September Activities


1773--Phillis Wheatley’s collection of poetry, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, was published in London. Wheatley was a slave, educated along with the Wheatley’s children. This volume of poetry was the first book published by an African American. It was eventually published in Boston in 1774.
Clinton, Catherine.  Phillis’s Big Test.  Illus. by Sean Qualls.  Houghton Mifflin, 2008.  Gr. 1-3
Cooper, Afua.  My Name Is Phillis Wheatley: A Story of Slavery and Freedom.  Kids Can Press, 2009.  Gr. 4-8
Lasky, Kathryn.  A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet.  Illus. by Paul Lee.  Candlewick,
2003.  Gr. 4-6
Malaspina, Ann.  Phillis Sings Out Freedom: The Story of George Washington and Phillis Wheatley.  Illus. by Susan
Keeter.  Albert Whitman, 2010.  Gr. 2-5
Rinaldi, Ann.  Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons.  Harcourt, 1996.  Gr. 6-10
Check school and public library shelves for biographies of Phillis Wheatley published in library editions.

Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
Entire text of Wheatley’s book online at the University of Virginia Library
Phillis Wheatley, at the Massachusetts Historical Society
Biographical sketch, links to poems and letters, photos of her writing desk and signature
On Phillis Wheatley
More detailed biography of Wheatley’s life

Other African American women have achieved “firsts.” Have students locate the famous “first” achievement for these individuals: Gwendolyn Brooks, Shirley Chisholm, Bessie Coleman, Mae Jemison, and Madame C.J. Walker. Challenge them to find other women they can add to this list.
Contemporary poetry sounds very different from the poems Phillis Wheatley wrote. Share some lines of her poetry with students and discuss what they notice about vocabulary and phrasing.
Slaves were typically not allowed to learn to read and write. Discuss why the Wheatleys might have decided to defy conventional practice (and the law) and how literacy made a difference in Phillis’s life.


1912—birthdate of artist Romare Bearden, best known for his textured collages. An accomplished writer and advocate for the cultural arts, Bearden was considered one of the most innovative and original artists of his time.
Bearden, Romare.  Li’l Dan the Drummer Boy.  Simon & Schuster, 2003.  Gr. 2-5 (Published posthumously, this is
the only children’s book Bearden ever wrote and illustrated.)
Greenberg, Jan.  Romare Bearden: Collage of Memories.  Abrams, 2003.  Gr. 5 & above
Hartfield, Claire.  Me and Uncle Romie: A Story Inspired by the Life and Art of Romare Bearden.  Illus. by Jerome
Lagarrigue.  Dial, 2002.  Gr. 1-3
Harvey, Jeanne Walker.  My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey.  Illus. by Elizabeth
Zunon.  Marshall Cavendish, 2011.  Gr. 1-4
Hughes, Langston.  The Block.  Illus. by Romare Bearden.  Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1995.  Gr. 5-9
Shange, Ntozake.  i live in music.  Welcome Books, 1994.  Gr. 4 & above (poem illustrated with works of art by
Romare Bearden)
Check school and public library shelves for biographies of Romare Bearden published in library editions.

Romare Bearden Foundation
Detailed biography, timeline of his life, gallery of his works according to medium used, educational resources (including lesson plans), and more
“Romare Bearden: Let’s Walk the Block” from the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art:
This interactive website allows users to take a “tour” of Bearden’s The Block by looking at features of the work and his style and listening to period music. Activities and additional resources are included. Upper elementary through adult.

Introduce students to the work of Romare Bearden by projecting some of his work on a large screen or SMART Board. Before doing any research on his technique, discuss how they think he achieved the look of his work and the materials he used. Do the works evoke any feelings or emotions? Why might he have chosen the materials he used?
Romare Bearden: Piecing Together a Viewpoint is an excellent lesson involving an analysis of the artist’s work and the students’ creation of a mixed media collage. See links to other lessons in the “Know the Artist” weblink above.
Students can create a current events collage. Discuss people and events that might be depicted. Make available a variety of materials, including cloth and different papers, magazines, newspapers, “junk mail” brochures, paints and markers, for students to use. Encourage them to think of the story their collage might tell.


1838—Frederick Douglass, famed writer and speaker in the anti-slavery movement, escaped slavery by train and by boat on this date.
Adler, David A.  Frederick Douglass: A Noble Life.  Holiday House, 2010.  Gr. 6-10
Adler, David A.  A Picture Book of Frederick Douglass.  Illus. by Samuel Byrd.  Holiday House, 1993.  Gr. 2-4
Armand, Glenda.  Love Twelve Miles Long.  Illus. by Colin Bootman.  Lee & Low, 2011.  Gr. 1-3
Burchard, Peter.  Frederick Douglass: For the Great Family of Man.  Atheneum, 2003.  Gr. 6-12
Cline-Ransome, Lesa.  Words Set Me Free: The Story of Young Frederick Douglass.  Illus. by James E. Ransome.
Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, 2012.  Gr. 2-5
Freedman, Russell.  Abraham Lincoln & Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship.  Clarion,
2012.  Gr. 5-9
Miller, William.  Frederick Douglass: The Last Day of Slavery.  Illus. by Cedric Lucas.  Lee & Low, 1995.  Gr. 1-3
Rappaport, Doreen.  Frederick's Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass.  Illus. by London Ladd.  Jump at the Sun,
2015.  Gr. 3-5
Robbins, Dean.  Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.  Illus. by Sean Qualls.  Orchard, 2016.
Gr. 1-4
Weidt, Maryann N.  Voice of Freedom: A Story about Frederick Douglass.  Carolrhoda, 2001.  Gr. 4-6
Check school and public library shelves for biographies of Frederick Douglass published in library editions.

“American Visionaries: Frederick Douglass” from the National Parks Service
This museum provides a virtual tour of Douglass’s life and includes numerous photos of artifacts.
A Short Biography of Frederick Douglass
Biographical sketch with links to three of his famous speeches
Frederick Douglass Papers, at Library of Congress
Extensive collection of items that includes a diary, correspondence, various writings, a family tree, timeline, and numerous other primary source materials

Like Phillis Wheatley (September 1), Frederick Douglass was not supposed to have instruction in reading and writing, but he took it upon himself to learn. The following was one of his keys to a successful life: “Use the power of spoken and written language to effect positive change for yourself and society.” Discuss the merits of this belief with students as it applies to people today.
Frederick Douglass stated, “We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.” Discuss with students how this statement might be applied to civil rights for all people.


1893—On this date, Beatrix Potter sent a picture letter about rabbits to five-year-old Noel Moore, who was ill in bed. In 1902, this story was published as The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Johnson, Jane.  My Dear Noel: The Story of a Letter from Beatrix Potter.  Dial, 1999.  Gr. K-3 (The endpapers show
a facsimile of the original picture letter sent to Noel.)
McPhail, David.  Beatrix Potter and Her Paint Box.  Henry Holt, 2015.  Gr. K-2
Wallner, Alexandra.  Beatrix Potter.  Holiday House, 1995.  Gr. 2-4
Winter, Jeanette.  Beatrix.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003.  Gr. K-3
Check school and public library shelves for biographies of Beatrix Potter published in library editions.

“Peter Rabbit” from Frederick Warne & Company in England
Considerable information about the life of Beatrix Potter and her books, as well as activities and games and resources for teachers, much of it in conjunction with Potter's 150th birthday in 2016
Project Gutenberg titles by Beatrix Potter
Potter's stories online (choose title, then select "Web Presentation" for text plus illustrations)
Beatrix Potter Society
Links to a photo gallery and examples of her watercolor paintings

Display Beatrix Potter’s books. Select some for reading aloud and invite students to read the others independently. Compare and contrast the traits of the different animal characters across books.
Discuss any circumstances in which students found themselves that were similar to one of Potter’s characters. Have students write a personal narrative: “Here’s what happened to me that was something like ____________________.”
See the Beatrix Potter Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources at Web English Teacher.
Beatrix Potter’s books are more than 100 years old. Discuss with students why they are still popular today.


September is Children’s Good Manners Month
14 Different Illustrators.  Manners Mash-Up: A Goofy Guide to Good Behavior.  Dial, 2011.  Gr. 1-4
Allen, Kathryn Madeline.  This Little Piggy's Book of Manners.  Illus. by Nancy Wolff.  Henry Holt, 2003  Gr. Pre-2
Björkman, Steve.  Dinosaurs Don't, Dinosaurs Do.  Holiday House, 2011.  Gr. Pre-2
Bloom, Suzanne.  Piggy Monday: A Tale about Manners.  Albert Whitman, 2001.  Gr. K-2
Brown, Marc.  D.W.’s Guide to Perfect Manners.  Little, Brown, 2006.  Gr. Pre-2
Cuyler, Margery.  Please Say Please! Penguin’s Guide to Manners.  Illus. by Will Hillenbrand.  Scholastic, 2004.
Gr. Pre-2
Dutton, Sandra.  Dear Miss Perfect: A Beast’s Guide to Proper Behavior.  Houghton Mifflin, 2007.  Gr. 1-4
Huget, Jennifer LaRue.  Thanks a LOT, Emily Post!  Illus. by Alexandra Boiger.  Schwartz & Wade/Random House,
2009.  Gr. K-3
Katz, Alan.  Are You Quite Polite?: Silly Dilly Manners Songs.  Illus. by David Catrow.  McElderry, 2006.  Gr. 1-4
Keller, Laurie.  Do Unto Otters: A Book about Manners.  Henry Holt, 2007.  Gr. 1-4
Kinerk, Robert.  Oh, How Sylvester Can Pester!: And Other Poems More or Less about Manners.  Illus. by Drazen
Kozjan.  Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Levin, Bridget.  Rules of the Wild: An Unruly Book of Manners.  Illus. Amanda Shepherd.  Chronicle, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Lloyd-Jones, Sally.  Being a Pig Is Nice: A Child’s-Eye View of Manners.  Illus. by Dan Krall.  Schwartz &
Wade/Random House, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Manners Mash-Up: A Goofy Guide to Good Behavior.  Illus. by 14 illustrators.  Dial, 2011.  Gr. 2-4
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.  Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons.  Illus. by Brooke Dyer.  HarperCollins, 2006.  Gr. K-4
Sierra, Judy.  Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf.  Illus. by J. Otto Seibold.  Knopf, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Sierra, Judy.  Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners.  Illus. by Tim Bowers.  Knopf, 2012.  Gr. K-2
Watkins, Rowboat.  Rude Cakes.  Chronicle, 2015.  Gr. K-2
Willems, Mo.  Time to Say "Please"!  Hyperion, 2005.  Gr. P-3
Ziefert, Harriet.  Someday We’ll Have Very Good Manners.  Illus. by Chris Demarest.  Putnam, 2001.  Gr. K-2
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about manners and etiquette published in library editions.

Music and Songs: Manners
Words to several songs about manners set to familiar tunes (some advertisements)
A to Z of Manners and Etiquette
Quite a long list of appropriate behaviors in different situations; a good reference for planning lessons

Role play situations in which good manners may be practiced (e.g., table manners, telephone etiquette, introductions, playing at a friend’s house, etc.).
Make a Big Book about appropriate manners. Brainstorm a list of mannerly behaviors in different situations—enough so that each student can work with one. Give everyone a 12 X 18-inch piece of white drawing paper with the task of creating an illustration and writing a “good manners” caption for it. Make a cover for the book and bind the pages with a plastic spiral. Teams of students can take the Big Book to other classrooms to share.
Take digital pictures of students exhibiting good manners and make them into mini-posters (with captions) to display in the classroom, cafeteria, gym, art room, music room, hallways, etc.


