August Activities


1944 - birthday of Gail Gibbons, author of well over 100 books and nonfiction specialist. She received the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for her overall contribution to children’s nonfiction literature.
Books (a selection):
(All of the titles are appropriate for Gr. 1-4, though younger and older students will find the information in some titles interesting, as well.)
Cats.  Holiday House, 1996.
Dogs.  Holiday House, 1996.
The Art Box.  Holiday House, 1998.
Marshes and Swamps.  Holiday House, 1998.
Penguins.  Holiday House, 1998.
Soaring with the Wind: The Bald Eagle.  Morrow, 1998.
Yippee-Yay!: A Book about Cowboys.  Little, Brown, 1998.
Bats.  Holiday House, 1999.
Pigs.  Holiday House, 1999.
The Pumpkin Book.  Holiday House, 1999.
Apples.  Holiday House, 2000.
Rabbits, Rabbits & More Rabbits!  Holiday House, 2000.
Ducks!  Holiday House, 2001.
Polar Bears.  Holiday House, 2001.
Behold--the Unicorns!  HarperCollins, 2002.
The Berry Book.  Holiday House, 2002.
Giant Pandas.  Holiday House, 2002.
Tell Me, Tree: All About Trees for Kids.  Little, Brown, 2002.
Chicks and Chickens.  Holiday House, 2003.
Grizzly Bears.  Holiday House, 2003.
Horses.  Holiday House, 2003.
Mummies, Pyramids, and Pharoahs: A Book about Ancient Egypt.  Little, Brown, 2004.
The Quilting Bee.  HarperCollins, 2004.
Dinosaur Discoveries.  Holiday House, 2005.
Owls.  Holiday House, 2005.
Ice Cream: The Full Scoop.  Holiday House, 2006.
Coral Reefs.  Holiday House, 2007.
Galaxies, Galaxies!  Holiday House, 2007.
Groundhog Day.  Holiday House, 2007.
Snakes.  Holiday House, 2007.
The Vegetables We Eat.  Holiday House, 2007.
Corn.  Holiday House, 2008.
Dinosaurs!  Holiday House, 2008.
Elephants of Africa.  Holiday House, 2008.
Tornadoes.  Holiday House, 2009.
Hurricanes!  Holiday House, 2009.
Alligators and Crocodiles.  Holiday House, 2010.
Gorillas.  Holiday House, 2011.
It's Snowing!  Holiday House, 2011.
Ladybugs.  Holiday House, 2012.
Beavers. Holiday House, 2013.
It's Raining! Holiday House, 2014.

Gail Gibbons, A Master of Children’s Non-Fiction
Home page of the author/illustrator features a biography, photos, and downloadable teacher’s guides for selected titles.
Video interview with Gail Gibbons, at Reading Rockets
Gibbons discusses why she writes nonfiction and how she goes about making it interesting for readers.

Gail Gibbons incorporates several features of nonfiction into her books, including labeled diagrams, definitions of specialized vocabulary (usually written in capital letters) within the text, word labels on illustrations, her expert source identified, insets on pages containing additional facts, and an appended page of related information. Check several of her books out of the library and divide the class into groups. Give each group a stack of books and instruct them to search her books for the above mentioned features. Make a large chart on which students can compile their findings. They can list the titles in the first column, enter “yes” or “no” in the columns under the features (under “expert source,” have them identify if the source is a person, museum, organization, etc.), and write one interesting fact they gleaned from the books in the last column on the chart. In addition to developing awareness of these nonfiction features, this activity also helps students see the wide variety of topics on which Gail Gibbons has written.


1946 - birthday of author James Howe
Books (a selection):
Picture books:
The Day the Teacher Went Bananas.  Illus. by Lillian Hoban.  Dutton, 1984.  Gr. K-3
There's a Monster under My Bed.  Illus. by David S. Rose.  Atheneum, 1986.  Gr. K-2
I Wish I Were a Butterfly.  Illus. by Ed Young.  Harcourt, 1987.  Gr. K-3
There's a Dragon in My Sleeping Bag.  Illus. by David S. Rose.  Atheneum, 1994.  Gr. K-2
Harold & Chester in the Fright before Christmas.  Illus. by Leslie Morrill.  Morrow, 1988.  Also: Harold & Chester in
Scared Silly: A Halloween Treat, illus. by Leslie Morrill (1989); Harold & Chester in Hot Fudge, illus. by Leslie Morrill (1990); Harold & Chester in Creepy-Crawly Birthday, illus. by Leslie Morrill (1991), and Harold & Chester in Rabbit-Cadabra, illus. by Alan Daniel (1993).  Gr. K-3.
Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores.  Illus. by Amy Walrod.  Atheneum, 1999.  Also: Horace and Morris Join the
Chorus (but what about Dolores?) (2002) and Horace and Morris Say Cheese (which makes Dolores sneeze!) (2009). Gr. K-3
Houndsley and Catina.  Illus. by Marie-Louise Gay.  Candlewick, 2006.  Also: Houndsley and Catina and the
Birthday Surprise (2006); Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time (2008), and Houndsley and Catina Plink and Plunk (2009).  Gr. K-2.
Brontorina.  Illus. by Randy Cecil.  Candlewick, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Pinky and Rex. (Ready-to-Read, Level 3).  Illus. by Melissa Sweet.  Atheneum, 1990.  Also: Pinky and Rex and the
Mean Old Witch (1991); Pinky and Rex and the Spelling Bee (1991); Pinky and Rex Get Married (1992); Pinky and Rex Go to Camp (1992); Pinky and Rex and the New Baby (1993); Pinky and Rex and the Bully (1995); Pinky and Rex and the Double-Dad Weekend (1996); Pinky and Rex and the New Neighbors (1997); Pinky and Rex and the School Play (1998); Pinky and Rex and the Perfect Pumpkin (1998), and Pinky and Rex and the Just-Right Pet (2001).  Gr. 1-4.
Otter and Odder: A Love Story.  Illus. by Chris Raschka.  Candlewick, 2012  Gr. 1-3

Teddy Bear's Scrapbook (with Deborah Howe).  Atheneum, 1980. Gr. 3-5
Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery (with Deborah Howe).  Illus. by Alan Daniel.  Atheneum, 1979.  Also: Howliday
Inn (1982); The Celery Stalks at Midnight (1983); Nighty-Nightmare (1987); Return to Howliday Inn (1992); Bunnicula Strikes Again! (1999), and Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow (2006).  Gr. 3-5
"Tales from the House of Bunnicula Series." Illus. by Brett Helquist.  Atheneum. It Came from Beneath the Bed!
(2002); Invasion of the Mindswappers from Asteroid 6 (2002); Howie Monroe and the Doghouse of Doom (2002); Screaming Mummies of the Pharoahs Tomb II (2003); Bud Barkin, Private Eye (2003), and The Amazing Odorous Adventures of Stinky Dog (2003).  Gr. 4-6.
What Eric Knew: A Sebastian Barth Mystery.  Atheneum, 1985.  Also: Eat Your Poison, Dear: A Sebastian Barth
Mystery (1986); Stage Fright: A Sebastian Barth Mystery (1986), and Dew Drop Dead: A Sebastian Barth Mystery (1990).  Gr. 4-6.
The Misfits.  Atheneum, 2001.  Gr. 5-8  Also in the series: Totally Joe (2005), Addie on the Inside (2011),
Also Known as Elvis (2014)
(edited) The Color of Absence: 12 Stories about Loss and Hope.  Atheneum, 2001.  Gr. 6-9
(edited) 13: Thirteen Stories That Capture the Agony and Ecstasy of Being Thirteen.  Atheneum, 2003.  Gr. 6-9
Totally Joe.  Ginee Seo/Atheneum, 2005.  Gr. 6-9
Addie on the Inside.  Atheneum, 2011.  Gr. 6-9
(Autobiography) Playing with Words.  Richard C. Owen, 1994.  Gr. 2-5

James Howe Interview Transcript, from Scholastic
An interview by students of the author about his inspirations and writing processses
James Howe Biography, from Scholastic
Reader-friendly biography of the author
James Howe, Meet-the-Author, at
Short documentary of James Howe discussing his work

Display books by James Howe, including picture books, easy readers, and novels for independent reading. Discuss how he has written several series of books and how some of the same characters appear in both picture books and novels.
Howe uses humor extensively in many of his books. As students read books, discuss how he does it, such as plays on words, humorous situations, etc.
Discussion and activity guides for several of James Howe's books are available on the internet, though they are not grouped in a single location. Search by title.


1941 - birthday of Martha Stewart, so let’s get cooking!
Axelrod, Amy.  Pigs in the Pantry: Fun with Math and Cooking.  Illus. by Sharon McGinley-Nally.  Simon & Schuster, 1997.  Gr. 1-4
Barasch, Lynne.  Hiromi’s Hands.  Lee & Low, 2007.  Gr. 1-4
Best, Cari.  Easy as Pie.  Illus. by Melissa Sweet.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Carle, Eric.  Walter the Baker.  Simon & Schuster, 1995.  Gr. 1-4
Cooper, Helen.  Delicious!  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007.  Gr. K-2 (also: Pumpkin Soup and A Pipkin of Pepper)
Dooley, Norah.  Everybody Brings Noodles.  Illus. by Peter J. Thornton.  Carolrhoda, 2002.  Gr. 2-4
(also: Everybody Cooks Rice, Everybody Bakes Bread, and Everybody Serves Soup)
Goodman, Susan E.  All in Just One Cookie.  Illus. by Timothy Bush.  Greenwillow, 2006.  Gr. 2-4
Gourley, Robbin.  Bring Me Some Apples and I'll Make You a Pie: A Story about Edna Lewis.  Clarion, 2008.  Gr. 2-4
Hartland, Jessie.  Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child.  Schwartz & Wade, 2012.  Gr. 2-5
Herman, Charlotte.  My Chocolate Year: A Novel with 12 Recipes.  Simon & Schuster, 2008.  Gr. 4-6
Hopkinson, Deborah.  Fannie in the Kitchen: The Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of How Fannie Farmer Invented
Recipes with Precise Measurements.  Illus. by Nancy Carpenter.  Atheneum, 2001.  Gr. 1-4
Ichord, Loretta Frances.  Skillet Bread, Sourdough, and Vinegar Pie: Cooking in Pioneer Days.  Illus. by
Jan Davey Ellis.  Millbrook, 2003.  Gr. 3-6 (also: Hasty Pudding, Johnnycakes, and Other Good Stuff: Cooking in Colonial America and Pasta, Fried Rice, and Matzoh Balls: Immigrant Cooking in America)
Kenah, Katharine.  The Best Chef in Second Grade (I Can Read, Level 2).  Illus. by Abby Carter.  HarperCollins,
2007.  Gr. K-2
Lewin, Ted.  Big Jimmy’s Kum Kau Chinese Take Out.  HarperCollins, 2002.  Gr. 1-4
Park, Linda Sue.  Bee-bim Bop!  Illus. by Ho Baek Lee.  Clarion, 2005.  Gr. K-2
Parkhurst, Carolyn.  Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly.  Illus. by Dan Yaccarino.  Feiwel and Friends, 2010.  Gr. Pre-2
Rattigan, Jama Kim.  Dumpling Soup.  Illus. by Lillian Hsu-Flanders.  Little, Brown, 1993.  Gr. K-3
Reich, Susanna.  Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat.  Illus. by Amy Bates.  Abrams,
2012.  Gr. 2-4
Reynolds, Aaron.  Chicks and Salsa.  Illus. by Paulette Bogan.  Bloomsbury, 2005.  Gr. K-3
Stevens, Janet & Crummell, Susan Stevens.  Cook-A-Doodle-Do!  Illus. by Janet Stevens.  Harcourt, 1999.  Gr. K-3
Stowell, Penelope.  The Greatest Potatoes.  Illus. by Sharon Watts.  Hyperion, 2005.  Gr. 1-3
Taylor, Gaylia.  George Crum and the Saratoga Chip.  Illus. by Frank Morrison.  Lee & Low, 2006.  Gr. 1-4
Wellington, Monica.  Pizza at Sally’s.  Dutton, 2006.  Gr. K-3
Wellington, Monica.  Mr. Cookie Baker.  Dutton, 2006.  Gr. K-3
Whelan, Gloria.  The Boy Who Wanted to Cook.  Illus. by Steve Adams.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2011.  Gr. K-3

Cooking with Kids, from the Food Network
Cooking videos, tips for cooking and baking with children, recipes, and more (some advertisements)
Kids Cooking Activities
Rationale for cooking with children plus links to cooking lessons, recipes, food facts, games, and much more
Hey Kids, Let’s Cook!
Includes kitchen utensils, games and puzzles, recipes in interactive cookbooks, video clips

Check out cookbooks published for children from the public or school library and put them on display for browsing. Discuss the types of information that can be found in a cookbook and make a chart of vocabulary terms.
Use the list of vocabulary terms as the basis for a cooking dictionary in which students define the words and add illustrations.
Make a semantic web of the word “cook.” Strands from the web could include: cooking implements (cookie sheet, cake pan, baking dish, measuring spoons, etc.), equipment for cooking (stove, oven, microwave, grill, etc.), famous cooks (they have probably seen many on TV!), cooking safety, favorite foods to cook, and other ideas.
Students can write original recipes for their favorite foods and compile them into a class cookbook.
Cook in the classroom! Use recipes as the opportunity to discuss the importance of following directions.


