May Activities


Mother Goose Day was founded in 1987 to “re-appreciate” the familiar rhymes.
Books (a selection): (to be enjoyed by all ages)
Chorao, Kay (Illus.).  The Baby’s Lap Book.  Dutton, 2004. (reissue)
Crews, Nina (Illus.).  The Neighborhood Mother Goose.  Amistad/HarperCollins, 2003.
dePaola, Tomie (Illus.).  Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose.  Putnam, 1985.
Dillon, Leo & Diane.  Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose.  Harcourt, 2007.
Edwards, Pamela Duncan.  The Neat Line: Scribbling Through Mother Goose.
Illus. by Diana Cain Bluthenthal.  HarperCollins, 2005.
Fujikawa, Gyo (Illus.).  Mother Goose.  Sterling, 2007.
Gill, Shelley.  The Alaska Mother Goose.  Illus. by Shannon Cartwright.  Sasquatch/Paws IV, 2002.
Hammill, Elizabeth.  Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes.  Illus. by 77 different illustrators.
Candlewick, 2015
Hoberman, Mary Ann.  You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together.
Illus. by Michael Emberley.  Little, Brown, 2005.
Lobel, Arnold (Illus.).  The Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose.  Knopf, 2003. (reissue)
Long, Sylvia (Illus.).  Sylvia Long’s Mother Goose.  Chronicle, 1999.
Mathers, Petra (Comp. & Illus.).  The McElderry Book of Mother Goose: Revered and Rare Rhymes.
McElderry, 2012.
McPhail, David.  My Mother Goose: A Collection of Rhymes, Songs, and Concepts.  Roaring Brook, 2013.  Gr. Pre-K
Moses, Will (Illus.).  Will Moses Mother Goose.  Philomel, 2003.
Opie, Iona (Ed.).  My Very First Mother Goose.  Illus. by Rosemary Wells.  Candlewick, 1996.
Opie, Iona (Ed.).  Here Comes Mother Goose.  Illus. by Rosemary Wells.  Candlewick, 1999.
Ross, Tony (Sel. & Illus.).  Three Little Kittens and Other Favorite Nursery Rhymes.  Henry Holt, 2009.
Sanderson, Ruth (Illus.).  Mother Goose and Friends.  Little, Brown, 2008.
Stevens, Janet & Crummel, Susan Stevens.  And The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon.  Illus. by Janet Stevens.
Harcourt, 2001.
Wyndham, Robert (Ed.).  Chinese Mother Goose Rhymes.  Illus. by Ed Young.  Putnam, 1998.
Search school and public library shelves for additional collections of Mother Goose rhymes.

Mother Goose Express
General Mother Goose puzzles and games, and activities to accompany individual rhymes (advertisements)
Mother Goose Rebus, at Enchanted Learning
Rebus rhymes (not all of them are Mother Goose), “painting” rhymes online, and other activities (Membership may be required to download some materials.)

Before displaying any collections of these traditional rhymes, invite students to draw a picture of what they believe Mother Goose looks like.
Students can research the origins of “Mother Goose.” Display their findings along with the pictures they drew under the heading, “Who is Mother Goose?”
Read some familiar Mother Goose rhymes aloud and invite the students to chime in on the rhymes they know.
Have students pantomime familiar rhymes and invite the rest of the class to guess the rhymes being performed.
Partner a class of older students with a kindergarten or first grade class. The older students can be responsible for choosing a rhyme to “teach” to their younger partner. The younger students can illustrate the rhyme. The older students can assist with labeling the illustrations with lines from the rhyme.
Project three different illustrations of the same Mother Goose rhyme on a large screen or SMART Board and discuss the different styles. Which piece of artwork do the students prefer and why? Which illustrations best fit the rhyme? Do this activity with several rhymes. Students might enjoy looking at Blanche Fisher Wright’s classic The Real Mother Goose, published in 1916. Although this collection may still be found in print, it is also available for viewing online.


Screen-Free Week (formerly TV Turn-off Week), May 1-7
Brown, Marc.  Arthur's TV Trouble.  Little, Brown, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Byars, Betsy.  The TV Kid.  Puffin, 1998.  Gr. 4-6
Dobson, Clive.  Fred's TV.  Firefly, 1989.  Gr. 1-4
Heide, Florence Parry.  The Problem with Pulcifer.  Illus. by Judy Glasser.  Lippincott, 1982.  Gr. 2-4
Krull, Kathleen.  The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth.  Illus. by Greg Couch.  Knopf, 2009.
Gr. 2-5
McCoy, Glenn.  Penny Lee and Her TV.  Hyperion, 2002. Gr. K-3
McPhail, David.  Fix It.  Dutton, 1984.  Gr. Pre-2
Nickle, John.  TV Rex.  Scholastic, 2001.  Gr. 2-4
Novak, Matt.  Mouse TV.  Orchard, 1994.  Gr. Pre-2
Polacco, Patricia.  Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair.  Philomel, 1996.  Gr. 1-4
Van Allsburg, Chris.  The Wretched Stone.  Houghton Mifflin, 1991.  Gr. 2-4
Ziefert, Harriet.  When the TV Broke.  Viking, 1989.  Gr. K-2
(poem) "Jimmy Jet and His TV Set," in Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (HarperCollins, 2004)

Screen Free Week
Resources for organizing events and actitivies

Brainstorm a list of activities that people can do instead of watching TV. Using the list, students can make posters, "Instead of watching TV, you can…," and display them around the school building.
Invite students to challenge their families to reduce screen time (television and computer) by setting goals that they believe will work for them (e.g., watching TV for one hour less each evening; eliminating TV watching before school in the morning; reducing time spent playing video games each day, and the like). Make a point to discuss the types of activities in which families participated instead of spending time in front of screens.
This week would be appropriate for discussing media literacy with students. The Media Literacy page recommends several weblinks that offer lesson plans and classroom activities for helping students of all ages become more media savvy.


Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month pays "tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success."
Books (a selection):
Avraham, Kate Aver.  What Will You Be, Sara Mee?  Illus. by Anne Sibley O'Brien.  Charlesbridge, 2010.  Gr K-3
Bercaw, Edna Cole.  Halmoni's Day.  Illus by Robert Hunt.  Dial, 2000.  Gr. 1-3 (Korean American)
Bridges, Shirin.  The Umbrella Queen.  Illus. by Taeeun Yoo.  Greenwillow, 2008.  Gr. K-3 (Thailand)
Chen, Yong.  A Gift.  Boyds Mills, 2009.  Gr. K-2 (Chinese American)
Cheng, Andrea.  Where Do You Stay?  Boyds Mills, 2011.  Gr. 4-6
Cheng, Andrea.  The Year of the Book.  Illus. by Abigail Halpin.  Houghton Mifflin, 2012.  Gr. 3-5  Also: The Year of
the Baby (illus. by Patrice Barton, 2013); The Year of the Fortune Cookie (illus. by Patrice Barton, 2014); The Year of the Three Sisters (2015)
Cheng, Andrea.  Only One Year.  Illus. by Nicole Wong.  Lee & Low, 2010.  Gr. 2-4 (Chinese American)
Cheng, Andrea.  Shanghai Messenger.  Illus. by Ed Young.  Lee & Low, 2005.  Gr. 4-6
Cheng, Andrea.  Honeysuckle House.  Hand Print, 2004.  Gr. 4-6
Cheng, Andrea.  The Key Collection.  Illus. by Yangsook Choi.  Henry Holt, 2003.  Gr. 3-5 (Chinese American)
Cheng, Andrea.  Goldfish and Chrysanthemums.  Illus. by Michelle Chang.  Lee & Low, 2003.  Gr. K-3
(Chinese American)
Choi, Yangsook.  Behind the Mask.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006.  Gr. K-3 (Korean American)
Choi, Yangsook.  Peach Heaven.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005.  Gr. K-3 (South Korea)
Choi, Yangsook.  The Name Jar.  Knopf, 2001.  Gr. K-3 (Korean American)
Choi, Sook Nyul.  Halmoni and the Picnic.  Illus. by Karen Dugan.  Houghton Mifflin, 1993.  Gr. K-3
(Korean American)
Compestine, Ying Chang.  A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts: A Collection of Deliciously Frightening Tales.  Henry Holt,
2009.  Gr. 6-9
Compestine, Ying Chang.  The Runaway Rice Cake.  Illus. by Tungwai Chou.  Simon & Schuster, 2001.  Gr. K-3
Compestine, Ying Chang.  The Story of Paper.  Illus. by Yongsheng Xuan.  Holiday House, 2003.  Gr. K-3.
Also: The Story of Kites (2003); The Story of Noodles (2002), and The Story of Chopsticks (2001)
Compestine, Ying Chang.  The Real Story of Stone Soup.  Illus. by Stéphane Forisch.  Dutton, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Compestine, Ying Chang.  Crouching Tiger.  Illus. by Yan Nascimbene.  Candlewick, 2011.  Gr. 1-3
Falwell, Cathryn.  Butterflies for Kiri.  Lee & Low, 2003.  Gr. K-3 (Japanese American)
Fleming, Candace.  Lowji Discovers America.  Atheneum, 2005.  Gr. 3-5 (Indian American)
Gilmore, Dorina K. Lazo.  Cora Cooks Pancit.  Illus. by Kristi Valiant.  Shen's, 2009.  Gr. K-3 (Filipino American)
Heine, Theresa.  Elephant Dance: A Journey to India.  Illus. by Sheila Moxley.  Barefoot Books, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Hoobler, Dorothy & Hoobler, Thomas.  The Demon in the Teahouse.  Philomel, 2001.  Gr. 6-9 (Japan)
Hoobler, Dorothy & Thomas.  The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn.  Philomel, 1999.  Gr. 6-9 (Japan)
Jeyaveeran, Ruth.  The Road to Mumbai.  Houghton Mifflin, 2004.  Gr. K-3 (India)
Jiang, Ji-Li.  Lotus & Feather.  Illus. by Julie Downing.  Disney/Hyperion, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Jules, Jacqueline.  Duck for Turkey Day.  Illus. by Kathryn Mitter.  Albert Whitman, 2009.  Gr. 1-3
(Vietnamese American)
Kadohata, Cynthia.  Kira-Kira.  Atheneum, 2004.  Gr. 6-9 (Japanese American)
Krishnaswami, Uma.  Monsoon.  Illus. by Jamel Akib.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003.  Gr. K-3 (India)
Krishnaswami, Uma.  Naming Maya.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004.  Gr. 5-8 (Indian American)
Kroll, Virginia.  Selvakumar Knew Better.  Illus. by Xiaojun Li.  Shen's, 2009.  Gr. K-3 (India)
Lại, Thanhhà.  Listen, Slowly.  Harper, 2015.  Gr. 5-8. (Vietnam)
Lee-Tai, Amy.  A Place Where Sunflowers Grow.  Illus. by Felicia Hoshino.  Children's Book Press, 2006.  Gr. 1-4
(Japanese American)
Lin, Grace.  Starry River of the Sky.  Little, Brown, 2012.  Gr. 5-7
Lin, Grace.  Dumpling Days.  Little, Brown, 2012.  Gr. 4-6
Lin, Grace.  Thanking the Moon: Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.  Knopf, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Lin, Grace.  Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!  Little, Brown, 2010.  Gr. K-2  Also: Ling & Ting Share a Birthday
(2013); Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly (2014); Ling & Ting: Together in All Weather (2015)
Lin, Grace.  Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.  Little Brown, 2009.  Gr. 4-6 (China)
Lin, Grace.  The Year of the Rat.  Little, Brown, 2008.  Gr. 3-5 (Chinese American)
Lin, Grace.  The Red Thread: An Adoption Fairy Tale.  Albert Whitman, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Lin, Grace.  The Year of the Dog.  Little, Brown, 2005.  Gr. 3-5  Also: The Year of the Rat (2008) and Dumpling Days
(2012) (Chinese American)
Lin, Grace.  Fortune Cookie Fortunes.  Knopf, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Lin, Grace.  Kite Flying.  Knopf, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Lin, Grace.  Dim Sum for Everyone!  Knopf, 2001.  Gr. K-3
Lin, Grace.  The Ugly Vegetables.  Charlesbridge, 1999.  Gr. K-3
Lo, Ginnie.  Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic.  Illus. by Beth Lo.  Lee & Low, 2012.  Gr. 1-4
Look, Lenore.  Love as Strong as Ginger.  Illus. by Stephen T. Johnson.  Atheneum, 1999   Gr. 1-4
(Chinese American)
Look, Lenore.  Henry's First-Moon Birthday.  Illus. by Yumi Heo. Atheneum, 2001.  Gr, K-3
Look, Lenore.  Uncle Peter's Amazing Chinese Wedding.  Illus. by Yumi Heo.  Atheneum, 2006.  Gr. 1-3
(Chinese American)
Look, Lenore.  Ruby Lu, Brave and True.  Illus. by Anne Wilsdorf.  Atheneum, 2004.  Gr. 2-4. Also: Ruby Lu,
Empress of Everything (2006); and Ruby Lu, Star of the Show (Illus. by Stef Choi; 2011) (Chinese American)
Look, Lenore.  Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things.  Illus. by LeUyen Pham.
Schwartz & Wade, 2008.  Gr. 2-4. Also: Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters (2010); Alvin Ho: Allergic to Birthday Parties, Science Projects, and Other Man-Made Catastrophes (2010); Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances (2011); Alvin Ho: Allergic to Babies, Burglars, and Other Bumps in the Night (2013); Alvin Ho: Allergic to the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, and Other Tourist Attractions (2014) (Chinese American)
Makhijani, Pooja.  Mama's Saris.  Illus. by Elena Gomez.  Little, Brown, 2007.  Gr. K-3 (India)
Malaspina, Ann.  Yasmin's Hammer.  Illus. by Doug Chayka.  Lee & Low, 2010. Gr.  2-5 (Bangladesh)
Marsden, Carolyn.  Silk Umbrellas.  Candlewick, 2004.   Gr. 4-6 (Thailand)
Marsden, Carolyn.  The Gold-Threaded Dress.  Candlewick, 2002.  Gr. 3-5 (Thai American)
Namioka, Lensey.  Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear.  Little, Brown, 1992.  Gr. 3-5. Also: Yang the Third and
Her Impossible Family (1995); Yang the Second and Her Secret Admirers (1998); Yang the Eldest and His Odd Jobs (2000)
O'Brien, Anne Sibley.  A Path of Stars.  Charlesbridge, 2012.  Gr. 2-4 (Cambodian American)
Pak, Soyung.  Sumi's First Day of School Ever.  Illus. by Joung Un Kim.  Viking, 2003.  Gr. K-3 (Korean American)
Pak, Soyung.  A Place to Grow.  Illus. by Marcelino Truong.  Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2002.  Gr. 1-4
Pak, Soyung.  Dear Juno.  Illus. by Susan Kathleen Hartung.  Viking, 1999.  Gr. K-2 (Korean American)
Park, Frances & Park, Ginger.  The Have a Good Day Cafe.  Illus. by Katherine Potter.  Lee & Low, 2008.  Gr. 1-3
(Korean American)
Park, Frances & Park, Ginger.  Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong.  Illus. by Yangsook Choi.  National Geographic
Children's Books, 2002.  Gr. 1-3 (Korean American)
Park, Linda Sue.  Project Mulberry.  Clarion, 2005.  Gr.4-6 (Korean American)
Partridge, Elizabeth.  Oranges on Golden Mountain.  Illus. by Aki Sogabe.  Dutton, 2001.  Gr. 1-4
(Chinese American)
Partridge, Elizabeth.  Kogi's Mysterious Journey.  Illus. by Aki Sogabe.  Dutton, 2003.  Gr. 1-4 (Japan)
Perkins, Mitali.  Rickshaw Girl.  Illus. by Jamie Hogan.  Charlesbridge, 2008.  Gr. 3-5 (Bangladesh)
Rao, Sandhya.  My Mother's Sari.  Illus. by Nina Sabnani.  North-South, 2006.  Gr. K-2 (India)
Recorvits, Helen.  My Name Is Yoon.  Illus. by Gabi Swiatkowska.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003. Gr. K-2
Also: Yoon and the Christmas Mitten (2006) and Yoon and the Jade Bracelet (2008). (Korean American)
Russell, Ching Yeung.  Tofu Quilt.  Lee & Low, 2009.  Gr. 4-6 (Hong Kong)
Say, Allen.  Tree of Cranes.  Houghton Mifflin, 1991.  Gr. K-3
Say, Allen.  Grandfather's Journey.  Houghton Mifflin, 1993.  Gr. 2-4
Say, Allen.  Emma's Rug.  Houghton Mifflin, 1996.  Gr. 1-3
Say, Allen.  Allison.  Houghton Mifflin, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Say, Allen.  Tea with Milk.  Houghton Mifflin, 1999.  Gr. 2-4
Say, Allen.  Home of the Brave.  Houghton Mifflin, 2002.  Gr. 4-8
Say, Allen.  Music for Alice.  Houghton Mifflin, 2004.  Gr. 4-6
Say, Allen.  Kamishibai Man.  Houghton Mifflin, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Say, Allen.  Erika-San.  Houghton Mifflin, 2009.  Gr. 3-5
Say, Allen.  The Boy in the Garden.  Houghton Mifflin, 2010.  Gr. 2-5
Say, Allen.  The Favorite Daughter.  Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2013.  Gr. 1-3
Senzai, N.H.  Ticket to India.  Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, 2015.  Gr. 5-7
Shea, Pegi Deitz.  Tangled Threads: A Hmong Girl's Story.  Clarion, 2003.  Gr. 6-8
Shea, Pegi Deitz.  The Carpet Boy's Gift.  Illus. by Leane Morin.  Tilbury House, 2006.  Gr. 3-5 (Pakistan)
Sheth, Kashmira.  Sona and the Wedding Game.  Illus. by Yoshiko Jaeggi.  Peachtree, 2015.  Gr. 1-4
Sheth, Kashmira.  Monsoon Afternoon.  Illus. by Yoshiko Jaeggi.  Peachtree, 2008.  Gr. K-3 (India)
Sheth, Kashmira.  My Dadima Wears a Sari.  Illus. by Yoshiko Jaeggi.  Peachtree, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Sheth, Kashmira.  Keeping Corner.  Hyperion, 2007.  Gr. 5-8 (India)
Sheth, Kashmira.  Blue Jasmine.  Hyperion, 2004.  Gr. 5-8 (Indian American)
Stryer, Andrea Stenn.  Kami and the Yaks.  Illus. by Bert Dodson.  Bay Otter Press, 2007.  Gr. K-3 (Nepal)
Thong, Roseanne.  The Wishing Tree.  Illus. by Connie McLennan.  Shen's, 2006.  Gr. 1-4 (China)
Thong, Roseanne.  Fly Free!  Illus. by Eujin Kim Neilan.  Boyds Mills, 2010.  Gr. K-3 (Vietnam)
Tucker, Kathy.  The Seven Chinese Sisters.  Illus. by Grace Lin.  Albert Whitman, 2003.  Gr. K-3
Wells, Rosemary.  Yoko's Show-and-Tell.  Hyperion, 2011.  Gr. Pre-2. Also: Yoko (1998); Yoko's Paper Cranes
(2001); Yoko Writes Her Name (2008); Yoko Learns to Read (2012); Yoko Finds Her Way (2014)
Williams, Brenda.  Lin Yi's Lantern.  Illus. by Benjamin Lacombe.  Barefoot Books, 2009.  Gr. K-3 (China)
Williams, Laura E.  The Best Winds.  Illus. by Eujin Kim Neilan.  Boyds Mills, 2006.  Gr. K-3 (Korea)
Wolf, Gita & Anastasio, Andrea.  Alone in the Forest.  Illus. by Bhajju Shyam.  Tara Books, 2013.  Gr. K-2. (India)
Wong, Janet.  Apple Pie Fourth of July.  Illus. by Margaret Chodos-Irvine.  Harcourt, 2002.  Gr. K-3
(Chinese American)
Wong, Janet S.  The Trip Back Home.  Illus. by Bo Jia.  Harcourt, 2000.  Gr. K-3 (Korean American)
Yee, Paul.  A Song for Ba.  Illus. by Jan Peng Wang.  Groundwood, 2004.  Gr. 3-5 (Chinese American)
Yee, Paul.  Dead Man's Gold and Other Stories.  Illus. by Harvey Chan.  Groundwood, 2004.  Gr. 6-9
Yeh, Kat.  The Magic Brush: A Story of Love, Family, and Chinese Characters.  Illus. by Huy Voun Lee. Walker,
2011.  Gr. K-3
Yep, Laurence.  The Star Fisher.  Morrow, 1991.  Gr. 5-8
Yep, Laurence.  Ribbons.  Putnam, 1996. Gr. 5-8.  Also: The Cook's Family (1998) and Angelfish (2001)
Yep, Laurence.  Skunk Scout.  Hyperion, 2003. Gr. 4-6.  Also: Later, Gator (1995) and Cockroach Cooties (2000)
Yep, Laurence.  The Tiger's Apprentice.  HarperCollins, 2003.  Gr. 5-7. Also: Tiger's Blood (2005) and Tiger Magic
Yep, Laurence.  The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.  HarperCollins, 2006.  Gr. 4-6
Yep, Laurence & Yep, Kathleen S.  The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island.  HarperCollins, 2008.  Gr. 4-6
Yep, Laurence.  The Star Maker.  HarperCollins, 2010.  Gr. 3-6
Yin.  Brothers.  Illus. by Chris Soentpiet. Philomel, 2006.  Gr. 2-4 (Chinese American)
Yin.  Coolies.  Illus. by Chris Soentpiet.  Philomel, 2001.  Gr. 2-4 (Chinese American)
Zia, Farhana.  Child of Spring.  Peachtree, 2016.  Gr. 6-8 (India)
Folk tales & Poetry:
Berger, Barbara Helen.  All the Way to Lhasa: A Tale from Tibet.  Philomel, 2002.  Gr. K-4
Brucker, Meredith Babeaux.  Anklet for a Princess: A Cinderella Story from India.  Illus. by Lila Mehta.  Shen's,
2002.  Gr. 2-4
Climo, Shirley.  Tuko and the Birds: A Tale from the Philippines.  Illus. by Francesco Mora.  Henry Holt, 2008.
Gr. 1-4
Climo, Shirley.  The Korean Cinderella.  Illus. by Ruth Heller.  HarperCollins, 1993.  Gr. 2-4
Coburn, Jewell R.  Angkat: The Cambodian Cinderella.  Illus. by Eddie Flotte.  Shen's, 1998.  Gr. 1-4
de la Paz, Myrna J.  Abadeha: The Philippine Cinderella.  Illus. by Youshang Tang.  Shen's, 2001.  Gr. 2-4
Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee.  Grandma and the Great Gourd: A Bengali Folktale.  Illus. by Susy Pilgrim Waters.
Roaring Brook, 2013.  Gr. K-3 (India)
Garland, Sherry.  Children of the Dragon: Selected Tales from Vietnam.  Illus. by Trina Schart Hyman.  Harcourt,
2001.  Gr. 2-5
Heo, Yumi.  The Green Frogs: A Korean Folktale.  Houghton Mifflin, 1996.  Gr. K-3
Louie, Ai-Ling.  Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China.  Illus. by Ed Young.  Philomel, 1982.  Gr. 1-4
Mak, Kam.  My Chinatown: One Year in Poems.  HarperCollins, 2001.  Gr. 2-4
Martin, Rafe.  Mysterious Tales of Japan.  Illus. by Tatsuro Kiuchi.  Putnam, 1996.  Gr. 4-8
McDermott, Gerald.  Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India.  Harcourt, 2011.  Gr. K-3
McDermott, Gerald.  The Stonecutter: A Japanese Folk Tale.  Viking, 1975.  Gr. 1-4
Merrill, Jean.  The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars.  Illus. by Floyd Cooper.  Philomel, 1992.  Gr. 3-6 (Japan)
Nishizuka, Koko.  The Beckoning Cat: Based on a Japanese Folktale.  Illus. by Rosanne Litzinger.  Holiday House,
2009.  Gr. K-3
O'Brien, Anne Sibley.  The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea.  Charlesbridge, 2006.  Gr. 3-5
Park, Janie Jaehyun.  The Love of Two Stars.  Groundwood, 2005.  Gr. K-3 (Korea)
Park, Linda Sue.  Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo (Poems).  Illus. by Istvan Banyai.  Clarion, 2007.  Gr. 3-6
(Korean poetry)
Quoc, Minh.  Tam and Cam: The Ancient Vietnamese Cinderella Story.  Illus. by Mai Long.  East West Discovery
Press, 2006.  Gr. 2-4
Rumford, James.  Tiger and Turtle.  Roaring Brook, 2010.  Gr. 1-3 (India)
San Souci, Robert D.  The Silver Charm.  Illus. by Yoriko Ito.  Doubleday, 2002.  Gr. K-3 (Japan)
Sehgal, Kabir & Sehgal, Surishtha.  A Bucket of Blessings.  Illus. by Jing Jing Tsong.  Beach Lane, 2014.  Gr. K-3
Souhami, Jessica.  King Pom and the Fox.  Frances Lincoln, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Soundar, Chitra.  Pattan's Pumpkin.  Illus. by Frané Lessac.  Candlewick, 2017.  Gr. K-3 (India)
Williams, Marcia.  The Elephant's Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India.  Candlewick, 2012.  Gr. 3-6
Yep, Laurence.  The Dragon Prince: A Chinese Beauty and the Beast Tale.  Illus. by Kam Mak.  HarperCollins,
1997.  Gr. 2-5
Yep, Laurence.  Auntie Tiger.  Illus. by Insu Lee.  HarperCollins, 2008.  Gr. K-3 (Chinese "Red Riding Hood"
Concept Books:
Mannis, Celeste Davidson.  One Leaf Rides the Wind: Counting in a Japanese Garden.  Illus. by Susan Kathleen
Hartung.  2005.  Gr. K-3 (haiku)
Shea, Pegi Deitz & Weill, Cynthia.  Ten Mice for Tet.  Illus. by To Ngoc Trang.  Embroidery by Pham Viet Dinh.
Chronicle, 2003.  Gr. K-3
Thong, Roseanne.  One Is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers.  Illus. by Grace Lin.  Chronicle, 2004.  Gr. Pre-1
Thong, Roseanne.  Red Is a Dragon: A Book of Colors.  Illus. by Grace Lin.  Chronicle, 2001.  Gr. Pre-1
Thong, Roseanne.  Round Is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes.  Illus. by Grace Lin.  Chronicle, 2000.  Gr. Pre-1
Nonfiction and Biography (and fictionalized biography):
Barasch, Lynne.  Hiromi's Hands.  Lee & Low, 2007.  Gr. K-3 (Japanese American)
Coerr, Eleanor.  Sadako.  Illus. by Ed Young.  Putnam, 1993.  Gr. 3-5 (abridgement of Sadako and the Thousand
Paper Cranes)
Cunxin, Li.  Dancing to Freedom: The True Story of Mao's Last Dancer.  Illus. by Anne Spudvilas.  Walker, 2008.
Gr. 3-5
D'Adamo, Francesco.  Iqbal.  Atheneum, 2003.  Gr. 4-7 (Pakistan)
Demi.  Su Dongpo: Chinese Genius.  Lee & Low, 2006.  Gr. 4-7
Freedman, Russell.  Confucius: The Golden Rule.  Illus. by Frederic Clement. Arthur A.  Levine/Scholastic, 2002.
Gr. 4-8
Hale, Christy.  The East-West House: Noguchi's Childhood in Japan.  Lee & Low, 2009.  Gr. 3-6
Lewin, Ted.  Balarama: A Royal Elephant.  Illus. by Betsy Lewin.  Lee & Low, 2009.  Gr. 3-6 (India)
Look, Lenore.  Brush of the Gods.  Illus. by Meilo So.  Schwartz & Wade, 2013.  Gr. K-3 (Wu Daozi - China)
Lord, Michelle.  A Song for Cambodia.  Illus. by Shino Arihara.  Lee & Low, 2008.  Gr. 3-5
McCully, Emily Arnold.  Manjiro: The Boy Who Risked His Life for Two Countries.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008.
Gr. 3-5 (Japanese American)
Mochizuki, Ken.  Be Water, My Friend: The Early Years of Bruce Lee.  Illus. by Dom Lee.  Lee & Low, 2006.  Gr. 2-5
Moss, Marissa.  Fly High: The True Story of Maggie Gee.  Illus. by Carl Angel.  Tricycle Press, 2009.  Gr. 2-4
(Chinese American)
Preus, Margi.  Heart of a Samurai.  Amulet, 2010.  Gr. 6-9
Say, Allen.  Drawing from Memory.  Scholastic, 2011.  Gr. 5-8
Say, Allen.  El Chino.  Houghton Mifflin, 1990.  Gr. 2-5
Say, Allen.  The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice.  Houghton Mifflin, 1994.  Gr. 5-7
Simonds, Nina; Leslie Swarz, & the Children's Museum Boston.  Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A
Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities and Recipes.  Illus. by Meilo So.  Harcourt, 2002.  Gr. 4-8
Spivak, Dawnine.  Grass Sandals: The Travels of Basho.  Illus. by Demi.  Atheneum, 1997.  Gr. 3-5
Weston, Mark. Honda:  The Boy Who Dreamed of Cars.  Illus. by Katie Yamasaki.  Lee & Low, 2008.  Gr. 3-5
Yoo, Paula.  Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story.  Illus. by Lin Wang.  Lee & Low, 2009.  Gr. 2-5
(Chinese American)
Yoo, Paula.  Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story.  Illus. by Dom Lee.  Lee & Low, 2005.
Gr. 2-4 (Korean American)
Young, Ed.  The House Baba Built: An Artist's Childhood in China.  Little, Brown, 2011.  Gr. 3-6