1860—birthdate of Jane Addams, who co-founded Hull House in Chicago, one of the first settlement houses (facilities in urban areas that offered food, shelter, educational opportunities, etc., to needy people) in the United States, and the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Fradin, Judith Bloom & Fradin, Dennis Brindell.  Jane Addams: Champion of Democracy.  Clarion, 2006.  Gr. 5-9
Slade, Suzanne.  Dangerous Jane.  Illus. by Alice Ratterree.  Peachtree, 2017.  Gr. 2-4
Stone, Tanya Lee.  The House That Jane Built: A Story about Jane Addams.  Illus. by Kathryn Brown.  Henry Holt,
2015.  Gr. 2-4
Check school and public library shelves for biographies of Jane Addams published in library editions.

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Biographical essay and chronology of Jane Addams’s life, plus links to other resources
Jane Addams: The Nobel Peace Prize 1931, from the Nobel Foundation
Biography of Jane Addams
“Meet Amazing Americans: Activists & Reformers: Jane Addams” from America’s Story at the Library of Congress
Three stories about different aspects of Addams’s life written in a format accessible to upper elementary students. In addition to providing information, they pose higher-level thinking questions for discussion about the concepts presented.

Older students can research organizations/facilities in their own community that provide social services. Invite directors into the classroom to talk with students about the organization’s work, or arrange a field trip to a facility for a tour and explanation.
Social services often need items for families, such as clothing, toys, household items, etc. Organize a school drive for needed items in good condition. Have students make posters soliciting items to display around the school. They will also need to make arrangements for a delivery location within the school and a schedule for accepting items. Groups of students can check the donations and organize them according to type and size.


1860—birthdate of American folk artist Anna Mary Robertson, better known as “Grandma Moses”
Nikola-Lisa, W.  The Year with Grandma Moses.  Henry Holt, 2000.  Gr. 3-5
Venezia, Mike.  Grandma Moses (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists).  Children’s Press, 2004.  Gr. 3-5
Wallner, Alexandra.  Grandma Moses.  Holiday House, 2004.  Gr. 2-4
Check school and public library shelves for biographies of Grandma Moses published in library editions.

Grandma Moses collection at the Galerie St. Etienne
Biography and timeline plus ten of her paintings (all titled and dated), which can be enlarged for viewing (under heading "Selected Inventory")
Grandma Moses at Notable Biographies
Short biography with photograph

Introduce students to the work of Grandma Moses by projecting some of her work on a large screen or SMART Board. Before doing any research on her technique, discuss how they think she achieved the look of her work and the materials she used. Do the works evoke any feelings or emotions? Where did she likely get the ideas for her paintings?
Grandma Moses lived to be 101 years old and was still painting. (She completed the illustrations for Clement C. Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas” after she turned 100!). As a consequence, she saw many changes in the U.S. landscape and culture. Discuss what she might have painted today if she were still living.
Select one of her paintings and, as a class, create a story to go along with it. Take dictation of the students’ ideas. Encourage them to include conversation (if there are people in the picture). This activity could be done independently—each student could write a different version of the same painting, or each could select a different painting to write about.
Many of Grandma Moses’s paintings are outdoor scenes. Students can choose a season and create their own outdoor scene using watercolors, crayons, oil pastels, or colored pencils.


1940—birthday of Jack Prelutsky, the first Children’s Poet Laureate in the United States
Books (a selection):
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (Sel.).  Illus. by Arnold Lobel.  Random House, 1983.  Gr. K-5
The New Kid on the Block.  Illus. by James Stevenson.  Greenwillow, 1984.  Gr. 1-5
Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young (Sel.).  Illus. by Marc Brown.  Knopf, 1986.  Gr. Pre-2
Ride a Purple Pelican.  Illus. by Garth Williams.  Greenwillow, 1986.  Gr. Pre-2
Beneath a Blue Umbrella.  Illus. by Garth Williams.  Greenwillow, 1990.  Gr. Pre-2
Something Big Has Been Here.  Illus. by James Stevenson.  Greenwillow, 1990.  Gr. 1-5
For Laughing Out Loud: Poems to Tickle Your Funny Bone (Sel.).  Illus. by Marjorie Priceman.  Knopf, 1991.  Gr. K-5
The Dragons Are Singing Tonight.  Illus. by Peter Sís.  Greenwillow, 1993.  Gr. 1-4
A Pizza the Size of the Sun.  Illus. by James Stevenson.  Greenwillow, 1996.  Gr. 1-5
Imagine That! Poems of Never-Was (Sel.).  Illus. by Kevin Hawkes.  Knopf, 1998.  Gr. K-5
The Gargoyle on the Roof.  Illus. by Peter Sís.  Greenwillow, 1999.  Gr. 2-5
It’s Raining Pigs and Noodles.  Illus. by James Stevenson.  Greenwillow, 2000.  Gr. 1-5
The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders.  Illus. by Petra Mathers.  Greenwillow, 2002.  Gr. K-4
Scranimals.  Illus. by Peter Sís.  Greenwillow, 2002.  Gr. 1-6
If Not for the Cat.  Illus. by Ted Rand.  Greenwillow, 2004.  Gr. 1-4
Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme (Sel.).  Illus. by Meilo So.  Knopf, 2005.  Gr. 2-5
Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant.  Illus. by Carin Berger.  Greenwillow, 2006.  Gr. 2-6
What a Day It Was at School!  Illus. by Doug Cushman.  Greenwillow, 2006.  Gr. K-4
Good Sports.  Illus. by Chris Raschka.  Knopf, 2007.  Gr. K-5
In Aunt Giraffe’s Green Garden.  Illus. by Petra Mathers.  Greenwillow, 2007.  Gr. 1-5
Awful Ogre Running Wild.  Illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky.  Greenwillow, 2008.  Gr. K-4
My Dog May Be a Genius.  Illus. by James Stevenson.  Greenwillow, 2008.  Gr. 1-5
Be Glad Your Nose Is on Your Face and Other Poems: Some of the Best of Jack Prelutsky.  Illus. by Brandon
Dorman.  Greenwillow, 2008.  Gr. K-5  (CD of Prelutsky reading included)
The Swamps of Sleethe: Poems from Beyond the Solar System.  Illus. by Jimmy Pickering.  Knopf, 2009.  Gr. 3-8
Camille Saint-Saens's The Carnival of the Animals.  Illus. by Mary GrandPre.  Knopf, 2010.  Gr. K-5 (CD included)
There's No Place Like School: Classroom Poems.  Illus. by Jane Manning.  Greenwillow, 2010.  Gr. K-3
I've Lost My Hippopotamus.  Illus. by Jackie Urbanovic.  Greenwillow, 2012.  Gr. 1-5
Sardines Swim High Across the Sky.  Illus. by Carin Berger.  Greenwillow, 2013.  Gr. 1-5
The Silver Moon.  Illus. by Jui Ishida.  Greenwillow, 2013.  Gr. Pre-1
Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry.  Greenwillow, 2008.  Gr. 3-8  (In a reader-friendly style, Prelutsky offers aspiring poets
advice on how to write a poem.)

Jack Prelutsky's home page
Colorful, animated site that includes poems for reading, musical narrations of several poems, a biographical sketch, poetry writing activities, and Jack’s sports cards (he is posing as an athlete in a different sport on each card accompanied by a poem).
Poetry Writing with Jack Prelutsky
Prelutsky takes students through the process of writing a poem. They can listen to him read one of his poems.
A Q & A biography is also included.
Video interview with Jack Prelutsky, from Reading Rockets
Prelutsky talks about how he writes poetry; written transcript is available

Celebrate “Jack Prelutsky Day!” Have several of his books on display. Invite students to select favorite poems from the books that they would like to share with the class. Illustrate his poems; dramatize them; use them for choral reading or Reader’s Theatre. Use some of the “poemstarts” from Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry to compose a whole class poem. Encourage students to use Prelutsky’s advice (from the website) to write a funny poem.


September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!
Help students become familiar with all the opportunities offered by libraries, both public and school, around the world.
Ali, Nadia.  Pirates in the Library.  Illus. by Jake Tebbit.  Star Bright, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Appelt, Kathi & Jeanne Cannella Schmitzer.  Down Cut Shin Creek: The Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky.
HarperCollins, 2001.  Gr. 4-6
Becker, Bonny.  A Library Book for Bear.  Illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton.  Candlewick, 2014.  Gr. Pre-2
Berg, Brook.  What Happened to Marion’s Book?  Illus. by Nathan Alberg.  Upstart, 2003.  Gr. K-2
Brown, Monica.  Waiting for the Biblioburro.  Illus. by John Parra.  Tricycle Press, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Buzzeo, Toni.  The Library Doors.  Illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott.  Upstart, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Cotten, Cynthia.  The Book Boat's In.  Illus. by Frané Lessac.  Holiday House, 2014.  Gr. 1-4
Deedy, Carmen Agra.  The Library Dragon.  Illus. by Michael P. White.  Peachtree, 1994.  Gr. K-3. Also: Return of the
Library Dragon (2012)
Greene, Rhonda Gowler.  No Pirates Allowed Said Library Lou.  Illus. by Brian Ajhar.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2013.
Gr. K-3
Harper, Charise Mericle.  A Big Surprise for a Little Card.  Illus. by Anna Raff.  Candlewick, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Henson, Heather.  That Book Woman.  Illus. by David Small.  Atheneum, 2008.  Gr. 1-4
Hopkins, Lee Bennett (Sel.).  Jumping Off Library Shelves.  Illus. by Jane Manning.  Boyds Mills, 2015  Gr. K-4
Houston, Gloria.  Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile.  Illus. by Susan Condie Lamb.  HarperCollins, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Hubbell, Patricia.  Check It Out!: Reading, Finding, Helping.  Illus. by Nancy Speir.  Marshall Cavendish, 2011.
Gr. K-3
King, M. G.  Librarian on the Roof!  Illus. by Stephen Gilpin.  Albert Whitman, 2010.  Gr. 1-4
Knudsen, Michelle.  Library Lion.  Illus. by Kevin Hawkes.  Candlewick, 2006.  Gr. K-2
Kohara, Kazuno.  The Midnight Library.  Roaring Brook, 2014.  Gr. Pre-2
Lewis, J. Patrick.  Please Bury Me in the Library.  Illus. by Kyle M. Stone.  Harcourt, 2005.  All ages
Lies, Brian.  Bats at the Library.  Houghton Mifflin, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Lindbergh, Reeve.  Homer the Library Cat.  Illus. by Anne Wilsdorf.  Candlewick, 2011.  Gr Pre-2
Miller, William.  Richard Wright and the Library Card.  Illus. by R. Gregory Christie.  Lee & Low, 1997.  Gr. 2-5
Myron, Vicki & Witter, Bret.  Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library!  Illus. by Steve James.  Little, Brown, 2009.  Gr. K-3
O'Hora, Zachariah.  The Not So Quiet Library.  Dial, 2016.  Gr. Pre-2
Papp, Lisa.  Madeline Finn and the Library Dog.  Peachtree, 2016.  Gr. K-2
Pinborough, Jan.  Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children.  Illus. by
Debby Atwell.  Houghton Mifflin, 2013.  Gr. 2-4
Ruurs, Margriet.  My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World.  Boyds Mills,
2005.  Gr. 3-6
Shea, Bob.  Dinosaur vs. the Library.  Hyperion, 2011.  Gr Pre-1
Spinelli, Jerry.  The Library Card.  Scholastic, 1998.  Gr. 5-8
Stamaty, Mark Alan.  Alia’s Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq.  Knopf, 2004.  Gr. 3-5
Stewart, Sarah.  The Library.  Illus. by David Small.  Farrar Straus Giroux, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Winter, Jeanette.  The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq.  Harcourt, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Winter, Jeanette.  Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia.  Beach Lane, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Wong, Nicole.  “L” Is for Library.  Upstart, 2006.  Gr. K-3

Work with a local public librarian to show students the features for young people on the library website of your city or town. Quite often, these include homework help, lists of recommended books, links to child-friendly websites, pages especially for teens, and more.
Take digital pictures of first or second graders demonstrating selecting books from the shelves, checkout procedures, and various aspects of caring for books. As a group, have them create captions for the pictures. Bind the captioned pictures into a book for them to share with kindergarten classes.
Visit the public library for a tour and the opportunity to sign up for a library card if needed.
Brainstorm with older students reasons for visiting the library. Have them make posters depicting one of the reasons. Display the posters around school and at the public library.