1961 - birthday of Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States
Alexander, Elizabeth.  Praise Song for the Day: A Poem for Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration.  Illus. by
David Diaz.  Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, 2012.  Gr. 1-4
Carolan, Terry, Dr. & Carolan, Joanna.  A President from Hawaii.  Illus. by Elizabeth Zunon.  Candlewick, 2012.
Gr. 2-5
Corey, Shana.  Out of Many, One (Step into Reading, Step 3).  Illus. by James Bernardin.  Random House,
2009.  Gr. 2-4
Edwards, Robert.  Barack Obama: An American Story.  Illus. by Ken Call.  Grosset & Dunlap, 2007.  Gr. 2-4
Grimes, Nikki.  Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope.  Illus. by Bryan Collier.  Simon & Schuster,
2008.  Gr. K-4
Hopkinson, Deborah.  Michelle.  Illus. by Ag Ford.  Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, 2009.  Gr. 1-4
Hopkinson, Deborah.  First Family.  Illus. by Ag Ford.  Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins, 2009.  Gr. 1-4
Nelson, Kadir.  Change Has Come: An Artist Celebrates Our American Spirit  (with the words of Barack
Obama).  Simon & Schuster, 2009.  Gr. 4 & above
Obama, Barack.  Our Enduring Spirit: President Barack Obama’s First Words to America.  Illus. by Greg Ruth.
HarperCollins, 2009.  Gr. 4-8
Thomas, Garen.  Yes We Can: A Biography of Barack Obama.  Feiwel & Friends, 2008.  Gr. 6-9
Weatherford, Carole Boston.  Obama: Only in America.  Illus. by Robert T. Barrett.  Marshall Cavendish, 2010.
Gr. 2-5
Winter, Jonah.  Barack.  Illus. by A.G. Ford.  Collins, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Check public and school library shelves for biographies of Barack Obama from series published in library editions.

POTUS, Presidents of the United States at the Internet Public Library
Facts, both personal and political, links, and related information
Barack Obama, at The White House
Brief biographical information
American Presidents: Life Portraits, from C-SPAN
Facts and trivia about Barack Obama must scroll down the drop-down menu of presidents to find Obama
American Presidents at the Miller Center
Extensive information on all aspects of the presidents' lives, including a photo gallery, speeches, presidential recordings, and more. Excellent for research

On the “Meet-the-Presidents” timeline, have someone take the responsibility for adding Barack Obama, using the fact recording sheet. Because he is the sitting president, students can search newspapers and magazines and find photos and articles they might wish to add to his section of the timeline.


National Inventor’s Month, a month-long celebration of invention and creativity, initiated in 1998 by the United Inventors Association of the USA, the Academy of Applied Science, and Inventor’s Digest Magazine.
Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem & Obstfeld, Raymond.  What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American
Inventors.  Illus. by Ben Boos & A.G. Ford.  Candlewick, 2012.  Gr. 4-6
Barretta, Gene.  Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin.  Henry Holt, 2006.  Gr. 2-5
Barretta, Gene.  Timeless Thomas.  Henry Holt, 2012.  Gr. 2-5
Fleming, Candace.  Papa's Mechanical Fish.  Illus. by Boris Kulikov.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013.  Gr. 2-4
Harper, Charise Mericle.  Imaginative Inventions: The Who, What, Where, When, and Why of Roller Skates, Potato
Chips, Marbles, and Pie (and More!).  Little Brown, 2001.  Gr. 1-4
Hopkins, Lee Bennett (Sel.).  Incredible Inventions.  Illus. by Julia Sarcone-Roach.  Greenwillow, 2009.  Gr. 1-5
Johnston, Tony.  Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea: A Fairly Fabricated Story of a Pair of Pants.  Illus. by Stacy Innerst.
Harcourt, 2011.  Gr. 1-4
Jones, Charlotte.  Mistakes That Worked.  Illus. by John O’Brien.  Doubleday, 1991.  Gr. 4-6
Kamkwamba, William & Mealer, Bryan.  The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.  Illus. by Elizabeth Zunon.  Dial, 2012.
Gr. 2-5
Kehoe, Tim.  The Unusual Mind of Vincent Shadow.  Little, Brown, 2009.  Gr. 4-7
McGough, Roger.  Dotty Inventions: And some Real Ones Too.  Illus. by Holly Swain.  Frances Lincoln, 2004.
Gr. 1-4
Platt, Richard.  Eureka!: Great Inventions and How They Happened.  Kingfisher, 2003.  Gr. 4-8
Robinson, James.  Inventions.  Kingfisher, 2006.  Gr. 5-9
Rusch, Elizabeth.  Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit up the World.  Illus. by Oliver Dominguez.  Candlewick,
2013.  Gr. 3-5
Schonberg, Marcia.  I Is for Idea: An Inventions Alphabet.  Illus. by Kandy Radzinski.  Sleeping Bear Press,
2005.  Gr. 2-5
Selznick, Brian.  The Invention of Huge Cabret.  Scholastic, 2007.  Gr. 4 & above
Sidman, Joyce.  Eureka! Poems about Inventors.  21st Century Publ., 2002.  Gr. 4-8
Slade, Suzanne.  The Inventor's Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford.  Illus. by Jennifer Black Reinhardt.
Charlesbridge, 2015.  Gr. 3-5
St. George, Judith.  So You Want to Be an Inventor?  Illus. by David Small.  Philomel, 2002.  Gr. 2-6
Thimmesh, Catherine.  Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women.  Illus. by Melissa
Sweet.  Houghton Mifflin, 2000.  Gr. 5-8
Tomecek, Stephen M.  What a Great Idea! Inventions That Changed the World.  Illus. by Dan Stuckenschneider.
Scholastic, 2003.  Gr. 4-8
Tucker, Tom.  Brainstorm!: The Stories of Twenty American Kid Inventors.  Illus. by Richard Loehle.  Farrar, Straus &
Giroux, 1995.  Gr. 5-9
Wulffson, Don L.  Toys!: Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions.  Illus. by Laurie Keller.  Henry Holt,
2000.  Gr. 4-8
Wulffson, Don L.  The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle: And Other Surprising Stories about Inventions.  Dutton,
1997.  Gr. 4-8
Check school and public library shelves for biographies of inventors and books about the invention of specific items published in library editions.

National Inventors Hall of Fame
Offers a profile of hundreds of inventors
Inventor Archive at Lemelson-MIT
An archive of hundreds of inventors
Black Inventor Online Museum
Biographies of African American inventors and a discussion of their inventions (some advertisements)
Famous African American Inventors
Links to information about several inventors
A Class Act: Women Inventors
Profiles 11 women and their inventions with links to more information about them and their accomplishments
Forgotten Inventors, Special Feature from “American Experience” on PBS
Overview of seven inventions, such as a can opener and Frisbie

Brainstorm names of inventors with whom students are familiar. Make a list and add their inventions next to their names. Discuss with students why they think people invent things.
Students can research inventors and their inventions and create an “Invention Timeline.”
As a class, generate a list of “greatest inventions.” Students need to justify their choices for the list. Through discussion, reduce the list to a manageable number and divide the class into that number of small groups. Assign each group one of the inventions. Each group has the task of creating a “campaign” for its invention as the “greatest.” Students can research for information and/or data to support their arguments. Encourage creativity in presenting their “case” to the rest of the class.
Using the short list of “greatest inventions,” conduct a survey of other classrooms to find out what students and staff believe is the greatest. Tabulate and share the results.
See Activities Calendars for additional books, weblinks, and activities related to these inventors: George Washington Carver (January 5), Benjamin Franklin (January 17), Thomas Edison (February 11), and the Wright brothers (December 17).


1928 - birthdate of artist Andy Warhol
Christensen, Bonnie.  Fabulous: A Portrait of Andy Warhol.  Henry Holt, 2011.  Gr. 3-6
Greenberg, Jan & Jordan, Sandra.  Andy Warhol, Prince of Pop.  Delacorte, 2004.  Gr. 6 & above
Rubin, Susan Goldman.  Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter.  Abrams, 2006.  Gr. 5-9
Venezia, Mike.  Andy Warhol  (“Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists”).  Children’s Press, 1997.  Gr. 3-5
Warhola, James.  Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol.  Putnam, 2003.  Gr. 1-4
Warhola, James.  Uncle Andy’s Cats.  Putnam, 2009.  Gr. 1-4
Check public and school library shelves for biographies of Andy Warhol from series published in library editions.

The Andy Warhol Family Album
More of a focus on Warhol’s early years, includes a biography and numerous photos

Introduce students to the work of Andy Warhol by projecting a few of his works on a large screen or SMART Board. Before doing any research on his technique, discuss how they think he achieved the look of his work and the materials he used.


1974 - Philippe Petit, a French high wire artist, walked between the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on a 450-pound cable, using a 26-foot, 55-pound balancing cable.
Cummins, Julie.  Sam Patch: Daredevil Jumper.  Illus. by Michael Allen Austin.  Holiday House, 2009.  Gr. 2-5
Cummins, Julie.  Women Daredevils: Thills, Chrills, and Frills.  Illus. by Cheryl Harness.  Dutton, 2008.  Gr. 3-6
Cummins, Julie.  Tomboy of the Air: Daredevil Pilot Blanche Stuart Scott.  HarperCollins, 2001.  Gr. 4-7
Gerstein, Mordicai.  The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.  Roaring Brook, 2003.  Gr. 2-5
Gutman, Dan.  Johnny Hangtime.  HarperCollins, 2000.  Gr. 4-7
McCully, Emily Arnold.  Mirette and Bellini Cross Niagara Falls.  Putnam, 2000.  Gr. 1-4   Also: Mirette on the
High Wire (1992) and Starring Mirette and Bellini (1997)
Szpirglas, Jeff.  They Did WHAT?!: Your Guide to Weird and Wacky Things People Do.  Illus. by Dave Whamond.
Maple Tree Press, 2005.  Gr. 3-6

The Center of the World: People and Events: Philippe Petit, from American Experience on PBS
An overview of Petit’s planning for and eventual walk between the two towers of the World Trade Center
Philippe Petit: The ‘Man on Wire’ interview on NPR
Interview (about 8 minutes), most of it dealing with the walk between the towers

Brainstorm a definition of “daredevil”—what characteristics/traits does such a person need, what might a daredevil do to demonstrate she/he is one? Make a list of people the students consider to be daredevils, and have them justify their choices.
Find the “Man Who Walked Between the Towers Lesson Plan” at Scholastic. It focuses on character traits and citing evidence from text to support conclusions.
Photos of Petit’s walk are available on YouTube. (Use caution in sharing the website with students as there are numerous advertisements and blog responses that might not be appropriate.)


