This site contains links to lesson plans and resources for children's literature (grades K-6). Since there is considerable overlap between authors and titles for children and adolescents, go to my site for adolescent literature if you do not find what you need on this page. All lesson plans and links on this page were checked and updated during the first two weeks of February 2014.
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Specific Novel & Picture Book Activities
Another collection of activities for many specific children's books.
Collins Teaching Resources
Teaching and reading guides for many children's books.
Many lesson plans from Mr. Donn organized alphabetically.
Literature and U.S. History
Good source for lesson plans and children's books integrating literature and history.
Many lesson plans integrating children's literature and economics.
An upper-elementary or middle grade unit using trade books to integrate history and literature.
II as Seen Through the Eyes of Children's
An elaborate unit.
A collection of 12 units (including the one immediately above) from the Yale-New Haven Teacher's Institute.
Children's Literature in the Classroom
Ten more units from the Yale-New Haven Teacher's Institute.
Across the Cultures
Ten units from the Yale-New Haven Teacher's Institute.
Multiculturalism and Diversity
Lesson plans, activities, and resources from Scholastic.
African-American Culture Through the
Use of Children’s Literature
A 3rd-grade unit plan.
and art Through Our Eyes: The African
An elementary unit from the Yale-New Haven Teacher's Institute.
Teaching Responsibility to Children in Different Cultures through Film and Literature Stories
Another elementary unit from the Yale-New Haven Teacher's Institute.
Hispanic/Latino Culture and History
Through Children’s Literature
An elaborate unit plan with three sample lesson plans and a bibliography.
Fifth Grade Ethnic Awareness Through
A unit on Native American and Latino literature from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.
Gay-Themed Picture Books for Children
A list of and links to picture books about having a gay parent, family member, or friend. See also Books for GLBT Teens and Youth.
Girls Through Time and Trial
An elementary unit focusing on women of different cultures, races, and religions. It includes three books featuring diverse American women from specific time periods. For nine similar units, go to American Maid: Growing Up Female in Life and Literature.
Bedtime Story Collection
Native-American stories with background information and links to related sites.
American Children's Literature in the
Classroom: An Annotated Bibliography
Ten Tips for Selecting Multicultural Books for Reading Instruction
An article from K-12 Reader.
Children's Literature Resources
Children's Books from About.com
Though this page is designed primarily for children, it is an excellent resource with featured books and authors as well as information on books of nearly all topics and genres.
Children's Literature Site
Great site for reviews and ideas for teaching with children's literature. Click on curriculum areas for links to sites connecting children's literature with other subjects.
Children's and YA Book Authors and Illustrators on the Web
This site by Cynthia Leitich Smith provides an alphabetical list of links to the web sites of a great many authors and illustrators.
An online collection!
Circles Resource Center
An excellent site providing information and resources for elementary and middle-school teachers.
Children's Literature Page
An excellent resource with bibliographies and links to sites on topics related to children's literature, including
Author and Illustrator Index
From Scholastic. See also Yahoo Directory: Children's Authors.
A Children's book directory.
Children's Literature Web Guide
Links to children's literature sites.
Folk and Fairy Tales
Fairy Tales from Around the World
A K-2 lesson plan from EDSITEment. See also Fables and Trickster Tales Around the World for a lesson plan for grades 3-5.
Fairy Tales - Lesson Plans and Links
From the K-3 Learning Pages.
Fairy Tales Unit Ideas
Ideas for an interdisciplinary unit.
Fairy Tales from Life
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Read-Write-Think. See also
Exploring American Folk Tales
An excellent middle-grade lesson plan from ArtsEdge. See also Writing Folktales for another lesson plan from ArtsEdge.
A 1st-grade unit in pdf format from Core Knowledge that uses fairy tales as a tool to introduce basic values. See also All About Aesop and Life's Lessons: Aesop's Fables for additional 1st-grade units from Core Knowledge.
Where in the World is My Slipper
One more 1st-grade unit from Core Knowledge.
A collection of 12 units.z`z`
Sequencing: A Strategy to Succeed at Reading Comprehension
A lesson plan using the classic tall tale Paul Bunyan.