September is National Honey Month!
Allen, Judy.  Are You a Bee?  Illus. by Tudor Humphries.  Kingfisher, 2001.  Gr. 1-3
Barton, Bethany.  Give Bees a Chance.  Viking, 2017.  Gr. 1-4
Burns, Loree Griffin.  The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe.  Illus. by Ellen Harasimowicz.
Houghton Mifflin, 2010.  Gr. 5-9
Chrustowski, Rich.  Bee Dance.  Henry Holt, 2015.  Gr. K-2
Cole, Joanna.  The Magic School Bus Inside a Beehive.  Illus. by Bruce Degen.  Scholastic, 1996.  Gr. 2-4
Florian, Douglas.  unBEElievables.  Beach Lane, 2012.  Gr. 1-5
Formento, Alison.  These Bees Count!  Illus. by Sarah Snow.  Albert Whitman, 2012.  Gr. K-2
Gibbons, Gail.  The Honey Makers.  HarperCollins, 1997.  Gr. 1-4
Huber, Raymond.  Flight of the Honey Bee.  Illus. by Brian Lovelock.  Candlewick, 2012. Gr. 1-3
Jay, Alison.  Bee & Me.  Candlewick, 2017.  Gr. K & above
Micucci, Charles.  The Life and Times of the Honeybee.  Houghton Mifflin, 1995.  Gr. 2-5
Milton, Joyce.  Honeybees (All Aboard Science Reader).  Illus. by Pete Mueller.  Grosset & Dunlap, 2003.  Gr. 1-3
Nargi, Lela.  The Honeybee Man.  Illus. by Kyrsten Brooker.  Schwartz & Wade, 2011.  Gr. 1-4
Polacco, Patricia.  The Bee Tree.  Philomel, 1993.  Gr. K-3
Rockwell, Anne.  Honey in a Hive (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2).  Illus. by S.D. Schindler.  HarperCollins,
2005.  Gr. 1-4
Rotner, Shelley & Woodhull, Anne.  The Buzz on Bees: Why Are They Disappearing?  Photos by Shelley Rotner.
Holiday House, 2010.  Gr. 2-4
Socha, Piotr.  Bees: A Honeyed History.  Abrams, 2017.  Gr. 4-7
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about bees published in library editions.

Bee Buzz for Kids, at "Bees4Kids," Cyberbee
Facts about bees and bee anatomy, outline drawing, puzzles and games; photos in another location at the site
National Honey Board
Search this sweet site for information about honeybees, trivia, and child-friendly recipes using honey.

Research honeybees. Begin by brainstorming guiding questions. After students have taken their notes, have them choose one of their questions and the answer to that question written in complete sentences to record on the hexagonal “cell” shaped paper. Arrange all of their cells into a “hive” for display. Have them draw pictures of bees to add to the display.
Older students may wish to research Colony Collapse Disorder.
Watch the “Reading Rainbow” episode The Life Cycle of the Honeybee to visit a beekeeper at work, learn how a new hive is started, and see how honey is harvested and readied for market. Students will also enjoy “The Busy Bee Rap” song.
Have a honey tasting party using different types of honey, such as clover, buckwheat, apple blossom, orange blossom, alfalfa, avocado, or what might be locally available. Compare differences.
Make a honey treat using a simple recipe.


2001—National Day of Service and Remembrance; use this day to honor the heroes among us.
Brown, Don.  America Is Under Attack: The Day the Towers Fell.  Flash Point, 2011.  Gr. 4-6
Gerstein, Mordicai.  The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.  Roaring Brook, 2003.  Gr. 1-5
Hampton, Wilborn.  September 11, 2001: Attack on New York City.  Candlewick, 2003.  Gr. 6 & above
Heard, Georgia (Sel.).  This Place I Know: Poems of Comfort.  Illus. by 18 picture book artists.  Candlewick,
2002.  Gr. All ages
Kalman, Maira.  Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey.  Putnam, 2002.  Gr. 1-4
Osborne, Mary Pope.  New York’s Bravest.  Illus. by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher.  Knopf, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Patel, Andrea.  On That Day: A Book of Hope for Children.  Tricycle Press, 2002.  Gr. K-2
Rhodes, Jewell Parker.  Towers Falling.  Little, Brown, 2016.  Gr. 4-6
Winter, Jeanette.  September Roses.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004.  Gr. 2-5

“America Responds” from PBS
Lesson plans for different age groups on peace, tolerance, war, patriotism, and related topics.
9/11/2001: The Day That Changed America
Wealth of material on September 11, including essays, activities, and lesson plans.

Watch the “Reading Rainbow” episodes The Tin Forest and Max. The teacher’s guides for these programs contain discussion questions, many suggestions for activities, and recommended book titles for topics related to heroes, peace, and the events of September 11, 2001.


1913—birth date of Olympic champion Jesse Owens
Adler, David A.  A Picture Book of Jesse Owens.  Illus. by Robert Casilla.  Holiday House, 1992.  Gr. 2-4
Sutcliffe, Jane.  Jesse Owens.  Illus. by Janice Lee Porter.  Carolrhoda, 2003.  Gr. 2-4
Weatherford, Carole Boston.  Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive.  Illus. by Eric Velasquez.  Walker, 2006.  Gr. 2-5
Check school and public library shelves for biographies of Jesse Owens published in library editions.

Jesse Owens, Olympic Legend
Good site for research that includes a biography, fast facts, photographs, accomplishments, and quotes.
Jesse Owens from the Jesse Owens Foundation
Detailed biography illustrated with photographs
Jesse Owens, the Hero of Berlin, from the International Olympic Committee
Short biography, details about his gold medals, video of Owens at the Berlin Olympics, and a photo gallery

Research other American Olympic champions who were multiple medal winners in addition to Jesse Owens. Make a large chart that compares such statistics as: event(s), year(s) and location(s) in Olympics, and number of medals. Add columns to the chart for the name of the individual, “Interesting Facts,” and a picture. Possible subjects for research include: Wilma Rudolph, Mark Spitz, Eric Heiden, Bonnie Blair, Al Oerter, Florence Griffith-Joyner, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Carl Lewis, Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt, and others. A complete summary of Olympic gold medal champions may be found at


1814—The battle at Fort McHenry in Baltimore that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the words to a poem, “The Defense of Fort McHenry,” that became “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell.  The Flag Maker.  Illus. by Claire A. Nivola. Houghton Mifflin, 2004.  Gr. 2-4
Bowdish, Lynea.  Francis Scott Key and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”  Illus. by Harry Burman. Mondo, 2002.  Gr. 1-3
Fulton, Kristen.  Long May She Wave: The True Story Caroline Pickersgill and Her Star-Spangled Creation.
Illus. by Holly Berry.  McElderry, 2017.  Gr. 2-4
Kroll, Steven.  By the Dawn’s Early Light.  Illus. by Dan Andreasen. Scholastic, 2000.  Gr. 4-6
Kulling, Monica.  Francis Scott Key's Star-Spangled Banner.  Illus. by Richard Walz.  Random House, 2012.  Gr. 2-4
Spier, Peter.  The Star-Spangled Banner.  Doubleday, 1973.  Gr. 3-6
Welch, Catherine A.  The Star-Spangled Banner.  Illus. by Carrie A. Warwick.  Carolrhoda, 2004.  Gr. 2-4
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction about the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” published in library editions.

“The Star Spangled-Banner” from the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian
Excellent site with substantial information about the song and the flag; includes a photograph of the original flag with interactive facts; lesson plans and educator's resources.
“Star-Spangled Banner” at American Treasures of the Library of Congress
A copy of the first printed edition of the words and music plus a handwritten copy of the words by Francis Scott Key.

Research the dimensions of the flag that inspired Key’s poem. In a large area, such as the playground or gym floor, have students measure and draw the outline of the flag with chalk and add the stars and stripes. (This flag measured 30 by 42 feet. Each strip was two feet wide. The stars were also two feet wide point to point. There were 15 star and 15 stripes.)
Put the words to the song on a chart and discuss the meanings of unfamiliar vocabulary words.
Brainstorm other songs that students consider “patriotic.” Older students can research the inspirations behind the writing of those songs.
See Activities Calendars for additional books, weblinks, and activities on related topics: Katherine Lee Bates and “America the Beautiful” (August 12).


1716—the lighting of the first lighthouse in the United States, located in Boston Harbor
Bayne, Nancy.  Time Travel at Jagged Rock Lighthouse.  West Bow Press, 2012.  Gr. 4-6
Floca, Brian.  Lightship.  Atheneum, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Gibbons, Gail.  Beacons of Light: Lighthouses.  HarperCollins, 1990.  Gr. 2-4
Guiberson, Brenda Z.  Lighthouses: Watchers at Sea.  Henry Holt, 1995.  Gr. 3-6
Hopkinson, Deborah.  Birdie’s Lighthouse.  Illus. by Kimberly Bulcken Root.  Atheneum, 1997.  Gr. 2-4
Moss, Marissa.  The Bravest Woman in America.  Illus. by Andrea U'Ren.  Tricycle Press, 2011.  Gr. 1-4
Olson, Arielle North.  The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter.  Illus. by Elaine Wentworth.  Mystic Seaport, 2004.  Gr. 1-3
Roop, Peter & Roop, Connie.  Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie.  Illus. by Peter E. Hanson.  Carolrhoda, 1985.
Gr. 2-3
Stainton, Sue.  The Lighthouse Cat.  Illus. by Anne Mortimer.  Katherine Tegen, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Van Rynbach, Iris.  Safely to Shore: America’s Lighthouses.  Charlesbridge, 2003.  Gr. 1-3
Vaughan, Marcia K.  Abbie Against the Storm: The True Story of a Young Heroine and a Lighthouse.  Illus. by Bill
Farnsworth.  Beyond Words, 1999.  Gr. 1-4
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about lighthouses published in library editions.

Lighthouses: A Photographic Journey, at Internet Public Library
Comprehensive site that is navigable by an alphabetical listing of lighthouses or by the body of water on which they are located. A brief, easy-to-read description, including some history, and a color photograph (for most) are available for each lighthouse.
Lighthouse Getaway
Photos and descriptions of more than 100 lighthouses
Legendary Lighthouses, at PBS
Information about lighthouses by region accompanied by photographs

Depending on where you live, students may or may not be familiar with lighthouses. Seeing the Light offers a glossary of lighthouse terms, which may be useful to students when they are reading about them.
How does it work? Lighthouses provides some historical background about the operation of lighthouses and offer several suggestions for cross-curricular activities designed to help students learn more about them.