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
Useful site that includes background about the celebration and areas of the world included, links to material related to Asian and Pacific American history available from the Library of the Congress and other partner agencies, an image gallery, audio/visual materials, and lesson plans
Asian Pacific American Heritage Teaching Resources, at the Smithsonian
An array of lesson plans concerned with history, the arts, literature, and people of Asian Pacific cultures.

Although May is designated as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, it is important to include the contributions of Asian cultures (and ALL cultures) in literature experiences all year round.
For additional books, weblinks, and activities, see the Activities Calendars for Chinese New Year (January 28), Hawaii's statehood (August 21), and the signing of the Japanese Internment Law (February 19).
Authors and illustrators often incorporate their cultural heritage into their work. Students might enjoy these author studies: Allen Say (a selection of his books are listed above), some of whose work is autobiographical, focuses on people with Japanese heritage; Chinese American author and illustrator Ed Young (November 28 in the "Activities Calendars"), and Chinese American author and illustrator Grace Lin (a selection of her books are listed above).


Teacher Appreciation Week, first full week in May
In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day. The first such days were celebrated in March. In 1985, NEA and the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first week in May and the Tuesday of that week as National Teacher Day.
Books (a selection):
Allard, Harry.  Miss Nelson Is Missing.  Illus. by James Marshall.  Houghton Mifflin, 1977.  Gr. K-3.
Also: Miss Nelson Is Back (1982) and Miss Nelson Has a Field Day (1985)
Brown, Marc.  Arthur's Teacher Trouble.  Little, Brown, 1994.  Gr. K-3
Danneberg, Julie.  First Day Jitters.  Illus. by Judy Love.  Charlesbridge, 2000.  Gr. K-3.
Also: First Year Letters (2003); Last Day Blues (2006); The Big Test (2011)
DiPucchio, Kelly.  Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom!  Illus. by Guy Francis.  Hyperion, 2005.  Gr. K-3
Finchler, Judy.  Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10.  Illus. by Kevin O'Malley.  Walker, 1995.  Gr. K-3.
Also: Miss Malarkey Won't Be in Today (1998); Testing Miss Malarkey (2000); You're a Good Sport, Miss Malarkey (2004); Miss Malarkey's Field Trip (2004); Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind (2006); Congratulations, Miss Malarkey! (2009)
Greene, Rhonda Gowler.  This Is the Teacher.  Illus. by Mike Lester.  Dutton, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Guest, Elissa Haden.  Iris and Walter and the Substitute Teacher.  Illus. by Christine Davenier.  Harcourt, 2004.
Gr. 1-3
Havill, Juanita.  Jamaica and the Substitute Teacher.  Illus. by Anne Sibley O'Brien.  Houghton Mifflin, 1999.  Gr. K-2
Hill, Kirkpatrick.  The Year of Miss Agnes.  McElderry, 2000.  Gr. 4-6
Houston, Gloria.  My Great Aunt Arizona.  Illus. by Susan Conde Lamb.  HarperCollins, 1992.  Gr. 1-4
Hubbell, Patricia.  Teacher!: Sharing, Helping, Caring.  Illus. by Nancy Speir.  Marshall Cavendish, 2009.  Gr. Pre-1
Johnson, Doug.  Substitute Teacher Plans.  Illus. by Tammy Smith.  Henry Holt, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Krensky, Steven.  My Teacher's Secret Life.  Illus. by JoAnn Adinolfi.  Simon & Schuster, 1996.  Gr. K-3
Miller, Sarah.  Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller.  Atheneum, 2007.  Gr. 5-9
Murphy, Jim.  My Face to the Wind: The Diary of Sarah Jane Price, a Prairie Teacher  ("Dear America" series).
Scholastic, 2001.  Gr. 5-8
Nikola-Lisa, W.  My Teacher Can Teach...Anyone!  Illus. by Felipe Galindo.  Lee & Low, 2004.  Gr. K-2
Peck, Richard.  The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts.  Dial, 2006.  Gr. 5-8
Plourde, Lynn.  Teacher Appreciation Day.  Illus. by Thor Wickstrom.  Dutton, 2003.  Gr. K-3
Polacco, Patricia.  Thank You, Mr. Falker.  Philomel, 1998.  Gr. 1-5
Polacco, Patricia.  The Art of Miss Chew.  Putnam, 2012.  Gr. 2-5
Slate, Joseph.  Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten.  Illus. by Ashley Wolfe.  Dutton, 1996.  Gr. K-2.
Also: Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day of Kindergarten (1998); Miss Bindergarten Stays Home from Kindergarten (2000); Miss Bindergarten Takes a Field Trip with Kindergarten (2001); Miss Bindergarten Plans a Circus with Kindergarten (2002); Miss Bindergarten Has a Wild Day in Kindergarten (2005); Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the Last Day of Kindergarten (2006)
Thaler, Mike.  The Teacher from the Black Lagoon.  Illus. by Jared Lee.  Scholastic, 1989.  Gr. 1-3 (see other books
in this series)
Winters, Kay.  My Teacher for President.  Illus. by Denise Brunkus.  Dutton, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Wood, Douglas.  What Teachers Can't Do.  Illus. by Doug Cushman.  Simon & Schuster, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Zemach, Kaethe.  Ms. McCaw Learns to Draw.  Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about teachers and the teaching profession published in library editions.

Teacher Appreciation
Site devoted to appreciating teachers; includes quotes, "Famous Teachers," funny stories, and suggestions for celebrating
Teacher Poems
Selection of poems honoring teachers

Have students create "Teacher Features" profiling different teachers and administrators in the school. Brainstorm a short list of questions they can use in an interview. Focus on questions that are appropriate, rather than too personal. The objective is for everyone in the building to get to know all the staff a little better. Working with a partner, students can interview a teacher and take his/her picture with a digital camera. They then prepare the profile, using a question-answer format or a paragraph, including the photo, on the computer. Display the profiles around the building so all can read them.
Students can collect quotes from teachers to complete this sentence: "The best thing about being a teacher is _______________________________________." They can type the quotes on word bubbles and display them. The quotes could also be incorporated into the profiles.
Students can make "thank-you" cards for specialists (e.g., music, art, physical education, library media, reading, etc.)