Friendship Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in August. It began as a day for honoring friends in 1935 in the United States, but is now celebrated in several countries around the world.
Books (add your own favorite books about friends to these titles):
Armo, Nancy.  A Friend for Mole.  Peachtree, 2016.  Gr. K-2
Barrows, Annie.  "Ivy & Bean" series.  Illus. by Sophie Blackall.  (all Chronicle):  Ivy & Bean (2006); Ivy & Bean and
the Ghost That Had to Go (2006); Ivy & Bean Break the Fossil Record (2007); Ivy & Bean Take Care of the Babysitter (2008); Ivy & Bean: Bound to be Bad (2008); and Ivy & Bean: Doomed to Dance (2009); Ivy & Bean: What's the Big Idea? (2010); No News Is Good News (2011)); Ivy & Bean Make the Rules (2012); Ivy & Bean Take the Case (2013).  Gr. 2-4
Beaumont, Karen.  Being Friends.  Illus. by Joy Allen.  Dial, 2002.  Gr. Pre-1
Becker, Bonny.  A Visitor for Bear.  Illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton.  Candlewick, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Berger, Carin.  Forever Friends.  Greenwillow, 2010.  Gr. Pre-2
Bloom, Suzanne.  A Splendid Friend Indeed.  Boyds Mills, 2005.  Gr. Pre-2
Bottner, Barbara.  Raymond and Nelda.  Illus. by Nancy Hayashi.  Peachtree, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Bottner, Barbara & Kruglik, Greg.  Wallace's Lists.  Illus. by Olof Landstrom.  HarperCollins, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Breen, Steve.  Pug & Doug.  Dial, 2013.  Gr. K-2
Brown, Laurie Krasny.  How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them.  Illus. by Marc Brown.
Little, Brown, 1998.  Gr. K-3
Chodos-Irvine, Margaret.  Best, Best Friends.  Harcourt, 2006.  Gr. Pre-1
Creech, Sharon.  Granny Torelli Makes Soup.  HarperCollins, 2003.  Gr. 4-6
Crimi, Carolyn.  Don't Need Friends.  Illus. by Lynn Munsinger.  Doubleday, 1999.  Gr. K-2
DiCamillo, Kate.  Because of Winn-Dixie.  Candlewick, 2000.  Gr. 3-6
DiCamillo, Kate & McGhee, Alison.  Bink & Gollie.  Illus. by Tony Fucile.  Candlewick, 2010.  Gr. K-3.
Also: Bink & Gollie, Two for One (2012) and Bink & Gollie: Best Friends Forever (2013)
Dotlich, Rebecca Kai.  Bella & Bean.  Illus. by Aileen Leijten.  Atheneum, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Dowell, Frances O'Roark.  The Kind of Friends We Used to Be.  Atheneum, 2009.  Gr. 5-7  Also: The Secret
Language of Girls (2005)
Elliott, Laura Malone.  Hunter & Stripe and the Soccer Showdown.  Illus. by Lynn Munsinger.  HarperCollins,
2005.  Gr. K-3
English, Karen.  Hot Day on Abbott Avenue.  Illus. by Javaka Steptoe.  Clarion, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Gregory, Kristiana.  Bronte's Book Club.  Holiday House, 2008.  Gr. 5-7
Hatkoff, Isabella; Hatkott, Craig, & Kahumbu, Paula.  Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship.
Photos by Peter Greste.  Scholastic, 2006.  Gr. 1-5  Also: Owen & Mzee: Language of Friendship (2007)
Havill, Juanita.  Brianna, Jamaica, and the Dance of Spring.  Illus. by Anne Sibley O'Brien.  Houghton Mifflin,
2002.  Gr. K-2
Hest, Amy.  Mr. George Baker.  Illus. by Jon J. Muth.  Candlewick, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Hoberman, Mary Ann.  And to Think That We Thought That We'd Never Be Friends.  Illus. by Kevin Hawkes.  Crown,
1999.  Gr. K-3
Hobbie, Holly.  "Toot and Puddle" series.  (all Little, Brown):  Toot & Puddle (1997); A Present for Toot (1998); You
Are My Sunshine 1999; Puddle's ABCs (2000); I'll Be Home for Christmas (2001); Top of the World (2002); Charming Opal (2003); The New Friend (2004); Wish You Were Here (2005); The One and Only (2006); and Let It Snow (2007).  Gr. K-3
Holbrook, Sara.  Weird? (Me, Too!) Let's Be Friends.  Illus. by Karen Sandstrom.  Wordsong, 2011.  Gr. 4-6 (poetry)
Janeczko, Paul (Coll.).  Very Best (almost) Friends: Poems of Friendship.  Illus. by Christine Davenier.  Candlewick,
1999.  Gr. 3-6
Keller, Holly.  Help!: A Story of Friendship.  Greenwillow, 2007.  Gr. K-2
Larson, Kirby & Nethery, Mary.  Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurrican Katrina, Friendship, and Survival.
Illus. by Jean Cassels.  Walker, 2008.  Gr. 1-4
Littlesugar, Amy.  Willy and Max: A Holocaust Story.  Illus. by William Low.  Philomel, 2006.  Gr. 3-6
McMullan, Kate.  Pearl and Wagner series.  Illus. by R.W. Alley.  (All Dial): Pearl and Wagner: Two Good Friends
(2003); Pearl and Wagner: Three Secrets (2004); Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day (2009); Pearl and Wagner: Four Eyes (2010); Pearl and Wagner: Five Days Till Summer (2012). Gr. 1-3
Maturana, Andrea.  Life Without Nico.  Illus. by Francisco Javier Olea.  Kids Can Press, 2016.  Gr. K-2
Mavor, Salley.  You and Me: Poems of Friendship.  Orchard, 1997.  Gr. K-4
Munson, Derek.  Enemy Pie.  Illus. by Tara Calahan King.  Chronicle, 2000.  Gr. K-3
O'Neill, Alexis.  The Worst Best Friend.  Illus. by Laura Huliska-Beith.  Scholastic, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Ormerod, Jan.  Emily and Albert.  Illus. by David Slonim.  Chronicle, 2004.  Gr. K-2
Patron, Susan.  Lucky Breaks.  Illus. by Matt Phelan.  Atheneum, 2009.  Gr. 4-6
Pennypacker, Sara.  Clementine, Friend of the Week.  Illus. by Marla Frazee.  Hyperion, 2010.  Gr. 2-4
Perkins, Lynne Rae.  The Cardboard Piano.  Greenwillow, 2008.  Gr. 1-3
Polacco, Patricia.  Emma Kate.  Philomel, 2005.  Gr. K-3
Pomerantz, Charlotte.  You're Not My Best Friend Any More.  Illus. by David Soman.  Dial, 1998.  Gr. K-3
Rankin, Laura.  Fluffy and Baron.  Dial, 2006.  Gr. K-2
Rodman, Mary Ann.  My Best Friend.  Illus. by E.B. Lewis.  Viking, 2005.  Gr. K-3
Sarah, Linda.  Big Friends.  Illus. by Benji Davies.  Henry Holt, 2016.  Gr. K-2
Scanlon, Liz Garton.  Noodle & Lou.  Illus. by Arthur Howard.  Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster, 2011.  Gr. Pre-2
Schwartz, Amy.  Tiny & Hercules.  Roaring Brook, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro.  Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories.  Roaring Brook, 2007.  Gr. Pre-1  Also: Dog and
Bear: Two's Company (2008) and Dog and Bear: Three to Get Ready (2009)
Singer, Marilyn.  Block Party Today!  Illus. by Stephanie Roth.  Knopf, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Smalls, Irene.  Don't Say Ain't.  Illus. by Colin Bootman.  Charlesbridge, 2003.  Gr. 2-4
Solheim, James.  The Only Alex Addleston in All These Mountains.  Illus. by Jeffrey Ebbeler.  Carolrhoda, 2014.
Gr. K-3
Spinelli, Jerry.  Eggs.  Little, Brown, 2007.  Gr. 5-7
Stead, Philip C.  A Home for Bird.  Roaring Brook, 2012.  Gr. Pre-2
Tingle, Tim.  Crossing Bok Chitto.  Illus. by Jeanne Rorex Bridges.  Cinco Puntos Press, 2006.  Gr. 3-6
Verde, Susan.  You and Me.  Illus. by Peter H. Reynolds.  Abrams, 2015.  Gr. K-3
Wells, Rosemary.  Yoko.  Hyperion, 1998.  Gr. K-2
Willems, Mo.  "Elephant & Piggie" books  (all Hyperion):  I Am Invited to a Party! (2007); There Is a Bird on Your
Head! (2007); My Friend Is Sad (2007); Today I Will Fly! (2007); Are You Ready to Play Outside? (2008); Love My New Toy! (2008); I Will Surprise My Friend! (2008); Elephants Cannot Dance! (2009); Watch Me Throw the Ball! (2009); Pigs Make Me Sneeze! (2009); I Am Going! (2010); Can I Play Too? (2010); We Are in a Book! (2010); Happy Pig Day! (2011); Should I Share My Ice Cream? (2011); I Broke My Trunk! (2011); Let's Go for a Drive! (2012); Listen to My Trumpet! (2012); I'm a Frog! (2013); A Big Guy Took My Ball! (2013); My New Friend is So Fun! (2014)); Waiting Is Not Easy! (2014); I Really Like Slop! (2015); I Will Take a Nap! (2015); The Thank You Book (2016).  Gr. Pre-1
Willems, Mo.  City Dog, Country Frog.  Illus. by Jon J Muth.  Hyperion, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Wilson, Karma.  Bear Feels Scared.  Illus. by Jane Chapman.  McElderry, 2008.  Gr. Pre-2
Wong, Janet.  Minn and Jake.  Illus. by Genevieve Cote.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003.  Gr. 3-6  Also: Minn and
Jake's Almost Terrible Summer (2008)
Woodson, Jacqueline.  The Other Side.  Illus. by E.B. Lewis.  Putnam, 2001.  Gr. K-4
Yee, Wong Herbert. "Mouse and Mole" series. Houghton Mifflin:  Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole (2005);
Abracadabra! Magic with Mouse and Mole (2007); A Brand-New Day with Mouse and Mole (2008); Mouse and Mole, Fine Feathered Friends (2009); Mouse and Mole, A Winter Wonderland (2010). Gr. 1-3

Friendship Day
Commercial website with some history of Friendship Day, poems, songs, jokes, and celebration ideas (advertisements)
International Friendship Day (officially celebrated on July 30)
Celebration ideas, poems, quotes, etc., of interest to intermediate grades and above
Friendship Day
History, crafts, online stories, recipes, and much more

Brainstorm sets of friends with whom students are familiar in children's books. These might include: Frog and Toad, George and Martha, Rosie and Michael (Viorst), Wilbur and Charlotte, Harry and Hermoine and Ron—students will think of many examples! They may need to check some of the books out of the library and revisit the characters. Discuss the evolution of these friendships individually as well as what they have in common across books/series.
Visit the "Reading Rainbow" Teacher's Guide for the program Enemy Pie to find several activities related to the friendship theme.
Learn to say "friend" in other languages, including American Sign Language.


1866 - birthdate of African American explorer Matthew Henson, who accompanied Robert Peary on his famous 1909 North Pole expedition
Hopkinson, Deborah.  Keep On!: The Story of Matthew Henson Co-Discoverer of the North Pole.  Illus. by Stephen
Alcorn.  Peachtree, 2009.  Gr. 2-5
Johnson, Dolores.  Onward: A Photobiography of African-American Polar Explorer Matthew Henson.  National
Geographic, 2005.  Gr. 5-8
Weatherford, Carole Boston.  I, Matthew Henson: Polar Explorer.  Illus. by Eric Velazquez.  Walker, 2007.  Gr. 2-5
Search school and public library shelves for biographies of Matthew Henson published in library editions.

Matthew A. Henson
Comprehensive site that includes many primary source documents (newspaper articles, interviews, photo gallery, and much more)
Matthew Henson: Artic Explorer at Virtual Exploration Society
Longer biography that begins with Henson’s early life on the sea and goes into detail about his 18 years with Peary’s expeditions
A Negro Explorer at the North Pole, at Project Gutenberg
Free download of Matthew Henson’s book, published in 1912

Brainstorm a list of explorers and, as a class, decide how to categorize the list (e.g., early explorers, such as Columbus and Magellan; westward expansion, such as Lewis and Clark; the moon, such as Neil Armstrong). Discuss character traits they would expect an explorer to possess.
Students can research information about the exploration of the Antarctic and compare and contrast the hardships faced by Peary and Henson with those experienced by Shackleton and Amundsen.
Henson did not receive as much acclaim for his contributions to the Arctic expeditions as Peary did. Discuss the impact of racism during the time in which he lived on his accomplishments.


1944 – birthday of Patricia C. McKissack, author of more than 100 books for children
Books (a selection):
Flossie and the Fox.  Illus. by Rachel Isadora.  Dial, 1986.  Gr. K-3
Mirandy and Brother Wind.  Illus. by Jerry Pinkney.  Knopf, 1988.  Gr. K-3
A Million Fish…More or Less.  Illus. by Dena Schutzer.  Knopf, 1992.  Gr. K-3
The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural.  Illus. by Brian Pinkney.  Knopf, 1992.  Gr. 3-8 (Newbery Honor
Book & Coretta Scott King Author Award)
Ma Dear’s Aprons.  Illus. by Floyd Cooper.  Atheneum, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Run Away Home.  Scholastic, 1997.  Gr. 4-6
The Honest-to-Goodness Truth.  Illus. by Giselle Potter.  Atheneum, 2000.   Gr. K-3
Goin’ Someplace Special.  Illus. by Jerry Pinkney.  Atheneum, 2001.  Gr. 1-4
To Establish Justice: Citizenship and the Constitution (with Arlene Zarembka).  Knopf, 2004.  Gr. 6-10
Precious and the Boo-Hag (with Onawumi Jean Moss).  Illus. by Kyrsten Brooker.  Atheneum, 2005.  Gr. 1-4
Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and Other Wily Characters.  Illus. by Andre Carrilho.  Random House,
2006.  Gr. 4-8
The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll.  Illus. by Jerry Pinkney.  Schwartz & Wade, 2007.  Gr. 2-4
A Friendship for Today.  Scholastic, 2007.  Gr. 5-8
Stitchin’ and Pullin’: A Gee’s Bend Quilt.  Illus. by Cozbi A. Cabrera.  Random House, 2008.  Gr. 2-5
Never Forgotten.  Illus. by Leo & Diane Dillon.  Schwartz & Wade, 2011.  Gr. 2-5
Ol' Clip-Clop: A Ghost Story.  Illus. by Eric Velasquez.  Holiday House, 2013.  Gr. 2-4
“Dear America series.” (published by Scholastic):  A Picture of Freedom: Diary of Clotee, A Slave Girl, Belmont
Plantation, Virginia, 1859 (1997); Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, The Great Migration North. Chicago, Illinois, 1919 (2000); Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl, New York Colony, 1763 (2004)  Gr. 5-7
“Scraps of Time” series.  Illus. by Gordon James.  (published by Viking):  Abby Takes a Stand (2005); Away West
(2006); A Song for Harlem (2007); The Home-Run King (2008)  Gr. 2-4
Let's Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs, and Stories from an African American
Childhood.  Illus. by Brian Pinkney.  Schwartz & Wade, 2017.  Gr. All ages
Co-authored with husband, Fredrick L. McKissack:
Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?  Scholastic, 1992.  Gr. 5-8
Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters.  Illus. by John Thompson.  Scholastic,1994.  Gr. 4-6
(Coretta Scott King Author Award)
Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball League.  Scholastic, 1994.  Gr. 6-10
Red-Tail Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II.  Walker, 1996.  Gr. 6 & above
Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African American Whalers.  Scholastic, 1999.  Gr. 6-9 (Coretta Scott King
Author Honor Book)
Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States.  Illus. by Leo & Diane Dillon.  Scholastic, 2003.  Gr. 5-8
The Clone Codes (trilogy).  Scholastic, 2010. Gr. 5-8

Patricia McKissack, from
Interview with McKissack in which she discusses the inspiration behind several of her books
An interview with Patricia and Fredrick McKissack, from Reading Rockets
Video of the interview in which they discuss the inspiration for their stories and their commitment to writing stories about African Americans; written transcript available

Patricia McKissack’s writing represents many different genre: historical fiction, biography, nonfiction, traditional literature (folk tales), and fantasy. As you read her books with students, discuss the characteristics of the stories that fit the different story types.