1934—birthday of Tomie dePaola, author and/or illustrator of more than 200 books for children
Books (a selection):
Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs.  Putnam, 1973.  Gr. K-3
Charlie Needs a Cloak.  Prentice-Hall, 1973.  Gr. K-3
Watch Out for Chicken Feet in Your Soup.  Prentice-Hall, 1974.  Gr. K-3
Strega Nona.  Prentice-Hall, 1975.  Gr. K-3.  Also: Strega Nona’s Magic Lessons (Harcourt, 1982); Merry Christmas,
Strega Nona (Harcourt, 1986); Strega Nona Meets Her Match (Putnam, 1993); Strega Nona: Her Story (Putnam, 1996); Strega Nona Takes a Vacation (Putnam, 2000); Strega Nona’s Harvest (Putnam, 2009); Strega Nona's Gift (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2011); Strega Nona Does It Again (Nancy Paulsen, 2013)
The Cloud Book.  Holiday House, 1975.  Gr. 1-3
The Quicksand Book.  Holiday House, 1977.  Gr. 1-3
The Popcorn Book.  Holiday House, 1978.  Gr. 1-3
Bill and Pete.  Putnam, 1978.  Gr. K-3.  Also: Bill and Pete Go Down the Nile (1987); Bill and Pete to the Rescue
Big Anthony and the Magic Ring.  Harcourt, 1979.  Gr. K-3.  Also: Big Anthony, His Story (Putnam, 1998)
Now One Foot, Now the Other.  Putnam, 1981.  Gr. K-3
The Legend of the Bluebonnet.  Putnam, 1983.  Gr. 1-4
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush.  Putnam, 1988.  Gr. 1-4
The Art Lesson.  Putnam, 1989.  Gr. K-3
Little Grunt and the Big Egg.  Holiday House, 1990.  Gr. K-3
Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato.  Putnam, 1992.  Gr. K-3.  Also: Jamie O’Rourke and the Pooka (2000)
Tom.  Putnam, 1993.  Gr. K-3
The Baby Sister.  Putnam, 1996.  Gr. K-3
Meet the Barkers.  Putnam, 2001.  Gr. K-2. Also: A New Barker in the House (2002); Trouble in the Barkers’ Class
Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story.  Putnam, 2002.  Gr. 1-4
Stagestruck.  Putnam, 2005.  Gr. K-3
Jack.  Paulsen/Penguin, 2014.  Gr. Pre-1
Michael Bird-Boy.  Simon & Schuster, 2015.  Gr. K-3  (re-issue edition)
Look and Be Grateful.  Holiday House, 2015.  Gr. K-2
When Andy Met Sandy. Also: Andy & Sandy's Anything Adventure.  Simon & Schuster, 2016.  Gr. Pre-1
MacLachlan, Patricia.  The Moon's Almost Here.  Illus. by Tomie dePaola.  McElderry, 2016.  Gr. K-3
“26 Fairmount Avenue” autobiographical series (all published by Putnam): 26 Fairmount Avenue (1999); Here We
All Are (2000); On My Way (2001); What a Year (2002); Things Will Never Be the Same (2003); I’m Still Scared (2006); Why? (2007); For the Duration (2009).  Gr. 2-4
My Mother Is So Smart.  Putnam, 2010.  Gr. Pre-2
Elleman, Barbara. Tomie dePaola: His Art & His Stories.  Putnam, 1999.  (Adult interest)
See the article by Tomie dePaola in Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children about Their Art (Philomel,

Official website of Tomie dePaola
Includes a biography, information about his creative process, personal messages, and downloadable coloring pages of some of his art
Video interview with Tomie dePaola, from Reading Rockets
Tomie talks about becoming an artist and the importance of books; written transcript available
Lesson plans for selected titles, at Web English Teacher
Lesson and activity suggestions for Big Anthony: His Story; Pancakes for Breakfast; Legend of the Indian Paintbrush; and The Popcorn Book

Read and enjoy Tomie’s books! He has written and illustrated books in different genre. Use his books as an opportunity to review the characteristics of folk tales (e.g., The Legend of the Bluebonnet, Jamie O’Rourke and the Pooka, and Adelita); fantasy (e.g., Bill and Pete, Meet the Barkers, and Big Anthony and the Magic Ring); nonfiction (e.g., The Cloud Book and The Quicksand Book); and realistic fiction (e.g., Now One Foot, Now the Other and Stagestruck).
Examine Tomie’s style of art in his picture books. What characteristics of his art do students notice across books?
Several of Tomie’s fiction books are based on his life experiences and his family (e.g., Tom, The Baby Sister, The Art Lesson, and others). Discuss with students how they might use events from their own lives as topics for stories they write and then write a personal narrative.


1898--birthdate of H.A. Rey, creator of Curious George
Gather a collection of books about Curious George (several books featuring George have been published in recent years that were not written by H.A. Rey, but they retain the spirit of the orginals).
Borden, Louise.  The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey.
Illus. by Allan Drummond.  Houghton Mifflin, 2005.  Gr. 3-8

Curious George on PBS
Information about the PBS program, games and activities, and printables.
Curious George at Houghton Mifflin
Includes a biographical sketch of Margret and H.A. Rey, FAQs about George and the Reys, games and activities, and materials for a “Curious George” reading event.
H.A. and Margret Rey Papers at the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
Access site to an extensive collection of material about the Reys and their most famous creation

As a class, write another adventure for Curious George. Take dictation of the students’ ideas, revise and edit, type the words so that there are several pages to illustrate, preferably one for each student (someone can illustrate the cover and title page). Bind the finished book and place it in the classroom library.
For an independent writing activity, each student can write an imagined adventure she/he had with Curious George and illustrate it.
Brainstorm with students things they are curious about. Discuss ways in which we can find information about something we want to know more about. Many of their ideas will be practical for research projects. Collaborate with the library media specialist to take the students through a research process on their chosen topic.


Full moon tonight!
Bartram, Simon.  Man in the Moon: A Day in the Life of Bob.  Candlewick, 2002.  Gr. 1-3
Bruchac, Joseph & London, Jonathan.  Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back: A Native American Year of Moons.
Illus. by Thomas Locker.  Philomel, 1992.  Gr. 2-5
Carle, Eric.  Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me.  Simon & Schuster, 1991.  Gr. Pre-2
Chadwick, Tim.  Cabbage Moon.  Illus. by Piers Harper.  Orchard, 1994.  Gr. K-2
Ehlert, Lois.  Moon Rope: A Peruvian Folktale/Un lazo a la luna: Una leyenda peruana.  Harcourt, 1992.  Gr. K-2
Fletcher, Ralph.  Hello, Harvest Moon.  Illus. by Kate Kiesler.  Clarion, 2003.  Gr. K-4
Gibbons, Gail.  The Moon Book.  Holiday House, 1997.  Gr. 2-4
Henkes, Kevin.  Kitten's First Full Moon.  Greenwillow, 2004.  Gr. Pre-1
Hol, Coby.  The Birth of the Moon.  Translated by Sibyelle Kazeroid.  North-South, 2000.  Gr. K-2
Kimmel, Eric A. (Retold).  A Cloak for the Moon.  Illus. by Katya Krenina.  Holiday House, 2001.  Gr. 1-4
Mora, Pat (Retold).  The Night the Moon Fell: A Maya Myth.  Illus. by Domi.  Douglas & McIntyre, 2000.  Gr. 1-3
Moroney, Lynn.  Moontellers: Myths of the Moon from Around the World.  Illus. by Greg Shed.  Northland,1995.
Gr. 3-5
Murray, Marjorie Dennis.  Little Wolf and the Moon.  Illus. by Stacey Schuett.  Marshall Cavendish, 2002.  Gr. K-2
Nishimura, Kae.  Bunny Lune.  Clarion, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Oppenheim, Shulamith Levey.  What Is the Full Moon Full Of?  Illus. by Cyd Moore.  Boyds Mills, 1997.  Gr. K-2
Pollock, Penny.  When the Moon is Full: A Lunar Year.  Illus. by Mary Azarian.  Little, Brown, 2001.  Gr. 1-4
Rattigan, Jama Kim.  The Woman in the Moon: A Story from Hawaii.  Illus. by Carla Golembe.  Little, Brown, 1996.
Gr. 1-4
Ryder, Joanne.  The Bear on the Moon.  Illus. by Carol Lacey.  Morrow, 1991.  Gr. 1-4
Sanfield, Steve.  Just Rewards, Or, Who Is That Man in the Moon & What's He Doing Up There Anyway.  Illus. by
Emily Lisker.  Orchard, 1996.  Gr. 1-3
Scott, Elaine.  Our Moon: New Discoveries about Earth's Closest Companion.  Clarion, 2016.  Gr. 4-7
Shulman, Lisa.  The Moon Might Be Milk.  Illus. by Will Hillenbrand.  Dutton, 2007.  Gr. Pre-1
Singh, Rina.  Moon Tales: Myths of the Moon from Around the World.  Illus. by Debbie Lush.  Bloomsbury, 1999.
Gr. 3-6
Spinelli, Eileen.  Rise the Moon.  Illus. by Raúl Colόn.  Dial, 2003.  Gr. K-2
Taylor, Joanne.  Full Moon Rising.  Tundra, 2002.  Gr. 1-3
Check public and school library shelves for nonfiction books about the moon published in library editions.

The Moon, at Nine Planets
Easy-to-read facts about the moon, including a discussion of its appearance, phases of the moon, and what scientists have learned from travel there
Earth's Moon, from NASA
Basic information about the moon plus some "number" facts and a "translator" for weight on the moon
The Moon, from Lunar and Planetary Science, NASA
Considerable amount of information about the moon, complete with photographs, for older students
Keith's Moon Page
All sorts of facts, a photo gallery, and much more

Have students research facts about the Earth's moon and decide on the top 10 most interesting/important to report. Have them list the 10 facts on a large paper cutout to which they have added craters and other markings to resemble the moon. Post the "moon" in the classroom.
Discuss the "faces" people often think they see in a full moon. Read cultural folk tales that "explain" the appearance of these faces.
The moon is important in determining the dates of holidays and celebrations in many world cultures. (For example, Easter takes places on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.) Have students research how the moon affects the celebration of holidays. The January full moon is also called the "Wolf Moon" or the "Cold Moon." Have students research the moon names of other months. Consult websites such as Moon Names and Full Moon Names and Their Meanings for assistance.
Have students research meanings of these moon idioms or sayings: many moons ago, reach for the moon, promise (someone) the moon, (I'm) over the moon, the man in the moon, howl at the moon, once in a blue moon, ring around the moon, and others they might find.


1787—The Constitution of the United States was signed. It’s Constitution Day!
Cheney, Lynne.  We the People: The Story of Our Constitution.  Illus. by Greg Harlin.  Simon & Schuster, 2008.
Gr. 2-5
Fritz, Jean.  Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution.  Illus. by Tomie dePaola.  Putnam, 1987.  Gr. 3-6
Jules, Jacqueline.  Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation.  Illus. by Jef Czekaj.  Charlesbridge,
2009.  Gr. 3-6
Levy, Elizabeth.  …If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution.  Illus. by Joan Holub.  Scholastic,
1992.  Gr. 3-6
Maestro, Betsy.  A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution.  Illus. by Giulio Maestro.  Lothrop, Lee &
Shepard, 1987.  Gr. 2-5
Maestro, Betsy.  We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States.  Illus. by David Catrow.  Dial,
2002.  Gr. 3-6
Sobel, Syl.  The U.S. Constitution and You.  Barron’s, 2001.  Gr. 3-6
Spier, Peter.  We the People.  Doubleday, 1987.  Gr. 3-5
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about the Constitution published in library editions.