National Pet Month
National Pet Week takes place May 3-9, annually.
Dogs: See Activities Calendars for September 28, National Dog Week for books, weblinks, and activties.
Cats: Selected Fiction - Add these titles to your favorite books about cats:
Abercrombie, Barbara.  Charlie Anderson.  Illus. by Mark Graham.  McElderry, 1990.  Gr. K-3
Armstrong, Alan.  Whittington.  Random House, 2005.  Gr. 4-6
Brett, Jan.  Comet's Nine Lives.  Putnam, 1996.  Gr. K-3
Bruel, Nick.  Bad Kitty!  Roaring Brook, 2005.  Gr. K-3.  Also: Bad Kitty Gets a Bath (2008; Gr. 2-4); Happy Birthday
Bad Kitty (2009; Gr. 3-5); Bad Kitty vs. Uncle Murray (2010; Gr. 3-5); Bad Kitty Christmas (2011; Gr. K-3); Bad Kitty Meets the Baby (2011; Gr. 3-5); Poor Puppy and Bad Kitty (2012; Gr. K-3); Bad Kitty for President (2012; Gr. 3-5); Bad Kitty School Daze (2013; Gr. 3-5). Visit Bad Kitty at his website,, for games, a bio of the author, resources for teachers, and more.
Byars, Betsy; Duffey, Betsy, & Myers, Laurie.  Cat Diaries: Secret Writings of the MEOW Society.  Illus. by Erik
Brooks.  Henry Holt, 2010.  Gr. 2-4
Calhoun, Mary.  Cross-Country Cat.  Illus. by Erick Ingraham.  Morrow, 1979.  Gr. K-3.  Also: Hot-Air Henry (1984);
High-Wire Henry (1991); Henry the Sailor Cat (1994)
Casanova, Mary.  Some Cat!  Illus. by Ard Hoyt.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Cleary, Beverly.  Socks.  Morrow, 1973.  Gr. 3-5
Cooper, Elisha.  Big Cat, Little Cat.  Roaring Brook, 2017.  Gr. Pre-2
Creech, Sharon.  Hate That Cat.  HarperCollins, 2008.  Gr. 3-5
Dunbar, Joyce.  Puss Jekyll Cat Hyde.  Illus. by Jill Barton.  Frances Lincoln, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Fletcher, Ashlee.  My Dog, My Cat.  Tanglewood, 2011.  Gr. Pre-1
Gág, Wanda.  Millions of Cats.  Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1928.  Gr. Pre-2
Gall, Chris.  Dog vs. Cat.  Little, Brown, 2014.  Gr. Pre-2
Gantos, Jack.  Rotten Ralph.  Illus. by Nicole Rubel.  Houghton Mifflin, 1976.  Gr. K-3.  Also: Worse Than Rotten,
Ralph (1978); Rotten Ralph's Rotten Christmas (1984); Rotten Ralph's Trick or Treat! (1986); Rotten Ralph's Show-and-Tell (1989); Happy Birthday, Rotten Ralph (1990); Not So Rotten Ralph (1994); Rotten Ralph's Rotten Romance (1997); Back to School for Rotten Ralph (1998); The Christmas Spirit Strikes Rotten Ralph (1998); Rotten Ralph's Halloween Howl (1998); Rotten Ralph's Thanksgiving Wish (1999); Wedding Bells for Rotten Ralph (1999); The Nine Lives of Rotten Ralph (2009)
Godwin, Laura  One Moon, Two Cats.  Illus. by Yoko Tanaka.  Atheneum, 2011.  Gr. Pre-2
Gravett, Emily.  Matilda's Cat.  Simon & Schuster, 2014.  Gr. Pre-2
Harjo, Joy.  The Good Luck Cat.  Illus. by Paul Lee.  Harcourt, 2000.  Gr. K-3
Harper, Isabelle.  My Cats Nick and Nora.  Illus. by Barry Moser.  Scholastic, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Hassett, John & Ann.  Cat Up a Tree.  Houghton Mifflin, 1998.  Gr. K-2
Le Guin, Ursula K.  Cat Dreams.  Illus. by S.D. Schindler.  Scholastic, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Lindbergh, Reeve.  Homer, the Library Cat.  Illus. by Anne Wilsdorf.  Candlewick, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Little, Mary E.  Old Cat and the Kitten.  Aladdin, 2014.  Gr. 3-5
Lobel, Anita.  Nini Lost and Found.  Knopf, 2010.  Gr. Pre-2.  Also: Nini Here and There (Greenwillow, 2007)
Mader, C. Roger.  Lost Cat.  Houghton Mifflin, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Martin, Ann M.  Leo the Magnificat.  Illus. by Emily Arnold McCully.  Scholastic, 1996.  Gr. K-3
McClure, Nikki.  How to Be a Cat.  Abrams, 2013.  Gr. Pre-1
McKay, Hilary.  Lulu and the Cat in the Bag.  Illus. by Priscilla Lamont.  Albert Whitman, 2013.  Gr. 2-4
McPhail, David.  Crash! The Cat.  Holiday House, 2016.  Gr. Pre-1
Miller, Sara Swan.  Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat.  Illus. by True Kelley.  Houghton Mifflin, 1997.  Gr. 1-3.
Also: Three More Stories You Can Read to Your Cat (2002)
Morris, Jackie.  I Am Cat.  Frances Lincoln, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Newman, Lesléa.  Cats, Cats, Cats!  Illus. by Erika Oller.  Simon & Schuster, 2001.  Gr. K-3
O'Hair, Margaret.  My Kitten.  Amazon Children's Publishing, 2011.  Gr. Pre-1
Polacco, Patricia.  Mrs. Katz and Tush.  Bantam Doubleday, 1992.  Gr. K-3
Polacco, Patricia.  For the Love of Autumn.  Philomel, 2008.  Gr. 2-4
Potter, Alicia.  Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats.  Illus. by Birgitta Sif.  Knopf, 2015.  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
Rocklin, Joanne.  The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook.  Amulet, 2012.  Gr. 3-6
Root, Phyllis.  Scrawny Cat.  Illus. by Alison Friend.  Candlewick, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Rylant, Cynthia.  The Cookie-Store Cat.  Scholastic, 1999.  Gr. K-2
Rylant, Cynthia.  Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea.  Illus. by Arthur Howard.  Harcourt, 1994.  Gr. K-2.
Also: Mr. Putter & Tabby Walk the Dog (1994); Mr. Putter & Tabby Bake the Cake (1994); Mr. Putter & Tabby Pick the Pears (1995); Mr. Putter & Tabby Row the Boat (1997); Mr. Putter & Tabby Fly the Plane (1997); Mr. Putter & Tabby Take the Train (1998); Mr. Putter & Tabby Toot the Horn (1998); Mr. Putter & Tabby Paint the Porch (2000); Mr. Putter & Tabby Feed the Fish (2001); Mr. Putter & Tabby Catch a Cold (2002); Mr. Putter & Tabby Stir the Soup (2003); Mr. Putter & Tabby Write the Book (2004); Mr. Putter & Tabby Make a Wish (2005); Mr. Putter & Tabby Spin the Yarn (2006); Mr. Putter & Tabby See the Stars (2007); Mr. Putter & Tabby Run the Race (2008); Mr. Putter & Tabby Spill the Beans (2009); Mr. Putter & Tabby Clear the Decks (2010); Mr. Putter & Tabby Ring the Bell (2011); Mr. Putter & Tabby Dance the Dance (2012); Mr. Putter & Tabby Drop the Ball (2013); Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page (2014)
Samuels, Barbara.  Duncan & Dolores.  Bradbury, 1986.  Gr. K-3.  Also: Happy Birthday, Dolores (Orchard, 1989);
Aloha, Dolores (DK, 2000); Dolores on Her Toes (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003); Happy Valentine's Day, Dolores (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005); Dolores Meets Her Match (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007)
Schachner, Judith Byron.  The Grannyman.  Dutton, 1999.  Gr. K-3
Schachner, Judy.  Bits & Pieces.  Dial, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Schachner, Judy.  Skippyjon Jones.  Dutton, 2003.  Gr. K-3.  Also: Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse (2005);
Skippyjon Jones in Mummy Trouble (2006); Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones (2007); Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice (2009); Skippyjon Jones, Class Action (2011); Skippyjon Jones Cirque de Olé (2012); Skippyjon Jones Snow What (2014). Skippyjon Jones has his own website at with videos, games, activities, and materials for teachers.
Stainton, Sue.  The Lighthouse Cat.  Illus. by Anne Mortimer.  Katherine Tegen, 2004.  Gr. 1-4
Vischer, Frans.  Fuddles.  Aladdin, 2011.  Gr. Pre-2.  Also: A Very Fuddles Christmas (2013)
Voake, Charlotte.  Ginger.  Candlewick, 1997.  Gr. Pre-2.  Also: Ginger Finds a Home (2003) and Ginger and the
Mystery Visitor (2010)
Wahman, Wendy.  A Cat Like That.  Henry Holt, 2011.  Gr. K-2
Yolen, Jane.  The Day Tiger Rose Said Goodbye.  Illus. by Jim LaMarche.  Random House, 2011.  Gr. K-4 (death of
a pet cat)
George, Jean Craighead.  How to Talk to Your Cat.  Illus. by Paul Meisel.  HarperCollins, 2000.  Gr. 1-4
Gibbons, Gail.  Cats.  Holiday House, 1996.  Gr. 1-4
Holub, Joan.  Why Do Cats Meow?  Dial, 2001.  Gr. 1-3
Myron, Vicki with Bret Witter  Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story.  Little, Brown, 2010.  Gr. 4-8
Myron, Vicki with Bret Witter  Dewey: There's a Cat the Library!  Illus. by Steve James.  Little, Brown, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Poetry about Cats::
Crawley, Dave.  Cat Poems.  Illus. by Tamara Petrosino.  Wordsong, 2005.  Gr. K-4
Eliot, T.S.  Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.  Illus. by Axel Scheffler.  Harcourt, 2009.  Gr. 2 & above
Farjeon, Eleanor.  Cats Sleep Anywhere.  Illus. by Anne Mortimer.  Frances Lincoln, 2010.  Gr. Pre-2
Franco, Betsy.  A Curious Collection of Cats.  Illus. by Michael Wertz.  Tricycle Press, 2009.  Gr. 1-5
Kirk, Daniel.  Cat Power.  Hyperion, 2007. Gr. 1-5
Larrick, Nancy (comp.).  Cats Are Cats.  Illus. by Ed Young.  Philomel, 1988.  Gr. 1-6
Livingston, Myra Cohn.  Cat Poems.  Illus. by Trina Schart Hyman.  Holiday House, 1987.  Gr. 1-5
MacLachlan, Patricia & Charest, Emily MacLachlan.  Cat Talk.  Illus. by Barry Moser.  Katherine Tegen, 2013.
Gr. 1-4
Wardlaw, Lee.  Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku.  Illus. by Eugene Yelchin.  Henry Holt, 2011.  Gr. 2-5
Search school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about cats published in library editions.
Other Pets: Selected Fiction:
Berenzy, Alix.  Sammy: The Classroom Guinea Pig.  Henry Holt, 2005.  Gr. K-3
Birdsall, Jeanne.  My Favorite Pets by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski's Class.  Illus. by Harry Bliss.  Knopf, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Birney, Betty G.  The World According to Humphrey.  Putnam, 2004. Gr.  3-5.  Sequels: Friendship According to
Humphrey (2005); Trouble According to Humphrey (2007); Surprises According to Humphrey (2008); Adventure According to Humphrey (2009); Summer According to Humphrey (2010); School Days According to Humphrey (2011); Mysteries According to Humphrey (2012); Winter According to Humphrey (2012); Secrets According to Humphrey (2014); Imagination According to Humphrey (2015); Spring According to Humphrey (2016)
Brown, Marc.  Arthur's Pet Business.  Little, Brown, 1990.  Gr. K-3
Castillo, Lauren.  Melvin and the Boy.  Henry Holt, 2011.  Gr. K-3 (turtle)
Cuyler, Margery.  Guinea Pigs Add Up.  Illus. by Tracey Campbell Pearson.  Walker, 2010.  Gr. K-2
Daly, Cathleen.  Prudence Wants a Pet.  Illus. by Stephen Michael King.  Roaring Brook, 2011.  Gr. Pre-2
Dempsey, Sheena.  Bruno and Titch: A Tale of a Boy and His Guinea Pig.  Candlewick, 2014.  Gr. K-2
DiPucchio, Kelly.  Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet.  Illus. by Bob Shea.  Dial, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Fraser, Maryann.  Pet Shop Lullaby.  Boyds Mills, 2009.  Gr. K-2.  Also: Pet Shop Follies (2010)
Freytag, Lorna.  My Humongous Hamster.  Henry Holt, 2014.  Gr. K-2.  Also: My Humongous Hamster Goes to
School (2015)
Howe, James.  Pinky and Rex and the Just-Right Pet.  Illus. by Melissa Sweet.  Atheneum, 2001.  Gr. 1-3
Jamieson, Victoria.  The Great Pet Escape.  Henry Holt, 2016.  Gr. 2-4
Javernick, Ellen.  The Birthday Pet.  Illus. by Kevin O'Malley.  Marshall Cavendish, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Jeffers, Oliver.  This Moose Belongs to Me.  Philomel, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Juan, Ana.  The Pet Shop Revolution.  Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Katz, Susan.  Oh, Theodore!: Guinea Pig Poems.  Illus. by Stacey Schuett.  Clarion, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Keats, Ezra Jack.  Pet Show!  Macmillan, 1972.  Gr. K-2
Keane, Dave.  Who Wants a Tortoise?  Illus. by K.G. Campbell.  Knopf, 2016.  Gr. K-3
King-Smith, Dick.  I Love Guinea Pigs.  Illus. by Anita Jeram.  Candlewick, 1995.  Gr. 1-4
LaRochelle, David.  The Best Pet of All.  Illus. by Hanako Wakiyama.  Dutton, 2004.  Gr. Pre-2
McGinty, Alice B.  Eliza's Kindergarten Pet.  Illus. by Nancy Speir.  Amazon Children's Publishing, 2011.  Gr. K-2
McKay, Hilary.  Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door.  Illus. by Priscilla Lamont.  Whitman, 2014.  Gr. 2-4.
Also: Lulu and the Hamster in the Night (2015)
Offill, Jenny.  Sparky!  Illus. by Chris Appelhans.  Schwartz & Wade, 2014.  Gr. K-2
Orloff, Karen Kaufman.  I Wanna Iguana.  Illus. by David Catrow.  Putnam, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Palatini, Margie.  The Perfect Pet.  Illus. by Bruce Whatley.  Katherine Tegen, 2003.  Gr. K-3
Rabe, Tish.  Oh, The Pets You Can Get!: All About Our Animal Friends (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library).
Illus. by Aristides Ruiz & Joe Mathieu.  Random House, 2005.  Gr. Pre-2
Reiche, Dietlof.  I, Freddy: Book 1 in the Golden Hamster Saga.  Illus. by Joe Cepeda.  Scholastic, 2003.  Gr. 4-6.
Also: Freddy in Peril (2004); Freddy to the Rescue (2005); The Haunting of Freddy (2006); Freddy's Final Quest (2007)
Roberton, Fiona.  Wanted: The Perfect Pet.  Putnam, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Rudy, Maggie.  I Wish I Had a Pet.  Beach Lane, 2014.  Gr. K-3
Schmid, Paul.  A Pet for Petunia.  HarperCollins, 2011.  Gr. K-2
Scillian, Devin.  Memoirs of a Hamster.  Illus. by Tim Bowers.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Vande Velde, Vivian.  Eight Class Pets + 1 Squirrel / 1 Dog = Chaos.  Illus. by Steve Bjorkman.  Holiday House,
2011.  Gr. K-3
Young, Judy.  A Pet for Miss Wright.  Illus. by Andrea Wesson.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Nonfiction and Poetry:
Davis, Gibbs.  Wackiest White House Pets.  Illus. by David A. Johnson.  Scholastic, 2004.  Gr. 2-4
Hopkins, Lee Bennett (Sel.).  A Pet for Me.  Illus. by HarperCollins, 2004.  Gr. K-3 (poetry)
Jackson, Donna M.  ER Vets: Life in an Animal Emergency Room.  Houghton Mifflin, 2005.  Gr. 5-9
Moberg, Julia.  Presidential Pets: The Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived in the
White House.  Illus. by Jeff Albrecht Studios.  Charlesbridge, 2012.  Gr. 3-8
Pearson, Susan.  Who Swallowed Harold? And Other Poems about Pets.  Illus. by David Slonim.  Marshall
Cavendish, 2005.  Gr. K-4
Wheeler, Lisa.  The Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses.  Illus. by Zachariah O'Hora.  Atheneum, 2013.
Gr. 1-4 (poetry)
Search school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about all kinds of pets published in library editions.

Cats for Kids
Includes information on types of cats, caring for cats, cats' body language, cats in history, games and activities
For Kids...about Cats, at Cat Fanciers' Association
Lots of information and fun for cat lovers, including breeds, careers, games and puzzles, and more
All sorts of information about the selection and care of pets
Cat Photos, National Geographic
A small collection of photos accompanied by general facts about cats

Display a variety of books about pets and invite students to write a review of a the voice of the pet character. Cats are popular with children of all ages. Display a collection of books about cats for students to read independently. Invite them to write about cats, real and imaginary. Make bulletin board displays featuring pictures of their cats and their "wish" cats (pictures from magazines or the internet) for students who do not have pet cats.
Students can research different types of wild cats and make a chart comparing them based on physical attributes, where they live, behavioral characteristics, etc. Cats might include: ocelot, cheetah, bobcat, tiger, lion, leopard, jaguar, lynx, cougar, serval, and others.
Students can make posters advertising free kittens, free gerbils, etc. They might also make posters asking for help to locate a lost pet. Discuss the purpose of their posters beforehand and the kinds of information they would need to include on the poster in order to accomplish that purpose.
Place the students in small groups to address the question: "What animal makes the best pet?" Identify the pets ahead of time (possibilities: cat, dog, fish, bird, rabbit, hamster or gerbil, guinea pig, mouse or rat, snake, or others). Each group needs to make a persuasive argument about why its pet is the "best." Group members may need to consult nonfiction books about pets in order to build their case. Groups present their arguments to the whole class for discussion.
Invite a veterinarian or someone from the local animal shelter into the classroom to talk about selecting an appropriate pet and responsible pet ownership.
Students can make an origami cat. Directions for an easy cat face may be found at:
Students can make a cat paper bag puppet. Use the pattern for the face. Scrap pieces of construction paper will work well for a tail and paws.


Cinco de Mayo
Primarily a regional holiday in Mexico, May 5 commemorates the defeat of the French by a lesser equipped Mexican army under the leadership of General Ignacio Seguín in 1862. Although the day has limited national significance in Mexico, it is celebrated in the United States and other areas of the world in honor of Mexico’s cultural heritage.
Cox, Judy.  Cinco de Mous-o!  Illus. by Jeffrey Ebbeler.  Holiday House, 2010.  Gr. K-2
Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane.  Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating the Traditions of Mexico.  Photographs by Lawrence Migdale.
Holiday House, 2008.  Gr. 2-5
Levy, Janice.  Celebrate! It’s Cinco de Mayo!/Celebremos! Es El Cinco de Mayo!  Transated by Miguel Arisa.
Illus. by Loretta Lopez.  Albert Whitman, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Lowery, Linda.  Cinco de Mayo.  Illus. by Barbara Knutson.  Carolrhoda, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Otto, Carolyn.  Celebrate Cinco de Mayo: With Fiestas, Music, and Dance.  National Geographic, 2008.  Gr. 2-5
Urrutia, Maria Cristina.  Cinco de Mayo: Yesterday and Today.  Illus. by Rebecca Orozco.  Groundwood, 1999.
Gr. 2-4
Search school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about Cinco de Mayo published in library editions.

Cinco de Mayo, at 42eXplore
Links to numerous resources for students and teachers related to Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo
History, crafts, games and activities, recipes, and more
Cinco de Mayo, at
History plus links to lesson plans, crafts, activities, and printables

Check the websites listed above for MANY ideas for lessons and activities!


1954 -- birthday of award-winning poet Kristine O’Connell George
Poetry collections:
The Great Frog Race and Other Poems.  Illus. Kate Kiesler.  Houghton Mifflin, 1997.  Gr. 1-5
Old Elm Speaks: Tree Poems.  Illus. by Kate Kiesler.  Clarion, 1998.  Gr. 1-5
Little Dog Poems.  Illus. by June Otani.  Houghton Mifflin, 1999.  Gr. K-4
Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems.  Illus. by Kate Kiesler.  Gr. 1-5
Fold Me a Poem.  Illus. by Lauren Stringer.  Harcourt, 2005.  Gr. 1-5
Hummingbird Nest: A Journal of Poems.  Illus. by Barry Moser.  Harcourt, 2004.  Gr. 2 & above
Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems.  Illus. by Debbie Tilley.  Clarion, 2002.  Gr. 5-8
Little Dog and Duncan.  Illus. by June Otani.  Houghton Mifflin, 2002.  Gr. K-4
Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems.  Illus. by Nancy Carpenter.  Clarion, 2011.  Gr. 1-5
Picture books:
Book!  Illus. by Maggie Smith.  Clarion, 2001.  Gr. Pre-1
Up!  Illus. by Hiroe Nakata.  Houghton Mifflin, 2005.  Gr. Pre-1
One Mitten.  Illus. by Maggie Smith.  Clarion, 2004.  Gr. Pre-2

Kristine O’Connell George’s home page
Superb site, that includes a biography, activities to accompany some of her poetry collections, audio clips of selected poems, a teacher’s page with suggestions for teaching poetry, a student’s page with tips for writing poetry, a collection of quotes about poetry, and more.

Display her books and enjoy reading her poems aloud!
Visit her website for poetry ideas. The teacher’s guides for her books contain cross-curricular activities. She also discusses the inspiration behind her poetry collections. Bookmark her site on your classroom computer so that students can listen to her read some of her poetry.


1949 – birthday of best-selling author Andrew Clements
Books (a selection):
Big Al.  Illus. by Yoshi.  Simon & Schuster, 1991.  Gr. K-3
Frindle.  Simon & Schuster, 1996.  Gr. 4-6
Double Trouble in Walla Walla.  Illus. by Sal Murdocca.  Millbrook, 1997.  Gr. 1-3
The Landry News.  Simon & Schuster, 1998.  Gr. 4-6
Circus Family Dog.  Illus. by Sue Truesdell.  Clarion, 2000.  Gr. K-2
The School Story.  Clarion, 2000.  Gr. 4-6
The Janitor’s Boy.  Simon & Schuster, 2000.  Gr. 4-6
Jake Drake, Bully Buster.  Simon & Schuster, 2001.  Gr. 2-4.  See also: Jake Drake, Know-It-All (2001),
Jake Drake, Teacher’s Pet (2001), Jake Drake, Class Clown (2002)
The Jacket.  Simon & Schuster, 2002. Gr. 4-6
Things Not Seen.  Philomel, 2002.  Gr. 6-9
A Week in the Woods.  Simon & Schuster, 2002.  Gr. 4-6
Big Al and Shrimpy.  Illus. by Yoshi.  Simon & Schuster, 2002.  Gr. K-3
The Report Card.  Simon & Schuster, 2004.  Gr. 4-6
The Last Holiday Concert.  Simon & Schuster, 2004.  Gr. 4-6
Lunch Money.  Simon & Schuster, 2005.  Gr. 4-6
Because Your Daddy Loves You.  Illus. by R. W. Alley.  Clarion, 2005.  Gr. K-2
Slippers at Home.  Dutton, 2005.  Gr. Pre-2.  See also: Naptime for Slippers (2005), Slippers at School (2005),
and Slippers Loves to Run (2005)
Room One.  Simon & Schuster, 2006.  Gr. 4-6
A Million Dots.  Illus. by Mike Reed.  Simon & Schuster, 2006.  Gr. 2-4
Things Hoped For.  Philomel, 2006.  Gr. 6-9
Dogku.  Illus. by Tim Bowers.  Simon & Schuster, 2007.  Gr. K-3
No Talking.  Simon & Schuster, 2007.  Gr. 4-6
Lost and Found.  Atheneum, 2008.  Gr. 4-6
Things That Are.  Philomel, 2008.  Gr. 6-9
Extra Credit.  Atheneum, 2009.  Gr. 4-6
Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School: We the People.  Illus. by Adam Stower.  Atheneum, 2010.  Gr. 4-6
Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School: Fear Itself.  Illus. by Adam Stower.  Atheneum, 2010.  Gr. 4-6
Troublemaker.  Atheneum, 2011.  Gr. 4-6
Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School: Fear The Whites of Their Eyes.  Illus. by Adam Stower.  Atheneum,
2012.  Gr. 4-6
About Average.  Atheneum, 2012.  Gr. 4-6
Because Your Mommy Loves You.  Illus. by R.W. Alley.  Clarion, 2012.  Gr. K-2
Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School: In Harm's Way.  Illus. by Adam Stower.  Atheneum, 2013.  Gr. 4-6
Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School: We Hold These Truths.  Illus. by Adam Stower.  Atheneum, 2013.
Gr. 4-6
Map Trap.  Atheneum, 2014.  Gr. 4-6
Because Your Grandparents Love You.  Illus. by R.W. Alley.  Clarion, 2015.  Gr. K-2

Andrew Clements’ home page
Longer biography, complete list of books (plus summaries of his best known books), an FAQ for Frindle, excerpts from speeches, letters, and more
Andrew Clements
Interview with the author

Set up a display of books by Andrew Clements. As a class, decide on one to read aloud. Make the others available for independent reading.
Many of Clements’ books are contemporary realistic fiction with school related themes. As students read his books, individually or as a group, they can record information about them on a comparison chart. Topics for the chart might include: story problem(s), character conflicts, personality traits of the main characters, solutions to the problem(s), story themes, and the like.
You can find downloadable discussion guides and lesson ideas for some of Clements’ novels on the internet.


1884 -- birthdate of Harry S. Truman, 33rd president of the United States
Search school and library shelves for biographies of Harry Truman in library editions of series about the presidents.
POTUS, Presidents of the United States at the Internet Public Library
Facts, both personal and political, links, and related information
American Presidents: Life Portraits, from C-SPAN
Facts and trivia about - must scroll down the drop-down menu of presidents to find Truman
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
Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
Considerable amount of information about Truman’s life, many primary source documents and photographs; some games and activities on the students’ page, as well as lesson plans and instructional materials for teachers
Harry Truman, from “American Experience” on PBS
Transcript of the program, photo gallery, primary source materials, a timeline, teacher’s guide, and more

On the “Meet-the-Presidents” timeline, have someone take the responsibility for adding Harry Truman, using the fact recording sheet. Of particular note is the fact that Truman was vice-president and became president after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt less than three months into his fourth term as president. Other points of interest include his authorization for the use of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and his surprising election to the presidency in 1948.
Two popular quotes are attributed to Truman:
“The buck stops here” and “If you can’t stand the heat, you better get out of the kitchen.” Discuss the meanings of these statements with students and how they are still relevant to our lives today.


