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger 
Banished from the town for making mischief, a little boy and his father are welcomed back when they find a way to make the dreaded giant Abiyoyo disappear.

·         Activities include character study and research on South Africa. TeacherViews

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

·         Activity Matrix for art and music. University of Chicago

·         Lesson Plan uses the book to introduce maps and globes. Scroll down to page 3. Hanover County, VA, Public Schools

·         Lesson Plan includes activities for before, during, and after reading. Between the Lions

·         Online Copy of the story.

·         Teacher's Guide Reading Rainbow

 

The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer's Life by Sid Fleischman
The autobiography of the Newbery award-winning children's author who set out from childhood to be a magician.

 

Abraham Lincoln by Ingri & Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
Text and illustrations present the life of the boy born on the Kentucky frontier who became the sixteenth president of the United States.

 

Abraham Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
Photographs and text trace the life of the Civil War President. 

  • CyberGuide from the  that includes writing and reading activities resulting in a student product. San Diego County Office of Education 

 

Abraham’s Battle: A Novel of Gettysburg by Sara Harrell Banks 
In 1863, as the Civil War approaches his home in Gettysburg and he realizes that a big battle is about to begin, a freed slave named Abraham decides to join the ambulance corps of the Union Army.

·         Activities include discussion questions and Internet links. TeacherViews

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

The Absent Author (A to Z Mysteries series) by Ron Roy
Dink Duncan and his two friends investigate the apparent kidnapping of famous mystery author Wallis Wallace.

·         Teacher's Guide includes activities to be used with all books in the series. Random House

 

Absolutely Angels: Poems for Children and Other Believers selected by Mary Lou Carney
Picture-book collection of poetry emphasizes the idea of angels as protectors coming to the aid of people

·         Teaching Ideas include guided writing activities. Boyd's Mill Press 

 

Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech
Thirteen-year-old Mary Lou grows up considerably during the summer while learning about romance, homesickness, death, and her cousin's search for his biological father.

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

·         Lesson Plan focuses on families and communication through journaling. Glencoe

·         Teacher's Guide HarperCollins

 

Abstract Alphabet by Paul Cox
Abstract symbols representing letters of the alphabet spell out the names of animals from A to Z. 

·         Lesson Plan includes focus questions and activities. Chronicle Books

 

Abuela by Arthur Dorros
While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City.

·         Activities include writing and learning Spanish vocabulary. TeacherViews 

·         Activities include ideas for writing, character maps, art, and more. Arthur Dorros

·         CyberGuide includes writing and reading activities resulting in a student product. San Diego County Office of Education

·         Hangman online.

·         Lesson Plan for creating a Spanish-English dictionary.

·         Online Games include matching, concentration, and word search. Quia

 

Abuela's Weave by Omar S. Casteneda 
A young Guatemalan girl and her grandmother grow closer as they weave some special creations and then make a trip to the market in hopes of selling them. 

  • Lesson Plan designed to help students make decisions about available goods and services and understand the consequences of those decisions. Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools
  • Lesson Plan with multicultural connections includes a technology activity. Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools
  • Lesson Plan focuses on the economic concept of human resources. KidEconBooks
  • Lesson Plan with Internet activities for before, during, and after reading. Ball State University
  • Teacher's Guide includes background, and reading questions, and interdisciplinary activities. Lee & Low Books

 

Acceleration by Graham McNamee
Stuck working in the lost and found department of the Toronto Transit Authority for the summer, seventeen-year-old Duncan finds the diary of a serial killer and sets out to stop him.

 

The Accomplice by Norma Charles
Twelve-year-old Megan is surprised when her father suddenly calls after a year's absence to propose a secret weekend reunion.

  • Teacher's Guide includes vocabulary words, questions by chapter, activities, and curriculum extensions. Raincoast Publishers

 

Ace Hits the Big Time by Barbara Beasley Murphy & Judie Wolkoff 
On the day he enters Kennedy High in Manhattan wearing a patch over one eye, sixteen-year-old Horace Hobart is urged to join the toughest gang at school.

 

Ace: The Very Important Pig by Dick King-Smith
Farmer Tubbs' amazing pig, Ace of Clubs, eventually winds up on television for his cleverness.

 

Achoo! All About Colds by Patricia Demuth
The progress of a cold is illustrated through one child's illness.

·         Activities include weblinks about hygiene. TeacherViews 

 

Ackamarackus by Julius Lester
A collection of six original fables that offer lessons in acceptance, ingenuity, and individuality.

  • Teaching Plan include activities for before reading and creating fables. Scholastic

 

Across America on an Emigrant Train by Jim Murphy
Based on the journals of author Robert Louis Stevenson as he traveled from Scotland to California, this is an account of 19th-century travel and life.

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
Young Jethro Creighton grows from a boy to a man when he is left to take care of the family farm in Illinois during the difficult years of the Civil War.

  • Activity includes questions to answer online and print out.

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

·         Lesson Plan uses technology (Timeliner). Scroll down the page. Irving, TX, Independent School District

  • Literature Unit with author information and activities. Katy, TX, Independent School District
  • Literature Unit includes suggested activities including vocabulary and scavenger games. Beverly Dawkins
  • Novel Guide with theme openers, cross curricular activities, and research assignments. McDougal Littrell
  • Lesson Plan includes vocabulary, guided questions, and activities by chapter.
  • Related Web Links to accompany the book. Scroll down the page.
  • Study Guide includes plot summary, key quotations, essay topics, and a quiz. SparkNotes
  • Study Guide includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities, graphic organizers, assessment instruments, related media links and readings, and reproducible worksheets. Glencoe Literature Library

 

Across the Great River by Irene Beltran Hernandez
A young girl takes the lead in her family after her parents become separated while illegally crossing the border into the United States.

  • Lesson Plan includes a summary and activities for before, during, and after reading. Justus-Liebig University

 

Across the Stream by Mirra Ginsburg
A hen and three chicks are saved from a bad dream by a duck and three ducklings.

  • Activity Card features story sequencing.  University of Virginia Curry School of Education

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

·         Extension Activity for using adjectives. Scholastic

 

Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell, 1847 (Dear America series) by Kristiana Gregory
In this fictional diary, 13-year-old Hattie records the details of her family's harrowing journey to Oregon in a covered wagon.

·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

  • Discussion Guide features an introduction for the discussion leader, a summary of the book, questions designed to encourage conversation, a number of student activities related to the book and its period, and an interview with the book's author. Scholastic
  • Lesson Plan includes activities for before, during, and after reading. Kansas City Public Schools

 

Across the Wide Dark Sea: The Mayflower Journey by Jean Van Leeuwen
A boy and his family endure a difficult nine-week journey across the ocean and survive the first winter at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts.

  • Activity for making a model of the Mayflower. Houghton Mifflin

 

Action Alphabet by Marty Neumeier
The letters of the alphabet appear as parts of pictures representing sample words, such as a drip formed by a D coming out of a faucet and a vampire with two V's for fangs.

  • Activity related to the alphabet. Nancy Polette

 

Adaline Falling Star by Mary Pope Osborne
Feeling abandoned by her deceased Arapaho mother and her explorer father, Adaline Falling Star runs away from the prejudiced cousins with whom she is staying and comes close to death in the wilderness, with only a mongrel dog for company.

  • Questions by chapter with vocabulary. San Lorenzo Valley, CA Elementary School 

 

Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray 
The adventures of eleven-year-old Adam as he travels the open roads of thirteenth-century England searching for his missing father, a minstrel, and his stolen red spaniel, Nick.

  • CyberGuide  includes writing and reading activities resulting in a student product. San Diego County Office of Education
  • WebQuest to discover what life was like as a young person growing up in England in the Middle Ages. Berks County Intermediate Unit-Reading, Pennsylvania

 

Adara by Beatrice Gormley
A slave girl convinces her master, the mighty Syrian general, Naaman, to seek a cure from his leprosy from the prophet Elisha in this novelization of the Old Testament story.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Discussion Guide includes discussion topics, activity suggestions, author and illustrator information, and more. Eerdman’s Books

 

Addie Across the Prairie by Laurie Lawlor
Unhappy to leave her home and friends, Addie reluctantly accompanies her family to the Dakota Territory and slowly begins to adjust to life on the prairie.

  • Curriculum Connections includes activities and background information for discussion. Laurie Lawlor
  • Lesson Plan includes discussion questions and extension activities. Lehigh University

 

Addie Meets Max by Don Freeman
Addie doesn't like the new boy next door. He has a big, scary dog that barks at her, and when he collides into her with his bicycle, she wishes he'd move to the moon. But he won't, and Addie's mom has already asked him over for lunch.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities.KYReads

 

Addie's Dakota Winter by Laurie Lawlor
In her new pioneer home of Dakota, ten-year-old Addie finds an unlikely friend and, stranded alone during a blizzard, learns about courage.

 

Addie’s Forever Friend by Laurie Lawlor
While her father is looking for a homestead in the Dakotas, Addie and her mother and brothers spend the summer with her aunt and uncle in Sabula, Iowa, where she rescues her best friend during a flood and where her baby sister is born.

 

Addie’s Long Summer by Laurie Lawlor
Hoping to impress her sophisticated city cousin Elizabeth, Addie betrays a secret that Tilla entrusted to her, and when she finds herself at Elizabeth's mercy, Addie must try to win back Tilla's trust.

 

Adrift by Julie Burtinshaw
Fourteen-year-old David Garrett and his younger sister, sent to live with their aunt when their mother's depression leaves her unable to care for them, overhear a conversation that leads them to take dangerous action.

  • Teacher's Guide include vocabulary words, questions by chapter, activities, and curriculum extensions. Raincoast Publishers

 

Adventure on the Wilderness Road, 1775 (American Sisters series) by Laurie Lawlor
Eleven-year-old Elizabeth dashes impulsively into the wilderness to try to save her younger sister, Martha--their father's favorite and the object of Elizabeth's jealousy--when Martha goes missing during their family's journey to Daniel Boone's new settlement in Kentucky.

 

Adventures in Ancient China by Linda Bailey
Join the Binkertons, twins Josh and Emma and their little sister, Libby, as they return to the Good Times Travel Agency -- and end up knee deep in an ancient Chinese rice paddy!

 

Adventures in Ancient Greece by Linda Bailey
Young Josh, Emma, and Libby Binkerton try to travel into the future but end up in ancient Greece instead, learning about Greek culture, and soon their temporal trip turns chaotic when Libby takes a chariot for a ride.

 

The Adventures of Ali Baba Bernstein by Johanna Hurwitz
Eight-year-old David is convinced that his life will be more adventurous when he changes his name to Ali Baba.

  • Activities include comparing mysteries. TeacherViews
  • Book Quiz Charleston County, SC, School District

·         Games include matching, concentration, and word search based on spelling words in the book. Word List Caryn Dingman - Quia

 

The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dave Pilkey
When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.

·         Activities include weblinks. TeacherViews 

·         Guide includes teaching ideas and book connections. Heinemann

 

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
A teenaged misfit who finds himself floating on a raft down the Mississippi River with an escaping slave, Jim.

  • Book Project features learning about Mark Twain. A Read Across America Project featuring Missouri. University of Virginia Curry School of Education
  • Novel Guide with theme openers, cross curricular activities, and research assignments. McDougal Littrell
  • Study Guide includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities, graphic organizers, assessment instruments, related media links and readings, and reproducible worksheets. Glencoe Literature Library
  • Teaching Guide includes discussion questions. Simon & Schuster

 

The Adventures of Sparrowboy by Brian J. Pinkney 
After an encounter with a sparrow, Henry finds he is able to fly just like his favorite comic book hero HawkMan.

·         Activities include creating a graph and sequencing. TeacherViews 

  • Lesson Plan includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities. Page 11. Reading Is Fundamental

 

The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by Dav Pilkey
George and Harold, heroes of the Captain Underpants series,  chronicle the adventures of Super Diaper Baby and his sidekick, Diaper Dog. 

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

  • Teaching Plan include activities for before reading and creating super heroes. Scholastic

 

The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra and Sal Barracca
A stray dog in New York City is adopted by a taxi driver, with whom he rides and shares adventures each day.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

 

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
An orphan grows up on the Mississippi River.

  • Lesson Plan with activities for each chapter. Includes a Jeopardy game.
  • Study Guide includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities, graphic organizers, assessment instruments, related media links and readings, and reproducible worksheets. Glencoe Literature Library
  • Teaching Guide includes discussion questions. Simon & Schuster

 

Aesop and Company by Barbara Baker
A collection of concise stories told by the Greek slave, Aesop. Includes facts and legends about his life and commentary on the timeless appeal of his fables.

  • Activity for re-writing fables. Nancy Polette

 

Aesop's Fables by Ann McGovern
This collection of stories attributed to a Greek slave named Aesop contains 67 tales.

·         Extension Activity includes writing a fable. Scholastic

 

The African Mask by Janet Rupert
Twelve-year-old Layo, a Yoruba girl living in the area of eleventh-century Africa which is now Nigeria, attempts to reject the man who has been chosen to be her husband.

 

After Hamelin by Bill Richardson
Penelope awakens on her eleventh birthday to discover she can no longer hear, but her unexplained deafness is the only thing that saves her when the Pied Piper returns to Hamelin to claim the town's children with his magical music, leaving her free to try and rescue them.

  • Activities for before, during, and after reading. Annick Press
  • Book Discussion Guide includes summary, discussion questions, and related websites. Multnomah County Public Library (Oregon)

 

After the Dancing Days by Margaret Rostkowski
A forbidden friendship with a badly disfigured soldier in the aftermath of World War I forces thirteen-year-old Annie to redefine the word "hero" and to question conventional ideas of patriotism.

 

After the Death of Anna Gonzales by Terri Fields
Poems written in the voices of forty-seven people, including students, teachers, and other school staff, record the aftermath of a high school student's suicide and the preoccupations of teen life.