A unit for grades 7-12.
Fairy Tale vs. European Folk/Fairy Tale
A 2nd-grade lesson plan examining similarities and differences between The Girl Who Lived with the Gazelles , an African folk tale from Morocco, and Snow White. See African Folktales for seven similar lesson plans.
Lesson Plans for Specific Children's Books (Listed Alphabetically by Title):
A - B - C - D - E - F - G - H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P - Q - R - S - T - U - V - W - XYZ If the book or author for which you are looking is not listed here, please try The Doucette Library, Literature Activities from A to Z Teacher Stuff, Can Teach: Specific Novel & Picture Book Activities, The Gateway, Web English Teacher - Children's Literature, or Harper Collins Teachers & Librarians.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
A lesson titled "Help Alexander!" for this book by Judith Viorst. See also Exploring the Subtext Strategy: Thinking Beyond the Text for a grades 3-5 lesson plan using this book.
Alice in Wonderland
This lesson plan titled "Childhood through the Looking Glass" for grades 6-12 from The National Endowment for the Humanities' EDSITEment pages explores the vision of childhood created by Lewis Carroll in Alice in Wonderland . See also Childhood through the Looking Glass: Activity 2 and A Trip to Wonderland: The Nursery 'Alice' for more from EDSITEment, Alice in Wonderland, a lesson plan using The Discovery Channel's video; Senses, Spaces And Structure, an elaborate 7th-grade unit using Alice in Wonderland and two other works to explore space and architecture; and Lewis Carroll's Alice with Commentaries by Marc Edmund Jones, a page containing the 1928 commentary on Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass .
A lesson plan for grades K-3 using this book by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Caroline Binch. See also Yes, You Can! for another K-2 lesson plan for this book from Learning to Give.
Amelia Bedilia (Persuasive
An elementary lesson plan using Peggy Parish's book. See also What Are Idioms? for a 4th to 6th-grade lesson plan utilizing this same book.
Teacher's notes from Penguin for this book by Graeme Base. See also Vocabulary Building: Animal Alliteration.
and the Old One
Six lesson plans from a 2nd-grade unit on Navajo culture using this book by Miska Miles.
Learn to Read
Many activity sheets and online activities from pbskids.org. See also Arthur at PBS Kids.
Be Good to Eddie Lee
This lesson plan for 1st or 2nd grade titled "Dealing with Differences" uses Virginia Fleming's Be Good to Eddie Lee to help teach tolerance of students with disabilities. It is part of a unit titled " Differences: Opening Doors to Social Studies with Children's Literature. "
A 5th-grade unit for this book about Ben Franklin by Robert Lawson.
School Year Ever
A "Literature Guide" with questions and activities for this book by Barbara Robinson.
Christmas Pageant Ever
An elaborate "enrichment guide" this book by Barbara Robinson.
The Birchbark House
A 3rd-grade lesson plan from Learn NC. See also Louise Erdrich@Web English Teacher.
An elementary-grade activity. See also Learning Activities for The Boxcar Children Book #1 and Boxcar Children for several vocabulary worksheets and comprehension pages.
A 5th-grade lesson plan integrating language arts and the social studies using this book by Yoshiko Uchida. Scroll past the end of this lesson for other lesson plans related to Japanese-American internment during WW II. Click here for another 5th-grade lesson plan using this book to connect children's literature and the visual arts.
A unit titled Afghanistan and The Breadwinner using this book by Deborah Ellis
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 using this book by Katherine Paterson. See also Bridge to Terabithia Unit, Literature Circle Guide: Bridge to Terabithia, and Bridge to Terabithia: Student Study Guide.
An elaborate teacher's guide for this book by Carol Ryrie Brink. See also Three Literary Views of the American Frontier as well as Caddie Woodlawn Discussion Guide and Extension Activities.
of the Wild
A summary, "theme openers," activities, and assignments for Jack London's famous novel. See also Jack London's Call of the Wild: "Nature Faker?" for middle-grade lesson plan from EDSITEment.