National Bike Month, established by the League of American Cyclists in 1956
Barton, Byron.  My Bike.  Greenwillow, 2015.  Gr. Pre-2
Best, Cari.  Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen.  Illus. by Christine Davenier.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006.  Gr. K-2
Boelts, Maribeth.  A Bike Like Sergio's.  Illus. by Noah Z. Jones.  Candlewick, 2016.  Gr. K-2
Bourgeois, Paulette.  Franklin Rides a Bike.  Illus. by Brenda Clark.  Kids Can Press, 1997.  Gr. K-2
Boyd, Ella.  Hello, Bicycle.  Illus. by Daniel Griffo.  Marshall Cavendish, 2011.  Gr. K-2
Brown, Marc.  D.W. Rides Again.  Little, Brown, 1993.  Gr. K-2
Bunting, Eve.  Summer Wheels.  Illus. by Thomas B. Allen.  Harcourt, 1992.  Gr. 2-4
Burleigh, Robert.  Messenger, Messenger.  Illus. by Barry Root.  Atheneum, 2000.  Gr. 1-4
Cline-Ransome, Lesa.  Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist.  Illus. by James Ransome.  Atheneum, 2003.  Gr. 1-4
Coppolillo, Rob.  Holy Spokes!: A Biking Bible for Everyone.  Zest Books, 2013.  Gr. 7 & above
Crews, Donald.  Bicycle Race.  HarperCollins, 1985.  Gr. Pre-2
Doherty, Berlie.  The Magic Bicycle.  Illus. by Christian Birmingham.  Knopf, 1995.  Gr. K-2
Drummond, Allan.  Pedal Power: How One Community Became the Bicycle Capital of the World.  Farrar, Straus &
Giroux, 2017.  Gr. 1-4
Gibbons, Gail.  Bicycle Book.  Holiday House, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Haduch, Bill.  Go Fly a Bike! The Ultimate Book of Bicycle Fun, Freedom, and Science.  Illus. by Chris Murphy.
Dutton, 2004.  Gr. 4-8
Isabella, Jude.  The Red Bicycle: The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle.  Illus. by Simone Shin.
Kids Can, 2015.  Gr. 3-5
Lakin, Patricia.  Bicycles (Made by Hand).  Aladdin, 2017.  Gr. 3-6
London, Jonathan.  Froggy Rides a Bike.  Illus. by Frank Remkiewicz.  Viking, 2006.  Gr. K-2
Macy, Sue.  Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way).
National Geographic Children's Books, 2011.  Gr. 6-9
McLeod, Emilie W.  Bear's Bicycle.  Illus. by David McPhail.  Little, Brown, 1986.  Gr. K-2
Mills, Claudia.  Gus and Grandpa and the Two-Wheeled Bike.  Illus. by Catherine Stock.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux,
1999.  Gr. K-3
Mollel, Tololwa M.  My Rows and Piles of Coins.  Illus. by E.B. Lewis.  Clarion, 1999.  Gr. 1-3
Olayleye, Isaac.  Bikes For Rent.  Illus. by Chris Demarest.  Orchard, 2001.  Gr. K-3
Pett, Mark.  The Girl and the Bicycle.  Simon, 2014.  Gr. K-3
Petty, Kate.  Bicycles.  Two-Can, 2006.  Gr. K-3
Proimos, James.  The Best Bike Ride Ever.  Illus. by Johanna Wright.  Dial, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Raschka, Chris.  Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle.  Schwartz & Wade, 2013.  Gr. Pre-2
Rosenberry, Vera.  Vera Rides a Bike.  Henry Holt, 2004.  Gr. K-2
Sachar, Louis.  Marvin Redpost: Super Fast, Out of Control.  Random House, 2000.  Gr. 2-4
Say, Allen.  The Bicycle Man.  Houghton Mifflin, 1982.  Gr. K-3
Schwartz, David M.  Super Grandpa.  Illus. by Bert Dodson.  Tortuga, 2005.  Gr. K-3
Shannon, David.  Duck on a Bike.  Scholastic, 2002.  Gr. K-2
Silverman, Erica.  Mrs. Peachtree's Bicycle.  Illus. by Ellen Beier.  Simon & Schuster, 1996.  Gr. K-3
Stauffacher, Sue.  Tillie the Terrible Swede: How One Woman, A Needle, and a Bicycle Changed History.  Illus. by
Sarah McMenemy.  Knopf, 2011.  Gr. 2-5
Thompson, Laurie Ann.  Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yehboah.  Illus. by Sean Qualls.
Schwartz & Wade, 2015.  Gr. K-2
Willis, Jeanne.  Don't Let Go!  Illus. by Tony Ross.  Putnam, 2003.  Gr. Pre-2
Wood, Audrey.  The Red Racer.  Simon & Schuster, 1996.  Gr. K-3
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about bicycles and bicycle safety published in library editions.

Bicycles, at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Information, downloadable brochures, videos, and activities related to bicycle safety
How Bicycles Work
All-purpose information site about bicycles—how they work, parts of a bicycle, repairing a bike, and more

Students can make posters about bicycle safety, with each poster depicting a single safety rule, and display them in school corridors.
Research early bicycles. Who invented the bicycle? What did the earliest models look like (locate pictures)? What were some of the problems with early bicycles? When did they become a popular means of transportation and play? What other ways are bicycles currently used?
Invite an avid bicyclist into the classroom (with her/his bike) to talk with students about bicycle safety, keeping a bike in good condition, and the experience of biking as recreation or long distance biking.
Invite students to use their imaginations and creativity to invent a bicycle of the future. Given what we have available now because of technology, what equipment might be part of their future bike? What will it look like? What special adaptations will it have? Have them illustrate their bike and give it a name. Provide time for students to share their inventions.


National Wetlands Month - American Wetlands Month was created in 1991 by the Environmental Protection Agency to celebrate the importance of wetlands and to educate Americans about the value of wetlands as a natural resource
Bateman, Donna M.  Deep in the Swamp.  Illus. by Brian Lies.  Charlesbridge, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Berkes, Marianne.  Marsh Music.  Illus. by Robert Noreika.  21st Century Books, 2000.  Gr. 1-4. Also: Marsh Morning
Cone, Molly.  Squishy, Misty, Damp & Muddy: The In-Between World of Wetlands.  Sierra Club Books for Children,
1996.  Gr. 1-3
Dunphy, Madeline.  Here Is the Wetland.  Illus. by Wayne McLoughlin.  Hyperion, 1996.  Gr. 1-3
Gibbons, Gail.  Marshes & Swamps.  Holiday House, 1998.  Gr. 2-4
Guiberson, Brenda Z.  Spoonbill Swamp.  Illus. by Megan Lloyd.  Henry Holt, 1992.  Gr. 1-3
Hodge, Deborah.  Who Lives Here? Wetlands Animals.  Illus. by Pat Stephens.  Kids Can Press, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Luenn, Nancy.  Squish!: A Wetland Walk.  Illus. by Ronald Himler.  Atheneum, 1994.  Gr. K-3
Marx, Trish.  Everglades Forever: Restoring America's Great Wetland.  Photos by Cindy Karp.  Lee & Low, 2004.
Gr. 3-6
Sill, Catherine.  About Habitats: Wetlands.  Illus. by John Sill.  Peachtree, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Yezerski, Thomas F.  Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2011.  Gr. 2-4
Yolen, Jane.  Welcome to the Sea of Grass.  Illus. by Laura Regan.  Putnam, 2001.  Gr. 1-3
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about wetlands habitats published in library editions.

Definitions, why wetlands are in danger, importance of wetlands, animals, and more
Wetlands Biome, from
Distinctions among types of wetlands, map of wetlands in the U.S., short videos, and types of vegetation

Students can work in small groups according to type of wetland. Have each group make a wall mural of animals and plants that live and grow in their particular wetland. They may draw or download pictures of the animals and plants, label them, and include a fact card about each one. (The fact cards might not fit on the mural--they may be placed along the sides or bottom with a number code that refers to the plant or animal.) The heading for each type of wetland should be a description that distinguishes it from the other types.


1949 - birthday of author/illustrator Peter Sís who received Caldecott Honor Book distinction in 2008 for The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain; in 1999, for Tibet through the Red Box, and in 1997, for Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei.
Books (a selection):
Written and illustrated:
Robinson.  Scholastic, 2017.  Gr. K-3
Ice Cream Summer.  Scholastic, 2015.  Gr. K-3
The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.  Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014.  Gr. 2-4
Play, Mozart, Play!  Greenwillow, 2006.  Gr. K-3
The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007.  Gr. 4-8
The Train of States.  Greenwillow, 2004.  Gr. 3-5
Tree of Life: Charles Darwin.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003.  Gr. 4-8
The Three Golden Keys.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001.  Gr. 2-4
Madlenka.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000.  Gr. K-3.  Also: Madlenka's Dog (2002); Madlenka, Soccer Star (2010);
Madlenka's Music (2012)
A Small Tale from the Far Far North.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001.  Gr. 2-4
Tibet through the Red Box.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998.  Gr. 6-10
Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1996.  Gr. 4-6
Komodo!  Greenwillow, 1993. Gr. K-3
Banks, Kate.  The Magician's Apprentice.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012.  Gr. 5-7
Ryan, Pam Muñoz.  The Dreamer.  Scholastic, 2010.  Gr. 6-9
Fleischman, Sid.  The Dream Stealer.  Greenwillow, 2009.  Gr. 2-5
Ackerman, Diane.  Animal Sense.  Knopf, 2003.  Gr. 3-7
Prelutsky, Jack.  Scranimals.  Greenwillow, 2002.  Gr. 1-5
Prelutsky, Jack.  The Gargoyle on the Roof.  Greenwillow, 1999.  Gr. 1-5
Prelutsky, Jack.  Monday's Troll.  Greenwillow, 1996.  Gr. 3-6
Prelutsky, Jack.  The Dragons Are Singing Tonight.  Greenwillow, 1993.  Gr. K-5

Peter Sís at Reading Rockets
Short bio, video interview, and a transcript of the interview

Display books by Peter Sís for independent reading.
Older students may wish to read the books with biographical origins, Tibet Through the Red Box and The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain, and compare them with details from the author's biography online.
Encourage students to compare his style of illustration across different books.
Tree of Life; Starry Messenger; and Play, Mozart, Play! might inspire research into the individuals whose lives are depicted in the books.


Limerick Day
A limerick is a nonsense poem of five lines, which has a rhyming pattern of A A B B A (Lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme; lines 3 and 4 rhyme). Limerick Day celebrates the birthday of Edward Lear (1812-1888), who is well known for his limericks.
Books: (to be enjoyed by all ages)
Ciardi, John.  The Hopeful Trout and Other Limericks.  Illus. by Susan Meddaugh.  Houghton Mifflin, 1989.
Krensky, Stephen.  There Once Was a Very Odd School.  Illus. by Tamara Petrosino.  Dutton, 2004.
Lear, Edward.  There Was An Old Man...:A Collection of Limericks.  Illus. by Michele Lemieux.  Kids Can Press,
Livingston, Myra  Cohn (Sel.). Lots of Limericks.  Illus. by Rebecca Perry.  McElderry, 1991.
Lobel, Arnold.  The Book of Pigericks.  HarperCollins, 1983.
Look for additional limericks in anthologies of poetry for children.

How to Write a Limerick, from Bruce Lansky’s “Giggle Poetry”
Detailed instructions for young people about how to write a limerick
Edward Lear’s Nonsense Works
Texts of hundreds of Lear’s limericks from several different works

Read several limericks to students so they can become familiar with the rhythmic pattern.
Before students write their own limericks, work with templates, such as these:

There once was a ______________ from __________________.
Who wanted to _______________________________.
So she _______________________________.
And _________________________________.
But now she ______________________________________.

I once met a _________________ from ___________________.
Every day he _______________________________________.
But when he ______________________.
The _________________________________.
He ______________________________________.

Brainstorm lists of possible rhyming words that might fit the patterns. Display the lists for students to use when they write their limericks.


1914 birthdate of Joe Louis, nicknamed the “Brown Bomber,” legendary boxer who was the world heavyweight champion from 1937-1949
Adler, David A.  Joe Louis: America’s Fighter.  Illus. by Terry Widener.  Harcourt, 2005.  Gr. 2-5
de la Peña, Matt.  A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis.  Illus. by Kadir Nelson.  Dial, 2011.
Gr. 2-4
Miller, William.  Joe Louis, My Champion.  Illus. by Rodney S. Pate.  Lee & Low, 2004.  Gr. 1-4
Pinkney, Andrea Davis.  Bird in a Box.  Little, Brown, 2011.  Gr. 4-7
Rochelle, Belinda.  When Jo Louis Won the Title.  Illus. by Larry Johnson.  Houghton Mifflin, 1994.  Gr. K-3
Sullivan, George.  Knockout!: A Photobiography of Boxer Joe Louis.  National Geographic, 2008.  Gr. 5-8

Official Website of Joe Louis
Substantial biography, a photo gallery, a fast facts section, and quotes
Joe Louis: People and Events, from “The Fight” on PBS
Biography of Joe Louis is included as one of eight boxers from the late 1800s and early 1900s in this documentary about the famous 1938 world championship match between Louis and German Max Schmeling

Sports figures are often considered role models. After students have had a chance to learn some of the history and background of Joe Louis, discuss his likelihood as a role model.
Students interested in boxing can compare the career of Joe Louis with that of other famous boxers.
Brainstorm a list of athletes who have excelled in their sport and compare their accomplishments with those of Joe Louis.


National Train Day
Bee, William.  And the Train Goes….  Candlewick, 2007.  Gr. Pre-1
Brown, Don.  The Train Jumper.  Roaring Brook, 2007.  Gr. 5-8
Brown, Margaret Wise.  Two Little Trains.  Illus. by Leo & Diane Dillon.  HarperCollins, 2001.  Gr. Pre-1
Chall, Marsha Wilson.  Prairie Train.  Illus. by John Thompson.  HarperCollins, 2003.  Gr. K-3
Coiley, John.  Train ("Eyewitness Books").  DK, 2009.  Gr. 3-7
Cooper, Elisha  Train.  Orchard/Scholastic, 2013.  Gr. P-3
Crews, Donald.  Freight Train.  Greenwillow, 1978.  Gr. Pre-2
Curlee, Lynn.  Trains.  Atheneum, 2009.  Gr. 3-7
de Roo, Elena.  Rain Train.  Illus. by Brian Lovelock.  Candlewick, 2011.  Gr. Pre-2
Eaton, Jason Carter.  How to Train a Train.  Illus. by John Rocco.  Candlewick, 2013.  Gr. K-2
Fenton, Corinne.  Bob the Railway Dog: The True Story of an Adventurous Dog.  Illus. by Andrew McLean.
Candlewick, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Floca, Brian.  Locomotive.  Atheneum, 2013.  Gr. 2-5
Goodman, Steve.  The Train They Call the City of New Orleans.  Illus. by Michael McCurdy.  Putnam, 2003.  Gr. K-4
Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald.  The Train to Lulu's.  Illus. by Robert Casilla.  Atheneum, 1988.  Gr. K-3
Hubbell, Patricia.  Trains: Steaming! Pulling! Huffing!  Illus. by Megan Halsey & Sean Addy.  Marshall Cavendish,
2005.  Gr. K-3
Johnson, Angela.  I Dream of Trains.  Illus. by Loren Long.  Simon & Schuster, 2003.  Gr. 2-5
Lewis, Kevin.  Chugga-Chugga, Choo-Choo.  Illus. by Daniel Kirk.  Hyperion, 1999.  Gr. Pre-1
London, Jonathan.  A Train Goes Clickety-Clack.  Illus. by Denis Roche.  Henry Holt, 2007.  Gr. Pre-1
Meltzer, Milton.  Hear That Train Whistle Blow!: How the Railroad Changed the World.  Random House, 2004.
Gr. 6-9
Mills, Claudia.  Gus and Grandpa Ride the Train.  Illus. by Catherine Stock.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998.  Gr. 1-3
O'Brien, Patrick.  Steam, Smoke, and Steel: Back in Time with Trains.  Charlesbridge, 2000.  Gr. K-3
Piper, Watty.  The Little Engine That Could.  Illus. by Loren Long.  Philomel, 2005.  Gr. Pre-2
Rex, Michael.  My Freight Train.  Henry Holt, 2002.  Gr. Pre-1
Rinker, Sherri Duskey.  Steam Train, Dream Train.  Illus. by Tom Lichtenheld.  Chronicle, 2013.  Gr. Pre-1
Rylant, Cynthia.  Mr. Putty & Tabby Take the Train.  Illus. by Arthur Howard.  Harcourt, 1998.  Gr. 1-3
Siebert, Diane.  Train Song.  Illus. by Mike Wimmer.  HarperCollins, 1990.  Gr. 1-4
Simon, Seymour.  Seymour Simon's Book of Trains.  HarperCollins, 2002.  Gr. K-4
Sobel, June.  The Goodnight Train.  Illus. by Laura Huliska-Beith.  Harcourt, 2006.  Gr. Pre-1
Steele, Philip.  Legendary Journeys: Trains.  Illus. by Sebastian Quigley.  Kingfisher, 2010.  Gr. 1-4
Sturges, Philemon.  I Love Trains.  Illus. by Shari Halpern.  HarperCollins, 2001.  Gr. Pre-1
Stutson, Caroline.  Night Train.  Illus. by Katherine Tillotson.  Roaring Brook, 2002.  Gr. Pre-2
Titcomb, Gordon.  The Last Train.  Illus. by Wendell Minor.  Roaring Brook, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Vamos, Samantha R.  Alphabet Trains.  Illus. by Ryan O'Rourke.  Charlesbridge, 2015.  Gr. K-3
Zimmermann, Karl.  All Aboard!: Passenger Trains Around the World.  Boyds Mills, 2006.  Gr. 4-8
Zimmermann, Karl.  The Stourbridge Lion: American's First Locomotive.  Illus. by Steven Walker.  Boyds Mills,
2012.  Gr. 1-3
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about trains published in library editions.

Fun Stuff, from Union Pacific Railroad
Pages include "Railroad Talk" (a glossary of railroad terminology), "Locomotive Horn Signals," and a description of the route of a typical boxcar order
Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum
Numerous primary source documents, including photos, accompany the history

Invite students to share any experiences riding a train.
Older students can plan a train trip using the Amtrak website. They can explore routes, determine the length of their trip in miles AND in time needed, find the different price options, and learn about features of the trains.
Invite a model railroader into the classroom to talk about her/his hobby and show some different types of trains.
Collaborate with the music teacher in finding train songs and singing them with the students.
Older students can research the history of trains in America. Possible topics include: early trains; the building of the Transcontinental Railroad; the role of trains in the settling of the West (railroad land grants); the Orphan Trains; the role of trains during the Great Depression; and inventions that resulted in train/railroad safety, comfort, or faster travel.


1804 - The Lewis and Clark Expedition left St. Louis
Books (a selection):
Adler, David A.  A Picture Book of Lewis and Clark.  Illus. by Ronald Himler.  Holiday House, 2003.  Gr. 2-4
Adler, David A.  A Picture Book of Sacagawea.  Illus. by Dan Brown.  Holiday House, 2000.  Gr. 2-4
Bertozzi, Nick.  Lewis & Clark.  First Second/Roaring Brook, 2011.  Gr. 7-10
Blumberg, Rhoda.  York's Adventures with Lewis and Clark: An African-American's Part in the Great Expedition.
HarperCollins, 2003.  Gr. 4-8
Bruchac, Joseph.  Sacajawea.  Harcourt, 2000.  Gr. 6-9
Edwards, Judith.  The Great Expedition of Lewis and Clark: By Private Rubin Field, Member of the Corps of
Discovery.  Illus. by Sally Wern Comport.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003.  Gr. 3-5
Erdrich, Liselotte.  Sacawagea.  Illus. by Julie Buffalohead.  Carolrhoda, 2003.  Gr. 3-5
Eubank, Patricia Reeder.  Seaman's Journal: On the Trail with Lewis and Clark.  Ideals, 2002.  Gr. 2-4
Johmann, Carol A.  The Lewis & Clark Expedition: Join the Corps of Discovery to Explore Uncharted Territory.
Williamson, 2002.  Gr. 4-6
Karwoski, Gail Langer.  Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis and Clark.  Peachtree, 1999.  Gr. 4-7
Kroll, Steven.  Lewis and Clark: Explorers of the American West.  Illus. by Richard Williams.  Holiday House, 1994.
Gr. 3-5
Lasky, Kathryn.  The Journal of Augustus Pelletier: the Lewis and Clark Expedition  ("My Name Is America" series).
Scholastic, 2000.  Gr. 5-7
Lourie, Peter.  On the Trail of Lewis and Clark: A Journey up the Missouri River.  Boyds Mills, 2002.  Gr. 3-6
Myers, Laurie.  Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Tale.  Illus. by Michael Dooling.  Henry Holt, 2002.  Gr. 3-6
Napoli, Donna Jo.  The Crossing.  Illus. by Jim Madsen.  Atheneum, 2011.  Gr. 2-5
Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw.  Animals on the Trail with Lewis and Clark.  Photos by William Muñoz.  Clarion, 2002.
Gr. 4-8
Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw.  Plants on the Trail with Lewis and Clark.  Photos by William Muñoz.  Clarion, 2003.
Gr. 4-8
Pringle, Laurence.  Dog of Discovery: A Newfoundland's Adventures with Lewis and Clark.  Boyds Mills, 2002.
Gr. 3-6
Pringle, Laurence.  American Slave, American Hero: York of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  Illus. by Cornelius
Van Wright & Ying-Hwa Hu.  Calkins Creek, 2006.  Gr. 3-5
Redmond, Shirley Raye.  Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President  (Step into Reading, Level 3).  Illus. by
John Manders.  Random House, 2003.  Gr. 2-4
Schanzer, Rosalyn.  How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.  National Geographic Society,
1997.  Gr. 3-6
Smith, Roland.  The Captain's Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe.  Harcourt, 1999.  Gr. 5-7
Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk.   Bad River Boys: A Meeting of the Lakota Sioux with Lewis and Clark.  Illus. by Bill
Farnsworth.  Holiday House, 2005.  Gr. 3-5
St. George, Judith.  Sacagawea.  Putnam, 1997.  Gr. 5-7
Sullivan, George.  Lewis and Clark.  Scholastic, 1999.  Gr. 5-7
Wolf, Allan.  New Found Land: An Epic Journey of Discovery.  Candlewick, 2004.  Gr. 7-10
Search school and public library shelves for the nonfiction books published in library editions about the Lewis and Clark expedition as well as individual biographies of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Sacagawea, York and others on the journey.