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

 

After the First Death by Robert Cormier
Events of the hijacking of a bus of children by terrorists seeking the return of their  homeland are described from the perspectives of a hostage, a terrorist, an Army general involved in the rescue operation, and his son, chosen as the go-between.

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

  • Reading Guide includes questions discussion topics and author information  intended to guide readers and spark discussion. Random House

 

After the Goat Man by Betsy Byars
An overweight, sensitive boy gains the insight and strength to overcome his problems through his search for and discovery of a friend's grandfather, known as the Goat Man.

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

 

After the Rain by Norma Fox Mazer
After discovering her grandfather is dying, fifteen-year-old Rachel gets to know him better than ever before and finds the experience bittersweet.

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

 

After the War Was Over by Michael Foreman
Michael Foreman describes growing up in post-World War II England and preparing to be an artist.

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

The Afterlife by Gary Soto
A senior at East Fresno High School lives on as a ghost after his brutal murder in the restroom of a club where he had gone to dance.

 

Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle
As Hillary works in the miniature village, allegedly built by elves, in Sara-Kate's backyard, she becomes more and more curious about Sara-Kate's real life inside her big, gloomy house with her mysterious, silent mother.

  • Lesson Plan includes related activities and discussion questions. Lincoln, NE Public Schools 

 

Afternoon on the Amazon (Magic Tree House series) by Mary Pope Osborne
Eight-year-old Jack, his seven-year-old sister, Annie, and Peanut the mouse ride in a tree house to the Amazon rain forests, where they encounter giant ants, flesh-eating piranhas, hungry crocodiles, and wild jaguars.

  • Activities include the Internet, research, writing, vocabulary, and more. Marshall County, WV, Public Schools

·         Guided Reading Lesson includes introduction to the text, discussion prompts and questions, post-reading activities and word study. Chapter 1 Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School, NY

·         Guided Reading Lesson includes introduction to the text, discussion prompts and questions, post-reading activities and word study. Chapter 2 Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School, NY

·         Guided Reading Lesson includes introduction to the text, discussion prompts and questions, post-reading activities and word study. Chapter 3 Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School, NY

·         Guided Reading Lesson includes introduction to the text, discussion prompts and questions, post-reading activities and word study. Chapter 4 Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School, NY

·         Guided Reading Lesson includes introduction to the text, discussion prompts and questions, post-reading activities and word study. Chapter 5 Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School, NY

·         Guided Reading Lesson includes introduction to the text, discussion prompts and questions, post-reading activities and word study. Chapter 6 Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School, NY

·         Guided Reading Lesson includes introduction to the text, discussion prompts and questions, post-reading activities and word study. Chapter 7 Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School, NY

·         Guided Reading Lesson includes introduction to the text, discussion prompts and questions, post-reading activities and word study. Chapter 8 Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School, NY

·         Guided Reading Lesson includes introduction to the text, discussion prompts and questions, post-reading activities and word study. Chapter 9 Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School, NY

·         Guided Reading Lesson includes introduction to the text, discussion prompts and questions, post-reading activities and word study. Chapter 10 Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School, NY

  • Lesson Plan includes activities for research, vocabulary, writing, and the web. Marshall County, WV, Public Schools
  • Book Test CyberSpaces

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Teacher's Guide with pre-reading activities and classroom connections. Random House

 

Again! by John Prater
Grandbear and Baby Bear share a nice day together, with Baby Bear wanting to repeat their fun again and again.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

Agave Blooms Just Once by Gisela Jernigan
Illustrated verses present plants and animals of the desert from A to Z

  • Lesson Plan includes activities for before, during, and after reading. Southwest Children's Literature-University of Arizona

 

The Age of Inventions by Ann Rossi
New inventions change the way America works and plays.

  • Study Guide includes a summary, characters, key ideas, and questions for after reading. National Geographic Book Club

 

Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Eleven-year-old, motherless Alice decides she needs a gorgeous role model who does everything right; and when placed in homely Mrs. Plotkins's class she is greatly disappointed until she discovers it's what people are inside that counts.

 

Ahoy There, Little Polar Bear by Hans de Beer
While swimming in the ocean, a young polar bear gets caught in a fishing net which brings him to the city where the friendly ship's cat helps him to return home.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Ahyoka and the Talking Leaves by Peter Roop
Ahyoka helps her father Sequoyah in his quest to create a system of writing for his people.

·         Literature Circle Lesson Scroll down the page. Appalachian State University

 

Aida by Leontyne Price
Retells the story of Verdi's opera in which the love of the enslaved Ethiopian princess for an Egyptian general brings tragedy to all involved. 

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Aimee by Mary Beth Miller
Zoe, a high school senior, struggles to survive the aftermath of the suicide of her best friend Aimee, and her own murder trial for her role in the incident, by writing about her feelings in a journal.

 

Ain't Gonna Study War No More: The Story of America's Peace Seekers by Milton Meltzer
Presents a history of pacifism and those who have protested against war, concentrating on war resistance in the United States from colonial days to the present and concerns about nuclear arms and terrorism.

 

Ajeemah and His Son by James Berry
A father and his eighteen-year-old son are each affected differently by their experiences as slaves in Jamaica in the early nineteenth century.

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

 

Akiak: A Tale from the Iditarod by Robert J. Blake
Akiak the sled dog refuses to give up after being injured during the Iditarod sled dog race.

  • Activities include matching, word search, concentration, and flash cards for vocabulary practice. Quia-Cindy Campbell

·         Lesson Plan uses technology. Scroll down the page. Irving, TX, Independent School District

 

Alaska's Three Bears by Shannon Cartwright
A polar bear, a black bear, and a grizzly travel Alaska to find perfect homes.

·         Teaching Plan for reading maps, finding bear facts, and more. Scholastic

 

Albert B. Cub and Zebra by Anne Rockwell
The adventures of Albert B. Cub as he tries to find the culprits who abducted his beloved Zebra.

  • Activity related to the alphabet. Nancy Polette

 

Alchemy by Margaret Mahy
Seventeen-year-old Roland discovers that an unpopular girl in his school is studying alchemy and finds that their destiny is linked with that of a power-hungry magician.

 

Alejandro's Gift by Richard E. Albert
The “gift” Alejandro gives to various desert animals is that of water.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

 

Alex, Who Won His War by Chester Aaron
In the final months of World War II fourteen-year-old Alex, worried about the fate of his brother fighting in Europe, falls into the hands of two Nazi spies intent on sabotage.

  • Lesson Plan includes a book summary, activities, and a bibliography. Maine Association of School Libraries

 

Alexander and the Magic Mouse by Martha Sanders
The Old Lady, her Magical Mouse, a Brindle London Squatting Cat, a Yak, and Alexander, the smiling alligator, lived together on a hill without any friends until the thirty-day rain endangered the town below them.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

·         Online Book with illustrations.

 

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Voirst
On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.

·         Activities include fill-in-the-blank comprehension statements and curriculum connections. TeacherViews

  • Activity using a KWL chart. KidReach
  • Activity for writing. Teachnet
  • CyberGuide with activities for creating a daily schedule, going to Australia, and other online activities.
  • Extension Activity for writing a story about a very bad day. Scholastic
  • Game Board Game Pieces Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Integrated Literature Unit with curricular connections. University of North Carolina
  • Lesson Plan includes vocabulary, activities, comprehension questions, and writing prompts. West Designs
  • Lesson Plan with interdisciplinary activities. Mountain City, TN, Elementary School 
  • Lesson Plan includes identify cause and effect relationships. LessonPlansPage
  • Lesson Plan includes a compare and contrast activity using a Venn diagram. Scholastic
  • Lesson Plan uses the book to focus on technology integration ideas. Montpelier, MD, Elementary School
  • Lesson Plan for creating a class version of the story through a shared writing experience. 
  • Lesson Plan includes multiple writing activities. I
  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, creative writing, vocabulary, art, geography, science, and theater activities. California Theater Center
  • Online Trivia Quiz Fun Trivia
  • Questions for a response journal. Nashville, TN, Public Schools
  • Streaming Video The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Study Guide with cross-curriculum activities. Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
  • WebQuest includes graphing shoe styles, researching Australia, and writing poetry. Appalachian State University
  • WebQuest focuses on writing about a bad day.

 

Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse by Leo Lionni
A mouse named Alexander saves his friend Willie, a toy mouse, who is suddenly discarded by his owner.

·         Activities focus on the illustrations. TeacherViews

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

·         Literature Unit includes a discussion guide, extension activity, teaching plan, and vocabulary builder. Scholastic

 

Alexander Graham Bell: An Inventive Life by Elizabeth MacLeod
A fact-filled biography about the famous inventor.

  • Extension Activity for a Reader's Guide about a conversation between Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison. Scholastic

 

Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst
Although Alexander and his money are quickly parted, he comes to realize all the things that can be done with a dollar.

·         Activities focus on math and money. TeacherViews

  • Lesson Plan to teach economics of concepts of needs and wants. University of Richmond
  • Lesson Plan includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities. Reading Is Fundamental
  • Lesson Plan focuses on the economic concept of saving. KidEconBooks

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

·         Lesson Plan focuses on probability. Kansas State University

 

Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move by Judith Viorst
Angry Alexander refuses to move away if it means having to leave his favorite friends and special places.

 

Alexandra's Scroll by Miriam Chaikin 
Alexandra, a young Jewish girl from Jerusalem, describes her life and the creation of Hanukkah, more than 2000 years ago.

  • Questions to ask before and after reading. Family TLC

 

Alfie Gives a Hand by Shirley Hughes 
Holding tightly to his old bit of blanket as he attends his first birthday party, Alfie finds a way to be helpful, but it means putting down his blanket first. 

  • Lesson Plan includes vocabulary study, characters, and questions for discussion. University of Iowa
  • Reading Guide includes a summary, vocabulary activities, and discussion questions. Page 4. Drake University

 

Alice and Greta by Steven J. Simmons
Two young witches use their powers in opposite ways, one helping people and the other making mischief.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
A little girl falls down a rabbit hole and discovers a world of nonsensical and amusing characters.

·         Extension Activity includes reading strategies for introducing the book. Scholastic

·         Interactive Adventure with games, puzzles, and other activities. Ruthann Zaroff

·         Worksheet for putting sentences together. Primary Resources

 

Alice the Brave by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
The summer before eighth grade, Alice tries to confront her fears, not the least of which is a fear of deep water.

 

Aliens for Breakfast by Stephanie Spinner
Finding an intergalactic special agent in his cereal box, Richard joins the extraterrestrial in a fight to save Earth from the Dranes, one of whom is masquerading as a student in Richard's class.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Aliens for Lunch by Jonathan Etra and Stephanie Spinner
When their bag of microwave popcorn explodes and a space alien emerges, Richard and Henry join him on a top secret interstellar mission to save the desserts of the universe.

·         Lesson Plan focuses on the main idea to retell a story.

 

Alison's Zinnia by Anita Lobel
Alison acquired an amaryllis for Beryl who bought a begonia for Crystal--and so on through the alphabet, as full-page illustrations are presented of each flower.

·         Activity related to the alphabet. Nancy Polette

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Alistair in Outer Space by Marilyn Sadler
Alistair is on his way to return his books when he is captured in a spaceship by two creatures called Goots.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

·         Teacher's Guide Reading Rainbow

 

Alistair Underwater by Marilyn Sadler
Exploring an underwater cave in his homemade submarine, Alistair helps the frog people get rid of the dreaded monster Gooze.

·         Activities focus on creative thinking. TeacherViews

 

Alistair's Time Machine by Marilyn Sadler
Alistair’s entry in a science competition takes him to many places and time periods but unfortunately he can’t prove this to the judges.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

All About Frogs by Jim Arnosky
Provides information about all types of frogs and toads, how they develop, and how and where they survive. 

  • Teaching Plan includes activities for simple research about frogs. Scholastic

 

All About Owls by Jim Arnosky
Text and pictures give the reader a glimpse into the owl's night world.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

All About Things People Do by Melanie and Chris Rice
People do all kinds of work indoors and outside, in cities, in factories, on farms, on and under the sea, and in the sky.

  • Lesson Plan for guided reading includes comprehension , oral, and vocabulary strategies, writing activities, and more. Scholastic

 

All About You by Catherine & Laurence Anholt
This rhyming book encourages children to think and talk about
themselves, from their morning and nighttime rituals to all of their favorite things.

  • Fun Sheet with activities related to thinking about yourself and a list of theme-related books. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

 

All Alone in the Universe by Lynne Rae Perkins
Debbie is dismayed when her best friend Maureen starts spending time with ordinary, boring Glenna. 

 

All Along the River by Blair Drawson
Grandpa Joe shares stories from his childhood while having a tea party with his granddaughter.

 

All-American Girl by Meg Cabot
Sophomore Samantha Madison stops a presidential assassination attempt, is appointed teen ambassador to the United Nations, and catches the eye of the very cute First Son.

 

All Around Town by Dinah Johnson
Columbia, South Carolina of the 1920's and 1930's is chronicled by photographs by Richard Roberts and text by the author.

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

All-Bright Court by Connie Rose Porter
Story of the Taylor family and their lives in a housing project over a twenty year span.

  • Reader's Guide includes a summary and discussion questions. Houghton Mifflin

 

All But Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Seventh grader Alice decides that the only way to stave off personal and social disasters is to be part of the crowd, especially the "in" crowd, no matter how boring and, potentially, difficult.

 

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriott
An English veterinarian reminisces about his life, career, and animal patients in a small village.

  • Novel Guide includes background information, chapter summaries, and post-reading activities. Holt, Rinehart and Winston

 

All Day Nightmare (Goosebumps, 42) by R. L. Stine
A choose your own adventure book.

  • Lesson Plan includes enrichment activities and related Internet resources. TeacherVision

 

All Eyes on the Pond by Michael J. Rosen 
Simple and predictable rhymes encourage readers to chime along as they explore vantages of the pond through the eyes of various inhabitants.