Constitution, at Congress for Kids
Child-friendly presentation of the history of the Constitution and the meaning of the concepts
The Charters of Freedom, at the National Archives
Interesting facts about the Constitution, information about the ratification process, and a look at the actual document
History: The Constitution of the United States, at the White House
For older students, background on the writing of the Constitution and a discussion of the Bill of Rights

Students can find the names of the signers of the Constitution, and everyone can take one person to learn more about and report to the rest of the class.
The concepts of the Constitution are often difficult for students to understand. Project the appropriate level of “The Constitution for Kids” (Level K-3, grades 4-7, grades 8-12 are available) on a large screen or SMART board and discuss the information.
Lyrics to the "Schoolhouse Rock" version of the Preamble are available. See video on SchoolTube.


1851 – First issue of the New York Times is published. Take advantage of the day to learn about newspapers.
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell.  The Journal of Finn Reardon, A Newsie, New York City, 1899 (My Name is
America).  Scholastic, 2003.  Gr. 4-6
Bauer, Joan.  Peeled.  Putnam, 2008.  Gr. 7-10
Brown, Don.  Kid Blink Beats the World.  Roaring Brook, 2004.  Gr. 3-6
Clements, Andrew.  The Landry News.  Simon & Schuster, 1999.  Gr. 4-6
Corbett, Sue.  The Last Newspaper Boy in America.  Dutton, 2009.  Gr. 5-8
Harlow, Joan Hiatt.  Joshua’s Song.  McElderry, 2001.  Gr. 4-6
Kroeger, Mary Kay & Borden, Louise.  Paperboy.  Illus. by Ted Lewin.  Clarion, 1996.  Gr. 1-4
Leedy, Loreen.  The Furry News: How to Make a Newspaper.  Holiday House, 1990.  Gr. 1-4
Macy, Sue.  Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber.  Illus. by C.F. Payne.
Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster, 2016.  Gr. 2-4
Pilkey, Dav.  The Paperboy.  Scholastic, 1996.  Gr. 1-3
Sandin, Joan.  Coyote School News.  Henry Holt, 2003.  Gr. 2-4

The New York Times in Education
Newspaper-based resources and lessons for teachers and pages for students and parents
100 Ways to Use the Newspaper, from Newspapers in Education
Lesson/activity ideas in the following categories: science, newspapers, language arts, math, critical reading, home management, social studies, middle school, high school, and seasonal activities
Links to newspapers in each state of the U.S. and around the world (advertisements)

Inquire at your local newspaper about a “Newspaper in Education” program.
Watch the “Reading Rainbow” episode of The Furry News. The Teacher’s Guide for this program contains many newspaper-related activities.
Older students can discuss the impact of technology on information sharing and make predictions about the future of newspapers.


Aaarrrh! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Adkins, Jan.  What If You Met a Pirate?  Roaring Brook, 2004.  Gr. 3-5
Ali, Nadia.  Pirates in the Library.  Illus. by Jake Tebbit.  Star Bright, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta.  Pirate Princess.  Illus. by Jill McElmurry.  HarperCollins, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta.  Half-Pint Pete the Pirate.  Illus. by Geraldo Valerio.  Putnam, 2012.  Gr K-3
Bunting, Eve.  Pirate Boy.  Illus. by Julie Fortenberry.  Holiday House, 2011.  Gr. K-2
Bunting, Eve.  P Is for Pirate: A Pirate Alphabet.  Illus. by John Manders.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2014.  Gr. 2-5
Clickard, Carrie L.  Victricia Malicia: Book-Loving Buccaneer.  Illus. by Mark Meyers.  Flashlight Press, 2012.
Gr. K-3  See the author's website for pirate songs, games, and activities at
Clifford, Barry.  Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship.  National Geographic
Children’s Books, 2008.  Gr. 4-7
Demas, Corrine.  Pirates Go to School.  Illus. by John Manders.  Orchard, 2011.  Gr. K-2
Duddle, Jonny.  The Pirate Cruncher.  Templar, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Duddle, Jonny.  The Pirates Next Door.  Templar, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Ferry, Beth.  Pirate's Perfect Pet.  Illus. by Matt Myers.  Candlewick, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Fox, Mem.  Tough Boris.  Illus. by Kathryn Brown.  Harcourt, 1994.  Gr. K-2
Freedman, Claire.  Pirates Love Underpants.  Illus. by Ben Cort.  Aladdin, 2013.  Gr. K-2
Gibbons, Gail.  Pirates: Robbers of the High Seas.  Little, Brown, 1993.  Gr. 1-4
Greene, Rhonda Gowler.  No Pirates Allowed Said Library Lou.  Illus. by Brian Ajhar.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2013.
Gr. K-3
Harley, Bill.  Dirty Joe, the Pirate: A True Story.  Illus. by Jack E. Davis.  HarperCollins, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Harrison, David L.  Pirates.  Illus. by Dan Burr.  Wordsong, 2008.  Gr. 3-6 (poetry)
Helquist, Brett.  Roger, the Jolly Pirate.  HarperCollins, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Howard, Barnaby.  The Best Book of Pirates.  Kingfisher, 2002.  Gr. 3-5
Kennedy, Kim.  Pirate Pete.  Illus. by Doug Kennedy.  Abrams, 2002.  Gr. 1-3 Also: Pirate Pete's Giant Adventure
(2006) and Pirate Pete's Talk Like a Pirate (2007)
Kramer, Andrew.  Pajama Pirates.  Illus. by Leslie Lammle.  HarperCollins, 2010.  Gr. K-2
Leuck, Laura.  I Love My Pirate Papa.  Illus. by Kyle M. Stone.  Harcourt, 2007.  Gr. K-2
Lewis, J. Patrick.  Blackbeard the Pirate King.  National Geographic Children’s Books, 2006.  Gr. 4-7
Long, Melinda.  How I Became a Pirate.  Illus. by David Shannon.  Harcourt, 2003.  Gr. K-3
Long, Melinda.  Pirates Don’t Change Diapers.  Illus. by David Shannon.  Harcourt, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Lucas, David.  The Skeleton Pirate.  Candlewick, 2013.  Gr. K-2
Matthews, John.  Pirates.  Atheneum, 2006.  Gr. 3-8
McPhail, David.  Edward and the Pirates.  Little, Brown, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Ode, Eric.  When You're a Pirate Dog and Other Pirate Poems.  Illus. by Jim Harris.  Pelican, 2012.  Gr. 1-5
Osborne, Mary Pope & Osborne, Will.  Pirates (Magic Tree House Research Guide).  Random House, 2001.
Gr. 4-6
Platt, Richard.  Pirate Diary: The Journal of Jake Carpenter.  Illus. by Chris Riddell.  Candlewick, 2005.  Gr. 3-6
Preller, James.  A Pirate's Guide to First Grade.  Illus. by Greg Ruth.  Feiwel and Friends, 2010.  Gr. K-2
Also: A Pirate's Guide to Recess (2013)
Prince, April Jones.  Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates.  Illus. by Steven Salerno.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017.
Gr. K-3
Quattlebaum, Mary.  Pirate vs. Pirate: The Terrific Tale of a Big, Blustery Maritime Match.  Illus. by Alexandra
Boiger.  Hyperion, 2011.  Gr. 1-4
Rosenthal, Marc.  Archie and the Pirates.  HarperCollins, 2009.  Gr. K-2
Rubin, Susan Goldman.  Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America.  Illus. by Jeff Himmelman.  Abrams, 2012.
Gr. 2-5
Schulz, Heidi.  Hook's Revenge.  Illus. by John Hendrix.  Disney/Hyperion, 2014.  Gr. 5-7. Also: The Pirate Code
(Hook's Revenge, Book 2; 2015)
Sobel, June.  Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC.  Illus. by Henry Cole.  Harcourt, 2006.  Gr. K-2
Steer, Dugald (Ed.).  Pirateology.  Illus. by Helen Ward & Ian Andrew.  Candlewick, 2006.  Gr. 2-6
Tucker, Kathy.  Do Pirates Take Baths?  Illus. by Nadine Bernard Westcott.  Albert Whitman, 1994.  Gr. K-2
Ward, Jennifer.  There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish.  Illus. by Steve Gray.  Marshall Cavendish, 2012.
Gr. K-2
Wigington, Patti.  Pirate’s Alphabet.  Illus. by Kit Umscheid.  Moo Press, 2006.  Gr. K-2
Yolen, Jane.  Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World.  Illus. by Christine Joy Pratt.  Charlesbridge,
2008.  Gr. 4-6
Yolen, Jane.  The Ballad of the Pirate Queens.  Illus. by David Shannon.  Houghton Mifflin, 1995.  Gr. 3-6
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about pirates published in library editions.

Pirates, at National Geographic Kids
Information about Blackbeard, links to history about pirates, and the “High Seas Adventure” game
How to Be Speakin’ Pirate-Like
Dictionary of pirate vocabulary plus tips on how to talk like a pirate
Pirates of the Caribbean
For older students, information regarding all aspects of pirates and their activities
Pirate Bookmarks
Choice of four templates for bookmarks with a pirate theme

Students can design their own pirate flags. They should personalize their flags to fit their own interests and talents, but can use pirate symbols, such as a skull and cross bones.
Have students make a pirate treasure map. Discuss picture symbols they might use for map features (such as trees, hills, bodies of water, etc.), how they might show paths, and the location of the treasure. They can tear the paper around the edges to give the map a rough look. Rubbing the map with a damp tea bag will make it look like parchment.
Make a pirate hat using the pattern. Have students cut out the hat pattern on black construction paper that has been folded in half. Glue the skull and cross bones in the center. They can decorate a border on the hat if they wish. Cut a strip of construction paper measured to fit around each student’s head and staple it. Glue the hat to front of the strip.
Collaborate with the music teacher to sing some sea shanties or pirate songs.
Try these pirate-related games and puzzles:
Printable mazes, word searches, and coloring pages (some advertisements)
Three downloadable word searches
Large choice of online games, including hangman, tic-tac-toe, concentration, word search, and jigsaw puzzles (Some of the games are arcade-type with considerable blasting and bombing, but there are a sufficient number of choices that different games could be set up on different computers without using them. Advertisements at this site.)