1874 – birthdate of Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States
Check public and school library shelves for biographies of Herbert Hoover from series published in library editions.
POTUS, Presidents of the United States at the Internet Public Library
Facts, both personal and political, links, and related information
Herbert Hoover, at The White House
Basic biographical information, much of it relating to his presidency
American Presidents
Facts and trivia about Herbert Hoover — must scroll down the drop-down menu of presidents to find Hoover
American Presidents at the Miller Center
Extensive information on all aspects of the presidents' lives, including a photo gallery, speeches, presidential recordings, and more. Excellent for research
Herbert Clark Hoover: A Biographical Sketch, at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum
Fairly extensive readable biography beginning with Hoover’s boyhood and extending to his years after the presidency

On the “Meet-the-Presidents” timeline, have someone take the responsibility for adding Herbert Hoover, using the fact recording sheet. In particular, students may wish to note that Hoover was president during the onset of the Great Depression.


National Apple Week is celebrated the second week in August. The months of September through November have been designated as National Apple Month
See ON THE SHELVES for an annotated bibliography of books about apples.
Apples and More from the University of Illinois Extension
Excellent site containing facts, history of apples, recipes, activities, curriculum activities, and more
Crispy's Apple Stand, from Washington apples
Child-oriented site contains fun facts, coloring pages, games and activities, recipes, and a teacher's corner

Visit Johnny Appleseed's birthday (September 26) in the Activities Calendars for related titles, weblinks, and activities.
Explore some of these apple curriculum units on the internet for activities, songs, poems, stories, downloadables, and more: Apple Theme Unit (from Teaching Heart), Apples (from ABCTeach), Apple Activities for Kids (fromDLTK), and the Virtual Vine.


1859 – birthdate of Katharine Lee Bates, author of the words to “America the Beautiful,” which was inspired by the view during a trip to the top of Pike’s Peak in the summer of 1893.
Bates, Katharine Lee.  America the Beautiful.  Illus. by Chris Gall.  Little, Brown, 2004.  Gr. All ages
Bates, Katharine Lee.  America the Beautiful.  Illus. by Wendell Minor.  Putnam, 2003.  Gr. All ages
Bates, Katharine Lee.  America the Beautiful.  Illus. by Neil Waldman.  Atheneum, 1993.  Gr. All ages
Bates, Katharine Lee.  America the Beautiful: Together We Stand.  Illus. by 10 different artists.   Orchard, 2012.
All Ages
Sabuda, Robert (Illus.).  America the Beautiful.  Simon & Schuster, 2004.  Gr. All ages
Younger, Barbara.  Purple Mountain Majesties: The Story of Katharine Lee Bates and “America the Beautiful.”
Illus. by Stacey Schuett.  Dutton, 1998.  Gr. 2-5

“America the Beautiful” (Song Collection), from the Library of Congress
A bit of background about the writing of the song and the music that eventually accompanied the lyrics; audio versions available
Katharine Lee Bate, at the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Includes a short bio, pictures, and timeline
"America the Beautiful" at PoemHunter
Find all four verses of "America the Beautiful" here

Make available a variety of art materials, and students can illustrate individual lines of the song.
Collaborate with the library media specialist to gather books about the states of the United States. Divide the books into regions (e.g., New England, southeastern U.S., Plains states, mountain states, Pacific coast states, southwestern U.S., etc.) and assign each region to a small group. Students can browse the books looking for photographs of “beautiful” America. When they have located places they want to share with the whole group, have them search for internet photos that they can project on a screen or SMART board. They can make small word labels of the locations and place them on a map of the United States.
Discuss with students responses to the question, “When you think of ‘America,’ what do you think of?”
Work with the music teacher to locate songs identified with America or considered “patriotic songs.”
Listen to various recording artists sing renditions of “America the Beautiful” and discuss preferences. (Note: The website suggests that you download the song files to your own computer in order to listen.)


Perseids Meteor Shower is at its peak, reaching a rate of 60 or more meteors per hour. The meteors are primarily visible in the pre-dawn hours in the northern hemisphere. The name "Perseids" comes from the constellation Perseus, the point from which they appear to originate.
Cole, Joanna.  The Magic School Bus Out of This World: A Book about Space Rocks.  Illus. by Bruce Degen.
Scholastic, 1996.  Gr. 1-4
Conrad, Pam.  Call Me Ahnighito.  Illus. by Richard Egielski.  HarperCollins, 1995.  Gr. 1-4
Ray, Mary Lyn.  Stars.  Illus. by Marla Frazee.  Beach Lane, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Polacco, Patricia.  Meteor!  Philomel, 1987.  Gr. K-3
Thong, Roseanne.  Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the World.  Illus. by Elisa Kleven.  Chronicle, 2008.  Gr. K-4
Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth.  Stars! Stars! Stars!  Marshall Cavendish, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Check school and public library shelves for books about meteors published in library editions.

Meteor Facts - All About Meteors
Definitions, facts, photos, and tidbit about the Perseids (advertisements)
Meteors and Meteorites, from NASA
Easy-to-understand explanation, downloadable pictures, and a jazzy tune in video format whose lyrics contain facts about meteors
StarChild Question of the Month: "What causes a 'falling star'?"
Explanation of meteoroids as "falling stars."

See Activities Calendars for additional books, weblinks, and activities for related topics: Astronomy Day (October 8) and comets/Maria Mitchell (October 1).
People often think of meteors as "falling stars," and it is traditional to make a wish when they see one. Discuss with students circumstances in which they typically "make a wish."
Patricia Polacco's book, Meteor!, is based on an actual event from the life of her grandparents.


1860 – birthdate of American sharpshooter and performer, Annie Oakley
Dadey, Debbie.  Shooting Star: Annie Oakley, the Legend.  Illus. by Scott Goto.  Walker, 1997.  Gr. 1-4
DiVito, Anna.  Annie Oakley Saves the Day (Ready-to-Read, Level 2).  Aladdin, 2004.  Gr. 1-3
Klass, Sheila Solomon.  A Shooting Star: A Novel about Annie Oakley.  Holiday House, 1996.  Gr. 4-8
Krensky, Stephen.  Shooting for the Moon: The Amazing Life and Times of Annie Oakley.  Illus. by Bernie
Fuchs.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001.  Gr. 1-4
Macy, Sue.  Bull’s-Eye: A Photobiography of Annie Oakley.  National Geographic, 2001.  Gr. 4-8
Mills, Charles W.  Annie Oakley: A Photographic Story of a Life.  DK Children, 2007.  Gr. 4-8
Spinner, Stephanie.  Little Sure Shot (Step into Reading, Step 3).  Illus. by Jose Miralles.  Random House,
1993.  Gr. 2-4
Check public and school library shelves for biographies of Annie Oakley published in library editions.

Annie Oakley, from “American Experience” on PBS
Includes detailed timeline, people and events in Oakley’s life, a virtual tour of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, posters from the show, and more
Annie Oakley, from History
Substantial biography from childhood through her adult years

Even though Annie Oakley is not typically thought of as a “suffragist,” discuss how she contributed to advancing the rights of and attitudes toward women.
Although Annie Oakley was born in Ohio, she was considered a woman of the “West.” Students can research other women who are famous for settling the “old west.” They can put their results into a PowerPoint.
Design a poster about Annie Oakley to advertise her abilities/accomplishments.