  • Activities includes spelling, vocabulary, crossword puzzle, and writing prompts. Murrieta, CA, School District
  • Lesson Plan uses the book to study freshwater habitats. Lesson Plans Page

 

All Fall Down by Helen Oxenbury
Captures babies at their playful best.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

All I See by Cynthia Rylant
A child paints with an artist friend who sees and paints only whales.

·         Activities include art and painting. TeacherViews

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

All in the Woodland Early: An ABC Book by Jane Yolen
An alphabet book that features birds, animals, and insects of the North American woodland for each letter,

 

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Through the observations of Paul Baumer, a 19-year-old volunteer to the German army during World War I, readers taste war in all its horror.

  • CyberGuide includes writing and reading activities resulting in a student product. San Diego County Office of Education
  • Lesson Plan includes writing activities, discussion topics, and extensions. Discovery School
  • Study Guide includes plot overview, characters, chapter analysis, and a quiz. SparkNotes
  • Study Guide includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities, graphic organizers, assessment instruments, related media links and readings, and reproducible worksheets. Glencoe Literature Library
  • Teacher's Guide includes discussion and comprehension questions, activities, literature analysis, and more. Random House
  • WebQuest StudyGuide

 

All the Answers by Anne C. LeMieux
Failing algebra and being grounded for talking back to his father are bad enough, but when he faces a beautiful new eighth grader and her bullying twin brother, Jason is forced to take another look at his life.

  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, related books, curriculum connections, related websites, and a booktalk. South Carolina Junior Book Award

 

All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka
Reveals in verse that, despite outward differences, children everywhere are essentially the same and all are lovable.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. Document must be downloaded. KYReads

  • Lesson Plan focuses on creating a self-portrait. TeacherVision
  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, author and/or illustrator profiles, and activities for before and after reading. School-Library.org
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods
  • Technology Lesson using Kid Pix. Maryland Public Schools.

 

All the Colors of the Race by Arnold Adoff
A collection of poems celebrating the family and minority heritages.

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
A young boy talks about all his favorite places, those of his family and his grandparents, the farm, and the adjacent countryside.

·         Activities include using a sensory chart to record the impressions. TeacherViews

·         Activity for discussion and and art project. I Love That Teaching Idea

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

All the Stars in the Sky: The Santa Fe Trail Diary of Florrie Mack Ryder, The Santa Fe Trail, 1848 (Dear America series) by Megan McDonald   
A girl's diary records the year 1848 during which she, her brother, mother, and stepfather traveled the Santa Fe trail from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe.

  • Discussion Guide features an introduction for the discussion leader, a summary of the book, questions designed to encourage conversation, a number of student activities related to the book and its period, and an interview with the book's author. Scholastic
  • Online Trivia Quiz Fun Trivia

 

All the Way Home by Patricia Reilly Giff
In 1941, circumstances bring together Brick, a boy from New York's apple country, and Mariel, a young girl made shy by her bout with polio, and the two make a journey from Brooklyn back to help Brick's elderly neighbors save their apple crop and to help Mariel learn about her past.

  • Activities include summary, related readings, curriculum tie-ins, and web links. South Carolina Association of School Librarians

·         Book Quiz Click cancel for network password. Wichita Public Schools

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Booktalk Random House
  • Curriculum Guide includes synopsis, author information, discussion questions, and activities. William Allen White Children's Book Award
  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, author information, cross-curricular activities, and related websites. Scroll down the page. Texas Bluebonnet Award
  • Teacher's Guide includes pre-reading and curriculum connections. Random House
  • Video Book Talk Sagebrush

 

All the Way to Mexico by Norma Charles
A newly “blended” family crams into an old station wagon heading south for a month’s trip from Vancouver to Mexico.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Teacher's Guide include a summary, research topics, activities, and discussion questions. Wordfest
  • Teacher's Guide include vocabulary words, questions by chapter, activities, and curriculum extensions. Raincoast Publishers

 

All Their Names Were Courage by Sharon Phillips Denslow
In 1862, as William Burd fights in the Civil War, he exchanges letters with his sister, Sallie, who is also writing to Confederate and Union generals asking about their horses in order to write a book.

 

All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle
Lists everything that one needs to build the perfect snowman, from the very first snowflake that falls.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

Allie and the Alligator, Bob and the Baboon by Alvin Granowsky
Allie and Bob go to the zoo, but the alligator and the baboon don't like them.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Allie's Basketball Dream by Barbara E. Barber
Determined in her effort to play basketball, a young Afro-American girl gives it one more shot with the support of a special friend.

 

Alligator Baby by Robert Munsch
A little girl takes matters into her own hands after her brother is accidentally born in a zoo and her parents repeatedly bring home the wrong baby.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Alligator Shoes by Arthur Dorros
An alligator with an interest in footwear spends the night locked in a shoe store trying on the merchandise.

  • Activities include ideas for writing, research, discussion, and more. Arthur Dorros

 

Alligators All Around by Maurice Sendak
The letters of the alphabet are introduced by alligators engaged in a variety of activities.

  • Alphabet Posters from the book to print out.
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods

 

Almost Famous by David Getz
Ten-year-old Maxine is determined to become a famous inventor so she can take care of her younger brother's heart condition, and she convinces a troubled classmate to help her.

  • Lesson Plan includes a book summary, activities, and a bibliography. Maine Association of School Libraries

 

Almost Forgotten Teddy Bear by Anne Harler
Teddy Bear finds some other toys that have been forgotten.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Almost Freedom by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Tells the story of a young girl's dramatic escape from slavery via the Underground Railroad, from the perspective of her beloved rag doll.

  • Lesson Plan with review questions and activities. Scholastic

 

Almost Home by Nora Raleigh Baskin
After years of being shuffled from town to town and back and forth between her divorced parents, twelve-year-old Leah, now living permanently with her father and stepmother, finds it difficult to adjust to her new situation and the circumstances that made it possible.

 

Alone at Ninety Foot by Katherine Holubitsky
Pamela Collins, a fourteen-year-old girl living near Lynn Canyon Park in Canada, struggles to deal with changing friendships, school, growing up, and her future while coping with her mother's death.

  • Book Discussion Guide  includes summary, book talk, discussion questions, and related web sites. Multnomah County Public Library (Oregon)

 

Alpha Bugs by David A. Carter
A pop-up alphabet book featuring bugs.

  • Activities include alliteration ideas. TeacherViews

 

Alphabatics by Suse MacDonald
The letters of the alphabet are transformed and incorporated into twenty-six illustrations, so that the hole in "b" becomes a balloon and "y" turns into the head of a yak.

 

Alphabears: An ABC Book by Kathleen Hague
The bears can finally say their ABCs.

 

Alphabeasts by Wallace Edwards
Introduces the letters of the alphabet through short verses about the animal inhabitants of a remarkable old house.

  • Activity for creating a bar graph. Colorado Blue Spruce Award
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Reading Strategies include a summary, activities, an author profile, and related books. Page 1. Colorado Blue Spruce Award

 

The Alphabet Atlas by Arthur Yorinks
Uses the name of a country to represent each letter.

  • Teacher's Guide includes discussion questions, vocabulary, activities, and web sites. Winslow Press

 

Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood
On their way to school, the little letters of the alphabet have to rescue little "i" and then find his dot before they can proceed.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson 
Paintings of objects in an urban setting present the letters of the alphabet.

·         Lesson Plan focuses on mathematical angles. Kansas State University

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip
Nepenthe, an orphan who has been raised by the librarians of the Royal Library of Raine, becomes obsessed with deciphering a supposedly untranslatable book brought to the palace by a young mage, not realizing that the words and her fate are entwined with that of the newly crowned, fourteen-year-old queen.

 

The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni
A strong wind blows most of the letters off the alphabet tree and those that remain hide among the branches. Then a bug and a caterpillar come along and teach them how to arrange themselves into words and sentences to form a special message. 

  • Activity for constructing words. Teachers.net
  • Lesson Plan introduces and reinforces recognition of upper and lower case letters. Scholastic

 

Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming
A mouse works his way through the alphabet as he folds the "F," measures the "M," and rolls the "R."

  • Activities include making a  mouse hat, a bookmark, and constructing an alphabet. Denise Fleming

Altoona Baboona by Janie Bynum
Altoona Baboona travels the world in her hot air balloon.

  • Lesson Plan focuses on the skills of rhyming and sound manipulation Liverpool, NY, School District

 

Altoona Up North by Janie Bynum
Altoona the baboon goes to visit her aunt in the frigid north, but after some adventures in the snow, Auntie gives everyone a warm surprise.

  • WebQuest features rhyming words. Bowling Green State University 

 

Always and Forever by Alan Durant
A family of forest animals learns to cope with the death of a loved one.

 

Always My Dad by Sharon Dennis Wyeth
A girl, who after her parents divorce doesn’t see her father very often, frequently thinks about him and treasures the time they have together.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

The Always Prayer Shawl by Sheldon Oberman
An ancient prayer shawl teaches Adam the importance of tradition and change in a story that spans six generations, from czarist Russia to the present day. 

  • Lesson Plan includes comprehension questions and activities related to families. Boyds Mills 
  • Teacher's Guide focuses on traditions. Boyds Mills

 

Always Room for One More by Sorche Nic Leodhas
In this Scottish folk song, a generous family always has room for another person and invites in everyone who passes by. 

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Amanda Pig on Her Own by Jean VanLeeuwen
When her brother goes off to school, Amanda finds new things to do, including ballet dancing, cleaning her room, and making a very sad, mad day go away, with the help of hugs from Mother Pig.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Amandine by Adele Griffin
Her first week at a new school, shy, plain Delia befriends Amandine, not anticipating the dangerous turns their friendship would take.

 

Amaryllis by Craig Crist-Evans
Jimmy and his older brother Frank share a love of surfing and their problems with a drunken father, until Frank turns eighteen and goes to Vietnam.

  • Reader’s Guide includes discussion questions and topics for research. Candlewick Press

 

The Amazing Bone by William Steig
On her way home from school, Pearl finds an unusual bone that has unexpected powers.

·         Guide includes teaching ideas and book connections. Heinemann

·         Lesson Plan using DRTA (Directed Reading Thinking Activity) method. Western Kentucky University

 

The Amazing Book of Mammal Records by Samuel Woods
Introduces, in question and answer format, such record-breaking mammals as the cheetah, blue whale, koala, giraffe, and water buffalo.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Grace is a little girl who wants to be Peter Pan in the school play. She runs into obstacles, but refuses to give in despite the fact that she is black and a girl.

·         Activities include pre-reading ideas. TeacherViews

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

  • Activity for creating a character collage. CanLearn
  • Activity for retelling the story using dramatic puppet theater. Scroll down the page.
  • Activity Sheet for before, during, and after reading. First Book
  • Lesson Plan includes writing and discussion activities about conflicts and problems. 
  • Lesson Plan using Kidspiration to compare characters.
  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, activities for home and classroom, and a booklist. Scroll down to page 12. Vocabulary list on page 25. Memphis, TN, Public Schools
  • Lesson Plan focuses on ideas promoting reading, writing, oral, and critical-thinking skills. ReadWriteThink

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

  • Story Map for determining events.
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods
  • Teacher's Guide Reading Rainbow
  • Teaching Plan includes activities for before and after reading and extension  ideas. Scholastic

 

Amazing Grace: The Story of the Hymn by Linda Granfield
Describes the events of the life of John Newton as a captain aboard a slave trade vessel and later as a clergyman that led to his writing the well-loved hymn, "Amazing Grace."

  • Teacher's Guide includes activities related to music, slavery and creating a timeline. Tundra Books

 

The Amazing Impossible Erie Canal by Cheryl Harness
Describes the history and building of the Erie Canal in the early 1800s, and explains the effects of the canal on the developing nation.

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin by James Cross Giblin
A biography of the eighteenth-century printer, inventor, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States.

  • Activities include summary, related readings, curriculum tie-ins, booktalk, and web links. South Carolina Association of School Librarians

 

Amazing Lizards by Fay Robinson
Describes the characteristics of lizards

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

The Amazing Potato by Milton Meltzer
The complete history of the incredible tuber.

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Amber Brown Goes Fourth by Paula Danziger
Entering fourth grade, Amber faces some changes in her life as her best friend moves away and her parents divorce.

·         Activities include discussion questions. TeacherViews

 

Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon by Paula Danziger
The year she is in the third grade is a sad time for Amber because her best friend Justin is getting ready to move to a distant state. 

  • Activities include spelling, vocabulary, a crossword puzzle, a quiz, and related web links. Murrieta Valley (California) Unified School District
  • Activities across the curriculum including writing postcards, calculating distance, and examining friendships. North Carolina Children's Book Awards
  • Activities from the publisher.
  • Extension Activities includes writing and research. Scholastic
  • Integrated Literature Unit with curricular connections. University of North Carolina
  • Online Games include Matching, Flashcards, Concentration, and Word Search. Quia
  • Online Quiz Quia
  • Slide Show with questions and activities.
  • Teacher's Guide with activities. Sundance

 

Amber Brown Sees Red by Paula Danziger
Amber Brown faces a new set of challenges as she endures a growth spurt, her mother's engagement to Max, her Dad's return from Paris, her school's infiltration by skunks, and the worst haircut in the world. 

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

 

Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit by Paula Danziger
Unhappy over her parents' divorce and her mother's boyfriend Max, nine-year-old Amber finds her schoolwork suffering. 

 

Amber on the Mountain by Tony Johnston
Isolated on her mountain, Amber meets and befriends a girl from the city who gives her the determination to learn to read and write.

  • Activities include ideas for home and classroom and a related book list. Scroll to page 6. Memphis, TN, Public Schools
  • Lesson Plan on literacy includes an anticipatory set of questions. Learning to Give
  • Lesson Plan uses the book and a video for a letter-writing activity. South Carolina Educational Television
  • Lesson Plan focuses on the book to teach writing. NC Learn

 

The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials series) by Philip Pullman
The final volume of the author’s critically acclaimed fantasy trilogy brings the heart stopping intrigue of The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife to a harrowing conclusion.