1519 – Representing the Spanish Crown, Ferdinand Magellan set sail on a quest to circumnavigate the earth and find a westward route to the Spice Islands.
Kramer, Sydelle.  Who Was Ferdinand Magellan?  Illus. by Elizabeth Wolf.  Grosset & Dunlap, 2004.  Gr. 4-6
Levinson, Nancy Smiler.  Magellan and the First Voyage around the World.  Clarion, 2001.  Gr. 5-9
Torrey, Michelle.  To the Edge of the World.  Knopf, 2003.  Gr. 5-8
Other world explorers (a selection)
Clements, Gillian.  The Picture History of Great Explorers.  Frances Lincoln, 2005.  Gr. 3-5
Demi.  Marco Polo.  Marshall Cavendish, 2008.  Gr. 4-7
Freedman, Russell.  The Adventures of Marco Polo.  Illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline.  Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic,
2006.  Gr. 5-9
Fritz, Jean.  Around the World in a Hundred Years: From Henry the Navigator to Magellan.  Putnam, 1994.  Gr. 4-7
Gifford, Clive.  10 Explorers Who Changed the World.  Illus. by David Cousens.  Kingfisher, 2008.  Gr. 4-6
Greenwood, Rosie.  I Wonder Why Columbus Crossed the Ocean and Other Questions about Explorers.
Kingfisher, 2005.  Gr. 3-5
Howard, Ellen.  The Crimson Cap.  Holiday House, 2009.  Gr. 4-7 (LaSalle)
Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody.  The Look-It-Up Book of Explorers.  Illus. by Bryn Barnard.  Random House, 2004.  Gr. 5-9
Krull, Kathleen.  Lives of the Explorers: Discoveries, Disasters (and What the Neighbors Thought).  Illus. by Kathryn
Hewitt.  HMH, 2014.  Gr. 4-7
Maestro, Betsy.  The Discovery of the Americas.  Illus. by Giulio Maestro.  Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1991.  Grade 3-5
Maestro, Betsy.  Exploration and Conquest: The Americas after Columbus 1500-1620.  Illus. by Giulio Maestro.
Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1994.  Gr. 4-6
Ross, Stewart.  Into the Unknown: How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air.  Illus. by Stephen
Biesty.  Candlewick, 2011.  Gr. 4-7
Sansevere-Dreher, Diane.  Explorers Who Got Lost.  Illus. by Ed Renfro.  Tor Books, 2005.  Gr. 5-8
Sís, Peter.  Follow the Dream: The Story of Christopher Columbus.  Knopf, 2003.  Gr. 2-4
St. George, Judith.  So You Want to Be an Explorer?  Illus. by David Small.  Philomel, 2005.  Gr. 2-5

Explorers, at Kid Info
Comprehensive, recommended resource with links to numerous explorers
Ferdinand Magellan, from Explorers on the Web, at CyberSleuth Kids
Links to sites containing information about Magellan as well as other explorers (some advertisements)

Have students construct a comparison chart of world explorers based on their research. List explorers down the left side of the chart. Topics for comparison might include: dates of exploration, country of origin, number of ships, purpose of voyage, difficulties along the way, etc. Possible explorers: Marco Polo, Magellan, Balboa, Columbus, John Cabot, James Cook, Coronado, Hernando Cortés, Vasco da Gama, Hernando de Soto, LaSalle, Bartholomeu Dias, Henry Hudson, Juan Ponce de León, Amerigo Vespucci, and others. Leave a column on the chart for a student-created illustration, such as a depiction of a ship, the explorer, or an event.


Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15
Books (a selection):
Biographies and fictionalized biography:
Bernier-Grand, Carmen T.  Diego: Bigger Than Life.  Illus. by David Diaz.  Marshall Cavendish, 2009.  Gr. 6-10
Bernier-Grand, Carmen T.  Frida: Viva la Vida! Long Live Life!  Marshall Cavendish, 2007.  Gr. 6 & above
Bernier-Grand, Carmen T.  César: Sí, se puede!/Yes, We Can!  Illus. by David Diaz.  Marshall Cavendish, 2006.
Gr. 3-6
Brown, Monica.  My Name Is Celia/Me llamo Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/La vida de Celia Cruz.  Illus. by Rafael
Lόpez.  Luna Rising, 2004.  Gr. 2-4
Brown, Monica.  My Name Is Gabriela/Me llamo Gabriela: The Life of Gabriela Mistral/La vida de Gabriela Mistral.
Illus. by John Parra.  Luna Rising, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Brown, Monica.  My Name Is Gabito/Me llamo Gabito: The Life of Gabriel Garcia Marquez/La vida de Gabriel
Garcia Marquez.  Illus. by Raúl Colόn.  Rising Moon, 2007.  Gr. 2-4
Brown, Monica.  Pelé, King of Soccer/Pele, El rey del fútbol.  Illus. by Rudy Gutierrez.  HarperCollins, 2008.  Gr. 1-3
Brown, Monica.  Side by Side/Lado a lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and César Chávez/La historia de Dolores
Huerta y César Chávez.  Illus. by Joe Cepeda.  HarperCollins, 2010.  Gr. 2-4
Brown, Monica.  Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People.  Illus. by Julie Paschkis.  Henry Holt, 2011.  Gr. 2-4
Cline-Ransome, Lesa.  Young Pelé: Soccer’s First Star.  Illus. by James Ransome.  Schwartz & Wade, 2007.
Gr. 2-4
Engle, Margarita.  The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano.  Henry Holt, 2006.  Gr. 7-10
Engle, Margarita.  Bravo!: Poems about Amazing Hispanics.  Illus. by Rafael Lopez.  Henry Holt, 2017.  Gr. 4-8
Engle, Margarita.  The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba.  Henry Holt, 2010.  Gr. 6-10
Gonzales, Lucia.  The Storyteller’s Candle/La velita de los cuentos.  Illus. by Lulu Delacre.  Children’s Book Press,
2008.  Gr. 1-4
Jimenez, Francisco.  The Circuit.  Houghton Mifflin, 1999.  Gr. 6-10. Sequels: Breaking Through (2001) and
Reaching Out (2008)
Krull, Kathleen.  Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez.  Illus. by Yuyi Morales.  Harcourt, 2003.  Gr. 2-5
Mora, Pat.  A Library for Juana: The World of Sor Juana Inés.  Illus. by Beatriz Vidal.  Knopf, 2002.  Gr. 2-4
Morales, Yuyi.  Viva Frida.  Photographs by Tim O'Meara.  Roaring Brook, 2014.  Gr. 2-4
Novesky, Amy.  Me, Frida.  Illus. by David Diaz.  Abrams, 2010.  Gr. 2-5
Perdomo, Willie.  Clemente!  Illus. by Bryan Collier.  Henry Holt, 2010.  Gr. 1-4
Ray, Deborah Kogan.  To Go Singing through the World: The Childhood of Pablo Neruda.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux,
2006.  Gr. 3-6
Reef, Catherina.  Frida & Diego.  Clarion, 2014.  Gr. 7-10
Reich, Susanna.  José!: Born to Dance: The Story of José Limόn.  Illus. by Raúl Colόn.  Simon & Schuster,
2005.  Gr. 2-4
Ryan, Pam Muñoz.  The Dreamer.  Illus. by Peter Sís.  Scholastic, 2010.  Gr. 5-9
Serrano, Francisco.  The Poet King of Tezcoco: A Great Leader of Ancient Mexico.  Illus. by Pablo Serrano.
Groundwood, 2007.  Gr. 5-9
Tonatiuh, Duncan.  Diego Rivera: His World and Ours.  Abrams, 2011.  Gr. 2-4
Tonatiuh, Duncan.  Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation.  Abrams,
2014.  Gr. 2-4
Warren, Sarah.  Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers.  Illus. by Robert Casilla.  Marshall Cavendish, 2012.
Gr. 2-5
Wells, Rosemary & Fernandez, Secundino.  My Havana: Memories of a Cuban Boyhood.  Illus. by Peter Ferguson.
Candlewick, 2010.  Gr. 4-6
Winter, Jonah.  Frida.  Illus. by Ana Juan.  Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2002.  Gr. 2-5
Winter, Jonah.  Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Illus. by Raúl Colόn.  Atheneum, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Winter, Jonah.  Diego.  Illus. by Jeanette Winter.  Knopf, 2007.  Gr. 1-4
Winter, Jonah.  Sonia Sotomayor: A Judge Grows in the Bronx/La juez que crecio en el Bronx.  Illus. by Edel
Rodriguez.  Atheneum, 2009.  Gr. 1-4
Folk tales and variations:
Campoy, F. Isabel & Ada, Alma Flor.  Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection.  Atheneum,
2006.  Gr. 3 & above
Coburn, Jewell Reinhart (adapted).  Domitila: A Cinderella Tale from the Mexican Tradition.  Illus. by Connie
McLennan.  Shen's Books, 2000.  Gr. 2-5
Deedy, Carmen Agra.  Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale.  Illus. by Michael Austin.  Peachtree,
2008.  Gr. K-3
dePaola, Tomie.  Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story.  Putnam, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Elya, Susan Middleton.  Little Roja Riding Hood.  Illus. by Susan Guevara.  Putnam, 2014.  Gr. K-3
Elya, Susan Middleton.  Rubia and the Three Osos.  Illus. by Melissa Sweet.  Disney/Hyperion, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Goldman, Judy.  Whiskers, Tails & Wings: Animal Folk Tales from Mexico.  Illus. by Fabricio VandenBroeck.
Charlesbridge, 2013.  Gr. 3-6
Hayes, Joe (retold).  Estrellita de oro /Little Gold Star: A Cinderella Cuento.  Illus. by Gloria Osuna Perez & Lucia
Angela Perez.  Cinco Puntos Press, 2000.  Gr. 1-4
Kimmel, Eric A.  Cactus Soup.  Illus. by Phil Huling.  Marshall Cavendish, 2004.  Gr. 1-3
Kimmel, Eric A. (retold).  The Three Cabritos.  Illus. by Stephen Gilpin.  Marshall Cavendish, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Kimmel, Eric A. (adapted).  The Fisherman and the Turtle.  Illus. by Martha Aviles.  Marshall Cavendish, 2008.
Gr. K-3
Kimmel, Eric A. (retold).  The Runaway Tortilla.  Illus. by Randy Cecil.  Winslow, 2000.  Gr. K-2
Lowell, Susan.  The Three Little Javelinas.  Illus. by Jim Harris.  Northland, 1992.  Gr. K-3
Montes, Marisa.  Juan Bobo Goes to Work: A Puerto Rican Folktale.  Illus. by Joe Cepeda.  HarperCollins,
2000.  Gr. K-3
Paul, Ann Whitford.  Tortuga in Trouble.  Illus. by Ethan Long.  Holiday House, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Philip, Neil (collected).  Horse Hooves and Chicken Feet: Mexican Folktales.  Illus. by Jacqueline Mair.  Clarion,
2003.  Gr. 3-7
Sacre, Antonio.  The Barking Mouse.  Illus. by Alfredo Aguirre.  Albert Whitman, 2003.  Gr. K-3
San Souci, Robert D.  Little Gold Star: A Spanish American Cinderella Story.  Illus. by Sergio Martinez.
HarperCollins, 2000.  Gr. 1-4
Sierra, Judy (retold).  The Beautiful Butterfly: A Folktale from Spain.  Illus. by Victoria Chess.  Clarion, 2000.  Gr. K-3
Poetry and songs:
Alarcόn, Francisco X.  Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems/Jitomates Risuenos: y otros poemas de
primavera.  Illus. by Maya Christina Gonzalez.  Children’s Book Press, 1997.  Gr. 1-4
Argueta, Jorge.  A Movie in My Pillow/Una película en my almohada.  Illus. by Elizabeth Gόmez.  Children’s Book
Press, 2001.  Gr. K-3
Carlson, Lori Marie (Ed.).  Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States.  Henry
Holt, 2005.  Gr. 8 & above
Engle, Margarita.  The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom.  Henry Holt, 2008.  Gr. 6 & above
Medina, Jane.  The Dream on Blanca’s Wall/El sueño pegado en la pared de Blanca: Poems in English and
Spanish.  Illus. by Robert Casilla.  Wordsong/Boyds Mills, 2004.  Gr. 3-6
Mora, Pat.  My Own True Name: New and Selected Poems for Young Adults.  Arte Público, 2000.  Gr. 6 & above
Mora, Pat.  Love to Mamá: A Tribute to Mothers.  Illus. by Paula S. Barragán M.  Lee & Low, 2001.  Gr. 1-5
Norman, Lissette.  My Feet Are Laughing.  Illus. by Frank Morrison.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2006.  Gr. 2-6
Nye, Naomi Shihab (collected).  The Tree Is Older Than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering of Poems & Stories from
Mexico with Paintings by Mexican Artists.  Simon & Schuster, 1995.  Gr. 5 & above
Orozco, José Luis.  Rin, Rin, Rin/Do, Re, Mi.  Illus. by David Diaz.  Scholastic, 2005.  Gr. Pre-1
Orozco, José-Luis.  Fiestas: Holiday Songs from Latin America.  Illus. by Elisa Kleven.  Dutton, 2002.  Gr. all ages
Orozco, José-Luis.  De Colores and Other Latin American Folk Songs for Children.  Illus. by Elisa Kleven.  Dutton,
1994.  Gr. all ages
Concept books:
Elya. Susan Middleton.  F Is for Fiesta.  Illus. by G. Brian Karas.  Putnam, 2006.  Gr. K-2
Gonzalez, Maya Christina.  My Colors, My World/ Mis colores, mi mundo.  Children’s Book Press, 2007.  Gr. K-2
Luján, Jorge.  Colors! Colores!  Illus. by Piet Grobler.  Groundwood, 2008.  Gr. Pre-2
Mora, Pat.  Marimba! Animales from A to Z.  Illus. by Doug Cushman.  Clarion, 2006.  Gr. Pre-2
Morales, Yuyi.  Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book.  Chronicle, 2003.  Gr. 1-3
Morales, Yuyi.  Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Alphabet Book.  Roaring Brook, 2008.  Gr. 1-3
Paul, Ann Whitford.  Count on Culebra: Go from 1 to 10 in Spanish.  Illus. by Ethan Long.  Holiday House, 2008.
Gr. K-3
Shahan, Sherry.  Spicy Hot Colors/Colores Picantes.  Illus. by Paula Barragán.  August House, 2004.  Gr. K-2
Thong, Roseanne Greenfield.  Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors.  Illus. by John Parra.  Chronicle, 2014.
Gr. Pre-2
Vargo, Sharon Hawkins.  Señor Felipe’s Alphabet Adventure.  Millbrook, 2001.  Gr. K-3
Ancona, George.  Olé! Flamenco.  Lee & Low, 2010.  Gr. 4-7
Andrews-Goebel, Nancy.  The Pot That Juan Built.  Illus. by David Diaz.  Lee & Low, 2002.  Gr. 1-4
Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane.  Three Kings Day: A Celebration at Christmastime.  Photos by Lawrence Migdale.  Holiday
House, 2004.  Gr. 2-5
Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane.  Celebrating a Quínceañera: A Latina’s 15th Birthday Celebration.  Photos by Lawrence
Migdale.   Holiday House, 2002.  Gr. 3-6
Pinkney, Sandra L.  I Am Latino: The Beauty in Me.  Photographs by Myles C. Pinkney.  Little, Brown, 2007.  Gr. K-2
Other fiction:
Ada, Alma Flor.  I Love Saturdays y domingos.  Illus. by Elivia Savadier.  Atheneum, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Alvarez, Julia.  How Tía Lola Ended Up Starting Over.  Knopf, 2011.  Gr. 4-6.  Also: How Tía Lola Saved the Summer
(2011); How Tía Lola Learned to Teach (2010); How Tía Lola Came to Visit/Stay (2001)
Alvaraz, Julia.  Return to Sender.  Knopf, 2009.  Gr. 5-8
Alvarez, Julia.  Before We Were Free.  Knopf, 2002.  Gr. 7-10
Anaya, Rudolfo.  The First Tortilla: A Bilingual Story.  Illus. by Amy Cordova.  University of New Mexico Press,
2007.  Gr. 2-4
Brown, Monica.  Butterflies on Carmen Street/Mariposas en la calle Carmen.  Illus. by April Ward.  Piñata Books,
2007.  Gr. K-3
Brown, Monica.  Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina.  Illus. by Sara Palacios.
Children's Book Press/Lee & Low, 2011.  Gr. K-2
Canales, Viola.  The Tequila Worm.  Wendy Lamb/Random House, 2005.  Gr. 6-9
Chapra, Mimi.  Amelia’s Show-and-Tell Fiesta/Amelia y la fiesta de “muestra y cuenta.”  Illus. by Martha Avilés.
HarperCollins, 2004.  Gr. K-2
Costales, Amy.  Hello Night/Hola noche.  Illus. by Mercedes McDonald.  Rising Moon, 2007.  Gr. Pre-1
Cox, Judy.  Carmen Learns English.  Illus. by Angela Dominguez.  Holiday House, 2010.  Gr. K-2
Delacre, Lulu.  Salsa Stories.  Scholastic, 2000.  Gr. 5-9
Dominguez, Angela.  Sing, Don't Cry.  Henry Holt, 2017.  Gr. K-3
Dominguez, Kelli Kyle.  The Perfect Piñata/La piñata perfecta.  Illus. by Diane Paterson.  Albert Whitman, 2002.
Gr. K-2
Dorros, Arthur.  Abuelo.  Illus. by Raúl Colón.  HarperCollins, 2014.  Gr. K-3
Dorros, Arthur.  Papá and Me.  Illus. by Rudy Gutierrez.  Rayo, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Durango, Julia.  Under the Mambo Moon.  Illus. by Fabricio VandenBroeck.  Charlesbridge, 2011.  Gr. 3-5
Elya. Susan Middleton.  Say Hola to Spanish.  Illus. by Loretta Lopez.  Lee & Low, 1996.  Gr. K-3. (Also: Say Hola to
Spanish at the Circus)
Elya. Susan Middleton.  Bebé Goes Shopping.  Illus. by Steven Salerno.  Harcourt, 2006.  Gr. Pre-2. (Also: Bebé
Goes to the Beach)
Fine, Edith Hope & Josephson, Judith Pinkerton.  Armando and the Blue Tarp School.  Illus. by Hernan Sosa.  Lee
& Low, 2007.  Gr. 1-4
Flores-Galbis, Enrique.  90 Miles to Havana.  Roaring Brook, 2010.  Gr. 5-8
Garza, Carmen Lomas.  In My Family/En mi familia.  Childrens Book Press, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Garza, Xavier.  Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller.  Cinco Puntos
Press, 2011.  Gr. 6-9
Geeslin, Campbell.  Elena’s Serenade.  Illus. by Ana Juan.  Atheneum, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Herrera, Juan Felipe.  The Upside Down Boy/El niño de cabeza.  Illus. by Elizabeth Gόmez.  Children’s Book
Press, 2000.  Gr. 2-5
Johnson, Tony.  Any Small Goodness: A Novel of the Barrio.  Illus. by Raúl Colόn.  Scholastic, 2001.  Gr. 4-7
Johnston, Tony.  Uncle Rain Cloud.  Illus. by Fabricio VandenBroeck.  Charlesbridge, 2001.  Gr. 1-3
Johnston, Tony.  Isabel’s House of Butterflies.  Illus. by Susan Guevara.  Sierra Club Books for Children, 2003.
Gr. 1-3
Johnston, Tony.  My Abuelita.  Illus. by Yuyi Morales.  Harcourt, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Joseph, Lynn.  The Color of My Words.  HarperCollins, 2000.  Gr. 4-7
Ketteman, Helen.  Señorita Gordita.  Illus. by Will Terry.  Albert Whitman, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Kyle, Tracey C.  Gazpacho for Nacho.  Illus. by Carolina Farías.  Two Lions, 2014.  Gr. 1-4
Lacamára, Laura.  Floating on Mama's Song/Flotando en la canción de mamá.  Illus. by Yuyi Morales.
HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Madrigal, Antonio Hernandez.  Blanca’s Feather.  Illus. by Gerando Suzán.  Rising Moon, 2000.  Gr. K-3
McCall, Guadalupe Garcia.  Under the Mesquite.  Lee & Low, 2011.  Gr. 7-10
McCall, Guadalupe Garcia.  Summer of the Mariposas.  Lee & Low, 2012.  Gr. 6-9
Mora, Pat.  Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day: Celebremos El día de los niños/El día de los
libros.  Illus. by Rafael Lόpez.  HarperCollins, 2009.  Gr. Pre-2
Mora, Pat.  Gracias/Thanks.  Illus. by John Parra.  Lee & Low, 2009.  Gr. K-2
Morales, Yuyi.  Niño Wrestles the World.  Roaring Brook, 2013.  Gr. K-3  Also: Rudas: Nino's Horrendous
Hermanitas (2016)
O’Neill, Alexis.  Estela’s Swap.  Illus. by Enrique O. Sanchez.  Lee & Low, 2002.  Gr. K-3
Paul, Ann Whitford.  Fiesta Fiasco.  Illus. by Ethan Long.  Holiday House, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Perez, Amada Irma.  My Diary from Here to There/Mi diario de aqui hasta alla.  Illus. by Maya Christina Gonzales.
Children’s Book Press, 2002.  Gr. 2-5
Perez, L. King.  First Day in Grapes.  Illus. by Robert Casilla.  Lee & Low, 2002.  Gr. 1-3
Posada, Jose (with Robert Burleigh).  Play Ball!  Illus. by Raúl Colόn.  Simon & Schuster, 2006.  Gr. 1-4
Resau, Laura.  What the Moon Saw.  Delacorte, 2006.  Gr. 6-9
Resau, Laura.  Red Glass.  Delacorte, 2007.  Gr. 7-10
Rice, David.  Crazy Loco.  Dial, 2001.  Gr. 7-12
Rose, Judith Robbins.  Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco.  Candlewick, 2015.  Gr. 5-8
Ryan, Pam Muñoz.  Esperanza Rising.  Scholastic, 2000.  Gr. 6-9
Ryan, Pam Muñoz.  Becoming Naomi Leόn.  Scholastic, 2004.  Gr. 5-8
Saldana, Rene, Jr.  The Jumping Tree.  Delacorte, 2001.  Gr. 6-9
Soto, Gary.  Chato Goes Cruisin’.  Illus. by Susan Guevara.  Putnam, 2005.  Gr. 2-4. Also: Chato and the Party
Animals (2000) and Chato’s Kitchen (1995)
Stanton, Karen.  Papi’s Gift.  Illus. by Rene King Moreno.  Boyds Mills, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Stewart, Sarah.  The Quiet Place.  Illus. by David Small.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Tafolla, Carmen.  What Can You Do with a Rebozo?  Illus. by Amy Cordova.  Tricycle Press, 2008.  Gr. Pre-2
Tafolla, Carmen.  What Can You Do with a Paleta?  Illus. by Magaly Morales.  Tricycle Press, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Tafolla, Carmen.  Fiesta Babies.  Illus. by Amy Cordova.  Tricycle Press, 2010.  Gr. Pre-1
Tonatiuh, Duncan.  Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin.  Abrams, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Vamos, Samantha R.  The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred.  Illus. by Rafael Lopez.  Charlesbridge, 2011.
Gr. K-2
Velasquez, Eric.  Grandma’s Records.  Walker, 2001.  Gr. 1-3  Also: Grandma's Gift (2011)
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about Spanish-speaking countries of the world and additional biographies of Latinos from series published in library editions.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
Teachers’ guides and lessons designed to explore aspects of Hispanic heritage, including: famous Latinos, Latinos in history, Hispanic history in the Americas, plus personal narratives and games
Hispanic Heritage Teaching Resources, from the Smithsonian
Extensive collection of materials based on Smithsonian collections, including art, music, people, and much more
Hispanic Heritage Resources for Teachers
Large number of cross curricular links to lessons and activities (advertisements)

See Activities Calendars for additional books, weblinks, and activities on related topics: Cesar Chavez (March 31), Cinco de Mayo (May 5), Día de los Muertos (November 1), and Las Posadas (December 16).
Students can research individuals of Latino/a heritage who have made contributions in various fields. The lists of people at Famous Hispanics in the World and History are a good starting point for names and links to biographical sketches.
Contact the local Hispanic cultural center for resource people who might be willing to visit the school and play music, teach a dance, tell stories, and the like.