1863—birthdate of Ernest Thayer, author of the classic poem “Casey at the Bat”
Versions of the poem:
Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888.  Illus. by Christopher Bing.  Chronicle, 2000.
Gr. 3 & above
Casey at the Bat.  Illus by Barry Moser.  David R. Godine, 1988.  Gr. 3 & above (includes lengthy afterword about the
poem by Donald Hall)
Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888.  Illus. by C.F. Payne.  Simon & Schuster, 2003.
Gr. 3 & above
Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888.  Illus. by Patricia Polacco.  Putnam, 1988.
Gr. 3 & above
Books about baseball and baseball players:
Adler, David A.  Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man.  Illus. by Terry Widener.  Harcourt, 1997.  Gr. 1-4
Adler, David A.  The Babe & I.  Illus. by Terry Widener.  Harcourt, 1999.  Gr. 1-4
Adler, David A.  Satchel Paige: Don’t Look Back.  Illus. by Terry Widener.  Harcourt, 2007.  Gr. 1-4
Bildner, Phil.  The Unforgettable Season: Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and the Record-Setting Summer of 1941.
Illus. by S.D. Schindler.  Putnam, 2011.  Gr. 2-4
Bildner, Phil.  Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy.  Illus. by C.F. Payne.  Simon & Schuster, 2002.  Gr. 2-4
Bowen, Fred.  No Easy Way: The Story of Ted Williams and the Last .400 Season.  Illus. by Chuck Pyle.  Dutton,
2010.  Gr. 2-5
Burleigh, Robert.  Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth.  Illus. by Mike Wimmer.  Harcourt, 1998.  Gr. 1-5
Churnin, Nancy.  The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game.  Illus. by Jez Tuya.
Albert Whitman, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Cline-Ransome, Lesa.  Satchel Paige.  Illus. by James E. Ransome.  Simon & Schuster, 2000.  Gr. 2-4
Cook, Sally & Charlton, James.  Hey Batta Batta Swing!: The Wild Old Days of Baseball.  Illus. by Ross MacDonald.
McElderry, 2007.  Gr. 3-6
Crowe, Chris.  Just as Good: How Larry Doby Changed America's Game.  Illus. by Mike Benny.  Candlewick, 2012.
Gr. 2-4
Curlee, Lynn.  Ballpark: The Story of America’s Baseball Fields.  Atheneum, 2005.  Gr. 4-6
Fishman, Cathy Goldberg.  When Jackie and Hank Met.  Illus. by Mark Elliot.  Marshall Cavendish, 2012.  Gr. 2-4
Golenbock, Peter.  Hank Aaron: Brave in Every Way.  Illus. by Paul Lee.  Harcourt, 2001.  Gr. 1-4
Golenbock, Peter.  Teammates.  Illus. by Paul Bacon.  Harcourt, 1990.  Gr. 2-4
Golenbock, Peter.  ABCs of Baseball.  Illus. by Dan Andreasen.  Dial, 2012.  Gr. 1-4
Green, Michelle Y.  A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson.  Dial, 2002.  Gr. 4-6
Hampton, Wilborn.  Up Close: Babe Ruth, a Twentieth-Century Life.  Viking, 2009.  Gr. 6-9
Herzog, Brad.  H Is for Home Run: A Baseball Alphabet.  Illus. by Melanie Rose.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2004.
Gr. 2-4
Hopkinson, Deborah.  Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings.  Illus. by Terry Widener.  Atheneum, 2003.
Gr. 2-4
Hubbard, Crystal.  Catching the Moon: The Story of a Young Girl’s Baseball Dream.  Illus. by Randy DuBurke.
Lee & Low, 2005.  Gr. 1-3
Jeter, Derek.  The Contract.  Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, 2014.  Gr. 4-6  Also: Hit & Miss (2015); Change Up
(2016); Fair Ball (2017)
McDonough, Yona Zeldis.  Hammerin' Hank: The Life of Hank Greenberg.  Illus. by Malcah Zeldis.  Walker, 2006.
Gr. 2-5
Michelson, Richard.  Lipman Pike: America's First Home Run King.  Illus. by Zachary Pullen.  Sleeping Bear Press,
2011.  Gr. 2-4
Moss, Marissa.  Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen.  Illus. by C.F. Payne.  Simon & Schuster, 2004.  Gr. 1-4
Nelson, Kadir.   We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.  Hyperion, 2008.  Gr. 3 & above
Patrick, Jean L.S.  The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth ("On My Own History").  Illus. by Jeni Reeves.  Carolrhoda,
2000.  Gr. 2-4
Rappaport, Doreen & Callan, Lyndall.  Dirt on Their Skirts: The Story of Young Women Who Won the World
Championship.  Illus. by E.B. Lewis.  Dial, 2000.  Gr. 2-4
Ripkin, Cal, Jr.  The Longest Season.  Illus. by Ron Mazellan.  Philomel, 2007.  Gr. 2-4
Rosenstock, Barb.  The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America's Hero.  Illus. by Terry Widener.  Calkins
Creek, 2014.  Gr. 2-5
Skead, Robert.  Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio.  Illus. by Floyd Cooper.
Carolrhoda, 2013.  Gr. 3-5
Smith, Charles R., Jr.  Stars in the Shadows: The Negro League All-Star Game of 1934.  Illus. by Frank Morrison.
Atheneum, 2012.  Gr. 4-7
Sturm, James.  Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow.  Illus. by Rich Tommaso.  Hyperion, 2007.  Gr. 5-10
Tavares, Matt.  Henry Aaron's Dream.  Candlewick, 2010.  Gr. 3-5
Tavares, Matt.  There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived.  Candlewick, 2012.  Gr. 2-4
Tavares, Matt.  Becoming Babe Ruth.  Candlewick, 2013.  Gr. 1-4
Tocher, Timothy.  Bill Pennant, Babe Ruth, and Me.  Cricket, 2009.  Gr. 5-8
Tocher, Timothy.  Odd Ball: Hilarious, Unusual, & Bizarre Baseball Moments.  Illus. by Stacy Curtis.  Marshall
Cavendish. 2011.  Gr. 3-6
Vernick, Audrey.  She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story.  Illus. by Don Tate.  Collins, 2010.  Gr. 2-4
Vernick, Audrey.  Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team.  Illus. by Steven
Salerno.  Clarion, 2012.  Gr. 1-4
Vernick, Audrey.  The Kid from Diamond Street: The Extraordinary Story of Baseball Legend Edith Houghton.
Illus. by Steven Salerno.  Clarion, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Waldman, Neil.  Say-Hey and the Babe: Two Mostly True Baseball Stories.  Holiday House, 2006.  Gr. 3-5
Weatherford, Carole Boston.  A Negro League Scrapbook.  Boyds Mills, 2005.  Gr. 4-7
Winter, Jonah.  You Never Heard of Casey Stengel?!  Illus. by Barry Blitt.  Schwartz & Wade, 2016.  Gr. 2-5
Winter, Jonah.  Joltin' Joe DiMaggio.  Illus. by James E. Ransome.  Atheneum, 2014.  Gr. 1-4
Winter, Jonah.  You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?  Illus. by Andre Carrilho.  Random House, 2009.  Gr. 2-5
Winter, Jonah.  You Never Heard of Willie Mays?  Illus. by Terry Widener.  Schwartz & Wade, 2013.  Gr. 2-5
Wise, Bill.  Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer.  Illus. by Bill Farnsworth.  Lee & Low, 2007.
Gr. 2-5
Wise, Bill.  Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy.  Illus. by Adam Gustavson.  Lee & Low, 2012.
Gr. 2-5
Yolen, Jane.  All Star!: Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever.  Illus. by Jim Burke.  Philomel,
2010.  Gr. 2-5
Baseball fiction and poetry:
Adler, David A.  Mama Played Baseball.  Illus. by Chris O'Leary.  Harcourt, 2003.  Gr. 1-4
Bauer, Joan.  Soar.  Viking, 2016.  Gr. 4-6
Borden, Louise.  Baseball Is....  Illus. by Raúl Colón.  McElderry, 2013.  Gr. 2-5
Butler, Dori Hillestad.  Sliding into Home.  Peachtree, 2003.   Gr. 5-8
Cooper, Floyd.  Willie and the All-Stars.  Philomel, 2008.  Gr. 2-4
Corey, Shana.  Players in Pigtails.  Illus. by Rebecca Gibbon.  Scholastic, 2003.  Gr. 1-4
Curtis, Gavin.  The Bat Boy and His Violin.  Illus. by E.B. Lewis.  Simon & Schuster, 1998.  Gr. 1-4
Florian, Douglas.  Poem Runs: Baseball Poems.  Harcourt, 2012.  Gr. 2-5
Gutman, Dan. "Baseball Card Adventures" series (all HarperCollins): Honus & Me (1997); Jackie & Me (1999);
Babe & Me (2000); Shoeless Joe & Me (2002); Mickey & Me (2003); Abner & Me (2005); Satch & Me (2006); Jim & Me (2008); Ray & Me (2009). Gr. 5-7; Roberto & Me (2010); Ted & Me (2012). Gr. 4-7
Gutman, Dan.  Casey Back at Bat.  Illus. by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher.  HarperCollins, 2007.  Gr. 1-4
Janeczko, Paul.  That Sweet Diamond: Baseball Poems.  Illus. by Carole Katchen.  Atheneum, 1998.  Gr. 3-7
Lies, Brian.  Bats at the Ballgame.  Houghton Mifflin, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Lupica, Mike.  Heat.  Philomel, 2006.  Gr. 5-8
Maddox, Marjorie.  Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems.  Illus. by John Sandford.  Wordsong/Boyds Mills, 2009.
Gr. 6-10
Meshon, Aaron.  Take Me Out to the Yakyu.  Atheneum, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Mochizuki, Ken.  Baseball Saved Us.  Illus. by Dom Lee.  Lee & Low, 1993.  Gr. 2-5
Moss, Marissa.  Barbed Wire Baseball.  Illus. by Yuko Shimizu.  Abrams, 2013.  Gr. 3-5
Nevius, Carol.  Baseball Hour.  Illus. by Bill Thomson.  Marshall Cavendish, 2008.  Gr. 1-3
Norworth, Jack.  Take Me Out to the Ballgame.  Illus. by Alex Gillman.  Simon & Schuster, 1992.  Gr. K-4
Ritter, John H.  The Boy Who Saved Baseball.  Philomel, 2003.  Gr. 5-7
Scaletta, Kurtis.  Mudville.  Knopf, 2009.  Gr. 6-9
Tavares, Matt.  Zachary's Ball.  Candlewick, 2012.  Gr. 1-4
Tavares, Matt.  Oliver's Game.  Candlewick, 2009.  Gr. 1-4
Tavares, Matt.  Mudball.  Candlewick, 2005.  Gr. 1-4
Wiles, Deborah.  The Aurora County All-Stars.  Harcourt, 2007.  Gr. 4-6

Kids’ Dugout at
Links to kids’ websites for all the Major League teams, interviews with players, online games and more for baseball fans (advertisements)
Baseball Activities for Kids, at How Stuff Works
Baseball-inspired games (advertisements)
The Ballplayers: A Baseball Player Encyclopedia, from Baseball Almanac
Comprehensive listing of baseball players, complete with statistics, bio facts, and a photo
National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
A variety of information, including biographical sketches, photo galleries, induction speeches, and video, of the members (some advertisements)
Negro League Baseball
Comprehensive site that includes a timeline, information about teams, and biographies of players

See Activities Calendars for additional books, weblinks, and activities for related topics:
Jackie Robinson (January 31) and Roberto Clemente (August 18).
Brainstorm a list of the “greatest” baseball players. Students should visit the school library media center and search the biography section to see if there are some players they might have omitted from their list. Students can research the players on the list and prepare fact sheets using the downloadable baseball glove cutout. Display the gloves above a collection of biographies of the players.
Collaborate with the library media specialist to help students locate baseball trivia by using reference materials, print and nonprint. They can each write an interesting or unique piece of trivia on the baseball cutout. Display the baseballs along with the gloves from the above activity.
Students can share their research information by writing a poem about a player and drawing a portrait to illustrate it. Visit some of the poems in the Poetry Nook for examples of forms students might use (e.g., list poem, acrostic, concrete poem).
Invite a baseball player or coach to the classroom to talk about the game and offer tips about playing.


Back to School!
Blake, Stephanie.  I Don’t Want to Go to School!  Random House, 2009.  Gr. Pre-1
Borden, Louise.  Off to First Grade.  Illus. by Joan Rankin.  McElderry, 2008.  Gr. 1-3
Brown, Marc.  Monkey: Not Ready for Kindergarten.  Knopf, 2015.  Gr. Pre-1
Buzzeo, Toni.  Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten.  Illus. by Amy Wummer.  Dial, 2010.  Gr. K-2
Carlson, Nancy.  First Grade, Here I Come!  Viking, 2006.  Gr. K-2
Carlson, Nancy.  Look Out, Kindergarten, Here I Come!  Viking, 1999.  Gr. Pre-1
Cohen, Miriam.  Will I Have A Friend?  Illus. by Ronald Himler.  Star Bright, 2009.  Gr. Pre-2
Colandro, Lucille.  There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books!  Illus. by Jared Lee.  Scholastic
Cartwheel, 2012.  Gr. K-2
Danneberg, Julie.  First Day Jitters.  Illus. by Judy Love.  Charlesbridge, 2000.  Gr. 1-3
Davis, Katie.  Kindergarten Rocks!  Harcourt, 2005.  Gr. Pre-1
DeGroat, Diane.  Brand-New Pencils, Brand-New Books.  HarperCollins, 2007.  Gr. K-2
Edwards, Pamela Duncan.  Dinosaur Starts School.  Illus. by Deborah Allwright.  Albert Whitman, 2009.  Gr. K-2
Gantos, Jack.  Back to School for Rotten Ralph.  Illus. by Nicole Rubel.  HarperCollins, 2000.  Gr. K-3
George, Lucy M.  Back to School Tortoise.  Illus. by Merel Eyckerman.  Albert Whitman, 2011.  Gr. K-2
Grandits, John.  Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus.  Illus. by Michael
Allen Austin.  Clarion, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Grogan, John.  Marley Goes to School.  Illus. by Richard Cowdrey.  HarperCollin, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Harper, Jamie.  Miss Mingo and the First Day of School.  Candlewick, 2006.  Gr. K-3
Henkes, Kevin.  Wemberly Worried.  Greenwillow, 2000.  Gr. K-2
Hennessy, B.J.  Mr. Ouchy’s First Day.  Illus. by Paul Meisel.  Putnam, 2006.  Gr. K-2
Jackson, Alison.  It’s Back to School We Go!: First Day Stories from Around the World.  Illus. by Jan Davey Ellis.
Millbrook, 2003.  Gr. 1-4
London, Jonathan.  Froggy Goes to School.  Illus. by Frank Remkiewicz. 1996.  Viking, 1996.  Gr. Pre-2
Ljungkvist, Laura.  Follow the Line to School.  Viking, 2011.  Gr. K-2
McGhee, Alison.  Countdown to Kindergarten.  Illus. by Harry Bliss.  Harcourt, 2002.  Gr. Pre-1
Middleton, Charlotte.  Enrico Starts School.  Dial, 2004.  Gr. K-2
Milord, Susan.  Happy School Year!  Illus. by Mary Newell DePalma.  Scholastic, 2008.  Gr. Pre-1
Moreillon, Judi.  Ready and Waiting for You.  Illus. by Catherine Stock.  Eerdmans, 2013.  Gr. Pre-1
O'Malley, Kevin.  Desk Stories.  Albert Whitman, 2011.  Gr. 2-4
Parish, Herman.  Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School.  Illus. by Lynne Avril.  Greenwillow, 2009.  Gr. 1-3
Pennypacker, Sara.  Stuart Goes to School.  Illus. by Martin Matje.  Orchard, 2003.  Gr. 2-4
Portis, Antoinette.  Kindergarten Diary.  HarperCollins, 2010.  Gr. Pre-K
Rabe, Tish.  On the First Day of Kindergarten.  Illus. by Laura Hughes.  HarperCollins, 2016.  Gr. Pre-K
Recorvits, Helen.  My Name Is Yoon.  Illus. by Gabi Swiatkowska.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003.  Gr. K-3
Rex, Adam.  School's First Day of School.  Illus. by Christian Robinson.  Roaring Brook, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Rockwell, Anne.  Welcome to Kindergarten.  Walker, 2004.  Gr. Pre-K
Rockwell, Anne.  First Day of School.  Illus. by Lizzy Rockwell.  Harper, 2011.  Gr. K-2
Rogers, Jacqueline.  Tiptoe into Kindergarten.  Scholastic, 1999.  Gr. K-2
Rosenberry, Vera.  Vera’s First Day of School.  Henry Holt, 1999.  Gr. K-2
Sitomer, Alan Lawrence.  Daddy's Back-to-School Shopping Adventure.  Illus. by Abby Carter.  Hyperion, 2015.
Gr. K-3
Slate, Joseph.  Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten.  Illus. by Ashley Wolff.  Dutton, 1996.  Gr. K-2
Teague, Mark.  How I Spent My Summer Vacation.  Knopf, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Urdahl, Catherine.  Polka-Dot Fixes Kindergarten.  Illus. by Mai. S. Kemble.  Charlesbridge, 2011.  Gr. Pre-1
Vernick, Audrey.  Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?  Illus. by Daniel Jennewein.  Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins,
2010.  Gr. Pre-K
Wells, Rosemary.  Timothy Goes to School.  Dial, 1981.  Gr. K-2
Winters, Kay.  This School Year Will Be the Best.  Illus. by Renée Andriani.  Dutton, 2010.  Gr. 1-3
Yamashita, Haruo.  Seven Little Mice Go to School.  Illus. by Kazuo Iwamura.  North-South, 2011.  Gr. K-2
Yum, Hyewon.  Mom, It's My First Day of Kindergarten.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012.  Gr. Pre-1

School, Welcome, Back to School, from CanTeach
Songs to familiar tunes and poems for back to school
From Primary School
A back-to-school lined stationery

Tie getting acquainted (or reacquainted) with students to back-to-school safety reminders with this activity. Take digital pictures of just the students’ heads and print them. Give each student a copy of the reproducible stop sign and a word bubble. They need to draw a picture of themselves without a head (but leaving a space for it) on the stop sign. They cut out their digital picture and attach it to their body picture. In the word bubble, they can write a greeting, such as “Hi, my name is ________, and I like ________________,” and attach it to the stop sign as well. Display the finished stop signs with the title: STOP and meet Room ______.
For another possibility using the digital pictures, students can make oversized “baseball cards” of themselves. Use 5 X 7-inch index cards. Have students attach the digital picture to the card and add some information about themselves, such as name, birth date, favorites (e.g., food, color, animal, game, book, TV show, etc.), and completion of the sentence, “One thing I am good at is ____________________.” (The type of information will vary according to age of the student.) They can make a colorful border for the card. Either display the cards or put them on a metal ring and place them in a location where students can look at them.
Check the last weblink above for links to MANY back-to-school ideas!