Lewis and Clark, at National Geographic
Excellent site that includes a timeline, list of supplies, list of discoveries, map, interactive journal of the trip, photos, and more
Lewis and Clark, at PBS
A supplement to the Ken Burns film about the Corps of Discovery that includes a considerable amount of information about the journey and those who took it--excellent site
Discovering Lewis and Clark
Information about various aspects of the expedition accompanied by photos and art reproductions
Lewis and Clark Mapping the West
Information, digitized maps, and several lesson plans

The Corps of Discovery Expedition provides excellent opportunities for student research. Possible topics include: Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Sacagawea, York, Seaman, preparation for the trip, how they traveled, animals along the trail, plants along the trail, Thomas Jefferson, the Louisiana Purchase, winter with the Mandan Indians, meeting the Shoshone Indians, Indian nations along the way (Nez Perce, Blackfeet, Yankton Sioux, and others), winter at Fort Clatsop, other men on the expedition.
Using a long piece of bulletin board paper, have students create a map of the expedition, labeling rivers, mountains, and important places they stopped along the trail. Add information from their research and pictures/sketches to the map--they might use index cards or half sheets of paper containing condensed facts.
Brainstorm questions students would like to ask Lewis or Clark about the expedition and encourage them to use their research findings to draw conclusions about the answers


Mother's Day
In 1872, Julia Ward Howe organized a day for mothers dedicated to peace. In 1907, Anna M. Jarvis, a Philadelphia teacher, began a movement to celebrate a national Mother's Day and solicited the help of many prominent people to support her idea. The first observance was a church service in honor of her mother. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to celebrate mothers.
Add these to your favorite titles about mothers and their children.
Alexander, Martha.  Max and the Dumb Flower Picture.  Illus. by James Rumford.  Charlesbridge, 2009.  Gr. K-2
Anderson, Laurie Halse.  No Time for Mother's Day.  Illus. by Dorothy Donohue.  Albert Whitman, 1999.  Gr. K-3
Balian, Lorna.  Mother's Mother's Day.  Star Bright, 2004.  Gr. K-2 (reissue)
Bauer. Marion Dane.  My Mother Is Mine.  Illus. by Peter Elwell.  Simon & Schuster, 2001.  Gr. Pre-1
Bernhard, Emery.  A Ride on Mother's Back: A Day of Baby Carrying Around the World.  Illus. by Durga Bernhard.
Harcourt, 1996.  Gr. K-3
Bunting, Eve.  The Mother's Day Mice.  Illus. by Jan Brett.  Clarion, 1986.  Gr. K-2
Cronin, Doreen.  M.O.M. (Mom Operating Manual).  Illus. by Laura Cornell.  Atheneum, 2011.  Gr. 2-4
Curtis, Jamie Lee.  My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story.  Illus. by Laura Cornell.  HarperCollins, 2010.
Gr. Pre-2
deGroat, Diane.  Mother, You're the Best! (But Sister, You're a Pest!).  HarperCollins, 2008.  Gr. K-3
dePaola, Tomie.  My Mother Is So Smart!  Putnam, 2010.  Gr. Pre-2
Feiffer, Kate.  My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life.  Illus. by Diane Goode.  Simon & Schuster, 2009.  Gr. K-2
Grambling, Lois G.  T. Rex and the Mother's Day Hug.  Illus. by Jack E. Davis.  HarperCollins, 2008.  Gr. K-2
Joosse, Barbara.  Mama, Do You Love Me?  Illus. by Barbara Lavallee.  Chronicle, 1991.  Gr. K-2
Kasza, Keiko.  A Mother for Choco.  Putnam, 1992.  Gr. Pre-2
Krensky, Stephen.  Mother's Day Surprise.  Illus. by Kathi Ember.  Marshall Cavendish, 2010.  Gr. K-3
McKissack, Patricia.  Ma Dear's Aprons.  Illus. by Floyd Cooper.  Atheneum, 1997.  Gr. 1-4
Moore, Julianne.  My Mom Is a Foreigner, But Not to Me.  Illus. by Meilo So.  Chronicle, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Mora, Pat.  Love to Mamá: A Tribute to Mothers.  Illus. by Paula S. Barragan.  Lee & Low, 2001.  Gr. 3 & above
Morris, Ann.  The Mommy Book.  Photographs by Ken Heyman.  Silver, 1995.  Gr. K-2
Numeroff, Laura.  What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best.  Illus. by Lynn Munsinger.  Simon & Schuster,
1998.  Gr. Pre-1
Rockwell, Anne.  Mother's Day.  Illus. by Lizzy Rockwell.  HarperCollins, 2004.  Gr. Pre-2
Ryder, Joanne.  My Mother's Voice.  Illus. by Peter Catalanotto.  HarperCollins, 2006.  Gr. 1-4
Stott, Ann.  Always.  Illus by Matt Phelan.  Candlewick, 2008. Gr. Pre-1.  Also: I'll Be There (2011; Gr. Pre-2)
Walker, Rob D.  Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons.  Illus. by Leo & Diane Dillon.
Blue Sky/Scholastic, 2009.  Gr. 1-4
Walsh, Joanna.  I Love Mom.  Illus. by Judi Abbot.  Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, 2014.  Gr. Pre-2
Willis, Jeanne.  Mommy, Do You Love Me?  Illus. by Jan Fearnley.  Candlewick, 2008.  Gr. Pre-1
Wing, Natasha.  The Night before Mother's Day.  Ilus. by Amy Wummer.  Grosset & Dunlap, 2010.  Gr. K-2

101 Poems for Moms, at Mother's Day Central
Arranged by category, plus a link to tips for writing a poem about Mom (advertisements)
Mother's Day at DLTK
Crafts, cards, printables, songs, and online jigsaw puzzles

Students can write about a special memory associated with their mother. Topics might include the following, though they may have ideas of their own: "A Holiday Memory with Mom," "Mom Always Says…," "What I Admire Most about My Mom," "Something Funny about My Mom," "A Special Holiday with My Mom," "What I Like To Do with My Mom," and "A Lesson I Learned from My Mom." (Be sensitive to different family situations—some students may wish to write about another special person in their lives.)
Brainstorm a long list of things students can do with their mothers. Title the list, "101 Things We Can Do with Our Moms." Display the list so that students can add to it when they think of something new. Try for 101!
Make silhouettes of students' heads. Project a light source onto a piece of white paper and trace around a student's profile. Cut out the silhouette and have students write a personal message to their mothers at the bottom.
Students can write "Now I…, But Someday, I…" books and illustrate them. As a group, brainstorm a list of things they can do now and discuss how that activity might change as they grow up. For example: "Now I can ride a bike, but someday I'll drive a car;" "Now I can practice piano, but someday I'll play a concert;" "Now I can draw a horse, but someday my paintings will hang in museums;" "Now I can shoot a basket, but someday I'll win a championship;" "Now I can cook hot dogs in the microwave, but someday I'll be a chef;" "Now I can babysit for my little brother, but someday I'll be a Mom/Dad." They will think of many more examples!


1856 – birthdate of L. Frank Baum, American poet, playwright, actor, and filmmaker, who is best known as the author of the “Wizard of Oz” series of books.
Krull, Kathleen.  The Road to Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs in the Life of L. Frank Baum.
Illus. by Kevin Hawkes.  Knopf, 2008.  Gr. 2-5 (biography)
Oz series: (These books have had different publishers over the years. Make sure you have complete editions in their original texts.)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Marvelous Land of Oz
Ozma of Oz
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
The Road to Oz
The Emerald City of Oz
The Patchwork Girl of Oz
Little Wizard Stories of Oz:
Tik-Tok of Oz
The Scarecrow of Oz
Rinkitink in Oz
The Lost Princess of Oz
The Tin Woodman of Oz
The Magic of Oz
Glinda of Oz

The Online Literature Library
Full texts of all 14 Oz books written by L. Frank Baum
The Man behind the Curtain: L. Frank Baum and the Wizard of Oz (article by Linda McGovern)
Longer biographical article
“To Please a Child”: L. Frank Baum and the Land of Oz, from the Library of Congress
A fascinating overview of original pieces of art and other primary source materials related to the works of L. Frank Baum

Make a variety of art materials available (e.g., watercolors, oil pastels, chalk, crayons) and invite students to make drawings of Oz based on descriptions from the books.
Students can create maps of Oz.
Students can create character webs of the well-known Oz characters. With the character at the center of the web, the strands are personality, behavior, and physical traits. Brainstorm synonyms for the traits.
Students can write definitions of “home.” Discuss what is needed for a place to be “home.”
Invite students to write an Oz adventure starring themselves.
Read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to the class and then view the movie. Compare and contrast the two versions.


National Transportation Week, celebrated annually the third week in May
Books (a selection):
Cars, Trucks, and Buses
Anderson, Peggy Perry.  Chuck's Truck.  Houghton Mifflin, 2006.  Gr. K-2
Barton, Byron.  My Bus.  Greenwillow, 2014.  Gr. Pre-2
Bee, William.  And the Cars Go....  Candlewick, 2013.  Gr. Pre-1
Biggs, Brian.  Everything Goes: On Land.  Balzer + Bray, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Clement, Nathan.  Drive.  Front Street, 2008.  Gr. Pre-1 (truck)
Collicutt, Paul.  This Truck.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004.  Gr. Pre-1  Also: This Plane (2000); This Boat (2001), and
This Car (2002)
Crews, Donald.  Truck.  Greenwillow, 1980.  Gr. K-2
Crews, Donald.  School Bus.  Greenwillow, 1984.  Gr. K-2
Cuyler, Marjorie.  The Little Dump Truck.  Illus. by Bob Kolar.  Henry Holt, 2009.  Gr. Pre-1
de la Peña, Matt.  Last Stop on Market Street.  Illus. by Christian Robinson.  Putnam's, 2015.  Gr. K-2
Dubuc, Marianne.  The Bus Ride.  Trans. from the French by Yvette Ghione.  Kids Can, 2015.  Gr. K-3
Floca, Brian.  Five Trucks.  Atheneum, 2014 (reprint).  Gr. K-2
Glass, Andrew.  Flying Cars.  Clarion, 2015.  Gr. 4-7
Hamilton, Kersten.  Red Truck.  Illus. by Valeria Petrone.  Viking, 2008.  Gr. Pre-1
Hubbell, Patricia.  Cars: Rushing! Honking! Zooming!  Illus. by Megan Halsey & Sean Addy.  Marshall Cavendish,
2010.  Gr. K-2
Hubbell, Patricia.  Trucks!: Whiz, Zoom, Rumble.  Illus. by Megan Halsey.   Marshall Cavendish, 2003.  Gr. K-3
LaReau, Kara.  Otto: The Boy Who Loved Cars.  Illus. by Scott Magoon.  Roaring Brook, 2011.  Gr. K-2
Lee, Mark.  20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street.  Illus. by Kurt Cyrus.  Candlewick, 2013.  Gr. Pre-2
Levinson, Nancy Smiler.  Cars.  Illus. by Jacqueline Rogers.  Holiday House, 2004.  Gr. 1-3
Lewis, J. Patrick & Florian, Douglas.  Poem-mobiles: Crazy Car Poems.  Illus. by Jeremy Holmes.  Random
House, 2014.  Gr. 1-4
Lewis, Kevin.  My Truck is Stuck!  Illus. by Daniel Kirk.  Hyperion, 2002.  Gr. Pre-1
London, Jonathan.  I'm a Truck Driver.  Illus. by David Parkins.  Henry Holt, 2010.  Gr. Pre-2
London, Jonathan.  A Truck Goes Rattleby Bumpa.  Illus. by Denis Roche.  Henry Holt, 2005.  Gr. Pre-1
Lyon, George Ella.  Trucks Roll!  Illus. by Craig Frazier.  Atheneum, 2007.  Gr. K-2
Lyons, Mary E.  Roy Makes a Car.  Illus. by Terry Widener.  Atheneum, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Maass, Robert.  Little Trucks with Big Jobs.  Henry Holt, 2007.  Gr. K-3
McMullan, Kate & Jim.  I Stink!  HarperCollins, 2002.  Gr. K-2
Medina, Meg.  Tia Isa Wants a Car.  Illus. by Claudio Muñoz.  Candlewick, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Mitton, Tony.  Tough Trucks.  Illus. by Ant Parker.  Kingfisher, 2003.  Gr. Pre-1
Pulver, Robin.  Axle Annie.  Illus. by Tedd Arnold.  Dial, 1999.  Gr. K-3.  Also: Axle Annie and the Speed Grump
Ransom, Candice F.  The Old Blue Pickup Truck.  Illus. by Jenny Mattheson.  Walker, 2009.  Gr. K-2
Robbins, Ken.  Trucks: Giants of the Highway.  Atheneum, 1999.  Gr. K-3
Rockwell, Anne.  Truck Stop.  Illus by Melissa Iwai.  Viking, 2013.  Gr. K-2
Root, Phyllis.  Rattletrap Car.  Illus. by Jill Barton.  Candlewick, 2001.  Gr. K-3
Rosen, Michael.  The Bus Is for Us!  Illus. by Gillian Tyler.  Candlewick, 2015.  Gr. Pre-1
Savage, Stephen.  Supertruck.  Roaring Brook, 2015.  Gr. Pre-1
Schertle, Alice.  Little Blue Truck Leads the Way.  Illus. by Jill McElmurry.  Harcourt, 2008.  Gr. Pre-1
Siebert, Diane.  Truck Song.  Illus. by Byron Barton.  Crowell, 1984.  Gr. 1-4
Simon, Seymour.  Seymour Simon's Book of Trucks.  HarperCollins, 2002.  Gr. 1-3
Singer, Marilyn.  I'm Your Bus.  Scholastic, 2009.  Gr. 1-3
Steggall, Susan.  Life of a Car.  Henry Holt, 2008.  Gr. Pre-1
Stein, Peter.  Cars Galore.  Illus. by Bob Staake.  Candlewick, 2011.  Gr. Pre-1  Also: Trucks Galore (2017)
Sturges, Philemon.  I Love Trucks!  Illus. by Shari Halpern.  HarperCollins, 1998.  Gr. Pre-1
Van Dusen, Chris.  If I Built a Car.  Dutton, 2005.  Gr. K-2
Weatherby, Mark & Brenda.  The Trucker.  Scholastic, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Weatherford, Carole Boston.  Racing Against the Odds: The Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing's
African-American Champion.  Illus. by Eric A. Velasquez.  Marshall Cavendish, 2009.  Gr. 2-5
Wellington, Monica.  Truck Driver Tom.  Dutton, 2007.  Gr. K-2
Weston, Mark.  Honda: The Boy Who Dreamed of Cars.  Illus. by Katie Yamasaki.  Lee & Low, 2008.  Gr. 2-5
Wheeler, Lisa.  Farmer Dale's Red Pickup Truck.  Illus. by Ivan Bates.  Harcourt, 2004.  Gr. K-2
Zane, Alex.  Wheels on the Race Car.  Illus. by James Warhola.  Orchard, 2005.  Gr. K-2
Biggs, Brian.  Everything Goes: In the Air.  Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Bildner, Phil.  The Hallelujah Flight.  Illus. by John Holyfield.  Putnam, 2010.  Gr. 1-4
Brown, Lisa.  The Airport Book.  Neal Porter/Roaring Brook, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Collicutt, Paul.  This Plane.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2016.  Gr. Pre-1
Crews, Donald.  Flying.  Greenwillow, 1989.  Gr. Pre-2
Downs, Mike.  The Noisy Airplane Ride.  Illus. by David Gordon.  Tricycle Press, 2005.  Gr. Pre-2
Hodgkins, Fran.  How People Learned to Fly.  Illus. by True Kelley.  Collins, 2007.  Gr. 2-4
Hubbell, Patricia.  Airplanes!: Soaring, Diving, Turning.  Illus. by Megan Halsey & Sean Addy.  Marshall Cavendish,
2008.  Gr. K-3
Hubbell, Patricia.  My First Airplane Ride.  Illus. by Nancy Speir.  Marshall Cavendish, 2008.  Gr. Pre-2
Johnson, Angela.  Wind Flyers.  Illus. by Loren Long.  Simon & Schuster, 2007.  Gr. 2-4
Leoni, Cristiana.  A History of Aircraft.  Illus. by Alessandro Baldanzi.  Blackbirch, 2005.  Gr. 4-6
Lewis, J. Patrick.  Skywriting: Poems to Fly.  Illus. by Laszlo Kubinyi.  Creative Editions, 2010.  Gr. 4-6
Lyon, George Ella.  Planes Fly!  Illus. by Mick Wiggins.  Atheneum, 2013.  Gr. K-2
Nahum, Andrew.  Flying Machine ("Eyewitness").  DK, 2004.  Gr. 4-8
O'Brien, Patrick.  Fantastic Flights: One Hundred Years of Flying on the Edge.  Walker, 2003.  Gr. 3-6
Pallotta, Jerry & Stillwell, Fred.  The Airplane Alphabet Book.  Illus.  by Rob Bolster. Charlesbridge, 1999.  Gr. 1-4
Riehle, Mary Ann McCabe.  A Is for Aviation.  Illus. by David Craig.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2009.  Gr. 2-4
Rinard, Judith E.  Book of Flight: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (2nd Ed.).  Firefly, 2007.  Gr. 5-8
van Lieshout, Maria.  Flight 1-2-3.  Chronicle, 2013.  Gr. Pre-2
Allen, Pamela.  Who Sank the Boat?  Putnam, 1982.  Gr. K-2
Alvord, Douglas.  Sarah's Boat: A Young Girl Learns the Art of Sailing.  Tilbury House, 2001.  Gr. 3-5
Biggs, Brian.  Everything Goes: By Sea.  Balzer + Bray, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Bunting, Eve.  Little Bear's Boat.  Illus. by Nancy Carpenter.  Clarion, 2003.  Gr. Pre-2
Crews, Donald.  Sail Away.  Greenwillow, 1995.  Gr. Pre-2
Crews, Donald.  Harbor.  Greenwillow, 1982.  Gr. Pre-2
de Sève, Randall.  Toy Boat.  Illus. by Loren Long.  Philomel, 2007.  Gr. K-2
Demarest, Chris L.  My Blue Boat.  Harcourt, 1995.  Gr. Pre-2
Dunbar, Polly.  Arthur's Dream Boat.  Candlewick, 2012.  Gr. Pre-2
Garland, Michael.  Tugboat.  Holiday House, 2014.  Gr. Pre-1
Garland, Sherry.  My Father's Boat.  Illus. by Ted Rand.  Scholastic, 1998.  Gr. 1-4
Hubbell, Patricia.  Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising!  Illus. by Megan Halsey & Sean Addy.  Marshall Cavendish,
2009.  Gr. K-2
Kentley, Eric.  Boat ("Eyewitness").  DK, 2000.  Gr. 4-8
Lyon, George Ella & Lyon, Benn.  Boats Float!  Illus. by Mick Wiggins.  Atheneum, 2015.  Gr. K-2
O'Brien, Patrick.  The Great Ships.  Walker, 2001.  Gr. 3-6
Pallotta, Jerry.  The Boat Alphabet Book.  Illus. by David Biedrzycki.  Charlesbridge, 1998.  Gr. 1-4
Rand, Gloria.  Sailing Home: A Story of a Childhood at Sea.  Illus. by Ted Rand.  North-South, 2001.  Gr. 2-4
Rand, Gloria.  Salty Sails North.  Illus. by Ted Rand.  Henry Holt, 1990.  Gr. K-3
Rylant, Cynthia.  Mr. Putter & Tabby Row the Boat.  Illus. by Arthur Howard.  Harcourt, 1997.  Gr. 1-3
Stead, Philip Christian.  Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat.  Roaring Brook, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Steggall, Susan.  Busy Boats.  Frances Lincoln, 2011.  Gr. Pre-1
Wynne-Jones, Tim.  Boat in the Tree.  Illus. by John Shelley.  Front Street, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Multiple forms of transportation
Calmenson, Stephanie.  Late for School!  Illus. by Sachiko Yoshikawa.  Carolrhoda, 2008.  Gr. K-2
Demarest, Chris L.  All Aboard!: A Traveling Alphabet.  Illus. by Bill Mayer.  McElderry, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Gibbons, Gail.  Transportation.  Holiday House, 2017.  Gr. K-3
Kirk, Daniel.  Songs That Go!  Hyperion, 2001.  Gr. K-4
Luciani, Brigitte.  How Will We Get to the Beach?  Illus. by Eve Tharlet.  North-South, 2003.  Gr. Pre-2
Spinelli, Eileen.  Six Hogs on a Scooter.  Illus. by Scott Nash.  Orchard, 2000.  Gr. K-2
Walton, Rick.  Bunnies on the Go: Getting from Place to Place.  Illus. by Paige Miglio.  HarperCollins, 2003.  Gr. K-2
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about all forms of transportation published in library editions.

America on the Move, at the Smithsonian
Exhibition about how transportation transformed America, including facts, numerous photos and artifacts, interactive games, and lesson plans/activities
Transportation and Public Transit: An Online Lesson, from Transit People
Five easy-to-read chapters about the history of modes of transportation, trains, cars, and public transit followed by chapter quizzes
Transportation Activities, at DLTK's Crafts for Kids
An assortment of coloring pages, printables, crafts, songs and poems, online puzzles, and links to additional materials
Social Studies Fun: Transportation, at PrimaryGames
Online games, transportation-themed stationery, and coloring pages

For additional books, weblinks, and activities related to transportation, see the Activities Calendars for National Bike Month (May 9), National Train Day (May 13), and Aviation History Month (November 22).
Brainstorm modes of transportation on a chart. Leave space on the chart for noting additional types after students have had a chance to browse books and other resources (for example, next to "boats" on the chart, they might want to add "canoe," "yacht," "tugboat," etc.).
Build vocabulary throughout the unit. Younger students might make a Big Book of labeled pictures they have found in magazines, catalogs, brochures, or downloaded from the internet. Pictures can be organized according to type of transportation. Older students might create an illustrated dictionary of terms, for which they find pictures and write definitions.
Use the unit as an opportunity to focus on safety. Invite different transportation professionals into the classroom to talk about safety of passengers. Students can make safety posters about modes of transportation and display them or create "public service announcements" which can be taped with a video camera (digital or VHS) and shown to other classes or presented as audio broadcasts on the school intercom at the start or end of each school day.
Students can make displays according to mode of transportation that include models, pictures, books, a bulletin board, and fact cards (from their research).