Caps for Sale
Five days of activities for this book by Esphyr Slobodkina. See also Caps for Sale for a lesson plan from Teachers Net and Caps for Sale/Color Words for a kindergarten lesson plan.
Catherine Called Birdie
A lesson plan from Scholastic for this book by Karen Cushman. See also Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site to find a review and additional ideas for teaching about this book.
and the Chocolate Factory
A chocolate-making activity to accompany a read-aloud of this book by Roald Dahl. See also Chocolate: How Sweet It Is for a literature circle unit for this book.
A unit plan from Schlastic for this famous book by E.B. White. See also Predicting with Charlotte's Web and Charlotte's Web Unit.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Resources for lesson plans and a unit for this book by John Archambault. See also Chicka Challenge and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Learning letters and sounds at a zoom!
Internet resources and teaching ideas from the Children's Literature Web Guide. For the text of 15 Cinderella variants, click here.
Searching for Cinderella
A lesson for grades 5-8 form Arts Edge involving the study of various versions of Cinderella. See also Cinderella Trilogy and One Story Many Tales for other lesson plans from Arts Edge.
Another lesson plan comparing three versions of Cinderella.
Cinderella Folk Tales: Variations in Character
A high-quality lesson plan from EDSITEment. See also Cinderella Folf Tales: Variations in Plot and Setting.
An intermediate or junior high lesson on this English variant, Cap o' Rushes.
Cinderella in Southeast Asia vs. Cinderella in Europe
A lesson plan contrasting the Vietnamese version of Cinderella and the European version of Cinderella.
Comparing Cinderella and the Rough-Faced Girl
A K-5 lesson plan on yet another Cinderella variant titled The Rough-Faced Girl written by Rafe Martin, is based on an Algonquin Indian story. See also Native American Legend for another lesson plan using this book.
An elementary or junior high lesson plan on Cinderella variants. Also, see The Cinderella Project for a text and image archive containing a dozen English versions of the fairy tale.
and the Golden Shoes
A lesson plan for the middle grades or junior high school for this Scottish Cinderella variant.
Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type
A readers theater for this book by Doreen Cronin. See also Click, Clack, Moo: Reading Word Family Words.
Clouds, Clouds, Clouds!
A lesson plan using The Cloud Book by Tommie dePaola.
A primary-grade lesson plan integrating literature and math, using this book by Bruce McMillan.
George in the Snow
A kindergarten lesson plan. For other lessons, see Curious George Goes to the Beach and Pizza Party People.
A review as well as discussion topics and teaching ideas for this book by Paul Fleischman.
of the Dinosaur
An elaborate lesson plan on dinosaurs using this book by S. & J. Berenstain. Go to my Science Page for other lesson plans on dinosaurs. Also, scroll down the page to Dinotopia and Dinosaurs of Long Ago.
A "teaching plan" from Scholastic for this book by Beverly Cleary. See also PDI Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary.
Is Theirs: Adapting to Our Environment
A lesson plan for grades 4-5. See also Lesson plan #5 and Birthday Bios: Byrd Baylor.
of Anne Frank (Anne Frank in the
World, 1929-1945: Teacher Workbook)
Lesson plans for grades 3-12 for teaching about Anne Frank and Holocaust-related subjects. See also Anne Frank Intro, a middle school lesson plan; Anne Frank: One of Hundreds of Thousands, a lesson plan for grades 6-8; Ann Frank: Writer, another middle-grade lesson plan; Anne Frank WebQuest, an excellent Internet activity for grades 7-9; The Truth About Anne Frank, A 12-lesson unit; Anne Frank Center U.S.A., photographs and information about Anne's journal and how it survived World War II; and Remeber.org, a comprehensive site with images and recollections of survivors, a teacher's guide, and links.
This link takes you to the official Jim Gurney Dinotopia site. Use the pull-down menu on the right to access the Teacher's Resource Page.
Lesson Plans on Dr. Seuss Books
K-2 cross-curricular activities for 15 Dr. Seuss books.
Seussville: Classroom Resources
Many lesson plans and classroom activities
Green Eggs and Ham
A K-2 lesson plan for this book titled "Reading Everywhere with Dr. Seuss."