  • Activities include related web links. Family Education

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

·         Quiz BBC Radio

·         Reader's Guide with questions for discussion. Random House

  • Teacher's Guide includes a plot summary and questions for discussion and writing. Random House

 

Amber was Brave, Essie Was Smart: The Story of Amber and Essie Told Here in Poems and Pictures by Vera B. Williams
A series of poems tells how two sisters help each other deal with life while their mother is working and their father has been sent to jail.

  • Activities include summary, related readings, curriculum tie-ins, and web links. South Carolina Association of School Librarians

·         Book Quiz Click cancel for network password. Wichita Public Schools

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Curriculum Guide includes synopsis, author information, discussion questions, and activities. William Allen White Children's Book Award

 

Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Munoz Ryan
In this fictionalized account, Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt go on a night flight above Washington, D. C. on April 1933, while still dressed in evening gowns.

·         Activities include summary, related readings, curriculum tie-ins, and web links. South Carolina Association of School Librarians

·         Activities include a summary, curriculum connections, and related titles. Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award

·         Lesson Plan Kansas City Public Schools

 

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
A literal-minded housekeeper causes chaos in the Rogers household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.

·         Activities include comprehension questions. TeacherViews

  • Activity focuses on persuasive writing. Teachers.net
  • Lesson Plan with comprehension activities. AskERIC
  • Lesson Plan uses the book to teach measurement. University of Texas at Austin
  • Lesson Plan includes enrichment activities and related Internet resources. TeacherVision

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Amelia Bedelia and the Baby by Peggy Parish
Amelia Bedelia follows to the letter the list of instructions for looking after the Lanes' baby.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Amelia Bedelia 4 Mayor by Herman Parish
A series of misunderstandings leads the literal-minded Amelia Bedelia to run for mayor.

·         Activities Scroll down the page. Garde Arts Center

 

Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy Parish
As always, Amelia Bedelia follows exactly the instructions given to her on a camping trip, including pitching a tent and rowing boats.

 

Amelia Bedelia Helps Out by Peggy Parish
Amelia Bedelia shows her niece Effie Lou how to follow instructions to the letter as they dust the potato bugs and sew seeds.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Amelia Bedelia's Family Album by Peggy Parish
Amelia Bedelia entertains Mr. and Mrs. Rogers by showing them her family album and describing what her relatives do.

  • Activities include making predictions, using creative dramatics, and drawing sketches of the family members. Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r-s for the Primary Grades 

·         Activities include vocabulary comprehension. TeacherViews

 

Amelia Earhart: Free in the Skies by Robert Burleigh
An illustrated biography of the world-famous woman pilot known for her long and daring flights.

 

Amelia Earhart, Young Air Pioneer (Young Patriots series) by Jane Moore Howe
Tells the story of Amelia Earhart's childhood adventures.

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

  • Teacher's Guide features discussion questions, activities, and web resources developed by the publisher. 

 

Amelia's Notebook by Marissa Moss
The hand-lettered contents of a nine-year-old girl's notebook, in which she records her thoughts and feelings about moving, starting school, and dealing with her older sister, as well as keeping her old best friend and making a new one.

  • Activities include a face-maker, games, quizzes and a video. American Girl

 

Amelia's Road by Linda Jacobs Altman
A girl from a migrant worker family overcomes the hardship of moving by creating a special place for herself.

  • Teacher's Guide includes background, and reading questions, and interdisciplinary activities. Lee & Low Books

 

Amelia's War by Ann Rinaldi 
When a Confederate general threatens to burn Hagerstown, Maryland, unless it pays an exorbitant ransom, twelve-year-old Amelia and her friend find a way to save the town.

  • Discussion Guide focuses on historical fiction with pre-reading activities and thematic connections. Scholastic

 

America: A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney
Each letter of the alphabet is represented by important people, ideas, and events in the history of the United States.

 

America Is...by Louise Borden
Presents an illustrated celebration of the history, people, and natural and manmade wonders of the United States of America.

  • Lesson Plan features before, during, and after reading activities related to geography. Illinois Geographic Alliance

 

America Goes to War, 1941 by John Devaney
Uses brief personal vignettes to pinpoint dramatic and significant events, concerning both political figures and ordinary people, during the first year of America's involvement in World War II.

  • Lesson Plan includes a book summary, activities, and a bibliography. Maine Association of School Libraries

 

America the Beautiful by Katherine Bates
An illustrated edition of the nineteenth-century poem, later set to music, celebrating the beauty of America.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle by David Adler
Describes the life and accomplishments of Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel and a figure in the early women's rights movement.

 

American Fairy Tales by Neil Philip
Includes stories from Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne and L.Frank Baum.

 

American Moments: Scenes from American History by Robert Burleigh
A look at a cross-section of people and events in American history from 1621 to 2001 representing the many facets of American life.

  • Teacher's Guide includes a pre- and post-reading activities and classroom connections. Henry Holt

 

American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military by Gail Buckley
Chronicles the history of African-American military service, describing military racial policies and the everyday experiences of Black soldiers, and draws from interviews with veterans spanning a century of combat.

 

American Safari by Jim Brandenburg
Describes the American prairies, one of the richest ecosystems in the world and an endangered U.S. ecological treasure.

 

American Tall Tales by Mary Osborne Pope
A collection of tall tales about such American folk heroes as Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Paul Bunyan.

·         Extension Activity includes creating a class book of folk heroes. Scholastic

 

The American Wei by Marion Hess Pomeranc
When Wei Fong loses his first tooth while going to his family's naturalization ceremony many soon-to-be Americans join in the search.

  • Lesson Plan with before, during, and after reading activities. Kansas City Public Schools

 

Amigo by Byrd Baylor
Desperately wanting a pet to love, a boy decides to tame a prairie dog who has already decided to tame the boy for his own pet.

 

Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom by Walter Dean Myers
A history of the 1839 uprising of African captives aboard the slave ship Amistad, telling of their three-year imprisonment in the United States and their eventual acquittal by the Supreme Court.

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Among the Barons by Margaret Peterson Haddix
In a future world of false identities, government lies, and death threats, Luke feels drawn to the younger brother of the boy whose name Luke has taken.

 

Among the Betrayed by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Thirteen-year-old Nina is imprisoned by the Population Police, who give her the option of helping them identify illegal "third-born" children, or facing death.

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

  • Booktalk Booktalking Colorado
  • Literature Unit includes characters, summary, lessons, games, and more. Promote Georgia

 

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong. 

  • Activities include a book talk, curriculum connections, and web links. Salisbury State University
  • Activities include research on population law. Scroll down the page. Georgia Children's Literature Book Awards

·         Activities include summary, related readings, curriculum connections, and web links. Scroll down the page. South Carolina Association of School Librarians

  • Book Discussion Guide includes summary, book talk, discussion questions, and related books. Multnomah County Public Library (Oregon)

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

·         Internet Hunt

·         Lesson Plan with a character activity, discussion questions, and thinking questions. Kim Carlson

  • Lesson Plan includes a synopsis, general review; discussion questions and activity suggestions. Scroll down the page. South Central Kansas Library System
  • Lesson Plan  includes information about the author, book, related titles, activities, puzzles and worksheets, and weblinks for further study. Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award
  • Literature Unit includes characters, summary, lessons, games, and more. Promote Georgia
  • Teaching Guide includes discussion topics, activities, and research ideas. Simon & Schuster

 

Among the Imposters by Margaret Peterson Haddix
In a future where the law limits a family to only two children, third-born Luke has been in hiding for the entire twelve years of his life, until he enters boarding school under an assumed name and is forced to face his fears.

·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

  • Literature Unit includes characters, summary, lessons, games, and more. Promote Georgia

 

Among the Odds and Evens: A Tale of Adventure by Pricilla Turner
When X and Y crash in the land of Wontoo, they cannot understand how the Numbers live the way they do, until they not only get used to it, but decide they want to stay in Wontoo.

  • Lesson Plan focuses on the math concept of algebraic patterns. Kansas State University

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Among the Volcanoes by Omar S. Castañeda
When her mother becomes ill, Isabel, a Mayan girl living in contemporary Guatemala, must care for her and continue her search for her own identity in a world fraught with upheaval and change.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Study Guide with comprehension and vocabulary exercises by chapters and an assessment. Colorado Department of Education

 

Amos by Susan Seligson
An old dog finds adventure when he discovers that his favorite couch has a motor and can be driven.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Amos & Boris by William Steig
Amos the mouse and Boris the whale have little in common except that they are both mammals and save each other's lives.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
The life of the eighteenth-century African prince who, after being captured by slave traders, was brought to Massachusetts where he was a slave until he was able to buy his freedom at the age of sixty. 

  • Book Project features explaining how Amos changed the lives of the people that he met in Africa, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. A Read Across America Project featuring New Hampshire. University of Virginia Curry School of Education
  • Curriculum Guide includes synopsis, author information, discussion questions, and activities. William Allen White Children's Book Award
  • Discussion Questions for pages 2-52, 53-73, 74-108, 109-130, 131-145. Los Angeles City College
  • Internet Connections to accompany the book. Annette Lamb
  • Study Guide #1 includes questions for chapters 1-4. Clayton, GA, School District
  • Study Guide #2 includes questions for chapters 5-10. Clayton, GA, School District
  • Writing Project based on the book. University of Virginia Curry School of Education

 

Amos Goes Bananas (Culpepper Adventure series) by Gary Paulsen
A gorilla named Louise takes a liking to Amos, and Dunc becomes convinced that Louise can help solve a case involving some assassins and a respected senator. 

 

The Amusement Park Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Aldens search for carousel horses that have disappeared from an amusement park.

·         Literature Circles Unit Appalachian State University

 

Amy Loves the Sun by Lillian Hoban
Amy picks some flowers on a sunny day and gives them to her mother.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Amy Loves the Wind by Lillian Hoban
While walking in the park on a windy day, Amy and her mother see what the wind can do.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Amy's Story by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Because she desperately wants to have her picture taken, ten-year-old Amy finds a way to accumulate the necessary five dollars but then decides to spend it in another way.

  • Teacher's Guide includes pre-reading and interdisciplinary activities and thematic connections. Random House 

 

Anansi by Brian Gleeson
Two Jamaican folk tales in which Anansi the spider practices his trickery on others.

·         Activities include links to Anansi sites. TeacherViews 

 

Anansi and the Magic Stick by Eric A. Kimmel
Anansi the Spider steals Hyena's magic stick so he won't have to do the chores, but when the stick's magic won't stop, he gets more than he bargained for.

  • Activities include cross-curricular ideas. Page 17. North Carolina Children's Book Award

 

Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock by Eric A. Kimmel
Anansi the Spider uses a strange moss-covered rock in the forest to trick all the other animals, until Little Bush Deer decides he needs to learn a lesson. 

·         Activities Scroll down the page. Garde Arts Center

·         Activity for creating masks for creative dramatics. Rumson, NJ, Public Schools

  • Lesson Plan uses a template made with Inspiration software to create a story map. Richland, SC, School District
  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, activities for home and classroom, and a booklist. Scroll down to page 8. Vocabulary list on page 25. Memphis, TN, Public Schools

 

Anansi and the Talking Melon by Eric A. Kimmel
A clever spider tricks Elephant and some other animals into thinking the melon in which he is hiding can talk.

 

Anansi Does the Impossible by Verna Aardema
Anansi and his wife outsmart the Sky God and win back the beloved folktales of their people.

  • Activities include ideas for introducing the book and  post-reading. Trumpet

·         Activities include curriculum connections. TeacherViews

 

Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott
In trying to determine which of his six sons to reward for saving his life, Anansi the Spider is responsible for placing the moon in the sky. 

·         Activities include sequencing and writing. TeacherViews

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Ananse’s Feast by Tololwa M. Mollel
Unwilling to share his feast, Ananse the spider tricks Akye the turtle so that he can eat all the food himself, but Akye finds a way to get even.

  • Activity for alphabetical order. Quia-Heather Kurtenbach
  • Internet Workshop about serving an African feast. Scott Foresman
  • Vocabulary Activities include matching, word search, concentration, and flash cards. Quia-Heather Kurtenbach

 

Anastasia, Absolutely by Lois Lowry
Presents more adventures of thirteen-year-old Anastasia Krupnick as she tries to deal with a new dog, her school values class, and a personal moral dilemma.

 

Anastasia Again! by Lois Lowry
Twelve-year-old Anastasia is horrified at her family's decision to move from their city apartment to a house in the suburbs.

 

Anastasia at Your Service by Lois Lowry
Twelve-year-old Anastasia has a series of disastrous experiences when, expecting to get a job as a lady's companion, she is hired instead to be a maid.

 

Anastasia Has the Answers by Lois Lowry
Anastasia continues the perilous process of growing up as her thirteenth year involves her in conquering the art of rope climbing, playing Cupid for a recently widowed uncle, and surviving a crush on her gym teacher.

·         Online Quiz Thinkquest

 

Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry
Anastasia's 10th year has some good things like falling in love and really getting to know her grandmother and some bad things like finding out about an impending baby brother.

 

Anastasia, The Last Grand Duchess by (The Royal Diaries series) by Carolyn Meyer
A novel in diary form in which the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II describes the privileged life her family led up until the time of World War I and the tragic events that befell them.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Discussion Guide includes an introduction for the discussion leader, a summary of the book, thought-provoking questions, student activities, and an interview with the author. Scholastic

 

Anastasia's Album by Hugh Brewster
A collection of photos, drawings and letters which reveal Anastasia's life in imperial Russia.

·         Activity for recalling events in your life. Scroll down the page. Instructor Magazine

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Anatole by Eve Titus
A French mouse decides to earn an honest living by tasting the cheese in a cheese factory and leaving notes about its quality. 