2000—Sue was exhibited for the first time at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Discovered in 1990 in western South Dakota, “Sue” was the name given to the largest and most complete tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever found.
Add these titles to your favorite books about dinosaurs.
Barner, Bob.  Dinosaur Bones.  Chronicle, 2001.  Gr. K-2
Barrett, Paul.  National Geographic Dinosaurs.  Illus. by Raul Martin.  National Geographic Society, 2001.  Gr. 5-9
Bergen, David.  Life-Size Dinosaurs.  Sterling, 2004.  Gr. 3-6
Broach, Elise.  When Dinosaurs Came with Everything.  Illus. by David Small.  Atheneum, 2007.  Gr. K-2
Brewster, Hugh.  Dinosaurs in Your Backyard: The Coolest, Scariest Creatures Ever Found in the USA!
Illus. by Alan Barnard.  Abrams, 2009.  Gr. 1-4
Chapman, Todd.  D Is for Dinosaur: A Prehistoric Alphabet.  Illus. by Lita Judge.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2007.
Gr. 2-4
Cole, Joanna.  The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs.  Illus. by Bruce Degen.  Scholastic, 1994.
Gr. 1-4
First Dinosaur Encyclopedia.  DK, 2006.  Gr. 2-5
Fern, Tracey.  Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World.
Illus. by Boris Kulikov.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012.  Gr. 1-4
Florian, Douglas.  Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings.  Atheneum, 2009.  Gr. K-5
Gibbons, Gail.  Dinosaur Discoveries.  Holiday House, 2005.  Gr. 1-4
Guiberson, Brenda Z.  The Greatest Dinosaur Ever.  Illus. by Gennady Spirin.  Henry Holt, 2013.  Gr. 1-4
Gurney, John Steven.  Dinosaur Train.  HarperCollins, 2002.  Gr. K-2
Halpern, Shari.  Dinosaur Parade.  Henry Holt, 2014.  Gr. Pre-1
Hartland, Jessie.  How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum.  Blue Apple, 2011.  Gr. 2-4
Hort, Lenny.  Did Dinosaurs Eat Pizza?: Mysteries Science Hasn’t Solved.  Illus. by John O’Brien.  Henry Holt,
2006.  Gr. 1-3
Judge, Lita.  Born to be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World.  Flash Point, 2010.  Gr. 2-4
Judge, Lita.  How Big Were the Dinosaurs?  Roaring Brook, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Kerley, Barbara.  The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins.  Illus. by Brian Selznick.  Scholastic, 2001.  Gr. 2-5
Kudlinski, Kathleen V.  Boy, Were We Wrong about Dinosaurs!  Illus. by S.D. Schindler.  Dutton, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Leedy, Loreen.  My Teacher Is a Dinosaur: And Other Prehistoric Poems, Jokes, Riddles, & Amazing Facts.
Marshall Cavendish, 2010.  Gr. 2-5
Lessem, Don.  Scholastic Dinosaur A to Z.  Illus. by Jan Slovak.  Scholastic, 2003.  Gr. 3-8
McGowan, Chris.  Dinosaur Discovery: Everything You Need to be a Paleontologist.  Illus. by Erica Lyn Schmidt.
Simon & Schuster, 2011.  Gr. 4-7
Pallotta, Jerry.  The Dinosaur Alphabet Book.  Illus. by Ralph Masiello.  Charlesbridge, 1990.  Gr. K-3
Ray, Deborah Kogan.  Dinosaur Mountain: Digging in the Jurassic Age.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2010.  Gr. 3-6
Relf, Pat.  A Dinosaur Named Sue: The Story of the Colossal Fossil, the World’s Most Complete T-Rex.
Scholastic, 2000.  Gr. 3-6
Robinson, Fay with the SUE Science Team of the Field Museum.  A Dinosaur Named Sue: The Find of a Century
(Hello Reader!, 4).  Scholastic Cartwheel, 1999.  Gr. 2-4
Roderick, Stacey.  Dinosaurs from Head to Tail.  Illus. by Kwanchai Moriya.  Kids Can Press, 2015.  Gr. K-3
Scott, Carey.  Dangerous Dinosaurs Q & A: Everything You Never Knew about Dinosaurs.  DK Children, 2008.
Gr. 3-6
Sloan, Christopher.  Feathered Dinosaurs.  National Geographic Society, 2000.  Gr. 4-8
Stansbie, Stephanie.  Dinosaur.  Little, Brown, 2009.  Gr. All ages
Stickland, Paul & Stickland, Henrietta.  Dinosaur Roar.  Dutton, 1994.  Gr. Pre-1
Stickland, Paul.  Ten Terrible Dinosaurs.  Dutton, 1997.  Gr. Pre-1
Thimmesh, Catherine.  Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled: How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Really Looked Like?
HMH, 2013.  Gr. 4-7
Wahl, Jan.  The Field Mouse and the Dinosaur Named Sue.  Illus. by Bob Doucet.  Scholastic, 2000.  Gr. K-3
Worth, Bonnie.  Oh, Say Can You Say DI-NO-SAUR?: All about Dinosaurs.  Illus. by Steve Haefele.
Random House, 1999.  Gr. K-3
Zoehfeld, Kathleen Weidner.  Where Did Dinosaurs Come From?  Illus. by Lucia Washburn.  Collins, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Check school and public library shelves for the many nonfiction books about dinosaurs collectively and individually.

Sue at the Field Museum
Information about the discovery of Sue, the preparation of the specimen for display, and a photo gallery
Dinosaurs for Kids
Considerable amount of information with pictures, facts, pronunciation guides, games and activities, and much more! (some advertisements)
Dinosaurs at Discovery Kids
Dinosaur-related games, videos, and activities
Dinosaurs at Kids Konnect
Fast Facts and links to numerous websites on just about every topic related to dinosaurs

Display a collection of dinosaur books. Invite students to bring toy models of dinosaurs from home and place them on display with the books.
Encourage students to become dinosaur fact collectors. Include a stack of blank egg-shaped paper in the display and invite students to write one interesting fact they find per egg as they read the books. Attach the eggs to a wall or bulletin board behind the display and watch the collection of “Dino-Facts” grow!
You can find a large number of dinosaur units and lesson plans on the internet, such as those linked to the websites below:
Dinosaur Lesson Plans, at teAchnology
Links to 22 lesson plans related to different curriculum areas and for a range of grade levels, all with a dinosaur theme
Dinosaurs, at A to Z Teacher Stuff
Several grade levels and curriculum areas represented in these links


1980 – Mount St. Helens erupted on this date. Located in Washington state, this eruption was the most destructive volcanic event, in terms of lives and property lost, in U.S. history.
Adams, Simon.  The Best Book of Volcanoes.  Kingfisher, 2001.  Gr. 2-5
Boursellier, Philippe.  Volcanoes: Journey to the Crater’s Edge.  Abrams, 2003.  Gr. 4-7
Branley, Franklyn M.  Volcanoes.  Illus. by Megan Lloyd.  Collins, 2008.  Gr. 2-4
Claybourne, Anna.  Volcanoes.  Kingfisher, 2007.  Gr. 4-7
Fradin, Judith Bloom & Fradin, Dennis.  Volcanoes: Witness to Disaster.  National Geographic, 2007.  Gr. 4-7
Ganeri, Anita.  Eruption! The Story of Volcanoes.  DK, 2001.  Gr. 2-4
George, Jean Craighead.  Dear Katie, the Volcano is a Girl.  Illus. by Daniel Powers.  Hyperion, 1998.  Gr. 1-4
Halpern, Monica.  Rivers of Fire: The Story of Volcanoes.  National Geographic, 2006.  Gr. 3-5
Harrison, David L.  Volcanoes: Nature’s Incredible Fireworks.  Illus. by Cheryl Nathan.  Boyds Mills, 2002.  Gr. 2-4
Kehret, Peg.  The Volcano Disaster.  Simon & Schuster, 1998.  Gr. 5-7
Lauber, Patricia.  Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens.  Bradbury, 1986.  Gr. 4-8
O’Meara, Donna.  Into the Volcano: A Volcano Researcher at Work.  Photographs by Stephen & Donna O’Meara.
Kids Can Press, 2005.  Gr. 5-8
Peters, Lisa Westberg.  Volcano Wakes Up!  Illus. by Steve Jenkins.  Henry Holt, 2010.  Gr. 2-4
Rusch, Elizabeth.  Volcano Rising.  Illus. by Susan Swan.  Charlesbridge, 2013.  Gr. 2-4
Rusch, Elizabeth.  Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives.  Photos by Tom Uhlman.  HMH, 2013.
Gr. 5-8
Simon, Seymour.  Danger! Volcanoes.  SeaStar, 2002.  Gr. 1-3
Souza, D.M.  Volcanoes Inside and Out.  Illus. by Deborah & Allan Drew-Brook-Cormack.  Millbrook, 2005.  Gr. 2-5
Tonatiuh, Duncan.  The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes.  Abrams, 2016.  Gr. 1-4
Wood, Don.  Into the Volcano.  Blue Sky/Scholastic, 2008.  Gr. 5-8
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about volcanoes published in library editions.

Mount St. Helens, from the U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory
Set of 50 captioned images including maps and photos of the eruption and aftermath
Volcano World
Up-to-date reports of current volcanic activity, world map showing hot spots, volcano FAQs, glossary, "factoids," games, and lesson plans
Volcanoes, from Weather Wiz Kids
Good information about volcanoes written in an easy-to-understand style, photos, maps, animation, definition of key vocabulary, discussion of the relationship between volcanoes and tsunamis, links to instructions for making a volcano, and links to several lesson plans

View the “Reading Rainbow” program of Hill of Fire. It contains spectacular footage of an eruption of Mt. Kilauea in Hawaii. See the Teacher’s Guide for a variety of volcano activities to accompany this episode.
Students can locate the “Ring of Fire” on a map of the world. A lesson that contains a list of countries of the world in the “ring” (with links to their volcanoes) may be found at Volcano Live.
They can also research volcanoes in the United States: Where are they located? When did they last erupt? What are their unique characteristics? When are they projected to erupt again? Where are the calderas in the U.S.? Display the information on note cards on a map of the United States.
Locate legends about Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes.


National Police Week May 14-20
Hamilton, Kersten.  Police Officers on Patrol.  Illus. by R.W. Alley.  Viking, 2009.  Gr. Pre-2
Hinkes, Enid.  Police Cat.  Illus. by Wendy Rasmussen.  Albert Whitman, 2005.  Gr. K-2
Hubbell, Patricia.  Police: Hurrying! Helping! Saving!  Illus. by Viviana Garofoli.  Marshall Cavendish, 2008.
Gr. Pre-2
Niemann, Christoph.  Police Cloud.  Schwartz & Wade, 2007.  Gr. K-2
Numeroff, Laura & Evans, Nate.  Sherman Crunchley.  Illus. by Tim Bowers.  Dutton, 2003.  Gr. K-2
Rathman, Peggy.  Officer Buckle and Gloria.  Putnam, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Russell, Joan Plummer.  Aero and Officer Mike: Police Partners.  Photos by Kris Turner Sinnenberg.
Boyds Mills, 2001.  Gr. 2-4
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about police officers published in library editions.

Check the website of your local police department for a link to information and activities for children.
Brainstorm with students a list of the different types of responsibilities that police officers have. Use this week to read nonfiction about police officers and add items to the list.
Invite a police officer to the classroom to talk about his/her training and work.
Write letters to local police officers thanking them for what they do for the community.
Make posters in honor of National Police Week and ask local businesses (e.g., fast food restaurants, grocery stores, public libraries, etc.) to display them.


1862 – The original Homestead Act was signed on this date by President Abraham Lincoln. It gave applicants free title to up to 160 acres of undeveloped federal land west of the Mississippi River providing they improved the land
Landau, Elaine.  The Homestead Act.  Children's Press, 2006.  Gr. 3-5
Porterfield, Jason.  The Homestead Act of 1862: A Primary Source History of the Settlement of the American
Heartland in the Late 19th Century.  Rosen, 2004.  Gr. 4-8
Books about pioneer homesteaders:
Armstrong, Jennifer.  Black-eyed Susan.  Crown, 1995.  Gr. 4-6
Arrington, Frances.  Bluestem.  Philomel, 2000.  Gr. 4-6
Arrington, Frances.  Prairie Whispers.  Philomel, 2003.  Gr. 6-10
Bunting, Eve.  Dandelions.  Illus. by Greg Shed.  Harcourt, 1995.  Gr. 2-5
Conrad, Pam.  Prairie Songs.  HarperCollins, 1985.  Gr. 4-6
Harvey, Brett.  A Prairie Christmas.  Illus. by Deborah Kogan Ray.  Holiday House, 1990.  Gr. K-3
Hermes, Patricia.  Calling Me Home.  HarperCollins, 1998.  Gr. 4-6
Hopkinson, Deborah.  A Packet of Seeds.  Illus. by Bethanne Andersen.  Greenwillow, 2004.  Gr. 1-4
Hopkinson, Deborah.  Pioneer Summer.  Aladdin, 2002.  Gr. 2-4.  Also: Cabin in the Snow (2002) and Our Kansas
Home (2003)
Kamma, Anne.  If You Were a Pioneer on the Prairie.  Illus. by James Watling.  Scholastic, 2003.  Gr. 3-5
Karim, Roberta.  Kindle Me a Riddle.  Illus. by Bethanne Andersen.  Greenwillow, 1999.  Gr. 2-4
Kimmel, E. Cody.  One Sky above Us.  HarperCollins, 2002.  Gr. 3-6
Larson, Kirby.  Hattie Big Sky.  Delacorte, 2006.   Gr. 6-10
Lawlor, Laurie.  Addie's Dakota Winter.  Albert Whitman, 1989.  Gr. 3-5.  Also: Addie's Long Summer (1992)
Levinson, Nancy Smiler.  Prairie Friends  (I-Can-Read, 3).  Illus. by Stacey Schuett.  HarperCollins, 2003.  Gr. 2-4
MacLachlan, Patricia.  Three Names.  Illus. by Alexander Pertzoff.  HarperCollins, 1991.  Gr. 2-4
MacLachlan, Patricia.  Nora's Chicks.  Illus. by Kathryn Brown.  Candlewick, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Randall, Alison.  Wheat Doll.  Illus. by Bill Farnsworth.  Peachtree, 2008.  Gr. 1-4
Rose, Caroline Starr.  May B.  Schwartz & Wade, 2012. Gr. 4-6
Stewart, Elinore Pruitt.  The Letters of Elinore Pruitt Stewart, Woman Homesteader.  Edited by Ruth Ashby.  Illus. by
Laszlo Kubinyi.  Marshall Cavendish, 2003.  Gr. 4-8
Thomas, Joyce Carol.  I Have Heard of a Land.  Illus. by Floyd Cooper.  HarperCollins, 1998.  Gr. 2-4
Turner, Ann.  Dakota Dugout.  Illus. by Ronald Himler.  Macmillan, 1985.  Gr. 3-5
Turner, Ann.  Grasshopper Summer.  Macmillan, 1989.  Gr. 4-6
Warren, Andrea.  Pioneer Girl: Growing Up on the Prairie.  Morrow, 1998.  Gr. 4-7
Wilder, Laura Ingalls.  the "Little House" series.  HarperCollins.  Gr. 3-5
Yolen, Jane.  Elsie's Bird.  Ilus. by David Small.  Philomel, 2010.  Gr. 2-4

Teaching with Documents: The Homestead Act of 1862, from the National Archives
Background information on the Homestead Act plus scans of actual documents and lesson plans
The Homestead Act May 20, 1862, from Archives of the West on PBS
Text of the Homestead Act
Homestead Act in Primary Documents in American History, at the Library of Congress
Links to several primary source documents related to the Homestead Act, plus a photo of Daniel Freeman
About the Homestead Act, from the Homestead National Monument of America
History of the Homestead Act



1927—Charles Lindbergh’s history-making solo, non-stop flight in the Spirit of St. Louis from Roosevelt Field on Long Island, New York, to Le Bourget Aerodrome in Paris, took place on
May 20-21.
Borden, Louise.  Good-bye, Charles Lindbergh.  Illus. by Thomas B. Allen.  McElderry, 1998.  Gr. 1-4
Burleigh, Robert.  Flight.  Illus. by Mike Wimmer. Philomel, 1991.  Gr. 1-4
Demarest, Chris L.  Lindbergh.  Knopf, 1993.  Gr. K-3
Denenberg, Barry.  An American Hero: The True Story of Charles A. Lindbergh.  Scholastic, 1996.  Gr. 5-10
Giblin, James Cross.  Charles A. Lindbergh: A Human Hero.  Clarion, 1997.  Gr. 5-10
Kramer, S. A.  Night Flight: Charles Lindbergh’s Incredible Adventure (All Aboard Reading).
Illus. by Dan Andreasen.  Grosset & Dunlap, 2002.  Gr. 1-3
Pisano, Dominick A. & Van Der Linden, Robert.  Charles Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis.  Abrams, 2002.
Gr. 7-12
Check school and public library shelves for biographies of Charles Lindbergh published in library editions.

Charles Lindbergh-The Lone Eagle
Biography with a section devoted to his famous trans-Atlantic flight (some advertisements)
Lindbergh, from “American Experience” on PBS
Transcript of the program, photo gallery, several “Special Features” (including a discussion of the Spirit of St. Louis, a timeline, maps of his flight, teacher’s guide, and more
Charles Lindbergh, an American Aviator
Considerable amount of information about many aspects of Lindbergh’s life; good coverage of the flight to Paris; photos, video and audio clips

Working in small groups, students can create a radio broadcast of Lindbergh’s flight. One group can “cover” the start of the flight in New York; another group, the landing in Paris. Still another group can create interviews with Lindbergh before and after the flight.
Charles Lindbergh was considered a “hero.” Discuss how he compares with contemporary heroes.
Lindbergh’s flight was a “milestone” in aviation history. Brainstorm other significant events in the history of flight. See Calendar of Events for November 22 for additional resources.


1844 – birthdate of artist Mary Cassatt, an American painter best known for her paintings of mothers and children
Harris, Lois V.  Mary Cassatt: Impressionist Painter.  Pelican, 2007.  Gr. 1-4
Herkert, Barbara.  Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter.  Illus. by Gabi Swiatkowska.  Henry Holt,
2015.  Gr. 2-4
O’Connor, Jane.  Mary Cassatt: Family Pictures.  Illus. by Jennifer Kalis.  Grosset & Dunlap, 2003.  Gr. 3-5
Sweeney, Joan.  Suzette and the Puppy: A Story about Mary Cassatt.  Illus. by Jennifer Heyd Wharton.
Barron’s, 2000.  Gr. K-3
Venezia, Mike.  Mary Cassatt (“Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists”).  Children’s Press, 1990.  Gr. 3-5
Check school and public library shelves for biographies of Mary Cassatt published in library editions.

Mary Cassatt Gallery
Substantial biography plus 362 of her paintings
Mary Cassatt, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
A biography, a discussion of the times in which she lived, an overview of her works of art, and a slide show

Introduce students to the work of Mary Cassatt by projecting a few of her paintings on a large screen or SMART Board. Discuss with students what materials they think she used? Do the paintings evoke any feelings or emotions? Discuss the visual elements of the paintings, such as color, line, shape, and composition.
Ask students to bring in a photo of themselves when they were a baby or a toddler. Have them make a sketch (using light pencil lines) of the photo. Use oil pastels to color the sketch. Collaborate with the art teacher for instruction on working with oil pastels.


1910 – birthdate of Margaret Wise Brown, author of more than 100 books for young children, including the classic titles, The Runaway Bunny (1942) and Goodnight Moon (1947).
Books (a selection):
Many of Margaret Wise Brown's books have been reissued since their original publication, some with new illustrations. Listed here is a selection of editions that are currently available.
Goodnight Moon.  Illus. by Clement Hurd.  HarperCollins.
The Runaway Bunny.  Illus. by Clement Hurd.  HarperCollins.
The Moon Shines Down.  Illus. by Linda Bleck.  Thomas Nelson Publ.
The Little Island.  Illus. by Leonard Weisgard.  Doubleday. (written under the pseudonym "Golden MacDonald")
The Important Book.  Illus. by Leonard Weisgard.  HarperCollins.
Two Little Trains.  Illus. by Leo & Diane Dillon.  HarperCollins.
My World: A Companion to Goodnight Moon.  Illus. by Clement Hurd.  HarperCollins.
Wait Till the Moon Is Full.  Illus. by Garth Williams.  HarperCollins.
Big Red Barn.  Illus. by Felicia Bond.  HarperCollins.
Give Yourself to the Rain: Poems for the Very Young.  Illus. by Teri L. Weidner.  McElderry.
Sneakers, the Seaside Cat.  Illus. by Anne Mortimer.  HarperCollins.
The Golden Egg Book.  Illus. by Leonard Weisgard.  Golden.
Another Important Book.  Illus. by Chris Raschka.  HarperCollins.
A Child's Goodnight Book.  Illus. by Jean Charlot.  HarperCollins.
The Little Fir Tree.  Illus. by Jim LaMarche.  HarperCollins.
Little Fur Family.  Illus. by Garth Williams.  HarperCollins.
A Child's Good Morning Book.  Illus. by Karen Katz.  HarperCollins.
Nibble Nibble.  Illus. by Wendell Minor.  HarperCollins.
Sleepy ABC.  Illus. by Karen Katz.  HarperCollins.
The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin.  Illus. by Richard Egielski.  HarperCollins.
The Dirty Little Boy.  Illus. by Steven Salerno.  Winslow.
Bumble Bugs and Elephants.  Illus. by Clement Hurd.  HarperCollins.
The Little Scarecrow Boy.  Illus. by David Diaz.  HarperCollins.
The Fathers Are Coming Home.  Illus. by Steven Savage.  McElderry.
Check school and public library shelves for titles that may no longer be in print.
Books about Margaret Wise Brown:
Blos, Joan W. (adapted).  The Days before Now: An Autobiographical Note by Margaret Wise Brown.
Illus. by Thomas B. Allen.  Simon & Schuster, 1994.  Gr. 1-4
Marcus, Leonard S.  Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon.  Harper, 1999. Adult
Rylant, Cynthia.  Margaret, Frank & Andy: Three Writers' Stories.  Houghton Mifflin, 1996.  Gr. 3-5
See also: Marcus, Leonard S. "Over the Moon: An Imaginary Interview with Margaret Wise Brown."  The Horn Book
Magazine,  May/June, 2010.