Celebrate Joke Day!
Brewer, Paul.  You Must Be Joking!: Lots of Cool Jokes Plus 17-1/2 Tips for Remembering, Telling, and Making Up
Your Own Jokes.  Cricket Books, 2003.  Gr. 3-6
Clements, Andrew.  Jake Drake, Class Clown.  Atheneum, 2002.  Gr. 3-5
Hurwitz, Joanna.  Class Clown.  Scholastic, 1988.  Gr. 3-5
Korman, Gordon.  Maxx Comedy: Funniest Kid in America.  Hyperion, 2006.  Gr 5-7.
Krull, Kathleen & Brewer, Paul.  Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country).
Illus. by Stacy Innerst.  Harcourt, 2010.  Gr. 2-5
Marcus, Leonard S. (Ed.).  Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy.  Candlewick, 2009.  Gr. 4-9
Sachar, Louis.  Dogs Don't Tell Jokes.  Knopf, 1991.  Gr. 5-8
Terban, Marvin.  Funny You Should Ask: How to Make Up Jokes and Riddles with Wordplay.  Illus. by John O'Brien.
Sandpiper, 1992.  Gr. 3-7
Check public and school library shelves for biographies of comedians, past and present, published in library editions.

Kids Jokes
Lots of jokes in different categories (advertisements!)
Jokes Galore, from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Large number of jokes, some with a science or health theme

Display joke and riddle books. Check school and public library shelves for copies. Invite students to read jokes and riddles to their classmates. Encourage them to practice reading their jokes until they can read them fluently.
Make a class book of students' favorite jokes that they have found in books or on the internet (see sites above). To be placed in the book, a class member needs to have shared the joke orally and the group has to agree that it should be part of the collection. Begin a document on the computer to which different students can add the selected jokes. (For each entry, a source should be cited.) Decide on the number of jokes ahead of time, e.g.,"50 Favorite Jokes of Room 102." Have students do the layout, including number of jokes on a page, illustrations, cover, etc. This project may last several weeks.
Ask students to define "comedian." Brainstorm a list of comedians, past and present, with whom students are familiar and why they think these individuals are funny. Invite students to ask older family members who their favorite comedians were when they were children and why they made them laugh. Share findings in the classroom. Are there comedians who have "stood the test of time (e.g., Lucille Ball)? Discuss how their comedy has made them so enduring.
See the Activities Calendar for Laugh and Get Rich Day (February 8) for additional books, weblinks, and activities.


1786 – birthdate of Davy Crockett, frontiersman, politician, soldier, and folk hero, often referred to as “King of the Wild Frontier.”
Adler, David A.  A Picture Book of Davy Crockett.  Illus. by John & Alexandra Wallner.  Holiday House, 1996.  Gr. 2-4
Dewey, Ariane.  The Narrow Escapes of Davy Crockett.  Greenwillow, 1990.  Gr. 1-3
Kellogg, Steven.  Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett.  HarperCollins, 1995.  Gr. 1-3
Krensky, Stephen.  Davy Crockett: A Life on the Frontier (Ready-to-Read, Level 3).  Illus. by Debra Bandelin &
Bob Dacey.  Aladdin, 2004.  Gr. 2-4
Miller, Bobbi.  Davy Crockett Gets Hitched.  Illus. by Megan Lloyd.  Holiday House, 2009.  Gr. 1-3
Schanzer, Rosalyn.  Davy Crockett Saves the World.  HarperCollins, 2001.  Gr. 2-4
Sullivan, George.  In Their Own Words: Davy Crockett.  Scholastic, 2002.  Gr. 4-6
Check public and school library shelves for biographies of Davy Crockett published in library editions.

David (Davy) Crockett, from About Famous People
Longer biography of Davy Crockett
Ballad of Davy Crockett
All 20 verses of the legendary song

Brainstorm students’ ideas about “frontiersmen”—what did they do, what kind of people were they, why do we remember them today?
Although Davy Crockett was a real person, he is also the subject of tall tales. (Much of the exaggeration can be attributed to Crockett himself.) Read a tall tale about him and a biography and compare the fact with the fiction.
Make a list of other tall tale characters and discuss the attributes they share with Crockett.


1934 – birthdate of Roberto Clemente, professional baseball player, who played 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was the first Latino to win a League MVP Award and a World Series MVP Award.
Buckley, James, Jr.  Roberto Clemente (DK Reader, Level 3).  DK Children’s, 2001.  Gr. 3-5
Gutman, Dan.  Roberto and Me.  HarperCollins, 2010.  Gr. 4-7
Perdomo, Willie.  Clemente!  Illus. by Bryan Collier.  Henry Holt, 2010.  Gr. 1-4
Winter, Jonah.  Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Illus. by Raúl Colόn.  Atheneum, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Check public and school library shelves for biographies of Roberto Clemente published in library editions.

Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente
Excellent virtual exhibit from the Smithsonian about Clemente, including essays, photos, games, and lesson plans
Roberto Clemente, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
Brief bio, some statistics, photo gallery, and video bio
Roberto Clemente, from “American Experience” on PBS
Includes biography and transcript of the one-hour documentary

Discuss “role models” with students—what is their definition of the term, why do we have them? Who are other role models in sports that they know about? Read a biography about Roberto Clemente to students or have them take at look at one of the internet sites and discuss why he would have been considered a positive role model.


1946 – birthday of William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd president of the United States
Check public and school library shelves for biographies of Bill Clinton from series published in library editions.
POTUS, Presidents of the United States at the Internet Public Library
Facts, both personal and political, links, and related information
Bill Clinton, at The White House
Basic biographical information about President Clinton’s life before and during the presidency
American Presidents: Life Portraits, from C-SPAN
Facts and trivia about Bill Clinton - must scroll down the drop-down menu of presidents to find Clinton
American Presidents at the Miller Center
Extensive information on all aspects of the presidents' lives, including a photo gallery, speeches, presidential recordings, and more. Excellent for research

On the “Meet-the-Presidents” timeline, have someone take the responsibility for adding Bill Clinton, using the fact recording sheet. Because he is still living, students might want to research his present life and include details about his current activities.


1833 – birthdate of Benjamin Harrison, 23rd president of the United States
Check public and school library shelves for biographies of Benjamin Harrison from series published in library editions.
POTUS, Presidents of the United States at the Internet Public Library
Facts, both personal and political, links, and related information
Benjamin Harrison, at The White House
Basic biographical information, much of it relating to his presidency
American Presidents: Life Portraits, from C-SPAN
Facts and trivia about Benjamin Harrison - must scroll down the drop-down menu of presidents to find Harrison
American Presidents at the Miller Center
Extensive information on all aspects of the presidents' lives, including a photo gallery, speeches, presidential recordings, and more. Excellent for research
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Information from his home (now a museum) in Indianapolis that includes a biography, photos, and exhibits of primary source documents

On the “Meet-the-Presidents” timeline, have someone take the responsibility for adding Benjamin Harrison, using the fact recording sheet. Unique facts students may wish to include: he was the only president who was the grandson of a president (William Henry Harrison, 9th president); he did not win the popular vote in his election, but he did win the vote of the electoral college.


1959 – Aloha! Hawaii became the 50th State in the United States on this date.
Books(a selection):
Cindrich, Lisa.  In the Shadow of the Pali: A Story of the Hawaiian Leper Colony.  Putnam, 2002.  Gr. 6-9
Crowe, Ellie.  Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku.  Illus. by Richard Waldrep.  Lee & Low,
2007.  Gr. 2-4
Fellows, Rebecca Nevers.  A Lei for Tutu.  Illus. by Linda Finch.  Albert Whitman, 1998.  Gr K-3
Gill, Shelley.  Hawai'i.  Illus. by Scott Goto.  Charlesbridge, 2006.  Gr. 3-6
Goldsberry, U'ilani.  A Is for Aloha: A Hawaii Alphabet.  Illus. by Tammy Yee.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2005.  Gr. 2-5
Guback, Georgia.  Luka's Quilt.  Greenwillow, 1994.  Gr. K-3
Holub, Joan.  Lydia and the Island Kingdom: A Story Based on the Real Life of Princess Liliuokalani of Hawaii
(Ready-to-Read, Level 3).  Illus. by Nonna Aleshina.  Aladdin, 2007.  Gr. 2-4
Hostetter, Joyce Moyer.  Healing Water: A Hawaiian Story.  Calkins Creek, 2008.  Gr. 6-9
Joosse, Barbara.  Grandma Calls Me Beautiful.  Illus. by Barbara Lavallee.  Chronicle, 2008.  Gr. K-2
Karwoski, Gail Langer.  Tsunami: The True Story of an April Fool's Day Disaster.  Illus. by John MacDonald.
Darby Creek, 2006.  Gr. 5-8
Kono, Erin Eitter.  Hula Lullaby.  Little, Brown, 2005.  Gr. Pre-3
London, Jonathan.  Froggy Goes to Hawaii.  Illus. by Frank Remkiewicz.  Viking, 2011.  Gr. K-2
Martin, Rafe.  The Shark God.  Illus. by David Shannon.  Scholastic, 2001.  Gr. 1-4
McDermott, Gerald.  Pig-Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai'i.  Houghton Mifflin, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Osborne, Mary Pope.  High Tide in Hawaii  (Magic Tree House).  Illus. by Sal Murdocca.  Random House, 2003.
Gr. 2-4
Rattigan, Jama Kim.  The Woman in the Moon: a Story from Hawai'i.  Illus. by Carla Golembe.  Little, Brown, 1996.
Gr. 1-4
Rattigan, Jama Kim.  Dumpling Soup.  Illus. by Lillian Hsu-Flanders.  Little, Brown, 1993.  Gr. K-3
Rumford, James.  Dog-of-the-Sea-Waves.  Houghton Mifflin, 2004.  Gr. 1-3
Salisbury, Graham.  Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet.  Illus. by Jacqueline Rogers.  Wendy Lamb, 2009.
Also: Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix (2009); Calvin Coconut: Dog Heaven (2010); Calvin Coconut: Zoo Breath (2010); Calvin Coconut: Hero of Hawaii (2011); Calvin Coconut: Kung Fooey (2011); Calvin Coconut: Man Trip (2012); Calvin Coconut: Rocket Ride (2012); Calvin Coconut: Extra Famous (2013).  Gr. 2-4.
Salisbury, Graham.  Island Boyz.  Wendy Lamb, 2002.  Gr. 6-9
Salisbury, Graham.  Night of the Howling Dogs.  Wendy Lamb, 2007.  Gr. 6-9
Skurzynski, Gloria & Ferguson, Alane.  Rage of Fire.  National Geographic Children's Books, 1999.  Gr. 5-8
Stanley, Fay.  The Last Princess: The Story of Princess Ka'iulani of Hawai'i.  Illus. by Diane Stanley.  HarperCollins,
2001.  Gr. 3-6
Takayama, Sandi.  Musubi Man: Hawaii's Gingerbread Man.  Illus. by Pat Hall.  Bess Press, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Takayama, Sandi.  Sumorella: A Hawai'i Cinderella Story.  Illus. by Esther Szegedy.  Bess Press, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Wardlaw, Lee (Adapt.).  Punia and the King of Sharks: A Hawaiian Folktale.  Illus. by Felipe Davalos.  Dial, 1997.
Gr. 1-4
Williams, Laura E.  Torch Fishing with the Sun.  Illus. by Fabricio Vanden Broeck.  Boyds Mills, 1999.  Gr. K-3
Check public and school library shelves for nonfiction books about Hawaii published in library editions.