  • Lesson Plan includes vocabulary and extension activities. Merced County, California, Public Schools

 

The Ancient Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde by Caroline Arnold
Discusses the native Americans known as the Anasazi, who migrated to southwestern Colorado in the first century A.D. and mysteriously disappeared in 1300 A.D. after constructing extensive dwellings in the cliffs of the steep canyon walls.

  • Lesson Plan includes a book summary, activities, and a bibliography. Maine Association of School Libraries

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold
In a family of New Mexican sheepherders, Miguel tells of his great longing to accompany men and sheep to summer pasture.

  • Activity includes questions to answer online and print out.
  • Book Project features writing about being an grown-up. A Read Across America Project featuring New Mexico. University of Virginia Curry School of Education
  • Study Questions for discussion and writing with page references. Literary Link

 

And So They Build by Bert Kitchen
Describes, in text and illustrations, twelve animal architects, including the harvest mouse, swallow, gladiator tree frog, and beaver, discussing how and why they build their unusual structures.

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

And Still the Turtle Watched by Sheila MacGill-Callahan
A turtle carved in rock many years ago by Native Americans watches the river below. In the span of time it observes many ecological changes with a great deal of sadness.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

 

And the Cow Said Moo by Mildred Phillips
A cow questions why the other animals make their own sounds, instead of saying, "Moo!," as she does.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon by Janet Stevens
When Dish and Spoon run away, their nursery rhyme friends Cat, Cow,
and Dog set out to rescue them in time for the next evening's reading of their rhyme.

  • Activities Scroll down the page. Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award
  • Activities include cross-curricular ideas. Susan Stevens Crummel
  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Lesson Plan for a reading activity. University of Minnesota
  • Lesson Plan includes information about the author, activities, related books and weblinks. Scroll down the page. Texas Bluebonnet Award

 

And the Earth Did Not Devour Him by Tomás Rivera
A 12-part work which represents a number of characters against a background of small Texas towns and migrant labor camps. 

  • Lesson Plan with writing and reflection activities.
  • Novel Guide with theme openers, cross curricular activities, and research assignments. McDougal Littrell
  • Study Guide includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities, graphic organizers, assessment instruments, related media links and readings, and reproducible worksheets. Glencoe Literature Library

 

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz
Describes some of the well-known as well as the lesser-known details of Paul Revere's life and exciting ride.

·         Extension Activity includes ideas for after reading. Scholastic

  • Lesson Plan includes enrichment activities, related Internet resources, and a bibliography. TeacherVision
  • Lesson Plan uses literature circles, online research, and other technologies. Kanawha City Elementary-Charleston, West Virginia
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods

 

And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss
A young boy thinks about what he will tell his father about what he saw on the way home.

·         Activities include links to ideas. TeacherViews

  • Lesson Plan for pretending to be the main character and drawing. SuccessLink

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Andiamo, Weasel! by Rose Marie Grant
After a crow is tricked by a lazy weasel, she finds that she can deal with him all by herself even though she is very small. Includes a glossary of Italian words used.

  • Activities Scroll down to page 1. Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award

 

Andrew Lost series by J. C. Greenburg

 

Andrew Lost in the Bathroom by J.C. Greenburg
After being shrunk by a shrinking machine and ending up on a dog having a bubble bath, Andrew, his cousin Judy, and a tiny robot try to survive encounters with insects, soapy bubbles, and bathtub and toilet drains.

·         Activities include comprehension questions by chapter. TeacherViews

 

Andrew Lost in the Garden by J.C. Greenburg
After being shrunk by a shrinking machine, Andrew, his cousin Judy, and super-smart robot Thudd hitch a ride out of the kitchen on the back of a fly and end up in the garden, they must unshrink themselves before it’s too late! 

 

Andrew Lost in the Kitchen by J.C. Greenburg
After being shrunk by a shrinking machine, Andrew, his cousin Judy, and Thudd the robot encounter drain flies, a cockroach, and worse as they work their way through Mrs. Scuttle's house toward safety.

 

Andrew Lost on the Dog by J.C. Greenburg
When ten-year-old Andrew invents a shrinking machine, he does not expect to be sucked into the machine along with his cousin Judy, only to end up in a dog's nose.

·         Activities include comprehension questions by chapter. TeacherViews

 

Andy Pandy's Kite by Maria Bird
Andy and Teddy make a kite.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Andy (That's My Name) by Tomie de Paola
Andy's friends construct different words from his name: "an" words, "and" words, and "andy" words.

  • Lesson Plan focuses on the skills of rhyming, segmenting, and sound manipulation. Liverpool, NY, School District

 

Aneesa Lee and the Weaver's Gift by Nikki Grimes
A collection of poems describes Aneesa Lee's activities as she prepares materials for weaving and works the loom before marveling at the beauty and meaning of her handicraft.

  • Teacher's Guide includes pre-reading activities, comprehension questions, and  multiple intelligence group projects. Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

 

Angel Child, Dragon Child by Michele Maria Surat
Ur, an immigrant child from Vietnam, tries adjusting to a new life in America.

  • Lesson Plan includes activities, spelling, and vocabulary.
  • Literature Unit includes a discussion guide and extension activities. Scholastic

 

An Angel for Soloman Singer by Cynthia Rylant
A transplanted Hoosier lives a lonely life in New York City and looks for warmth and companionship.

·         Activities include an author study. TeacherViews

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Angel on the Square by Gloria Whelan
In 1913 Russia, twelve-year-old Katya eagerly anticipates leaving her St. Petersburg home, though not her older cousin Misha, to join her mother, a lady in waiting in the household of Tsar Nicholas II, but the ensuing years bring world war, revolution, and undreamed of changes to her life.

 

Angel to Angel: A Mother's Gift of Love by Walter Dean Myers
An illustrated collection of poems about African-American children and their mothers.

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Angela's Wings by Eric Jon Nones
When Angela sprouts wings, she hopes no one will notice, but as the months fly by she begins to like them.

  • Lesson Plan for exploring special abilities. Educator's Reference Desk

 

Angelina and Henry by Katherine Holabird
While on a camping trip with Uncle Louie, two young mice named Angelina and Henry become lost in the woods until the "fit and fearless" Angelina saves the day.

 

Angelina Ballerina by Katherine Holabird
Angelina loves to dance and wants to become a ballerina more than anything else in the world.

 

Angels Watching over Me by Lurlene McDaniel
Cynical Leah Lewis-Hall, stuck in the hospital alone during the holidays, learns about the miracles of love, faith, and angels when she meets the loving family of her roommate, a young Amish girl named Rebekah.

 

Angus and the Ducks by by Marjorie Flack
A curious Scottish terrier decides to investigate the strange noise coming from the other side of the hedge.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods

 

Angus Lost by by Marjorie Flack
A little Scottish terrier leaves his home to see what the outside world is like.

  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods

 

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
Presents the humorous journal of a year in the life of a fourteen-year-old British girl who tries to reduce the size of her nose, stop her mad cat from terrorizing the neighborhood animals, and win the love of handsome hunk Robbie.

  • Booktalk Evergreen Young Adult Book Award

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

·         Booktalk Booktalking Colorado

 

Animal Acrostics by David Hummon
A collection of acrostic poems with accompanying factual texts describing prime characteristics of a wide variety of animals grouped by habitat.

  • Lesson Plan includes activities for before, during, and after reading. Kansas City Public Schools

 

Animal Architecture by Jennifer Dewey
The author describes the shelters created by a wide variety of creatures from spiders to bats, from honeybees to beavers.

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Animal Babies by Harry McNaught
Describes twenty baby animals including a joey, a foal, and a fawn.

·         Activities include drawing and writing. TeacherViews

 

Animal Cafe by John Stadler
Maxwell found the food on his shop shelves had vanished overnight, and his cash register was “stuffed full of money.” This made him wonder what really happens during the middle of the night.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

·         Teacher's Guide Reading Rainbow

 

Animal Fact/Animal Fable by Seymour Simon 
Describes common beliefs about animals and explains which are fact and which are fable.

  • Lesson Plan stressing the conventions of writing. Scroll down the page. Brentwood, CA, School District
  • Web Activity about researching porcupines.

 

Animal Farm by George Orwell
A satire on Stalinism and the Russian revolution.

  • Activities for research, art, and writing. Global Book Club
  • Literature Guide focuses on the author’s purpose for writing and the methods he employs to further his purpose. Core Knowledge
  • Novel Guide by chapter. SparkNotes
  • Novel Guide with theme openers, cross curricular activities, and research assignments. McDougal Littrell
  • Study Guide includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities, graphic organizers, assessment instruments, related media links and readings, and reproducible worksheets. Glencoe Literature Library

 

The Animal Hedge by Paul Fleischman
After being forced to sell the animals he loves, a farmer cuts his hedge to look like them and teaches his sons about following their hearts.

  • Lesson Plan with cross-curricular activities. Highsmith-Dr. Phyllis Perry

 

Animal Hospital by Judith Walker-Hodge
When two children find an injured duck and take it to a veterinarian at an animal hospital, they learn about the work of the hospital and of the doctor as she cares for the duck and other animals.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Animal Kisses by Barry Saltzberg
ntroduces words which name textures associated with various animals such as scratchy cat, velvety cow, and rubbery fish.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

Animal Parade by Jakki Wood
Introduces the letters of the alphabet as a nose-to-tail parade of animals, from aardvark to zebra, marches across the pages. 

  • Activity Card about letters and their sounds. University of Virginia Curry School of Education
  • Lesson Plan for understanding the positional words of left, right, before, after, between, first, and last. Use for language arts and mathematics. EduPlace

 

Animal Sounds by Cass Hollander
Tells how different animals talk.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

The Animal, the Vegetable, and John D. Jones by Betsy Byars
Two sisters look upon a beach vacation with their father, his woman friend, and her son, as two weeks in the wrong place with the wrong people.

 

Animal Tracks by Arthur Dorros
Introduces the tracks and signs left by various animals, including the raccoon, duck, frog, black bear, and human.

·         Activities include making a plaster mold. TeacherViews

·         Activities include creating a collage, writing, discussion, and more. Arthur Dorros

 

Animal Wonders by John Bonnett Wexo
Describes a wide variety of animal characteristics, including protective coloration, modes of locomotion, methods of feeding, etc.

 

Animalia by Graeme Base
An alphabet book with fantastic and detailed pictures, bearing such labels as "Lazy lions lounging in the local library."

  • Activities focus on alliteration. TeacherViews
  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

·         Technology Lesson teaches alliteration, word processing, and drawing. Madison Metropolitan School District (Wisconsin)

 

Animals A to Z by David McPhail
The artist's illustrations present a painting of at least one animal for each letter of the alphabet. 

  • Activity Card features finding pictures beginning with letters of the alphabet. University of Virginia Curry School of Education

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Animals Born Alive and Well by Ruth Heller
Text and illustrations introduce animals with fur or hair who nurse their young, breathe fresh air, and except for two species give birth to their young alive instead of laying eggs.

  • Activities from More Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r-s

 

Animals in Summer by Jane R. McCauley 
Children discover the secrets of the animals during the summer season. 

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft
A simple introduction to the habits of birds, bats, butterflies, and mammals in winter.

  • Activity Card includes chart for learning how animals live in winter. University of Virginia Curry School of Education
  • Lesson Plan includes activities for science and writing. Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

Animals of the Ocean by Teresa O'Brien
Provides facts about sea animals.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Animals on Board by Stuart J. Murphy
Simple addition concepts are introduced through rhyming text and colorful illustrations depicting different animals on their way to a surprise destination.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC
  • Teaching Plan includes activities about simple addition problems. Scholastic

 

Animals Should Definitely Not Act Like People by Judi Barrett
Depicts the inconveniences animals would be burdened with if they behaved like people.

·         Activities include making a class book and vocabulary. TeacherViews

·         Activities with interdisciplinary ideas. Montgomery County, MD, Public Schools

·         Lesson Plan includes problem-solving activities. Montgomery County, MD, Public Schools

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett 
Pictures of animals wearing clothes show why this would be a ridiculous custom for them to adopt.

  • Lesson Plan for curricular connections. Montgomery County, MD, Public Schools
  • Lesson Plan about the protection nature provides animals.  Montgomery County, MD, Public Schools
  • Lesson Plan using sentence frames and picture and word cards.

 

Animals That Hibernate by Phyllis J. Perry
Investigates the reasons why certain animals hibernate during the winter months.

  • Questions to ask before and after reading. Family TLC

 

Animorphs: The Android by Katherine Applegate
Marco, one of a group of young people who have been given the power to change into an animal in order to fight an invasion by the alien Yeerks, decides to check things out when his old friend Erek begins behaving oddly.

·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

 

Animorphs: The Capture by Katherine Applegate
The Animorphs are in real trouble when they transform into flies to invade the new base of the alien Yeerks, and Jake becomes the enemy after falling into the Yeerk regeneration pool.

·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

 

Animorphs: The Encounter by Katherine Applegate
Tobias has stayed in his morph too long and must now live out the rest of his life as a hawk, but that does not keep him from contacting his friends and continuing the fight against the Yeerks, a race of hostile aliens that are invading and controlling the brains of humans.

 

Animorphs: The Forgotten by Katherine Applegate
The Animorphs, a group of young people who have been given the power to change into animals in order to fight an invasion by the alien Yeerks, find themselves traveling back in time as they investigate the crash of a Yeerk Bug fighter.

·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

 

Animorphs: The Invasion by Katherine Applegate
Jake and his friends are given the power to morph into animals by a dying alien who tells them the Earth is under attack by the invading Yeerks, and they are called upon to test their new abilities almost immediately when they learn that Vissar Three, deadliest of the Yeerks, is after them.

·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

 

Animorphs: The Message by Katherine Applegate
Cassie believes her strange dreams are just a side effect of having been given the alien power to morph into an animal, but when she learns that Tobias has been having the same dreams about the ocean, they realize someone is issuing a call for help.

 

Animorphs: The Predator by Katherine Applegate
Marco is a reluctant Animorph, having been given the ability, along with four other friends, to change into animal forms by an Andalite prince, an alien who wants help in stopping an invasion of the enemy Yeerks, but when he discovers that his mom, who he believed was dead, has been taken over by the Yeerks, he finds a reason to fight.