Margaret Wise Brown
Delightful site with long and short versions of her biography, photos, scans of various original manuscripts, lists of materials of interest primarily to adults
In Search of Margaret Wise Brown
Excerpts from an interview with Leonard Weisgard by Leonard Marcus

Display a selection of the author's books. Invite students to share recollections of titles they might remember from when they were younger and the memories associated with them.
Have students select a favorite and practice it for fluency to read with a kindergarten or preschool "partner."
Discuss with students the ingredients they feel are important for a book that is appropriate for a baby, toddler, or child of preschool age. Invite them to write and illustrate a book for this age group.


1968 – birthday of author and illustrator Mo Willems, who has been awarded a Caldecott Honor Book three times: in 2004, for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!; in 2005, for Knuffle Bunny; in 2008, for Knuffle Bunny Too. He also received the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award in 2008 (There Is a Bird on Your Head!) and 2009 (Are You Ready to Play Outside?) and Geisel Honor Books in 2011 (We Are in a Book!), 2012 (I Broke My Trunk!), and 2013 (Let's Go for a Drive!), and 2014 (A Big Guy Took My Ball!).
Books (a selection):
Sam the Most Scaredy-Cat Kid in the Whole World.  Disney-Hyperion, 2017.  Gr. Pre-2
Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals.  Disney/Hyperion, 2017.  Gr. Pre-3
Nanette's Baguette.  Hyperion, 2016.  Gr. K-2
The Story of Diva and Flea (with Tony DiTerlizzi).  Disney/Hyperion, 2015.  Gr. 2-4
That Is Not a Good Idea!  Balzer + Bray, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems.  Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins, 2012.  Gr. Pre-2
Hooray for Amanda & Her Alligator.  Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins, 2011.  Gr. Pre-2
Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion.  Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins, 2010.  Gr. Pre-2
City Dog, Country Frog.  Illus. by Jon J Muth.  Hyperion, 2010.  Gr. K-3
The "Cat the Cat" books (all Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins): Time to Sleep SHEEP the SHEEP (2010); What's Your
Sound HOUND the HOUND? (2010); Cat the Cat Who Is That? (2010); Let's Say HI to Friends Who FLY! (2010).
Gr. Pre-1

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed.  Hyperion, 2009.  Gr. Pre-2
Knuffle Bunny Too. Hyperion, 2007. Gr. Pre-2
Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct.  Hyperion, 2006.  Gr. Pre-2
The “Elephant & Piggie” books (all Hyperion): The Thank You Book (2016); I Will Take a Nap! (2015); I Really Like
Slop! (2015); Waiting Is Not Easy! (2014); My New Friend is So Fun! (2014); I'm a Frog! (2013); A Big Guy Took My Ball! (2013); Let's Go for a Drive! (2012); Listen to My Trumpet! (2012); Happy Pig Day! (2011); Should I Share My Ice Cream? (2011); I Broke My Trunk! (2011); We Are in a Book! (2010); I Am Going! (2010); Can I Play Too? (2010); Pigs Make Me Sneeze!(2009); Elephants Cannot Dance! (2009); Watch Me Throw the Ball! (2009); Are You Ready to Play Outside? (2008); I Love My New Toy! (2008); I Will Surprise My Friend! (2008); 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).  Gr. Pre-1
Leonardo the Terrible Monster.  Hyperion, 2005.  Gr. Pre-1
Time to Say “Please”!  Hyperion, 2005.  Gr. K-2
Knuffle Bunny.  Hyperion, 2004.  Gr. Pre-2
The “Pigeon” books (all Hyperion): Pigeon Needs a Bath! (2014); The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? (2012);
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy (2008); Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! (2006); the Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! (2004); Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (2003)  Gr. Pre-2

Mo Willems’s home page
Games, video clips, FAQs, Mo's blog, and other items of fun for fans
A Video Interview with Mo Willems
Mo discusses how the “Peanuts” comic strip influenced him, how the pigeon became a character, and how he works. A print transcript is also available.
Mo Willems: Getting Adults to Draw, on “All Things Considered,” NPR
Interview about drawing, with links to his other NPR appearances

The "Elephant and Piggie" books are ideal for two-person Readers Theatre with beginning readers.
Students might create additional scenarios for "Elephant and Piggie."
Invite students to doodle a character. Take the class on a tour of the school (inside and out) and take pictures with a digital camera. Print the pictures in black and white and give three to five pictures to each student. Have them create a story for their doodled character using the photos as a backdrop, in the style of the "Knuffle Bunny" books.
Readers interested in the inspiration for Mo's work might enjoy Don't Pigeonhole Me!: Two Decades of the Mo Willems Sketchbook, (Disney Editions, 2013).


Africa Day - the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), presently recognized as the Africa Union (AU). The African Union, comprised of 53 member states, has brought together the continent of Africa to collectively address the challenges it faces.
Books (a selection):
Atinuke.  Good Luck, Anna Hibiscus!  Illus. by Lauren Tobia.  Kane/Miller, 2011.  Gr. 2-5   Also: Double Trouble for
Anna Hibiscus! (2015); Splash, Anna Hibiscus! (2013); Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus! (2011); Hooray for Anna Hibiscus (Walker, 2008); Anna Hibiscus (Walker, 2007)
Atinuke.  No. 1 Car Spotter.  Walker, 2010.  Gr. 2-5  Also: The No. 1 Car Spotter and the Firebird (Kane Miller, 2012)
Barasch, Lynne.  First Come the Zebra.  Lee & Low, 2009.  Gr. 2-5 (Kenya))
Beake, Lesley.  Home Now.  Illus. by Karin Littlewood.  Charlesbridge, 2007.  Gr. 1-3 (South Africa)
Bynum, Eboni & Jackson, Roland.  Jamari's Drum.  Illus. by Baba Wagué Diakité.  Groundwood, 2004.  Gr. 1-4
Brett, Jan.  Honey...Honey...Lion!  Putnam, 2005.  Gr. K-3
Burg, Shana.  Laugh with the Moon.  Delacorte, 2012.  Gr. 5-8
Chamberlin, Mary & Rich.  Mama Panya's Pancakes.  Illus. by Julia Cairns.  Barefoot Books, 2005.  Gr. K-3
Conway, David.  Lila and the Secret of Rain.  Illus. by Jude Daly.  Frances Lincoln, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Conway, David.  The Most Important Gift of All.  Illus. by Karin Littlewood.  Brighter Child, 2006.  Gr. K-3 (Kenya)
Cooper, Floyd.  Mandela: From the Life of the South African Statesman.  Philomel, 1996.  Gr. 2-5 (biography)
Cunnane, Kelly.  If You Are a Kenyan Child.  Illus. by Ana Juan.  Simon & Schuster, 2006.  Gr. K-2
Cunnane, Kelly.  Chirchir Is Singing.  Illus. by Jude Daly.  Schwartz & Wade, 2011.  Gr. K-2
Daly, Niki.  A Song for Jamela.  Frances Lincoln, 2010.  Gr. K-3.  Also: Jamela's Dress (1999); Where's Jamela?
(2001); What's Cooking, Jamela? (2004); Happy Birthday, Jamela (2006) (South Africa)
Daly, Niki.  Once Upon a Time.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003.  Gr. K-3
Deedy, Carmen Agra.  14 Cows for America.  Illus. by Thomas Gonzalez.  Peachtree, 2009.  Gr. 2-5 (Kenya)
Diakité, Penda.  I Lost My Tooth in Africa.  Illus. by Baba Wagué Diakité.  Scholastic, 2006.  Gr. K-3 (Mali)
Diouf, Sylviane A.  Bintou's Braids.  Illus. by Shane W. Evans.  Chronicle, 2001.  Gr. K-3 (West Africa)
Edinger, Monica.  Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad.  Illus. by Robert Byrd.  Candlewick, 2013.  Gr. 4-6
Feelings, Muriel.  Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book.  Illus. by Tom Feelings.  Dial, 1974.  Gr. K-3.
Also: Moja Means One (1971)
Gibbons, Gail.  Elephants of Africa.  Holiday House, 2008.  Gr. 1-4
Graber, Janet.  Muktar and the Camels.  Illus. by Scott Mack.  Henry Holt, 2009.  Gr. 2-4 (Kenya & Somalia)
Grifalconi, Ann.  Osa's Pride.  Little, Brown, 1990.  Gr. 1-4.  Also: The Village of Round and Square Houses (1986)
Hansen, Joyce.  African Princess: The Amazing Lives of Africa's Royal Women.  Illus. by Laurie McGaw.  Hyperion,
2004.  Gr. 4-8 (collective biography)
Haskins, James & Benson, Kathleen.  Africa Beginnings.  Illus. by Floyd Cooper.  Amistad, 1998 Gr. 3-7
(history-multiple African civilizations)
Isadora, Rachel.  At the Crossroads.  Greenwillow, 1991.  Gr. K-3 (South Africa)
Isadora, Rachel.  Over the Green Hills.  Greenwillow, 1992.  Gr. K-3 (South Africa)
Isadora, Rachel.  Old Mikamba Had a Farm.  Nancy Paulsen/Penguin, 2013.  Gr. Pre-2
Johnson, Jen Cullerton.  Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace.  Illus. by Sonia Lynn Sadler.  Lee & Low,
2010.  Gr. 2-4 (Kenya) (biography)
Johnston, Tony.  A Kenya Christmas.  Illus. by Leonard Jenkins.  Holiday House, 2003.  Gr. K-3 (Kenya)
Joosse, Barbara M.  Papa, Do You Love Me?  Illus. by Barbara Lavallee.  Chronicle, 2005.  Gr. K-2 (Maasai)
Kessler, Cristina.  The Best Beekeeper of Lalibela: A Tale from Africa.  Illus. by Leonard Jenkins.  Holiday House,
2006.  Gr. 1-4 (Ethiopia)
Knight, Margy Burns.  Africa Is Not a Country.  Illus. by Anne Sibley O'Brien.  Millbrook, 2002.  Gr. 2-4
Krebs, Laurie.  We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey through Tanzania.  Illus. by Julia Cairns.  Barefoot
Books, 2003.  Gr. K-2
Lewin, Betsy.  Chubbo's Pool.  Clarion, 1996.  Gr. K-3 (Botswana)
McBrier, Page.  Beatrice's Goat.  Illus. by Lori Lohstoeter.  Atheneum, 2001.  Gr. K-3 (Uganda)
McDonough, Yona Zeldis.  Peaceful Protest: The Life of Nelson Mandela.  Illus. by Malcah Zeldis.  Walker, 2002.
Gr. 2-5 (biography)
McKissack, Patricia.  Never Forgotten.  Illus. by Leo & Diane Dillon.  Schwartz & Wade, 2011.  Gr. 4-7
Milway, Katie Smith.  One Hen - How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference.  Kids Can Press, 2008.  Gr. 2-5.
Mollel, Tololwa M.  My Rows and Piles of Coins.  Illus. by E.B.White.  Clarion, 1999.  Gr. K-3 (Tanzania)
Musgrove, Margaret W.  Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions.  Illus. by Leo & Diane Dillon.  Dial, 1976.  Gr. 3-6
Napoli, Donna Jo.  Mama Miti.  Illus. by Kadir Nelson.  Simon & Schuster, 2010.  Gr. K-3 (Kenya) (biography)
Nelson, Kadir.  Nelson Mandela.  Katharine Tegen, 2013.  Gr. 2-5 (biography)
Nelson, Marilyn.  Ostrich and Lark.  Illus. by San Artists of the Kuru Art Project in Botswana.  Boyds Mills, 2012.
Gr. K-3 (Kalahari Desert)
Nivola, Claire A.  Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008.  Gr. 2-4
Olayleye, Isaac.  Bikes for Rent.  Illus. by Chris Demarest.  Orchard, 2001.  Gr. K-2 (Nigeria)
Onyefulu, Ifeoma.  A Is for Africa.  Cobblehill, 1993.  Gr. K-3.  Also: Chidi Only Likes Blue: An African Book of Colors
(1997); Emeke's Gift: An African Counting Story (1995); My Grandfather is a Magician: Work and Wisdom in an African Village (1998); Ebele's Favourite: A Book of African Games (1999); Triangle for Adaora: An African Book of Shapes (2000); Welcome Dede: An African Naming Ceremony (2003); Here Comes Our Bride!: An African Wedding Story (2004); An African Christmas (2005) (Nigeria)
Park, Linda Sue.  A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story.  Clarion, 2010.  Gr. 5-8
Pritchett, Dylan.  The First Music.  Illus. by Erin Bennett Banks.  August House, 2006.  Gr. K-3
Quirk, Katie.  A Girl Called Problem.  Eerdmans, 2013.  Gr. 6-9
Reynolds, Jan.  Only the Mountains Do Not Move: A Maasai Story of Culture and Preservation.  Lee & Low, 2011.
Gr. 3-6
Saint-lot, Katia Novet.  Amadi's Snowman.  Illus. by Dimitrea Kotunbo.  Tilbury House, 2008.  Gr. 1-4 (Nigeria)
Sayre, April Pulley.  If You Should Hear a Honey Guide.  Illus. by S. D Schindler.  Houghton Mifflin, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Schaeffer, Carole Lexa.  Cool Time Song.  Illus. by Pierr Morgan.  Viking, 2005.  Gr. K-3 (African savannah)
Schermbrucker, Reviva.  Charlie's House.  Illus. by Niki Daly.  Viking, 1991.  Gr. K-3 (South Africa)
Shoveller, Herb.  Ryan and Jimmy: And the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together.  Kids Can Press, 2006.
Gr. 3-6 (Uganda)
St. John, Lauren.  The White Giraffe.  Dial, 2007.  Gr. 4-7 (South Africa)  Also: Dolphin Song (2008) (South Africa);
The Last Leopard (2009) (Zimbabwe); The Elephant's Tale (2010) (Namibia)
Stanley, Sanna.  Monkey Sunday: A Story from a Congolese Village.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998.  Gr. 1-3.
Also: Monkey for Sale (2002). (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Stock, Catherine.  Where Are You Going Manyoni?  Morrow, 1993.  Gr. K-3 (Zimbabwe)
Stock, Catherine.  Gugu's House.  Clarion, 2001.  Gr. 1-3 (Zimbabwe)
Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie.  Elizabeti's School.  Illus. by Christy Hale.  Lee & Low, 2002.  Gr. K-3.  Also: Mama
Elizabeti (2000); Elizabeti's Doll (1998) (Tanzania)
Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie.  Babu's Song.  Illus. by Aaron Boyd.  Lee & Low, 2003.  Gr. K-3 (Tanzania)
Tutu, Archbishop Desmond & Abrams, Douglas Carlton.  Desmond and the Very Mean Word.  Illus. by A.G.Ford.
Candlewick, 2013.  Gr. 1-3
van Wyk, Chris.  Long Walk to Freedom.  Illus. by Paddy Bouma.  Flash Point, 2009.  Gr. 2-6 (biography)
Whelan, Gloria.  Yatandou.  Illus. by Peter Sylvada.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2007.  Gr. 1-4 (Mali)
Williams, Karen Lynn.  Galimoto.  Illus. by Catherine Stock.  Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1990.  Gr. 1-3
Williams, Mary.  Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan.  Illus. by R. Gregory Christie.  Lee & Low,
2005.  Gr. 3-5
Winter, Jeanette.  My Baby.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001.  Gr. Pre-2 (Mali)
Winter, Jeanette.  Elsina's Clouds.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004.  Gr. K-3 (South Africa)
Winter, Jeanette.  Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story of Africa.  Harcourt, 2008.  Gr. K-4 (Kenya) (biography)
Yohalem, Eve.  Escape Under the Forever Sky.  Chronicle, 2009.  Gr. 5-8 (Ethiopia)

Folk Tales (a selection - many folk tales are appropriate for all ages):
Aardema, Verna.  Misoso: Once Upon a Time Tales from Africa.  Illus. by Reynold Ruffins.  Knopf, 1994 (12 stories
from different cultures)
Aardema, Verna.  Anansi Does the Impossible: An Ashanti Tale.  Illus. by Lisa Desimini.  Atheneum, 1997
Aardema, Verna.  Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears.  Illus. by Leo & Diane Dillon.  Dial, 1975
Arrington, H.J.  The Heart of a Friendship: An East African Folktale.  Illus. by JoAnn Kitchel.  Pelican, 1997
Cleveland, Rob.  The Clever Monkey: A Folktale from West Africa.  Illus. by Baird Hoffmire.  August House, 2006
Cummings, Pat (Retold & Illus.).  Ananse and the Lizard: A West African Tale.  Henry Holt, 2002
Daly, Niki.  Pretty Salma: A Little Red Riding Hood Story from Africa.  Clarion, 2007
Day, Nancy Raines.  The Lion's Whiskers: An Ethiopian Folktale.  Illus. by Ann Grifalconi.  Scholastic, 1995
Dee, Ruby.  Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale.  Illus. by Susan Meddaugh.  Henry Holt, 1990
Diakité, Baba Wagué (Retold).  The Hunterman and the Crocodile.  Scholastic, 1997 (West Africa)
Diakité, Baba Wagué.  The Hatseller and the Monkeys.  Scholastic, 1999 (Mali)
Diakité, Baba Wagué.  The Magic Gourd.  Scholastic, 2003 (Mali)
Diakité, Baba Wagué.  Mee-An and the Magic Serpent.  Groundwood, 2007 (Mali)
Gershator, Phillis (Retold).  Only One Cowry: A Dahomean Tale.  Illus. by David Soman.  Scholastic, 2000
(Republic of Benin)
Gerson, Mary-Joan (Retold).  Why the Sky is Far Away: A Nigerian Folktale.  Illus. by Carla Golembe.  Little, Brown,
Haley, Gail E.  A Story, A Story.  Atheneum, 1970
Kimmel, Eric A. (Retold).  Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock.  Illus. by Janet Stevens. Holiday House, 1990.
Also: Anansi Goes Fishing (1992); Anansi and the Talking Melon (1994); Anansi and the Magic Stick (2001), and Anansi's Party Time (2008) (West Africa)
Knutson, Barbara (Retold).  How the Guinea Fowl Got Her Spots: A Swahili Tale of Friendship.  Carolrhoda, 1990
(East Africa)
Lottridge, Celia Barker (Retold).  The Name of the Tree.  Illus. by Ian Wallace.  McElderry, 1989 (Bantu)
Mandela, Nelson (Ed.).  Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folk Tales.  Norton, 2007
Martin, Francesca.  Clever Tortoise.  Candlewick, 2000 (East Africa)
McDermott, Gerald.  Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa.  Harcourt, 1992
McDermott, Gerald.  Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti.  Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1972.  Gr. K-3
Medearis, Angela Shelf.  Too Much Talk.  Illus. by Stefano Vitale.  Candlewick, 1995 (West Africa)
Mollel, Tololwa M.  Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper!  Illus. by Barbara Spurll.  Clarion, 1992 (Maasai)
Mollel, Tololwa M.  Ananse's Feast: An Ashanti Tale.  Illus. by Andrew Glass.  Clarion, 1997
Moodie, Fiona (Retold).  Nabulela.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1996 (North Nguni-South Africa)
Musgrove, Margaret.  The Spider Weaver: A Legend of Kente Cloth.  Illus. by Julia Cairns.  Scholastic, 2001
Onyefulu, Obi.  Chinye.  Illus. by Evie Safarewicz.  Viking, 1994 (West Africa--Cinderella variant)
Paye, Won-Ldy & Lippert, Margaret H.  Head, Body Legs: A Story from Liberia.  Illus. by Julie Paschkis.  Henry Holt,
Paye, Won-Ldy & Lippert, Margaret H.  The Talking Vegetables.  Illus. by Julie Paschkis.  Henry Holt, 2006 (Liberia)
Rodanas, Kristina.  The Blind Hunter.  Marshall Cavendish, 2003 (Shona/southern Africa)
Shepard, Aaron.  Master Man: A Tall Tale from Nigeria.  Illus. by David Wisniewski.  HarperCollins, 2000
Steptoe, John.  Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters.  Amistad, 1987 (Zimbabwe)
Tchana, Katrin.  Sense Pass King: A Story from Cameroon.  Illus. by Trina Schart Hyman.  Holiday House, 2002
Washington, Donna L. (Retold).   A Pride of African Tales.  Illus. by James Ransome.  HarperCollins, 2004
(different cultural regions)
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction about Africa--its peoples, geography, cultures, and animals--published in library editions.

Links to numerous pieces of information including lesson plans, history, geography, games, music, folktales, and much more
Africa Kid's Page
Information about children's games, plus links to languages, recipes, stories, photos, and more
African Animals List
Long list of African animals with photos and brief description of the animals
Wildlife Gallery, at the African Wildlife Foundation
Photos with accompanying "fact cards" of more than 50 African animals
Africa Map, at National Geographic
Map of the continent with interactive capability: choose a country to obtain a list of articles about that country from the National Geographic archives
Map of Africa
Brief description of geographical features of Africa with outline map; individual countries are also outlined--by moving the mouse over a country, the country is identified
National Flags of Africa
Color representations of the flag of each country, plus a link to many facts about the country--good site for research

Students might enjoy choosing their own topics of research and developing their own questions about Africa. The weblinks above will give them many ideas and resources. Also check the weblinks for lesson plans. Display many books, both fiction and nonfiction, for independent reading.