Hawaii, at A to Z Kidstuff
Good all-purpose set of links to sites about the history and geography, animals, state facts, myths and legends, Hawaiian language, and much more; downloadable coloring pages and lesson plans included
Hawaii, from Kids Konnect
Basic state facts and links to much more information
State of Hawaii Activities
Links to basic facts, coloring pages, outline map, puzzles and games, and lessons

Students can make a board game of facts about Hawaii. When they create question cards, have them include trivia as well as basic facts. The Hawaii Fun Facts and Trivia site will be helpful.
Involve students in the many opportunities for research, including how the islands were formed, volcanoes (see Activities Calendar for May 18 for resources on volcanoes), history of Hawaii, famous Hawaiians, plant and animal life, and other topics.
Students can create travel brochures or posters that encourage Hawaii tourism. Their "selling points" should be based on their research findings about Hawaii.
Learn some Hawaiian words and use them in conversation. Eye of Hawaii is not an extensive list, but includes some useful terms. How to Speak Hawaiian like a Haole presents the alphabet and pronunciation tips and has sound capability.


1947 – birthday of Will Hobbs, author of books for upper elementary and middle school students
Novels: (all appropriate for Gr. 5-8)
Changes in Latitudes.  Simon & Schuster, 1988
Bearstone.  Simon & Schuster, 1989
Down River.  Simon & Schuster, 1991
The Big Wander.  Simon & Schuster, 1992
Beardance.  Simon & Schuster, 1993
Kokopelli’s Flute.  Simon & Schuster, 1995
Far North.  HarperCollins, 1996
Ghost Canoe.  HarperCollins, 1997
River Thunder.  Delacorte, 1997
The Maze.  HarperCollins, 1998
Jason’s Gold.  HarperCollins, 1999
Down the Yukon.  HarperCollins, 2001
Wild Man Island.  HarperCollins, 2002
Jackie’s Wild Seattle.  HarperCollins, 2003
Leaving Protection.  HarperCollins, 2004
Crossing the Wire.  HarperCollins, 2006
Go Big Or Go Home.  HarperCollins, 2008
Take Me to the River.  HarperCollins, 2011
Never Say Die.  HarperCollins, 2013
Picture books:
Beardream.  Illus. by Jill Kastner.  Simon & Schuster, 1997.  Gr. 1-4
Howling Hill.  Illus. by Jill Kastner.  HarperCollins, 1998.  Gr. 1-4

Official website of Will Hobbs
Biography, list of books, favorite questions, teaching ideas and links to resources related to his books; students can also click on photos of the book jackets to learn where Will got his ideas for his books.
Will Hobbs: Lesson Plans for Bearstone and Other Books, at Web English Teacher
Discussion questions and activities for a selection of titles

The characters in books by Will Hobbs have many adventures. Discuss what makes a good adventure story.
Students can visit Will’s website to find out the inspiration for their favorite book and learn the type of research he did in order to write it.
Determine the settings of Will’s books and label them on a world or U.S. map.
Will’s books are good candidates for booktalks. Review booktalking tips with students and invite them to present a booktalk on one of his books to the class.


Monarch butterflies from some locations in the United States begin their annual migration in late August.
Brown, Monica.  Butterflies on Carmen Street/Mariposas en la calle Carmen.  Illus. by April Ward.  Piñata Books,
2007.  Gr. K-3
Frost, Helen.  Monarch and Milkweed.  Illus. by Leonid Gore.  Atheneum, 2008.  Gr. 1-3
Gibbons, Gail.  Monarch Butterfly.  Holiday House, 1989.  Gr. 1-3
Glaser, Linda.  Magnificent Monarchs.  Illus. by Gay Holland.  Millbrook, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Harley, Avis.  The Monarch's Progress: Poems with Wings.  Wordsong/Boyds Mills, 2008.  Gr. 3-6
Johnston, Tony.  Isabel’s House of Butterflies.  Illus. by Susan Guevara.  Sierra Club Books for Children, 2003.
Gr. 1-3
Lasky, Kathryn.  Monarchs.  Photographs by Christopher G. Knight.  Harcourt, 1993.  Gr. 4-6
Markle, Sandra.  Butterfly Tree.  Peachtree, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Ó Flatharta, Antoine.  Hurry and the Monarch.  Illus. by Meilo So.  Knopf, 2005.  Gr. K-3
Pringle, Laurence.  An Extraordinary Life: The Story of a Monarch Butterfly.  Illus. by Bob Marstall.  Orchard,
1997.  Gr. 3-8
Ring, Elizabeth.  Monarch Butterfly of Aster Way.  Illus. by Katie Lee.  Soundprints, 1999.  Gr. 1-3
Roop, Connie & Peter.  Millions of Monarchs (Hello Reader! Level 1 Science).  Illus. by Mike Maydak.  Scholastic,
2003.  Gr. K-2
Shingu, Susumu.  Traveling Butterflies.  Owlkids, 2015.  Gr. K-3
Swope, Sam.  Gotta Go! Gotta Go!  Illus. by Sue Riddle.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000.  Gr. K-2
Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth.  Fly! Monarch, Fly!  Marshall Cavendish, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Search school and public library shelves for books about monarchs and other butterflies published in library editions.

Monarch Butterfly Journey North
Comprehensive site! Select the “Kids” page for downloadable booklets that students can read (these can also be projected as slide shows), many photos, video clips, and more
The Monarch Butterfly, at KidZone
Easy-to-read facts with accompanying photos and links to coloring pages and online puzzles
The King of Butterflies: The Monarch Butterfly
Informative articles about monarch butterflies, including life cycle and migration, with color photos

Make a mural of the life cycle of a monarch butterfly. Students can locate pictures of milkweed plants, caterpillars, the chrysalis, and the adult butterfly or can draw their own. They will need to add word labels and facts for each stage in the life cycle.
Look at a map of the world for a visual reference of the distance between your location and the monarchs’ winter destinations (students will need to research where they migrate). Using the map key, estimate the number of miles monarch butterflies travel.
Watch the segment about monarch butterflies in the “Reading Rainbow” program Bugs.
Display a collection of books about butterflies in general. Allow students to browse the books and choose a butterfly they find particularly interesting. Have them write three to five facts about their choice and make a sketch of the butterfly using colored pencils. Bind their pages into a class butterfly book.
Additional books about butterflies:
Aston, Dianna Hutts.  A Butterfly is Patient.  Illus. by Sylvia Long.  Chronicle, 2011.  Gr. 1-4
Arnosky, Jim.  Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing Butterflies and Moths.  Simon & Schuster, 1996.  Gr. 1-4
Bishop, Nic.  Nic Bishop Butterflies and Moths.  Scholastic, 2009.  Gr. 1-4
Bunting, Eve.  Butterfly House.  Illus. by Greg Shed.  Scholastic, 1999.  Gr. K-3
Cassie, Bryan & Pallotta, Jerry.  The Butterfly Alphabet Book.  Illus. by Mark Astrella.  Charlesbridge, 1995.  Gr. 1-3
Collard, Sneed III.  Butterfly Count.  Paul Kratter.  Holiday House, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Ehlert, Lois.  Waiting for Wings.  Harcourt, 2001.  Gr. K-2
Engle, Margarita.  Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian.  Illus. by Julie Paschkis.  Henry Holt, 2010.
Gr. K-3
Heiligman, Deborah.  From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1).  Illus. by Bari Weissman.
HarperCollins, 1996.  Gr. K-2
Kleven, Elisa.  Glasswings: A Butterfly's Story.  Dial, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Lerner, Carol.  Butterflies in the Garden.  HarperCollins, 2002.  Gr. 2-4
Madison, Alan.  Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly.  Illus. by Kevin Hawkes.  Schwartz & Wade, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Rabe, Tish.  My, Oh My—A Butterfly!: All About Butterflies.  Illus. by Aristides Ruiz & Joe Mathieu.  Random House,
2007.  Gr. 1-3
Rockwell, Anne.  Becoming Butterflies.  Illus. by Megan Halsey.  Walker, 2002.  Gr. Pre-2
Ryder, Joanne.  Where Butterflies Grow.  Illus. by Lynne Cherry.  Puffin, 1996.  Gr. K-3
Simon, Seymour.  Butterflies.  Collins, 2011.  Gr. 1-4
Stewart, Melissa.  A Place for Butterflies.  Illus. by Higgins Bond.  Peachtree, 2006.  Gr. 2-4
Swinburne, Stephen R.  Wings of Light: The Migration of the Yellow Butterfly.  Illus. by Bruce Hiscock.  Boyds Mills,
2006.  Gr. 2-4


1853 – Chef George Crum prepared the first potato chips at Moon’s Lake House, a resort in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Kurzweil, Allen.  Leon and the Champion Chip.  Illus. by Bret Bertholf.  Greenwillow, 2005.  Gr. 4-6
Renaud, Anne.  Mr. Crum's Potato Predicament.  Illus. by Felicita Sala.  Kids Can Press, 2017.  Gr. K-3
Stowell, Penelope.  The Greatest Potatoes.  Illus. by Sharon Watts.  Hyperion, 2005.  Gr. 1-3
Taylor, Gaylia.  George Crum and the Saratoga Chip.  Illus. by Frank Morrison.  Lee & Low, 2006.  Gr. 1-4
Search school and public library shelves for books about potatoes and snack foods published in library editions.

George Crum, at the Great Idea Finder
A brief bit about George, but most of the article is the history of the potato chip
Potato Chips, from the Atlas of Popular Culture in the Northeastern United States
Extensive history of the potato chip (choose "potato chip" from drop-down menu)

Brainstorm a list of snack foods (that do not include sweet snacks). Students can conduct a survey of favorite snack foods among other classrooms. Graph and display the results.
Have students examine the packaging of snack foods, make a list of the ingredients, and compare the information to determine which type of snack is the healthiest.
Tie the information about snack foods into a study of healthy snacks. Students can keep a record of the snacks they eat for a week, analyze their data, and determine if they need to modify their snack choices.


1927 – birthdate of tennis player Althea Gibson, who was the first African American to win the Wimbledon championship
Deans, Karen.  Playing to Win: The Story of Althea Gibson.  Illus. by Elbrite Brown.  Holiday House, 2007.  Gr. 1-4
Stauffacher, Sue.  Nothing But Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson.  Illus. by Greg Couch.  Knopf, 2007.  Gr. 2-4

"Althea Gibson Broke Barriers," article at ESPN
Overview of her career in tennis
Althea Gibson, at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
Biography with a focus on Gibson’s career

Discuss how Althea Gibson paved the way for other athletes in her sport.
Research women tennis players and compare their accomplishments with those of Althea Gibson.


1920 – The 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, giving women the right to vote, was certified for adoption.
Bausum, Ann.  With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote.  National Geographic,
2004.  Gr. 6 & above
Beard, Darleen Bailey.  Operation Clean Sweep.  Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2004.  Gr. 4-6
Hurst, Carol Otis.  You Come to Yokum.  Illus. by Kay Life.  Houghton Mifflin, 2005.  Gr. 3-5
Jones, Elizabeth McDavid.  Secrets on 26th Street (History Mysteries).  American Girl, 1999.  Gr. 3-5
Kamma, Anne.  If You Lived When Women Won Their Rights.  Illus. by Pamela Johnson.  Scholastic, 2008.  Gr. 2-5
Karr, Kathleen.  Mama Went to Jail for the Vote.  Illus. by Malene Laugesen.  Hyperion, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
McCully, Emily Arnold.  The Ballot Box Battle.  Knopf, 1996.  Gr. 2-4
Murphy, Claire Rudolph.  Marching with Aunt Susan: Susan B. Anthony and the Fight for Women's Suffrage.  Illus. by
Stacey Schuett.  Peachtree, 2011.  Gr. 1-4
O’Neal, Zibby.  A Long Way to Go: A Story of Women’s Right to Vote.  Illus. by Michael Dooling.  Puffin, 1992.
Gr. 3-5
Van Rynbach, Iris & Shea, Pegi Deitz.  The Taxing Case of the Cows: A True Story about Suffrage.  Illus. by
Emily Arnold McCully.  Clarion, 2010.  Gr. 1-3
Schwabach, Karen.  The Hope Chest.  Random House, 2008.  Gr. 5-8
Check public and school library shelves for books about the passage of the 19th Amendment and for biographies of suffragists from series published in library editions.

Women’s Suffrage, at Scholastic
Information about the history, women’s suffrage around the world, a quiz, and focus on one individual who voted in 1920
One Hundred Years toward Suffrage: An Overview, from American Memory at the Library of Congress
Part of the National American Woman Suffrage Association Collection, the timeline begins in 1776 and extends to 1923
By Popular Demand: “Votes for Women” Suffrage Pictures, 1850-1920
Links to photos of significant individuals, cartoons, displays of other women’s suffrage artifacts; (some searching is required through this collection at the Library of Congress, but the time spent is well worth it!)
Teaching with Documents: Woman Suffrage and the 19th Amendment, from the National Archives
Actual historical documents related to the suffrage movement

See Activities Calendars for additional books, weblinks, and activities for related topics:
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (November 12).
After students have had the opportunity to research the time before women had the right to vote and the work of the suffragists, have them imagine living at that time and participating in the movement. Divide the class into small groups and give each group the task of developing a campaign in support women’s right to vote. Groups can make posters, prepare speeches, write newspaper articles, etc.
Encourage students to find out who were leaders of the suffrage movement in their own state.
Voting privileges and elections often make the international news. Students can search newspapers and listen to newscasts for stories about suffrage issues in other countries of the world and bring the items to class for discussion about how the right to vote makes a difference.