·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

 

Animorphs: The Stranger by Katherine Applegate
Rachel and her fellow Animorphs believe they have a real chance at defeating the Yeerks when they discover the location of the alien regeneration pool, but their plans are disrupted by an all-powerful Ellimist who offers them an opportunity to go live on another planet.

 

Animorphs: The Visitor by Katherine Applegate
With the help of Cassie, Tobias, and Marco, Rachel plans to enter her friend's house as a cat, intent on unlocking secrets from within. If only Rachel could keep her mind off mice.

·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

 

Ann Can Fly by Fred Phleger
Ann's father takes her up in his small plane and lets her fly.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Anna Casey's Place in the World by Andrian Fogelin
Anna, a twelve year old girl with strong survival instincts, tries to adjust to life in a Florida foster home in a strange neighborhood with an overly tidy single woman and Eb, another foster child who is not at all sure he wants to stay there.

  • Lesson Plan includes an annotation, information about the author, realia, food, and curriculum connections. Sunshine State Young Reader's Award

 

Anna, Grandpa, and the Big Storm by Carla Stevens
Anna's grandfather is bored with city life until he and Anna are stranded on the Third Avenue elevated subway train during the blizzard of 1888.

 

Anna of Byzantium by Tracy Barrett
In the eleventh century the teenage princess Anna Comnena fights for her birthright, the throne to the Byzantine Empire, which she fears will be taken from her by her younger brother John because he is a boy. 

  • Activities include several writing ideas related to the historical period. Trumpet
  • Teaching Plan includes activities for making inferences when reading a novel by examining textual clues and drawing logical conclusions. Scholastic
  • Quiz Scholastic

 

Anna on the Farm by Mary Downing Hahn
In the summer before World War I, nine-year-old Anna is happy to spend a week at her aunt and uncle's Beltsville, Maryland, farm until she meets Theodore, who calls her a "city slicker" and spurs her to prove that she's just as clever and brave as he is.

·         Book Quiz Click cancel for network password. Wichita Public Schools

  • Curriculum Guide includes synopsis, author information, discussion questions, and activities. William Allen White Children's Book Award

 

Anna Sunday by Sally M. Keehn
In 1863 twelve-year-old Anna, disguised as a boy and accompanied by her younger brother Jed, leaves their Pennsylvania home and makes the difficult journey to join their wounded father in Winchester, Virginia, where they find themselves in danger from Confederate troops

·         Internet Hunt Cindy O'Hora

 

Anna's Corn by Barbara Santucci
Anna is reluctant to plant the kernels of corn her grandpa has left her upon his death, until she realizes that the act will help her remember the times they listened to the music of the corn together.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Discussion Guide includes discussion topics, activity suggestions, author and illustrator information, and more. Eerdman’s Books

 

Anna's Table by Eve Bunting
Anna describes the collection of natural things she keeps on the table in her bedroom.

 

Anne Frank and Me by Cherie Bennett
After suffering a concussion while on a class trip to a Holocaust exhibit, Nicole finds herself living the life of a Jewish teenager in Paris during the Nazi occupation.

·         Booktalk Booktalking Colorado

 

Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary, A Photographic Remembrance  by Rian Verhoeven
Photographs, illustrations, and maps accompany historical essays, diary excerpts, and interviews, providing an insight to Anne Frank and the massive upheaval which tore apart her world.

·         Extension Activity includes response writing and studying the Holocaust. Scholastic

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy M. Montgomery
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

  • Extension Ideas include discussion questions, related links, and a list of similar books. Vermont Public Radio
  • Teacher's Notes include background information about the book and author and activities by chapter. Penguin Putnam

 

Annie and the Old One by Miska Miles
When Annie's Navajo grandmother says that when Annie's mother's rug is completely woven that the grandmother will die, Annie tries to hold back time by unweaving the rug in secret.

  • CyberGuide includes writing and reading activities resulting in a student product. San Diego County Office of Education
  • Integrated Literature Unit with curricular connections. University of North Carolina
  • Lesson Plan featuring interdisciplinary connections. 
  • Lesson Plan using guided essential questions. 
  • Lesson Plan focusing on comparison charts and sequence of events. Incorporates technology. Star Schools
  • Lesson Plan incorporating technology is correlated to the Virginia Standards of Learning. Arlington (Virginia) Public Schools 
  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, author and/or illustrator profiles, and activities for before and after reading. School-Library.org
  • Literature Unit featuring a series of lessons on economic concepts. TeacherLink
  • Questions to ask before and after reading. Family TLC
  • Study Guide includes a summary, characters, key ideas, and questions for after reading. National Geographic Book Club
  • Technology Link features a KidPix lesson for elementary. Forsyth, GA, Public Schools
  • Unit featuring lesson plans focusing on the Navaho Indians. TeacherLink

 

Annie and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett
When Annie's cat disappears, she attempts friendship with a variety of unsuitable woodland animals.

 

Annie's Gifts by Angela Medearis
Annie learns that everyone doesn't have the same talents, but the gifts she possesses are important, too. 

 

Annie's Pet by Barbara Brenner
Annie is on her way to buy a pet with five birthday dollars, but by the time she reaches the pet store, the money is gone.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Anno's Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno
A counting book depicting the growth in a village and surrounding countryside during twelve months.

  • Activities include counting objects and discussing the seasons. TeacherViews

 

Anno's Journey by Mitsumasa Anno
Records in drawings the author's journey through northern Europe and his impressions of the land, the people at work and play, and their art, architecture, folklore, and fairy tales.

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Anno's Magic Seeds by Mitsumasa Anno
The reader is asked to perform a series of mathematical operations integrated into the story of a lazy man who plants magic seeds and reaps an increasingly abundant harvest.

  • Lesson Plan focuses on the math concept of algebraic patterns. Kansas State University

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar by Masaichiro & Mitsumasa Anno
Simple text and pictures introduce the mathematical concept of factorials.

  • Lesson Plan for a problem-solving activity using factorials. (A downloadable file) 
  • Lesson Plan focuses on the math concept of numerical relationships. Kansas State University
  • Lesson Plan focuses on the math concepts of numbers and operations. Kansas State University

·         Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Another Way to Dance by Martha Southgate
While spending the summer at the School of American Ballet in New York City, fourteen-year-old Vicki Harris must come to terms with the reality of her parents' divorce, her crush on Mikhail Baryshnikov, and the impact of being an African American on her future as a dancer.

 

Anson's Way by Gary D. Schmidt
While serving as a British Fencible to maintain the peace in Ireland, Anson finds that his sympathy for a hedge master places him in conflict with the law of King George II.

 

Ant by Rebecca Stefoff
Examines the physical characteristics, life cycle, and natural habitat of various types of ants.

  • Maze Houghton Mifflin

 

The Ant Bully by John Nickel
Lucas learns a lesson about bullying when he is pulled into the ant hole he has been tormenting.

 

Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros
Explores the fascinating and complex ways in which these industrious insects work together to keep their ant cities alive. 

  • Activities include a computer project and related web links. Ameritech

·         Activities include researching ants and math ideas. TeacherViews

·         Activities include learning about ants, research and more. Arthur Dorros

·         Guided Reading Lesson includes introduction to the text, discussion prompts and questions, post-reading activities and word study. Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School, NY

  • Lesson Plan for summarizing, using verb phrases, and synonyms.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Antarctic Antics: A Book of Penguin Poems by Judy Sierra
A collection of poems celebrating the habits and habitat of Emperor penguins.

  • Activities include estimating, personification, and research on penguins. TeacherViews
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods

 

Antarctica by Helen Cowcher
Tells the story of Antarctica through the eyes of the native animals.

 

Antelope Woman by Michael Lacapa
A beautiful Apache maiden follows the mysterious young man who has come to teach her people to respect "all things great and small" and becomes his wife.

  • Lesson Plan includes activities for before and after reading. Southwest Children's Literature-University of Arizona

 

Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave by Virginia Hamilton
A biography of the slave who escaped to Boston in 1854, was arrested at the instigation of his owner, and whose trial caused a furor between abolitionists and those determined to enforce the Fugitive Slave Acts.

·         Extension Activity includes reading strategies for after reading. Scholastic

  • Teacher's Guide includes thematic connections, writing and discussion, and cross-curricular activities. Random House 
  • Teaching Ideas for each chapter. Ohio Literacy Resource Center
  • Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Anthony Reynoso: Born to Rope by Martha Cooper & Ginger Gordon
Documents the experiences of nine-year-old Tony as he follows in the Mexican trick roping tradition handed down to him by his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

 

Antonio's Rain Forest by Anna Lewington
Tells the story of a rubber tapper family living in the Amazon rain forest of western Brazil.

 

Ants Go Marching by Jeffrey Scherer
A songbook about counting.

  • Teaching Plan includes finger plays and an art activity. Scholastic

 

Any Small Goodness by Tony Johnston
Arturo and his family and friends share all kinds of experiences living in the barrio of East Los Angeles--reclaiming their names, playing basketball, championing the school librarian, and even starting their own gang.

·         Book Quiz Click cancel for network password. Wichita Public Schools

 

Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds  by Cynthia Rylant
Description of life and customs of present day Appalachia.

  • Integrated Literature Unit with curricular connections. University of North Carolina
  • Teacher's Guide includes a synopsis, discussion questions and activities for before, during and after reading, and cross-curricular activities. Harcourt
  • Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center
  • Teaching Plan includes activities related to the life and geography of Appalachia. Scholastic

 

Appelemando's Dreams by Patricia Polacco
Appelemando spends so much of his time dreaming, the villagers are convinced that he will not amount to much. In time his dreams change the village and the people in it.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

  • Activities include exercises with compound words, subject and predicates, spelling and more. Murrieta, CA, Public Schools
  • Lesson Ideas include discussion questions, bookmark, online postcard, quiz, puzzle, coloring sheets, and more. Patricia Polacco
  • Reader's Theater based on the book. Murrieta, CA, Public Schools
  • Teacher's Guide Reading Rainbow

 

The Apple Bird by Brian Wildsmith
Even fat birds get full when they eat too many plump, juicy apples.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Apple Picking Time by Michele Benoit Slawson
The author recalls the apple harvesting time of her childhood when the whole town turned out to pick apples.

  • Lesson Plan designed to  identify the economic resources (natural, human, and capital) located within a community and to explain the pros and cons of economic specialization. Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools

 

The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
Children watch their apple tree during the different seasons of the year. 

  • Lesson Plan using the reading strategy of Tellback where a part of the story is retold to a partner and the partner will listen. 

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

  • Teaching Plan includes strategies for introducing the book and activities for during and after reading. Scholastic

 

The Apple Tree by Lynley Dodd
Two children spend the year anticipating the fruit their apple tree will bear, only to have a wily thief upset their plans.

·         Activities include sorting by characteristics and writing. TeacherViews

 

Apple Tree Christmas by Trinka Hakes Noble
In 1881, when their apple tree is felled by a storm just before Christmas, a young farm girl and her family discover that the tree was important to each of them for different reasons.

·         Activities include apples and collages. TeacherViews.

 

Apples by Gail Gibbons
Explains how apples were brought to America, how they grow, their traditional uses and cultural significance, and some of the varieties grown.

·         Activities include ideas using apples. TeacherViews

  • Activities include ideas for fall using apples. Trumpet
  • Lesson Plan focuses on the economic concept of productive resources. KidEconBooks

 

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
A young girl tells of her family's journey to a farm to pick apples and pumpkins.

  • Activities from More Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r-s
  • Activity Card for sequencing of events. University of Virginia Curry School of Education
  • Activity Cards series for developing print and letter sound relationships, the artist's illustrations, and sizes, numbers and shapes. University of Virginia Curry School of Education

 

The Apprentice by Pilar Molina Llorente
Working as an artist's apprentice in Renaissance Florence, thirteen-year-old Arduino makes a discovery which may cost him the chance to become a painter. 

  • CyberGuide includes writing and reading activities resulting in a student product. San Diego County Office of Education 

 

The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker by Cynthia DeFelice
After his family dies of consumption in 1849, twelve-year-old Lucas becomes a doctor's apprentice.

  • Activities feature correlated web links and activities. Maine Association of School Libraries

 

April Morning by Howard Fast
Adam Cooper signs up on the muster roll of the Lexington Militia on April 19th, 1775, and then lives through the first day of conflict with the British, during which his father is killed.

·         Internet Hunt Cindy O'Horo

 

The April Rabbits by David Cleveland
A boy thinks he sees a number of rabbits increasing daily, doing increasingly un-rabbitlike things.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Apt. 3 by Ezra Jack Keats
On a rainy day two brothers try to discover who is playing the harmonica they hear in their apartment building. 

  • Activities include discussion questions and writing. Kidstrek
  • Lesson Plan for studying the senses. North Carolina Teachers' Network
  • Study Guide includes pre-reading, during reading, and post reading activities. Weston Woods

 

Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman
A love-struck mermaid named Aquamarine supplies adventure and insights to two twelve-year-old girls, life-long friends who are spending their last summer together before one of them moves away.

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

  • Discussion Guide includes a summary, discussion points about character and theme, and a novel comparison. Scholastic
  • WebQuest for comparing and contrasting the main characters. Bowling Green State University 

 

The Araboolies of Liberty Street by Sam Swope
The kids of Liberty Street join forces to help the Araboolies when mean General Pinch orders them to move because they look different.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Araminta's Paint Box by Karen Ackerman
When her family moves from Boston to California in 1847, Araminta and her paint box become separated, but through a series of new owners, the paint box finds its way to California.

  • Lesson Plan includes things to notice and talk about, activities, and related web links.  Carol Hurst

 

Archaeologists Dig for Clues by Kate Duke
Provides an introduction to the detective-like work of archaeologists who search for clues in the ground to learn how people lived in the past.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Archer's Goon by Diana Wynne Jones 
After the Goon moves into Sykes' house and refuses to budge, thirteen-year-old Howard learns some startling information about his family, including the fact that he is adopted and that his father is connected with seven wizards who run their town.