The Cat in the Hat is 50!
Excellent lesson ideas from Education World. See also The Cat in the Hat - A Mini Unit.
Id, Ego, and Superego in Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat
An interesting high school lesson plan,
My Many Coloured Days
A synopsis and a primary-level activity.
Dr. Seuss’s Sound Words: Playing with Phonics and Spelling
A k-2 lesson plan using Mr. Brown Can MOO! Can You?
Oh, the Places You'll Go
A lesson plan from the Teach Peace Foundation. See also Oh, the places I will go! and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! for other lesson plans.
Literature-Based Lesson Plans and Resources Using Dr. Seuss's Books
Links to many more Seuss lesson plans!
The Endless Steppe
A 6th-grade technology-based lesson plan in which students create a multimedia project related to this book by Esther Hautzig. Also, take a look at World War II As Seen Through Children’s Literature, an extensive unit, and read a synopsis, and reviews.
Families are Different
Kindergarten-level activities for this book by Nina Pellegrini. For other lesson plans and units on families, go to my social studies page.
Come Fly With
An elementary lesson using the book A Fly Went By.
A lesson plan for grades 4-8 from Scholastic. See also Frindle Discussion Guide. For information about the Author, go to Andrew Clements.com.
Frog and Toad Are Friends
A discussion guide from Scholastic. See also Comparing and Contrasting with Frog and Toad and Frogs and Toads Are Different (But Still Friends). For information about the author, go to Featured Author and Illustrator: Arnold Lobel.
Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil
A lesson plan from Money Management International on E. L. Konigsburg's Newbery Medal-winning book. See also From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler for another lesson plan.
A Gift for Mama
A lesson plan integrating literature and economics based on this book by Esther Hautzig. For many other similar lesson plans, go to Money Management International.
A lesson plan on apple trees using this book by Shel Silverstein. See also The Giving Tree and Character Education - Giving for other lesson plans for this book.
The Goat in the
Rug: An Economics and Literature Lesson
A lesson plan for grades 1-3 using this children's book.
Good Night Moon
A kdg unit for this book by Margaret Wise Brown.
Goosebumps in the Classroom
Lesson ideas from Education World for using R. L. Stine's Goosebumps books.
A lesson plan from Scholastic for this book by Allen Say. See also Grandfather's Journey and Grandfather's Journey Lesson Plan on Cross Cultural Differences for additional lesson plans.
An upper-elementary, literature based math activity involving manipulation of geometric figures for teaching with this book by Ann Tompert.
The Great Gilly Hopkins
A 6th-grade lesson plan on characterization and prediction. For information on Katherine Patterson, go to her official site.
An elementary-grade lesson plan using this book by Paul Many.
The Grouchy Lady Bug
A "literature packet" for this book by Eric Carle. See also Grouchy Ladybug Lesson Plan, Telling Time with The Grouchy Ladybug, and The Grouchy Ladybug for additional lesson plans.
Harold and the Purple Crayon
A lesson plan from Scholastic. See also Crayon Creation. For information on the author, go to the Crocket Johnson Home Page.
Harriet and the Garden
A 1st-grade lesson plan using Nancy Carlson's book.
Harriet the Spy
An elementary-grade lesson plan from Scholastic for this book by Louise Fitzhugh.
Scholastic's Harry Potter Page
See also A Day in the Life of Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling @ Web English Teacher, Harry Potter Wizards Collection, Teaching Harry Potter, Teaching 'Harry Potter' with the NY Times, and What's All the Fuss About Harry Potter?
A lesson plan from Scholastic. See also Fiction Elements in Hatchet and Study Guide for Hatchet. For Information Gary Paulson, go to his Home Page.
An extensive unit from Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute. See also Acronyms - Characters in The Hobbit for another lesson plan and The Tolkien Society for information about Tolkien.
A Teacher's Guide from Scholastic for this book by Louis Sachar. See also Holes, Holes Lesson Plans from Disney, and Holes by Louis Sachar - Teacher Pages for other lesson pans and resources.
on Mango Street
Teacher's Guide from Vintage Books for this wonderful book by Sandra Cisneros. Also, see House on Mango Street and Understanding Hispanic/Latino Culture and History Through Children’s Literature.