1895 birthdate of photographer Dorothea Lange, who is best known for her Depression-era photographs.
Partridge, Elizabeth.  Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange.  Viking, 1998.  Gr. 6 & above
Rosenstock, Barb.  Dorothea's Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth.  Illus. by Gerard Dubois.
Calkins Creek, 2016.  Gr. 2-4
Weatherford, Carole Boston.  Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression.
Illus. by Sarah Green.  Albert Whitman, 2017.  Gr. 2-4
Books related to the Great Depression (a selection):
Adler, David A.  The Babe and I.  Illus. by Terry Widener. Harcourt, 1999.  Gr. 2-4
Bolden, Tonya.  FDR's Alphabet Soup: New Deal America 1932-1939.  Knopf, 2010.  Gr. 6-9
Brown, Don.  The Great American Dust Bowl.  HMH, 2013.  Gr. 5-10
Christensen, Bonnie.  Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People.  Knopf, 2001.  Gr. 2-5
Cooper, Michael L.  Dust to Eat: Drought and Depression in the 1930s.  Clarion, 2004.  Gr. 4-8
De Young, C. Coco.  A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt.  Delacorte, 1999.  Gr. 3-6
Durbin, William.  The Journal of C.J. Jackson, A Dust Bowl Migrant, Oklahoma to California, 1935 ("My Name Is
America" series).  Scholastic, 2002.  Gr. 4-7
Freedman, Russell.  Children of the Great Depression.  Clarion, 2005.  Gr. 5-8
Friedrich, Elizabeth.  Leah's Pony.  Illus. by Michael Garland.  Boyds Mills, 1996.  Gr. K-3
Guthrie, Woody.  This Land Is Your Land.  Illus. by Kathy Jakobsen.  Little, Brown, 1998.  Gr. All ages
Hesse, Karen.  Out of the Dust.  Scholastic, 1997.  Gr. 5-9
Hopkinson, Deborah.  Saving Strawberry Farm.  llus. by Rachel Isadora.  Greenwillow, 2005.  Gr. K-3
Janke, Katelan.  Survival in the Storm: The Dust Bowl Diary of Grace Edwards, Dalhart, Texas, 1935
("Dear America" series).  Scholastic, 2002.  Gr. 4-7
Lied, Kate.  Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression.  Illus. by Lisa Campbell Ernst.  National Geographic,
1997.  Gr. 1-3
Marrin, Albert.  Years of Dust: The Story of the Dust Bowl.  Dutton, 2009.  Gr. 5-9
Miller, William.  Rent Party Jazz.  Illus. by Charlotte Riley-Webb.  Lee & Low, 2001.  Gr. 2-5
Moss, Marissa.  Rose's Journal: The Story of a Girl in the Great Depression.  Harcourt, 2001.  Gr. 3-5
Myers, Anna.  Tumbleweed Baby.  Illus. by Charles Vess.  Abrams, 2014.  Gr. K-3
Partridge, Elizabeth.  This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie.  Viking, 2002.
Gr. 6 & above
Peterson, Jeanne Whitehouse.  Don't Forget Winona.  Illus. by Kimberly Bulcken Root.  HarperCollins, 2004.
Gr. 1-3
Phelan, Matt.  The Storm in the Barn.  Candlewick, 2009.  Gr. 5-7
Ransom, Candice F.  The Day of the Black Blizzard.  Illus. by Laurie Harden.  Millbrook, 2009.  Gr. 2-4
Ryan, Pam Muñoz.  Esperanza Rising.  Scholastic, 2000.  Gr. 6-9
Sandler, Martin W.  The Dust Bowl through the Lens: How Photography Revealed and Helped Remedy a National
Disaster.  Walker, 2009.  Gr. 5-10
Stanley, Jerry.  Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp.  Crown, 1993.  Gr. 5-9
Turner, Ann.  Dust for Dinner (I-Can-Read, Level 3).  Illus. by Robert Barrett.  HarperCollins, 1997.  Gr. 1-3
Whitmore, Arvella.  The Bread Winner.  Houghton Mifflin, 1990.  Gr. 4-6
Winter, Jonah.  Born and Bred in the Great Depression.  Illus. by Kimberly Bulcken Root.  Schwartz & Wade, 2011.
Gr. 2-4
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction about the era of the Great Depression published in library editions.

Dorothea Lange, at the History Place
Collection of 25 photos of migrant farm families with original captions
America from the Great Depression to World War II, from American Memory at the Library of Congress
Access to an extensive collection of photographs from the Farm Security Administration
Surviving the Dust Bowl, on "American Experience" at PBS
Articles, interviews, a timeline, program transcript, and a link to the program video
Riding the Rails, on "American Experience" at PBS
Transcript of the program dealing with the hobo experience during the Great Depression, plus a detailed timeline, map, and links to other features
New Deal Network
For older students, an extensive collection of documents and photographs related to all aspects of the Great Depression and New Deal programs; lesson plans included
The Great Depression
For educators, links to many internet resources related to aspects of the Great Depression

Work with the music teacher to locate songs that became popular during the Depression Era, including songs by Woody Guthrie. Read the lyrics to determine the purpose of the songs, e.g., reflection on the government, summary of the hard times, hope for the future, and the like.
Older students might research government projects that were designed to provide jobs during the Great Depression.
Ten Lessons for Teaching the Great Depression and The Great Depression both include cross-curricular study with links to several resources. (some advertisements)


1818 birthdate of Amelia Bloomer, women's rights advocate, whose name was given to a style of clothing (loose trousers gathered at the ankles--"bloomers") that was more comfortable for women to wear.
Corey, Shana.  You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!  Illus. by Chesley McLaren.  Scholastic, 2000.  Gr. 1-3
Books about fashion, clothing history, and accessories (a selection):
Bloomberg, Rhoda.  Bloomers!  Illus. by Mary Morgan.  Atheneum, 1993.  Gr 2-5
Corey, Shana.  Mermaid Queen: The Spectacular True Story of Annette Kellerman, Who Swam Her Way to Fame,
Fortune, & Swimsuit History!  Illus. by Edwin Fotheringham.  Scholastic, 2009.  Gr. 2-5
Jaber, Pamela & McLaren, Chesley.  When Royals Wore Ruffles: A Funny and Fashionable Alphabet!
Illus. by Chesley McLaren.  Schwartz & Wade, 2009.  Gr. 2-4
Lasky, Kathryn.  She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head!  Illus. by David Catrow.  Hyperion, 1997.  Gr. 2-4
Matthews, Elizabeth.  Different Like Coco.  Candlewick, 2007.   Gr. 2-5
O'Connor, Jane.  Fancy Nancy.  Illus. by Robin Preiss Glaser.  HarperCollins, 2005.  Gr. K-2
Sills, Leslie.  From Rags to Riches: A History of Girls' Clothing in America.  Holiday House, 2005.  Gr. 4-7
Weaver, Janice.  From Head to Toe: Bound Feet, Bathing Suits, and Other Bizarre and Beautiful Things.
Illus. by Francis Blake.  Tundra, 2003.  Gr. 5-8
Check school and public library shelves for biographies of Amelia Bloomer and for books about the history of fashion published in library editions.

Amelia Bloomer, from Women's Rights National Historical Park
Overview of Bloomer's life that includes an archived cartoon of a woman wearing a "Bloomer Costume"
Petition of Amelia Bloomer Regarding Suffrage in the West, from the National Archives
Overview of Bloomer's life and work incorporated into a lesson plan
Rational Dress Reform Fashion History
Historical overview of the history of fashion

For resources about women suffragists, see the Activities Calendar for Elizabeth Cady Stanton (November 12).
Have students choose an article of clothing (e.g., jeans, hats, shoes, t-shirts, etc.) and research its history.
The Amelia Bloomer Project, a committee of the Feminist Task Force of the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association creates an annual bibliography that, according to the committee, "is intended to highlight feminist books examining women’s history, those that celebrate women who have blazed trails, and those that describe problems and identify solutions for situations we face today."


1888 birthdate of Jim Thorpe, Native American athlete who played professional football, baseball, and basketball, and received two Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon events
Brown, Don.  Bright Path: Young Jim Thorpe.  Roaring Brook, 2006.  Gr. 2-4
Bruchac, Joseph.  Jim Thorpe: Original All-American.  Dial, 2006.  Gr. 6-9
Bruchac, Joseph.  Jim Thorpe's Bright Path.  Illus. by S.D. Nelson.  Lee & Low, 2008.  Gr. 2-5
Gutman, Dan.  Jim & Me ("Baseball Card Adventures" series).  HarperCollins, 2008.  Gr. 5-9
Sheinkin, Steve.  Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team.  Roaring Brook, 2017.
Gr. 6 & above

Jim Thorpe, World's Greatest Athlete
Comprehensive site that includes a biography, photo gallery, quotes, "fast facts," career highlights, and more

Students can research multiple-sports stars, both male and female. What do they have in common? How is it that they were able to excel in so many sports? Is it more difficult in current times to participate professionally in multiple sports--Why/why not?
Students can research well-known athletes of Native American heritage, past and present.


1917 birthdate of John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States
Adler, David A.  A Picture Book of John F. Kennedy.  Illus. by Robert F. Casilla.  Holiday House, 1992.  Gr. 2-4
Cooper, Ilene.  Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy.  Dutton, 2003.  Gr. 7-10
Corey, Shana.  A Time to Act: John F. Kennedy's Big Speech.  Illus. by R. Gregory Christie.  NorthSouth, 2017.
Gr. 2-4
Coulter, Laurie.  When John and Caroline Lived in the White House.  Hyperion, 2000.  Gr. 3-6
Harrison, Barbara & Terris, Daniel.  A Twilight Struggle: The Life of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.  HarperCollins,
1992.   Gr. 6-10
Heiligman, Deborah.  High Hopes: A Photobiography of John F. Kennedy.  National Geographic Children's Books,
2003.  Gr. 4-6
Krull, Kathleen.  The Brothers Kennedy: John, Robert, Edward.  Illus. by Amy June Bates.  Simon & Schuster,
2010.  Gr. 2-5
Rappaport, Doreen.  Jack's Path of Courage: The Life of John F. Kennedy.  Illus. by Matt Tavares.  Hyperion,
2010.  Gr. 3-6
Sandler, Martin W.  Kennedy Through the Lens: How Photography and Television Revealed and Shaped an
Extraordinary Leader.  Walker, 2011.  Gr. 5-10
Swanson, James L.  "The President Has Been Shot!": The Assassination of John F. Kennedy.  Scholastic, 2014.
Gr. 7-12
Tubridy, Ryan.  Patrick and the President.  Illus. by P.J. Lynch.  Candlewick, 2017.  Gr. 1-4
Search school and library shelves for biographies of John F. Kennedy in library editions of series about the presidents.

POTUS, Presidents of the United States at the Internet Public Library
Facts, both personal and political, links, and related information
American Presidents: Life Portraits, from C-SPAN
Facts and trivia about John F. Kennedy - must scroll down the drop-down menu of presidents to find Kennedy
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
A wealth of information about John Kennedy, including biographical sketches of his family and contemporaries, a timeline, a "White House Diary," and much more.
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 John F. Kennedy, using the fact recording sheet. Points of interest regarding Kennedy include: he participated in the first televised presidential debates (with Richard Nixon); he served exactly 1000 days in office; he was the youngest president ever elected to office (at age 43); his commitment to the space program, and his assassination on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas.
John F. Kennedy is known for many famous quotes. Have students discuss the quotes below (or locate others) in small groups and present their thoughts about the meanings and implications of these statements:
"The mere absence of war is not peace."
"And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."
"The best road to progress is freedom's road."
"Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly."
"In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves."
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any
  hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty."


Memorial Day, a U.S. holiday celebrated on the last Monday in May, was originally called "Decoration Day" and first enacted to honor Civil War soldiers. It is set aside to commemorate men and women who died in military service.
Golding, Theresa.  Memorial Day Surprise.  Illus. by Alexandra Artigas.  Boyds Mills, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about Memorial Day published in library editions.

Memorial Day History
Historical information about Memorial Day and links to additional resources
History of Memorial Day, at
Information about the holiday and some video commemorations (advertisements)
Memorial Day from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs
Multiple Memorial Day resources, including the history, folding the flag, cemeteries, the red poppy, "Taps," and more

Have students search newspapers and listen to television news reports for information about Memorial Day activities in their area and discuss the type of celebrations that took place.
Visit Memorial Day Activities for Kids for a variety of games, crafts, and resources.


May is Older Americans Month
Ackerman, Karen.  Song and Dance Man.  Illus. by Stephen Gammell.  Knopf, 1988.  Gr. K-3
Ada, Alma Flor.  I Love Saturdays y domingos.  Illus. by Elivia Savadier.  Atheneum, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Ajmera, Maya; Kinkade, Sheila, and Pon, Cynthia.  Our Grandparents: A Global Album.  Charlesbridge, 2010.
Gr. K-3
Altman, Linda Jacobs.  Singing with Momma Lou.  Illus. by Larry Johnson.  Lee & Low, 2002.  Gr. 2-5
Arnold, Marsha Diane.  The Chicken Salad Club.  Dial, 1998.  Gr. 1-4
Bauer, Joan.  Rules of the Road.  Putnam, 1998.  Gr. 6-10
Bunting, Eve.  Sunshine Home.  Illus. by Diane de Groat.  Clarion, 1994.  Gr. 1-3
Bunting, Eve.  A Day's Work.  Illus. by Ronald Himler.  Clarion, 1994.  Gr. K-3
Bunting, Eve.  The Wednesday Surprise.  Illus. by Donald Carrick.  Clarion, 1989.  Gr. 1-4
Carlson, Nancy.  Hooray for Grandparents Day!  Viking, 2000.  Gr. K-2
Cheng, Andrea.  The Lemon Sisters.  Illus. by Tatjana Mai-Wyss.  Putnam, 2006.  Gr. K-3
Cooke, Trish.  Full, Full, Full of Love.  Illus. by Paul Howard.  Candlewick, 2003.  Gr. K-2
Cooney, Barbara.  Miss Rumphius.  Viking, 1982.  Gr. K-4
Cowley, Joy.  Big Moon Tortilla.  Illus. by Dyanne Strongbow.  Boyds Mills, 1998.  Gr. K-3
Creech, Sharon.  Ruby Holler.  HarperCollins, 2002.  Gr. 4-7
Crews, Donald.  Bigmama's.  Greenwillow, 1991.  Gr. 1-4
Cruise, Robin.  Little Mama Forgets.  Illus. by Stacey Dressen-McQueen.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006.  Gr. K-3
dePaola, Tomie.  Tom.  Putnam, 1993.  Gr. K-4
Fox, Mem.  Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge.  Illus. by Julie Vivas.  Kane/Miller, 1985.  Gr. K-3
Frazee, Marla.  A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever.  Harcourt, 2008.  Gr. 1-4
Hest, Amy.  Mr. George Baker.  Illus. by Jon J Muth.  Candlewick, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Hest, Amy.  When Charlie Met Grandpa.  Illus. by Helen Oxenbury.  Candlewick, 2013.  Gr. Pre-2
Hittleman, Carol.  A Grand Celebration: Grandparents in Poetry.  Illus. by Kay Life.  Wordsohg, 2002.  Gr. 1-5
Horrocks, Anita.  Silas' Seven Grandparents.  Illus. by Helen Flook.  Orca, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Jacobs, Laurie.  Silly Frilly Grandma Tillie.  Illus. by Anne Jewett.  Flashlight Press, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Johnson, Angela.  When I Am Old with You.  Illus. by David Soman.  Orchard, 1990.  Gr. K-3
Juster, Norton.  The Hello, Goodbye Window.  Illus. by Chris Raschka.  Hyperion, 2005.  Gr. Pre-2.
Also: Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie (2008)
Laminack, Lester.  Saturdays and Teacakes.  Illus. by Chris Soentpiet.  Peachtree, 2004.  Gr. 1-4
Larsen, Andrew.  The Not-So-Faraway Adventure.  Illus. by Irene Luxbacher.  Kids Can Press, 2016.  Gr. K-2
Lindbergh, Reeve.  My Hippie Grandmother.  Illus. by Abby Carter.  Candlewick, 2003.  Gr. K-3
Lindbergh, Reeve.  My Little Grandmother Often Forgets.  Illus. by Kathryn Brown.  Candlewick, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Lloyd-Jones, Sally.  The Ultimate Guide to Grandmas & Grandpas!  Illus. by Michael Emberley.  HarperCollins,
2008.  Gr. K-3
Mackintosh, David.  The Frank Show.  Abrams, 2012.  Gr. 1-3
MacLachlan, Patricia.  Your Moon, My Moon: A Grandmother's Words to a Faraway Child.  Illus. by Bryan Collier.
Simon & Schuster, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Medina, Meg.  Mango, Abuela, and Me.  Illus. by Angela Dominguez.  Candlewick, 2015.  Gr. K-3
Menchin, Scott.  Grandma in Blue with Red Hat.  Illus. by Harry Bliss.  Abrams, 2015.  Gr. 1-3
Micklos, John.  Grandparent Poems.  Illus. by Layne Johnson.  Wordsong, 2004.  Gr. 1-5
Miller, William.  The Piano.  Illus. by Susan Keeter.  Lee & Low, 2000.  Gr. 1-4
Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux.  Don't Call Me Grandma.  Illus. by Elizabeth Zunon.  Carolrhoda, 2016.  Gr. 1-3
Numeroff, Laura.  What Grandmas Do Best/What Grandpas Do Best.  Illus. by Lynn Munsinger.  Simon & Schuster,
2000.  Gr. Pre-3
Nye, Naomi Shihab.  Sitti's Secrets.  Illus. by Nancy Carpenter.  Four Winds, 1994.  Gr. K-3
Parr, Todd.  The Grandpa Book.  Little, Brown, 2006.  Gr. K-3.  Also: The Grandma Book (2006)
Peck, Richard.  A Long Way from Chicago.  Dial, 1998.  Gr. 4-8.  Also: A Year Down Under (2000) and A Season of
Gifts (2009)
Polacco, Patricia.  Thunder Cake.  Philomel, 1990.  Gr. K-3
Reagan, Jean.  How to Babysit a Grandpa.  Illus. by Lee Wildish.  Knopf, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Rotner, Shelley.  Lots of Grandparents.  Millbrook, 2001.  Gr. K-2
Rylant, Cynthia.  The Old Woman Who Named Things.  Illus. by Kathryn Brown.  Harcourt, 1996.  Gr. 1-4
Rylant, Cynthia.  Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas.  Illus. by Sucie Stevenson.  Simon & Schuster, 2005.
Gr. K-2
Saul, Carol P.  Someplace Else.  Illus. by Barry Root.  Simon & Schuster, 1995.  Gr. 1-4
Schotter, Roni.  All About Grandmas.  Illus. by Janice Nadeau.  Dial, 2012.  Gr. Pre-2
Smith, Lane.  Grandpa Green.  Roaring Brook, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Stead, Philip C.  A Sick Day for Amos McGee.  Illus. by Erin Stead.  Roaring Brook, 2010.  Gr. K-2
Van Laan, Nancy.  Forget Me Not.  Illus. by Stephanie Graegin.  Schwartz & Wade, 2014.  Gr. K-3
Vizurraga, Susan.  Miss Opal's Auction.  Illus. by Mark Graham.  Henry Holt, 2000.  Gr. 1-4
Wellington, Monica.  Gabby and Grandma Go Green.  Dutton, 2011.  Gr. K-2
Wolff, Ferida & Savitz, Harriet May.  The Story Blanket.  Illus. by Elena Odriozola.  Peachtree, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Yolen, Jane.  Miz Berlin Walks.  Illus. by Floyd Cooper.  Philomel, 1997.  Gr. 1-3
Zia, F.  Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-ji.  Illus. by Ken Min.  Lee & Low, 2011.  Gr. K-3

Older Americans Month, from the Administration for Community Living
Presents some activities and materials for community and creative involvement
Activities, Games, Crafts, at
A wealth of activities, projects, rules for games, songs, jokes, and so much more
Grand Activities for Grandparents Day
Appropriate for any celebration with older family members; includes names grandparents are called around the world

Students can conduct an interview with a grandparent, older relative, or older family friend. Brainstorm questions they would like to ask in the interview (e.g., family, friends, school, pets, funny or embarrassing moments, etc.). Using the information they gathered from the interviews, they can write a biography of the person. Before writing, discuss the types of information that one finds in a biography.
Discuss students' relationships with adult older friends who are not their grandparents or other relatives (e.g., a neighbor). On a sheet of paper, have them complete the sentence, "I like to _______________ with my special friend," and draw a picture. Make a class book of their pictures.
As a class, adopt a local nursing home or retirement home and arrange periodic visits. Brainstorm activities students can do with their new friends (e.g., read to them, share stories or poems they have written, work a puzzle, play a game) depending on the capabilities of the elderly friends. The facility administrator can assist with matching residents and students. Take digital pictures of the visits and make a scrapbook to give to the facility at the end of the school year.
Invite elderly relatives or friends of students to the classroom to share their special talents and interests. For example, they might share a hobby or collection, teach a craft, tell stories, read to students, play a musical instrument, assist with cooking projects, or many other activities. They might also teach students a game they played when they were children.
Grandparents Day is the first Sunday in September after Labor Day.


The Copyright Act of 1790, the first federal copyright act in the United States, was signed into law on this date by George Washington
Berg, Brook.  When Marion Copied.  Illus. by Nathan Alberg.  Upstart, 2006.  Gr. 1-4
Downey, Lisa & Fox, Kathleen.  The Pirates of Plagiarism.  Upstart, 2010.  Gr. 2-5

An interactive page in which moving the mouse over a picture of a child elicits a question about copyright and a click on the question yields the answer
Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright, from the Library of Congress
Animated explanation for young people of copyright (music, writing, art, etc.); history of copyright, questions about use of copyrighted material, and steps in obtaining a copyright
Classroom Copyright Chart
Chart that outlines copyright guidelines in areas related to instruction
Ten Resources for Preventing and Detecting Plagiarism
Professional interest--links to helpful information, including lesson plans

It is never too early to introduce students to concepts of plagiarism, paraphrasing, and copyright.
The following lesson plans may be helpful:
Exploring Plagiarism, Copyright, and Paraphrasing
Avoiding Plagiarism, from Web English Teacher
Five Lessons for Notetaking Fun
Research Building Blocks: "Cite Those Sources!"
Research Building Blocks: Notes, Quotes, and Fact Fragments


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