 

Archibald Frisby by Michael Chesworth
Archibald gets his campmates involved in his passion—the love of science — even though he is supposed to be at summer camp for fun.

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

 

Arctic Babies by Kathy Darling
Photographs and text describe some of the young animals that are found in the frigid Arctic regions, including moose, foxes, walrus, porcupines, reindeer, and whales.

·         Activities include cross-curricular ideas. TeacherViews

  • Lesson Plan using the reading strategy of List, Group, Label. Also includes the use of the other books in this series. Corvallis, OR, School District

 

Arctic Hunter by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
A ten-year-old Eskimo (Inupiat) boy who lives far north of the Arctic Circle describes his family's annual spring trip to their camp, where they hunt and fish for food to supplement their diet for the rest of the year and enjoy old traditions.

  • Lesson Plan includes a book summary, activities, and a bibliography. Maine Association of School Libraries

 

Are You Alone on Purpose? by Nancy Werlin
When two lonely teenagers, one the son of a widower rabbi and the other the sister of an autistic twin, are drawn together by a tragic accident, they discover they have more in common than they guessed.

 

Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman
A little bird asks animals, planes, and boats, "Are you my mother?" until he find his own mother.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Faced with the difficulties of growing up and choosing a religion, a twelve-year-old girl talks over her problems with her own private God.

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

 

Aria of the Sea by Dia Calhoun
In the magical kingdom of Windward, thirteen-year-old Cerinthe arrives at the Royal Dancing School, where she finds herself torn between the two careers of dancer and healer.

·         Activities include related web links. Winslow Press

·         Booktalk Booktalking Colorado

 

Arielle and the Hanukkah Surprise by Shirley Newberger 
This year Arielle is old enough to light a Hanukkah candle all by herself and she can hardly wait for her turn.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

The Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
Sixteen-year-old Billy spends the summer with his gay uncle in Tucson and works at a racetrack where he falls in love with an outspoken horse exerciser named Cara Mae.

 

Ark in the Park by Wendy Orr
When her parents take her to visit a very special pet store in the park across from her apartment, both Sophie and Mr. and Mrs. Noah, the pet store owners, have their secret wishes fulfilled.

 

The Armadillo from Amarillo by Lynne Cherry
A wandering armadillo sees some of the cities, historic sites, geographic features, and wildlife of Texas.

  • Activities maps, letter writing, and research. TeacherViews 
  • Book Quiz Charleston County, SC, School District
  • Lesson Plan uses technology for composing a postcard that includes a short letter, name, address, and postcard design. Mesa, AZ, Public Schools 
  • Game of Sort-It with words with suffixes "ly", "ful", and "er" in the book changes each time it is accessed. Word List Anne Moncure Elementary School, VA
  • Game of Hangman. Caryn Dingman - Quia

·         Games include matching, concentration, and word search based on spelling words in the book. Word List Caryn Dingman - Quia

  • Unit using the book to teach map skills. Homestead

 

Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett
Bo, an adventurous, near-sighted armadillo, leaves his mother and brothers to follow a girl heading to a rodeo wearing new red boots which Bo mistakes for another armadillo.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Armadillo Tattletale by Helen Ketteman
Armadillo's habit of eavesdropping and then misreporting what he hears makes the other animals so angry that they find a way to keep him from overhearing their private conversations.

  • Activities from the author include writing a porquoi story using the book format.
  • Activities include a summary and curriculum connections. Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

 

Armageddon Summer by Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville
Fourteen-year-old Marina and sixteen-year-old Jed accompany their parents' religious cult, the Believers, to await the end of the world atop a remote mountain, where they try to decide what they themselves believe. 

  • Activities include a book summary, curriculum connections, and web links.  Salisbury State University 
  • Booktalk Evergreen Young Adult Book Award
  • Teaching Ideas Ohio Literacy Resource Center

 

Armor by Charlotte and David Yue
Gives an detailed study of the history of armor, tracing its evolution over the centuries and explaining how it was designed, how it was worn, and its protective capabilities.

 

Around the Pond: Who's Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George
While picking blueberries on a warm summer afternoon, Cammy and her brother see signs of unseen animals and their activities including footprints, a dam, and a floating feather.

 

Around the World in a Hundred Years by Jean Fritz
Examines the great wave of European exploration during the fifteenth century which resulted in more accurate maps.

 

Around the World: Who's Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George
A teacher travels around the world viewing animals in their natural habitats and writes back to her class about her findings.

  • Activities include researching animals around the world and map skills. Trumpet Club

 

The Arrow Over the Door by Joseph Bruchac
In the year 1777, a group of Quakers and a party of Indians have a memorable meeting.

·         Literature Circle Lesson Appalachian State University

 

Arrow to the Sun by Gerald McDermott
An adaptation of the Pueblo Indian myth which explains how the spirit of the Lord of the Sun was brought to the world of men.

  • Activities include curriculum connections. TeacherViews
  • CyberGuide includes writing and reading activities resulting in a student product. Metro-Nashville School System
  • Lesson Plan emphasizes comprehension.

 

Art Against the Odds: From Slave Quilts to Prison Paintings by Susan Goldman Rubin
Uses art to capture the essence of creating as a way to momentarily escape horrible circumstances.

 

The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola
Having learned to be creative in drawing pictures at home, young Tommy is dismayed when he goes to school and finds the art lesson there much more regimented.

  • Activities include writing and art. TeacherViews
  • Lesson Plan using the guided reading technique. Deb Smith

 

Art of Keeping Cool by Janet Taylor Lisle
In 1942, Robert and his cousin Elliot uncover long-hidden family secrets while staying in their grandparents' Rhode Island town, where they also become involved with a German artist who is suspected of being a spy.

  • Lesson Plan includes information about the author, book, related titles, activities, puzzles and worksheets, and weblinks for further study. Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award

 

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

  • Activities include online chapters, an Internet poll, and a screensaver. Family Education
  • Book Discussion Guide includes summary, discussion questions, and related websites. Multnomah County Public Library (Oregon)

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

·         Booktalk Booktalking Colorado

·         Crossword Puzzle Artemis Fowl Unofficial Site

·         Lesson Plan includes online and printable questions and activities by chapter. Mountain City, TN, Elementary School

 

Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
Thirteen-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl must join forces with his nemesis, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon fairy police, in order to save his father--one of the few people in the world Artemis loves--who has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafiya.

·         Booktalk Booktalking Colorado

 

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl creates an extraordinarily powerful computer with stolen fairy technology, but his business deal hopes go sour when a Chicago businessman steals his invention and mortally wounds Artemis's loyal bodyguard.

 

Arthur series by Marc Brown

 

Arthur and the Lost Diary by Marc Brown
When Arthur finds Sue Ellen's lost diary at the library, he wonders whether or not to read it before he returns it to her.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur and the Scare-Your-Pants-Off Club by Marc Brown
When a parent group bans a series of scary books from the local public library, Arthur and his friends devise a plan to get their favorite books returned.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur and True Francine by Marc Brown
Francine and Muffy are good friends until Muffy lets Francine take the blame for cheating on a test.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur Babysits by Marc Brown
Arthur's experience babysitting for the terrible Tibble Twins is as challenging as he expected, but he finally gets control by telling them a spooky story.

  • Activities include reading (compound words, adjectives, antonyms), writing and math.
  • Extension Activity for talking about the book. Scholastic

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur, Clean Your Room! by Marc Brown
When Arthur's mother orders him to get rid of his old junk, he decides to have a garage sale--with surprising results.

  • Activities include reading (contractions, possessive, and alphabetical order), writing and math.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur, for the Very First Time by Patricia MacLachlan
Arthur spends a summer with his unconventional aunt and uncle and begins to look at life, his family, and himself differently.

 

Arthur Goes to Camp by Marc Brown
Arthur is not looking forward to Camp Meadowcroak, and when mysterious things start happening there, he decides to run away.

  • Activities include reading (compound words, suffixes, and verbs), writing and math.
  • Discussion Guide includes talking about the book and cross-curricular activities. Scholastic

 

The Arthur Good Sports Series by Marc Brown
Features Arthur and friends in sports action!

 

Arthur, High King of Britain by Michael Morpurgo 
A twelve-year-old boy comes across Arthur Pendragon, who has just awakened from his long sleep beneath the earth, and hears from him some of the exciting stories of his past.

·         Extension Ideas include discussion questions, related links, and a list of similar books. Vermont Public Radio

 

Arthur in a Pickle by Marc Brown
After lying about what happened to his homework, Arthur has such a bad dream about being "in a pickle" that he decides to tell the truth.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur Lost and Found by Marc Brown
When Arthur and Buster try to take the bus to Arthur's swimming lesson, they fall asleep and end up in a strange part of town.

 

Arthur Meets the President by Marc Brown
Arthur's essay wins a contest and he has to read it to the President in a special ceremony at the White House.

  • Activities focus on recognizing the President and Vice-President of the United States. TeacherViews
  • Activities includes reading (long vowels), writing, and math.
  • Activity using a Venn diagram to compare two stories. Story House
  • Extension Activity using finger puppets. Scholastic
  • Lesson Plan for social studies (U. S. President and Washington, D. C.) 
  • Lesson Plan that incorporates technology.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy by Marc Brown
D. W. is jealous when big brother Arthur loses a tooth and gets a visit from the Tooth Fairy. After D. W. dreams up some hysterical but unsuccessful plans to trick the fairy into coming, Arthur decides to reward her efforts by playing Tooth Fairy himself.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Arthur Writes a Story by Marc Brown
Arthur has to write a story as a homework assignment and keeps changing his idea of what to write as he talks to his friends.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Arthur's April Fool by Marc Brown
Arthur worries about remembering his magic tricks for the April Fool's Day assembly and Binky's threat to pulverize him.

  • Activities focus on good and bad jokes and bullying. TeacherViews

 

Arthur's Baby by Marc Brown
Arthur isn't sure he is happy about the new baby in the family, but when his sister asks for his help in handling the baby, Arthur feels much better.

·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

 

Arthur's Birthday by Marc Brown
Their friends must decide which party to attend when Francine schedules her birthday party for the same day as Arthur's birthday party.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

 

Arthur's Birthday Activity Book by Marc Brown
Help Arthur celebrate his biggest birthday ever with stickers, puzzles, and games.

 

Arthur's Birthday Surprise by Marc Brown
It's D.W.'s birthday and all she wants is Mary Moo Cow (purple with pink spots--not pink with purple spots!) But when Mary Moo Cow gets sick to her stomachs (cows have four, you know), D.W. thinks her party is ruined. Who will save D.W. birthday party?

Arthur's Chicken Pox by Marc Brown
Arthur tries to recover from chicken pox in time to go to the circus. 

  • Activities include ideas for reading (sequencing and  contractions), writing, and math.
  • Extension Activity about animal noses. Scholastic

 

Arthur's Christmas by Marc Brown
Arthur puts a lot of time, effort, and thought into his special present for Santa Claus.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur's Eyes by Marc Brown
Arthur's friends tease him when he gets glasses, but he soon learns to wear them with pride. 

·         Activities for the family. Reading Rainbow

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur's Family Vacation by Marc Brown
Arthur is unhappy about going on vacation with his family, but he shows them how to make the best of a bad situation when they end up stuck in a motel because of rain.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur's First Sleepover by Marc Brown
Rumors about sightings of an alien space ship create excitement when Arthur's friends come to spend the night.

  • Activities include ideas for reading (compound words, prefixes and suffixes), writing, and math.
  • Activity for a sleepover. TeacherViews

 

Arthur's Jelly Beans by Marc Brown
Arthur has a reputation of being slow, but that trait comes in very handy when it comes to winning the jelly bean contest at Muffy's Spring Fling party.

 

Arthur's Lost Puppy by Marc Brown
Arthur and D.W. take Baby Kate and Pal to the neighborhood street fair. But suddenly Baby Kate starts crying. Arthur sends D.W. to buy Kate an ice cream cone, and she carefully ties Pal's leash to a bench outside the store. But when she comes out, Pal has squirmed out of his collar!

  • Activities include ideas for reading (blends, nouns, onomatopoeia), writing, and math.

 

Arthur's New Puppy by Marc Brown
Arthur and D. W. do not know what is wrong with Baby Kate when they take her to the neighborhood fair--but Pal the puppy does.

 

Arthur's Nose by Marc Brown
Unsatisfied with his nose, Arthur goes shopping for another.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur's Pen Pal by Lillian Hoban
Arthur views his little sister in a different light after receiving a revealing letter from his pen pal.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur's Pet Business by Marc Brown
Arthur's determination to prove he is responsible enough to have a puppy brings him a menagerie of animals to care for.

  • Activities include a word search puzzle, computer projects, vocabulary, exact verbs, and abc order.
  • Activities include animal families and money. TeacherViews
  • Lesson Plan focuses on the economic concept of profit. KidEconBooks

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur's Perfect Christmas by Marc Brown
Even without snow, turkey dinner and a perfect tree, Arthur and his family and friends have a wonderful Christmas--and Hanukkah--celebration.

  • Activities include making holiday decorations. Trumpet

 

Arthur's Prize Reader by Lillian Hoban
Although Arthur loses the Super Chimp Club contest, his pupil, sister Violet, wins the first grade reading competition and a prize for them both.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur's Reading Race by Marc Brown
Arthur doesn't believe that his little sister can really read, so he challenges her to prove it.

  • Activities focus on learning new words. TeacherViews

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur's Teacher Trouble by Marc Brown
Third-grader Arthur is amazed when he is chosen to be in the school spellathon.

  • Activities include spelling and writing. TeacherViews

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur's Thanksgiving by Marc Brown
Arthur is elected to direct the Thanksgiving play for his class. A problem develops when no one will volunteer to be the turkey

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur's Tooth by Marc Brown
Arthur, tired of being the only one in his class who still has all his baby teeth, waits impatiently for his loose tooth to fall out.