1908 – birthdate of Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th president of the United States
Check public and school library shelves for biographies of Lyndon Johnson from series published in library editions.
POTUS, Presidents of the United States at the Internet Public Library
Facts, both personal and political, links, and related information
Lyndon Johnson, at The White House
Basic biographical information, much of it relating to his presidency
LBJ for Kids! at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum
Overviews with accompanying photos related to several issues of the Johnson administration, including the war on poverty, civil rights, foreign policy, education, and the environment; biographical facts and the “Great Society” speech
The Presidents: Lyndon B. Johnson, from “American Experience” on PBS
Detailed biography, world timeline during his administration, with teacher’s guide
American Presidents: Life Portraits, from C-SPAN
Facts and trivia about Lyndon Johnson - must scroll down the drop-down menu of presidents to find Johnson
American Presidents at the Miller Center
Extensive information on all aspects of the presidents' lives, including a photo gallery, speeches, presidential recordings, and more. Excellent for research

On the “Meet-the-Presidents” timeline, have someone take the responsibility for adding Lyndon Johnson, using the fact recording sheet. Unique facts students may wish to include: he became president while he was the vice-president when John F. Kennedy was assassinated; he was particularly challenged by the war in Vietnam and civil rights unrest in the United States.


1963 – More than 200,000 people participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on this date. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Benson, Kathleen.  John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement.  Illus. by Benny Andrews.
Lee & Low, 2006.  Gr. 3-5
Brimner, Larry Dane.  We Are One: The Story of Bayard Rustin.  Calkins Creek, 2007.  Gr. 4-6
Evans, Shane W.  We March.  Roaring Brook, 2012.  Gr. K-4
Farris, Christine King.  March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World.  Illus. by London Ladd.
Scholastic, 2008.  Gr. 2-5
Kelley, Kitty.  Martin's Dream Day.  Photos by Stanley Tretick.  Atheneum, 2017.  Gr. 2-4
King, Martin Luther, Jr.  I Have a Dream.  Illus. by 15 Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustrators.  Scholastic,
1997.  Gr. All ages
King, Martin Luther, Jr.  I Have a Dream.  Illus. by Kadir Nelson.  Schwartz & Wade, 2012.  Gr. All ages (includes CD
of original speech)
Lewis, J. Patrick & Lyon, George Ella.  Voices from the March on Washington.  Wordsong/Boyds Mills, 2014.
Gr. 5-10
Pinkney, Andrea Davis.  Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song.  Illus. by Brian Pinkney.  Little, Brown, 2013.
Gr. 2-5
Ruffin, Frances.  Martin Luther King and the March on Washington (All Aboard Reading).  Grosset & Dunlap,
2000.  Gr. 1-3
Stotts, Stuart.  We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World.  Illus. by Terrance Cummings.  Clarion,
2010.  Gr. 4-6
Swain, Gwenyth.  Riding to Washington.  Illus. by David Geister.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2008.  Gr. 2-4
Check public and school library shelves for nonfiction books published in library editions about the March on Washington and for biographies of individuals who played a major role in the event.

The Civil Rights Movement, from Virginia Center for Digital History
Several collections of photographs from the March on Washington, plus teaching tips for using them
Civil Rights Movement Veterans: March on Washington, August 28, 1963
Detailed background of the event, primary source documents (speeches, photos, organizational documents)

See Activities Calendars for additional books, weblinks, and activities for related topics:
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15), Rosa Parks (February 4), Marian Anderson (February 27).
Students can view the official program of the March on Washington and select a participant about whom they would like to know more and research this individual’s contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
Students can look at a timeline of the Civil Rights Movement (links to information about each event are included) and discuss how important they believe the March on Washington was in the progression toward equality for all Americans.


The month of August is known for intensified hurricane activity.
Bildner, Phil.  Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans.  Illus. by John Parra.
Chronicle, 2015.  Gr. K-3
Cole, Joanna.  The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane.  Illus. by Bruce Degen.  Scholastic, 1995.  Gr. 2-4
Demarest, Chris. L.  Hurricane Hunters!: Riders on the Storm.  McElderry, 2006.  Gr. 2-4
Demas, Corinne.  Hurricane!  Illus. by Lenice U. Strohmeier.  Marshall Cavendish, 2000.  Gr. K-3
Gibbons, Gail.  Hurricanes!  Holiday House, 2009.  Gr. 1-4
Hale, Marian.  Dark Water Rising.  Henry Holt, 2006.  Gr. 6-9
Key, Walt.  Terror at Bottle Creek.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016.  Gr. 5-8
Lakin, Patricia.  Hurricane!  Illus. by Vanessa Lubach.  Millbrook, 2000.  Gr. K-2
Larson, Kirby & Nethery, Mary.  Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival.
Illus. by Jean Cassels.  Walker, 2008.  Gr. K-3
London, Jonathan.  Hurricane!  Illus. by Henri Sorensen.  Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1998.  Gr. K-3
Ransom, Candice F.  The Night of the Hurricane's Fury. ("On My Own History").  Illus. by Paul. Tong.  Millbrook,
2009.  Gr. 2-4
Rhodes, Jewell Parker.  Ninth Ward.  Little, Brown, 2010.  Gr. 5-8
Simon, Seymour.  Hurricanes.  HarperCollins, 2003.  Gr. 3-5
Trueman, Terry.  Hurricane.  HarperCollins, 2008.  Gr. 5-8
Uhlberg, Myron.  A Storm Called Katrina.  Illus. by Colin Bootman.  Peachtree, 2011.  Gr. 2-5
Wallner, Alexandra.  Sergio and the Hurricane.  Henry Holt, 2000.  Gr. K-3
Watson, Renee.  A Place Where Hurricanes Happen.  Illus. by Shadra Strickland.  Random House, 2010.  Gr. 2-5
Wiesner, David.  Hurricane.  Clarion, 1990.  Gr. 1-3
Woods, Brenda.  Saint Louis Armstrong Beach.  Nancy Paulsen, 2011.  Gr. 5-8
Check public and school library shelves for nonfiction books about hurricanes published in library editions.

Hurricanes, from Weather Wiz Kids
Terrific child-friendly site with a considerable amount of information about hurricanes, colorful graphics (some with animation), videos and a few lesson plans
Kidstorm: Hurricanes
Basic information about the formation and rating of hurricanes, as well as safety advice; includes links to other websites

If the study of hurricanes is currently part of your curriculum, students can follow news updates and track the paths of these storms that are creating disturbances and the areas they are threatening.
Students can research safety precautions and discuss the pros and cons of evacuating an area when a hurricane is expected.
Investigate the work of “hurricane hunters.” Ask students if they would like to do this type of work and explain why or why not.
Students who are interested in the history of hurricanes may wish to research devastating examples in U.S. history. They can attach labels to a map with the names and dates of the hurricanes and share unique facts about these storms with the rest of the class.


1938 – birthday of author/illustrator Donald Crews, two-time recipient of Caldecott Honor Book distinction
Books (a selection):
Written and illustrated:
Freight Train.  Greenwillow, 1978 (Caldecott Honor Book)
Truck.  Greenwillow, 1980 (Caldecott Honor Book)
Light.  Greenwillow, 1981
Carousel.  Greenwillow, 1982
Harbor.  Greenwillow, 1982
Parade.  Greenwillow, 1983
School Bus.  Greenwillow, 1984
We Read.  Morrow, 1984 (revised edition)
Bicycle Race.  Greenwillow, 1985
Ten Black Dots.  Greenwillow, 1986 (revised edition)
Flying.  Greenwillow, 1986
Bigmama’s.  Greenwillow, 1991
Shortcut.  Greenwillow, 1992
Sail Away.    Greenwillow, 1995
Night at the Fair.  Greenwillow, 1998
Cloudy Day, Sunny Day (Green Light Readers, Level 1).  Harcourt, 2003
Gigantic, Paul Jr.  How Many Snails?  Greenwillow, 1988
Giganti, Paul Jr.  Each Orange Had 8 Slices.  Greenwillow, 1992
Giganti, Paul Jr.  How Many Bluebirds Flew Away?: A Counting Book with a Difference.  Greenwillow, 1995
Kalan, Robert.  Rain.  Greenwillow, 1978
Kalan, Robert.  Blue Sea.  Greenwillow, 1979
Lillie, Patricia.  When This Box is Full.  Greenwillow, 1993
Schaefer, Lola M.  This Is the Sunflower.  Greenwillow, 2000
Schlein, Miriam.  More Than One.  Greenwillow, 1996
Shannon, George.  Tomorrow’s Alphabet.  Greenwillow, 1996

National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature: Donald Crews
Biography of the author/illustrator in which the influence of his childhood experiences on his work are discussed
Donald Crews: The Signs and Times of an American Childhood—Essay and Interview
Lengthy piece that analyzes Crews's books and discusses his experiences (of interest to adults; available through various library databases)

Display books by Donald Crews for independent reading. Several of his books work well in a transportation unit.
Crews sometimes paints himself in the illustrations of his books. Show students his photograph and have them search for him as they read the books.
Donald's late wife, Ann Jonas, wrote and illustrated books for children. His daughter, Nina Crews, is a children's book author and illustrator as well. Check out some of their books from the library and share them with students.


Let’s go to the fair! Many local and state fairs take place in late August and early September
Bunting, Eve.  The Pumpkin Fair.  Illus. by Eileen Christelow.  Clarion, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Chaconas, Dori.  Hurry Down to Derry Fair.  Illus. by Gillian Tyler.  Candlewick, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Calhoun, Mary.  Blue-Ribbon Henry.  Illus. by Erick Ingraham.  HarperCollins, 1999.  Gr. K-3
Cooper, Elisha.  Country Fair.  Greenwillow, 1997.  Gr. 1-3
Crews, Donald.  Night at the Fair.  Greenwillow, 1998.  Gr. Pre-2
Frasier, Debra.  A Fabulous Fair Alphabet.  Beach Lane, 2010.  Gr. All ages
Harshman, Marc.  Only One.  Illus. by Barbara Garrison.  Dutton, 1993.  Gr. K-2
Holabird, Katharine.  Angelina at the Fair.  Illus. by Helen Craig.  Viking, 2007.  Gr. Pre-2
Houts, Michelle.  The Beef Princess of Practical County.  Delacorte, 2009.  Gr. 4-7
Jackson, Robert.  Meet Me in St. Louis: A Trip to the 1904 World’s Fair.  HarperCollins, 2004.  Gr. 4-8
Kehret, Peg.  Danger at the Fair.  Dutton, 1995.  Gr. 4-6
Lewin, Ted.  Fair!  HarperCollins, 1997.  Gr. 1-4
Lunn, Janet.  Come to the Fair.  Illus. by Gilles Pelletier.  Tundra, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Norman, Kim.  I Know a Wee Piggy.  Illus. by Henry Cole.  Dial, 2012.  Gr. Pre-2
Peck, Richard.  Fair Weather.  Dial, 2001.  Gr. 5-8
Speed, Toby.  Brave Potatoes.  Illus. by Barry Root.  Putnam, 2000.  Gr. 1-3
Stoeke, Janet Morgan.  Minerva Louise at the Fair.  Illus. by Lucia Monfried.  Dutton, 2000.  Gr. K-2
Tudor, Tasha.  Corgiville Fair.  Little, Brown, 1998.  Gr. 1-4
White, E.B.  Charlotte’s Web.  Illus. by Garth Williams.  HarperCollins, 1952.  Gr. 2-5
Wilder, Laura Ingalls (adapted).  County Fair.  Illus. by Jody Wheeler.  HarperCollins, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Yaccarino, Dan.  Billy and Goat at the State Fair.  Knopf, 2015. Gr. K-2

State Fairs and State Fair Fairgrounds, at
Links to state fair websites for all 50 states plus an additional link to city and county fairs
“Take in the State Fair,” in National Geographic
Article by Garrison Keillor about the joys of state fairs in the July 2009 issue of the magazine
Top Ten Most Unusual State Fair Foods
Descriptions and photos of 10 popular state fair foods (advertisements and blog on the site)

Brainstorm a semantic web of a “fair.” Spokes from the center of the web might include: foods, special events and shows, exhibits, the midway (rides and booths), animals, etc. This activity will allow students whose experiences with fairs are limited to build concepts and vocabulary.
Use the weblink above and have students browse the website of the state fair for their own state.
Enjoy the unusual foods weblink above with students and invite them to create a new state fair food. They will need to list their ingredients and briefly describe how to prepare it.
Older students might research world’s fairs that have taken place in the United States, determining dates, locations, and special attractions. ExpoMuseum would be a good place for them to begin their research.


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