The House of Dies Drear
A lesson plan from Scholastic for this book by Virginia Hamilton. See also Virginia Hamilton: The House of Dies Drear and Read The House of Dies Drear for other lessons.
The Hundred Dresses
A lesson plan from Scholastic.com for this book by Eleanor Estes. See also The Hundred Dresses Unit Plan.
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
A 5th-grade lesson plan using this book about an immigrant Chinese girl by Bette Bao Lord. See also Crossing the Border, A Study of Immigration Through Literature. a unit for grades 6-8 which also uses this book.
The Indian in the Cupboard
A discussion guide from Scolastic. See also The Indian in the Cupboard Writing Prompt. For information on the author, go to the Lynne Reid Banks Official Site.
A teacher's guide for am three-lesson unit from Scholastic for this book by Cornelia Funke.
Examining Island of the Blue Dolphins through a Literary Lens
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Read-Write-Think. See also Island of the Blue Dolphins Extension Activities and May 23: Author Scott O'Dell was born on this day.
Jack and the Bean Stalk
Suggested activities for this version of the classic tale.
James and the Giant Peach
A Teacher Guide for grades 3-4. For information about Roald Dahl, go to his Official Web Site.
O'Rourke and the Big Potato
A brief summary and an activity in which students make potato pancakes after reading this book by Tommy DePaola.
Reviews, booktalks, and teaching activities for this book by Bruce Coville.
A multidisciplinary K-1 lesson plan using the book, Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg and The Story of Johnny Appleseed by Aliki.
A detailed study guide for this book by Jean Craighead George, Also, see also Trial: American Girls through Time and Trial for a unit using this book and others.
Junie B Jones Introduces Literacy Mystery Boxes
A lesson plan for grades K-2 from Read-Write-Think. See also Junie B. Jones Lesson Plan, Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl Lesson Plan, and Junie B. Jones Activities.
Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie
A "Parent Guide" (which also works as a teacher's guide) for this book about the daughter of a lighthouse keeper. See also Legendary Lighthouses and Lighthouse Project.
Letters From Rifka
An intermediate-grade lesson plan using this book by Karen Hesse. For lesson plans and resources on immigration, go to my social studies page.
This teaching guide offers a synopsis as well as thematic and interdisciplinary teaching ideas for using this book by Susan Rowan Masters in grades 3 to 6.
A Literature Guide complete with a summary, mini-lessons, focusing questions, and estensions. See also Planning Story Characters Using Interactive Trading Cards. For information on the author, go to Kevin Henkes.com.
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
A brief summary, vocabulary words, and discussion questions for this book by C. S. Lewis. See also The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Discussion Guide and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe Study Guides.
in the Big Woods Reading Activity
A lesson plan for grades 5 and 6 for this work by Laura Ingalls Wilder. See also Vocabulary Lessons - Little House in the Big Woods.
Famous Person: Laura Ingalls
A lesson plan for grades 4/5. See also Little House - Big Adventure for additional teaching ideas on Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books.
A Long Way from Chicago
A lesson plan that can be used as an introduction to this book by Richard Peck. See also Long Way from Chicago Discussion Guide.
“The Lotus Seed”:
Understanding Heritage and Immigration
An elementary lesson plan for this book by Sherry Garland. See also The Lotus Seed (Teachers Net) for another lesson plan.
Make Way for the Ducklings
An activity guide for this classic book by Robert McCloskey.
A unit for Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee. See also Sample Unit: The Legend of Maniac Magee.
A reading unit for this book by Roald Dahl. See also Sorting out Homophones in Roald Dahl's "Matilda" (Visual Thesaurus).
Ideas for creating a unit for this book by Karen Cushman.
Miss Nelson Is
A "database lesson plan" for Harry Allard's famous children's book. See also The Teacher Is Missing and Compare and Contrast Using Venn DIagram, Miss Nelson is Miss.
A K-2 lesson plan titled "Making the World a More Beautiful Place" that uses this book by Barbara Cooney.