  • Activities include ideas for reading (action words), writing, and math.

·         Book Test Join the acceleratedreading Yahoo Group to access the test under Files/Charlotte's Archive.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

  • WebQuest designed to study dental health. 

 

Arthur's TV Trouble by Marc Brown
Arthur sees an ad on TV for a dog toy and feels like he has to have it.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Arthur's Valentine by Marc Brown
Arthur's wrong guess about the identity of the secret admirer sending him valentine messages leads to teasing by the other children, but clues in additional messages allow him to get his due.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

·         Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

As Far As I Can See: Meg's Diary St. Louis to the Kansas Territory, 1856 (My America series) by Kate McMullan
In order to avoid the cholera epidemic in St. Louis, Meg and her brother Preston are sent to live with their relatives on the prairie. 

  • Discussion Guide features an introduction for the discussion leader, a summary of the book, questions designed to encourage conversation, a number of student activities related to the book and its period, and an interview with the book's author. Scholastic
  • Teaching Plan includes thinking about the book and Internet activities. Scholastic

 

Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove
Explains some traditions and customs of 26 African tribes beginning with letters from A to Z.

  • Activities focus on the study of Africa. TeacherViews

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

Ashes of Roses by Mary Ann Auch
Sixteen-year-old Rose Nolan arrives on Ellis Island in 1911 in the hopes of starting a new life, but after most of her family is sent back to Ireland, she must find her own way in a new country and fend for herself and her younger sister.

  • Booktalk Nancy Keane
  • Booktalk Random House
  • Booktalk Booktalking Colorado
  • Lesson Plan includes information about the author, book, related titles, activities, puzzles and worksheets, and web links for further study. Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award
  • Lesson Plan includes a summary, related books, curriculum connections, related web sites, and a booktalk. South Carolina Young Adult Book Awards
  • Teacher's Guide includes a pre-reading activity, thematic connections, curriculum connections, and Internet resources. Random House

 

The Ashwater Experiment by Amy Goldman Koss
Twelve-year-old Hillary, who has traveled across the country all her life with her parents who sell crafts, finds herself facing a stay of nine whole months in Ashwater, California.

 

Asylum for Nightface by Bruce Brooks
A deeply spiritual seventeen-year-old takes a radical step to save himself from the fanaticism of his born-again Christian parents.

  • Teaching Guide includes general discussion questions and suggestions for reaching across the curriculum. Harper

 

Aster Aardvark's Alphabet Adventures by Steven Kellogg
Alliterative text and pictures present adventures of animals from A to Z.

 

Astro Bunnies by Christine Loomis
Astro Bunnies take rockets into space, explore, and return home

  • Teaching Plan includes activities for creating charts and graphs to compare the book with other fictional tales about space travel. Scholastic

 

At Break of Day by Nikki Grimes
A retelling of the Biblical creation story with Jesus helping God with the creation of all the world, the animals and of Adam and Eve, and finally resting on the seventh day.

 

At Her Majesty's Request: An African princess in Victorian England by Walter Dean Myers
Biography of the African princess saved from execution and taken to England where Queen Victoria oversaw her upbringing and where she lived for a time before marrying an African missionary.

 

At School by Jillian Cutting
A little girl discovers the things she likes at school.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

At the Beach with Dad by Mercer Meyer
Spend a day at the beach with Little Critter and his family.

  • Lesson Plan for learning about the beach. A to Z Teacher Stuff

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

At the Carnival by Kristin Hall
A boy's mother reminds him to stay close as they enjoy the rides at a carnival.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

At the Circus by Sunny Griffin
Every year the Wiggley Circus comes to Bunnyville and a crowd comes from miles away to see the attractions.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads

 

At the Crossing Places by Kevin Crossley-Holland
Thirteen-year-old Arthur, now serving as a squire to Lord Stephen of Holt Castle, turns his attention to fulfilling some of his other dreams, such as meeting his birth mother, marrying the beautiful Winnie, and most of all, becoming a Crusader.

·         Booktalk Booktalking Colorado

 

At the End of Words by Miriam Stone
The author records her feelings and experiences as she realizes that her mother is dying of cancer.

  • Reader’s Guide includes discussion questions and other topics. Candlewick Press

 

At the Library by Angela Shelf Medearis
Take a tour of the library.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads 

 

At the Sign of the Star by Katherine Sturtevant
In seventeenth-century London, Meg, who has little interest in cooking, needlework, or other homemaking skills, dreams of becoming a bookseller and someday inheriting her widowed father's book store.

  • Teacher's Guide includes pre-reading activities, discussion topics, cross-curricular activities, and related websites. Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 

Atalanta's Race by Shirley Climo
Retells the myth of the Greek princess, rejected by her father, raised by bears, won in marriage in a race by Melanion, and then changed into a lioness by an angry Aphrodite.

 

Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
A collection of short stories featuring characters from earlier books by Chris Crutcher.

  • Lesson Plan includes a book summary, activities, and a bibliography. Maine Association of School Libraries
  • Teacher's Guide includes a character study guide. Harper

 

Atlantic by G. Brian Karas
Explore what the Atlantic Ocean is, how far it stretches, how the moon affects it, and other characteristics as described by the ocean itself.

  • Activities for using this book in the classroom. Florida Department of Education

 

The Atlantic Salmon by Bianca Lavies
Depicts the life cycle of the Atlantic salmon, from its freshwater birth through its journey to the sea and its eventual return to its stream of origin.

  • Lesson Plan includes a book summary, activities, and a bibliography. Maine Association of School Libraries

 

Attaboy, Sam! by Lois Lowry
Sam is able to help his sister Anastasia with the poem she is writing for their mother's birthday, but his own efforts to create a special perfume  are disastrous.

·         Activities include characterization, writing, and science. TeacherViews

·         Lesson Plan features a review, things to notice and talk about, activities, and related books. Carol Hurst

·         Online Quiz ThinkQuest

 

Attack on Pearl Harbor: The True Story of the Day America Entered World War II by Shelley Tanaka
The events on that fateful day in December of 1941 are recounted through the real-life experiences of American and Japanese civilians, sailors, and airmen.

  • Lesson Plan includes information about the author, activities, related books and weblinks. Scroll down the page. Texas Bluebonnet Award
  • Teaching Plan features using primary source material. Scholastic

 

Au Revoir, Camille! by Sylvie Desrosiers
Thomas tells of Camille's deteriorating health from cancer.

  • Teacher's Guide includes an author profile, a summary, research topics, activities, and discussion questions. Wordfest

 

Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair by Patricia Polacco
Aunt Chip saves the town of Triple Creek, where everyone has forgotten how to read because of the invasion of television.

 

Aunt Eater's Mystery Vacation by Doug Cushman
A mystery-loving anteater has a chance to solve several mysteries during her vacation at the Hotel Bathwater.

 

Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard 
Two little girls visit their Aunt Flossie and, while trying on some of her many hats, they listen to the memories each hat brings to her.

  • Discussion Guide includes thinking about special times. Scholastic
  • Discussion Guide with project suggestions. Scroll down the page under the author's name and click on Curriculum
  • Discussion Questions with extension activities.
  • Lesson Plan for describing an event from a hat's point of view and other curriculum activities. Canadian Museum of Civilization 
  • Literature Unit includes lesson on predicting, using technology for writing, graphing, family trees, and author information. The Solution Site

 

Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faithe Ringgold
Harriet Tubman helps Cassie retrace the steps of escaping slaves and find Be Be, her younger brother.

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

  • Extension Activity includes creating code words and research. Scholastic
  • Internet Connections related to the book. Annette Lamb
  • Lesson Plan with activities that include discussion and technology applications. Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools
  • Lesson Plan includes pre-reading activities and vocabulary words. Macomb Intermediate School District
  • Lesson Plan includes activities for making a quilt using KidPix, figurative language, and Internet connections. Georgia Learning Connections
  • Lesson Plan includes activities for before, during, and after reading. Ball State University
  • Lesson Plan includes class discussion activities. The Solution Site
  • Lesson Plan includes a book summary, activities, and a bibliography. Maine Association of School Libraries

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads 

 

Aunt Isabel Tells a Good One by Kate Duke
Penelope and her Aunt Isabelle make up an exciting bedtime story about the adventures of Prince Augustus and Lady Nell.

  • Lesson Plan includes enrichment activities and related Internet resources. TeacherVision

·         Lesson Plan uses technology. Scroll down the page. Irving, TX, Independent School District

·         Lesson Plan introduces story elements. Penguin Putnam

 

Aunt Isabel Makes Trouble by Kate Duke
Aunt Isabel tells Penelope the story of Lady Nell, star of the East Woods nutball team who pitched ninety-mile-an-hour cherry drops at thieves.

  • Lesson Plan includes enrichment activities and related Internet resources. TeacherVision
  • Lesson Plan concentrates on story development. TeacherVision

·         Lesson Plan introduces story elements. Penguin Putnam

 

Aunt Morbelia and the Screaming Skulls by Joan Carris
The peaceful life of a boy with dyslexia is interrupted when his great-aunt, who has a morbid fascination with ghosts and death omens, moves in.

  • Teaching Guide includes activities across the curriculum. Childrenslit.com

 

Aunt Pitty Patty's Piggie by Jim Aylesworth
A cumulative tale in which Aunt Pitty Patty's niece Nellie tries to get piggy to go through the gate.

  • Activities include cross-curricular ideas. Jim Aylesworth

 

Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera
When her eccentric Auntie Claus leaves for her annual business trip, Sophie stows away in her luggage, travels with her to the North Pole, and discovers that her aunt is really Santa's sister and helper.

·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

·         Official Web Site includes activities for sending an e-postcard or a letter.

  • Questions to ask before, during, and after reading. Family TLC

 

Auntie Edna by Ethel Footman Smothers
Although at first Tokee is unhappy having to spend the day with her old-fashioned Auntee Edna, she soon discovers her aunt is full of good ideas for fun, from baking teacakes to putting paper rollers in their hair.

  • Discussion Guide includes discussion topics, activity suggestions, author and illustrator information, and more. Eerdman’s Books

 

The Austere Academy (Series of Unfortunate Events series) by Lemony Snicket
As their outrageous misfortune continues, the Baudelaire orphans are shipped off to a miserable boarding school, where they befriend the two Quagmire triplets and find that they have been followed by the dreaded Count Olaf.

  • Book Discussion Guide includes discussion topics and related websites. Multnomah County Public Library (Oregon)

·         Book Test Arcadia Valley Elementary School, MO-Ruth Petsel

 

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
The story of the American hero's life in his own words. 

  • Study Guide includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities, graphic organizers, assessment instruments, related media links and readings, and reproducible worksheets.  Glencoe Literature Library

 

The Autobiography of Meatball Finkelstein by Ross Venokur
Thirteen-year-old Meatball, an overweight vegetarian, discovers that eating meatballs gives him the magic power of turning into anything he wants, and he uses this ability to fight his principal's diabolical plot to eliminate fun from the planet.

 

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest Gaines
Born into slavery, Jane Pittman lives through the Civil War, Reconstruction, life on a Southern plantation, and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. 

  • Literature Unit includes vocabulary activities, discussion questions and extension activities. Merced County, California, Public Schools
  • Novel Guide includes theme openers, cross-curricular activities, and research projects. McDougal Littell
  • Novel Guide includes background information, chapter summaries, and post-reading activities. Holt, Rinehart and Winston
  • Study Guide includes pre- and post-reading questions and activities, graphic organizers, assessment instruments, related media links and readings, and reproducible worksheets. Glencoe Literature Library

 

Autumn Leaves by Ken Robbins
Learn about leaves and why they change colors.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads 

 

Autumn Walk by Ann Burg
Frolic with the puppy in a red, gold, and crunchy autumn world!

 

Autumnblings by Douglas Florian
A collection of poems that portray the essence of the season between summer and winter.

 

Avalanche by Michael Rosen
A rhyming alphabet book in which a boy tosses a snowball to his dog and starts an avalanche that engulfs the entire universe until it has to reverse itself and become a snowball again, ending up in the dog's mouth.

·         Lesson Plan with vocabulary, open-ended questions, and activities. KYReads 

 

Awesome Ancient Ancestors by Elizabeth Levy
Describes achievements and innovations of the ancient native peoples of all of North America, from growing corn and playing ball games to creating number systems and building such cities as Teotihuacan and Cahokia.

  • Activities include the Internet, research, writing, vocabulary, and more. Marshall County, WV, Public Schools

 

Awful Aardvark by Mwalimu and Adrienne Kennaway
Aardvark's awful snoring keeps all the other animals awake night after night.

 

The Awful Aardvarks Shop for School by Reeve Lindburgh
Aardvarks invade a Shop-All-Day Mall and turn it upside down with their wild back-to-school shopping spree.

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

  • Lesson Plan focuses on the economic concept of economic wants. KidEconBooks

 

Awful Ogre's Awful Day by Jack Prelutsky
In a series of poems, Awful Ogre rises, grooms himself, dances, pens a letter, and goes through other activities as the day passes.

  • Activities Scroll down to page 1. Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award

 

Axel Annie by Robin Pulver
The schools in Burskyville never close for snow because Axle Annie is always able to make it up the steepest hill in town, until Shifty Rhodes  and Hale Snow set out to stop her.

  • Activity about complimentary words. Nancy Polette

·         Booktalk Nancy Keane

 

Aziz the Storyteller by Vi Hughes
Although he wants to please his father and earn money selling carpets, Aziz finds himself drawn to the storytellers in the marketplace, including one who has a special gift meant just for him.

  • Lesson Plan includes curricular connections, literary links, and teacher tips. Can Lit for Kids

 

The Aztec by Patricia McKissack
Discusses the Aztec Indians, their history, religion, language, customs, and final days.

·         Activities include cross-curricular ideas. TeacherViews