Happy First Day of Autumn!
See ON THE SHELVES for an annotated bibliography of books about the autumn season.
Fall (Autumn) Teaching Theme
Lesson plans, crafts, webquests, recipes, links to interactive websites, links to information about the season, and teacher resources
Poems and Songs, from CanTeach
Several easy autumn season poems and a few songs set to familiar tunes
Autumn Activities for Kids
Crafts activities, short stories to print and read, poems, and downloadable coloring pages (advertisements)
Fall Games
Online puzzles, word search, matching games, and more

Brainstorm a semantic web for "Autumn." Topics for the web's spokes can include: weather/climate changes, clothes, games/activities, holidays, changes in nature, colors, etc. Continue to display the web so that students can add ideas.
Make available art supplies, such as watercolors, pastels, and colored pencils, and invite students to create an autumn scene. Discuss colors usually associated with the autumn season and encourage them to experiment with blending colors (for example, to make different shades of red, gold, and brown).
Take a walk to gather leaves that have fallen (remind students not to pull leaves off trees). Try to find leaves in different colors, shapes, and sizes. Bring them back to the classroom and create collage pictures of animals or people using the leaves. Lois Ehlert's Leaf Man (Harcourt, 2005) and Look What I Did with a Leaf! by Morteza E. Sohi (Walker, 1993) will give students ideas.
Collaborate with the art teacher to do creative projects with leaves, such as leaf prints, rubbings, or using leaves as stencils.
If you have a tree nearby that is dropping its leaves, take the students and a few leaf rakes and take turns raking the leaves into a pile. Take the digital camera along to capture pictures of the students at work AND jumping in the piles of leaves!
Research harvest festivals around the world. The website Harvest Festivals from around the World will help students get started.
Write poetry related to the autumn season. See the POETRY NOOK for examples of haiku, acrostic, concrete, and persona poems. Students may write their poems on the downloadable leaf patterns (lined) and (unlined). Use copy paper in bright colors. Students can cut out their poems and display them in the classroom.
Visit ON THE SHELVES for books and weblinks on these seasonally related topics: An Apple a Day… and Pumpkins! Pumpkins!


Elephant Appreciation Day
Books (a selection):
Arnold, Katya.  Elephants Can Paint Too!  Atheneum, 2005.  Gr. 1-4
Buckley, Carol.  Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends.  Putnam, 2009.  Gr. 3-5
Buckley, Carol.  Just for Elephants.  Tilbury House, 2006.  Gr. 3-6
Cowcher, Helen.  Desert Elephants.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2011.  Gr. 1-3
D'amico, Carmela & D'amico, Steve.  Ella the Elegant Elephant.  Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2004.  Gr. K-2.
Also: Ella Takes the Cake (2005); Ella Sets the Stage (2006), and Ella Sets Sail (2008)
Fenton, Corinne.  Queenie: One Elephant's Story.  Illus. by Peter Gouldthorpe.  Candlewick, 2013.  Gr. 1-4
Gibbons, Gail.  Elephants of Africa.  Holiday House, 2008.  Gr. 1-4
Harris, R. P.  Tua and the ELephant.  Illus. by Taeeun Yoo.  Chronicle, 2012.  Gr. 3-5
Heaton, Caroline.  Yi-Min and the Elephants: A Story of Ancient China.  Illus. by Tim Vyner.  Frances Lincoln,
2002.  Gr. K-3
Helfer, Ralph.  The World's Greatest Elephant.  Illus. by Ted Lewin.  Philomel, 2006.  Gr. 2-4
Holmes, Mary Tavener & Harris, John.  The Elephant from Baghdad.  Illus. by Jon Cannell.  Marshalll Cavendish,
2012.  Gr. 1-4
Joubert, Dereck.  Face to Face with Elephants.  Photographs by Beverly Joubert.  National Geographic Children's
Books, 2008.  Gr. 2-5
Judge, Lita.  Pennies for Elephants.  Hyperion, 2009.  Gr. K-3
Knapman, Timothy.  Soon.  Illus. by Patrick Benson.  Candlewick, 2015.  Gr. Pre-2
Lewin, Ted & Lewin, Betsy.  Balarama: A Royal Elephant.  Illus. by Ted Lewin.  Lee & Low, 2009.  Gr. 3-6
Morpurgo, Michael.  An Elephant in the Garden.  Feiwel and Friends, 2011.  Gr. 5-8
O'Connell, Caitlin.  A Baby Elephant in the Wild.  Photos by Caitlin O'Connell & Timothy Rodwell.  HMH, 2014.
Gr. 2-4
O'Connell, Caitlin & Jackson, Donna M.  The Elephant Scientist.  Photos by Caitlin O'Connell & Timothy
Rodwell.  Houghton Mifflin, 2011.  Gr. 4-7
Paxton, Tom.  Englebert the Elephant.  Illus. by Steven Kellogg.  HarperCollins, 1990.  Gr.K-3
Perepeczko, Jenny.  Moses: The True Story of an Elephant Baby.  Atheneum, 2014.  Gr. K-3
Reed, Aimee.  Mama's Day with Little Gray.  Illus. by Laura J. Bryant.  Random House, 2014.  Gr. Pre-1
Roy, Katherine.  How to Be an Elephant.  David Macaulay Studio, 2017.  Gr. 2-5
Sierra, Judy.  The Elephant's Wrestling Match.  Illus. by Brian Pinkney.  Dutton, 1992.  Gr. K-3
Smith, Alexander McCall.  Akimbo and the Elephants.  Illus. by LeUyan Pham.  Bloomsbury, 2005.  Gr. 2-4
Smith, Roland.  Elephant Run.  Hyperion, 2007.  Gr. 5-8
Sobol, Richard.  An Elephant in the Backyard.  Dutton, 2004.  Gr. K-4
Tsuchiya, Yukio.  Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People and War.  Illus. by Ted Lewin.  Houghton
Mifflin, 1988.  Gr. 3-8
Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn.  Cousins of Clouds: Elephant Poems.  Illus. by Megan Halsey & Sean Addy.  Clarion,
2011.  Gr. 1-5
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books about elephants published in library editions.

Creature Feature: African Elephants, from National Geographic
Easy-to-read facts, photos, video, downloadables, links
Elephants at the San Diego Zoo
Fast facts, photos, trivia, sound byte of an African elephant, content specifically for kids, and more
The Elephants of Africa, from "Nature" on PBS
Tons of information and photos with resources for teachers
Asian Elephants, at the National Zoo
Facts, photo galleries, kids' pages, and more

Students can research elephants and write facts on the elephant note paper. Have them write only one fact on each elephant and display the facts with the heading, "A TON of Facts about Elephants."
Spend some reading time with old elephant friends, such as Babar, Horton, and The Saggy Baggy Elephant. Discuss with students why these characters have enjoyed such enduring popularity.
Students can tell elephant jokes and illustrate them. Display the drawings with the jokes (hide the answers) in the hallway for others to enjoy. See Elephant Jokes at AzKidsNet and Elephant Jokes at Brownielocks for jokes.


1838 – birthdate of Victoria Woodhull, suffragist and advocate for women’s rights who was the first woman to run for U.S. president (in 1872)
Related Books:
Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta.  Ballots for Belva.  Illus. by Courtney A. Martin.  Abrams, 2008.  Gr. 2-5
Krull, Kathleen.  A Woman for President: The Story of Victoria Woodhull.  Illus. by Jane Dyer.  Walker, 2004.  Gr. 3-5
Krull, Kathleen.  Lives of Extraordinary Women: Rulers, Rebels (And What the Neighbors Thought).
Illus. by Kathryn Hewitt.  Harcourt, 2000.  Gr. 4-8
Krull, Kathleen.  Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams of Taking Flight.  Illus. by Amy June Bates.  Simon & Schuster,
2008.  Gr. 2-5
Markel, Michelle.  Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead.  Illus. by LeUyen Pham.  Balzer + Bray,
2016.  Gr. 2-4
Marx, Trish.  Jeannette Rankin: First Lady of Congress.  McElderry, 2006.  Gr. 3-6
Thimmesh, Catherine.  Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in Politics.
Illus. by Douglas B. Jones.  Houghton Mifflin, 2004.  Gr. 4-7
Plourde, Lynn.  Margaret Chase Smith: A Woman for President.  Illus. by David McPhail.  Charlesbridge, 2008.
Gr. 3-5
Winter, Jonah.  Hillary.  Illus. by Raul Colón.  Schwartz & Wade, 2016.  Gr. 1-4
Woelfle, Gretchen.  Jeannette Rankin: Political Pioneer.  Calkins Creek, 2007.  Gr. 6-9
Check school and public library shelves for biographies of women in politics from series published in library editions.

Government and Politics, from Distinguished Women of Past and Present
Links to resources about women in politics from around the world – a comprehensive list
Writing a Report on Victoria Woodhull?
Student page with links to a variety of resources, including biographical sketches, pictures, and primary source material. Caution: there were many controversial elements to Woodhull’s life; some material on this website is more suitable for older students.
The Women Who Ran for President, by Jo Freeman
Chapter from the author’s book, We Will Be Heard: Women's Struggles for Political Power in the United States, in which she discusses women who have waged campaigns and/or had support to run for president and the success (or lack thereof) in their endeavors

Students can research information about women in state and local level politics from their own state. Include historical as well as contemporary times.
The United States has never had a woman president, but other countries in the world have. Students can find which countries have women leaders and a bit of information about these political figures. Council of Women World Leaders is a good internet beginning.
Brainstorm a list of leadership qualities and discuss how they apply any position. Discuss how these qualities would apply specifically to a president or leader of a country.


It’s National Punctuation Day!
Bruno, Elsa Knight.  Punctuation Celebration.  Illus. by Jenny Whitehead.  Henry Holt, 2009.  Gr. 2-5
Budzik, Mary.  Punctuation: The Write Stuff!  Illus. by Simon Basher.  Kingfisher, 2010.  Gr. 3-6
Carr, Jan.  Greedy Apostrophe: A Cautionary Tale.  Illus. by Ethan Long.  Holiday House, 2007.  Gr. 2-5
Cleary, Brian P.  The Punctuation Station.  Illus. by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff.  Millbrook, 2010.  Gr. 2-4
Donohue, Moira Rose.  Penny and the Punctuation Bee.  Illus. by Jenny Law.  Albert Whitman, 2008.  Gr. 1-4
Donohue, Moira Rose.  Alfie the Apostrophe.  Illus. by JoAnn Adinolfi.  Albert Whitman, 2006.  Gr. 1-4
Petty, Kate.  The Perfect Pop-Up Punctuation Book.  Illus. by Jennie Maizels.  Dutton, 2006.  Gr. 2-5
Pulver, Robin.  Punctuation Takes a Vacation.  Illus. by Lynn Rowe Reed.  Holiday House, 2003.  Gr. 1-3
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.  Exclamation Mark.  Illus. by Tom Lichtenheld.  Scholastic, 2013.  Gr. 1-4
Truss, Lynne.  Twenty-Odd Ducks: Why, Every Punctuation Mark Counts!  Illus. by Bonnie Timmons.  Putnam,
2008.  Gr. 3-6
Truss, Lynne.  The Girl’s Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can’t Manage without Apostrophes!  Illus. by Bonnie Timmons.
Putnam, 2007.  Gr. 3-6
Truss, Lynne.  Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why Commas Really DO Make a Difference!  Illus. by Bonnie Timmons.
Putnam, 2006.  Gr. 2-4

National Punctuation Day
Definition and uses of 13 common punctuation marks; links to resources
Punctuation Rap
Lyrics with a rap or a blues version accompaniment

Have a favorite punctuation mark contest. Assign small groups a different punctuation mark. It is their task to develop an advertising campaign about why their mark is the best, most useful, etc. They might want to create a poster, buttons, and a slogan, as well as “sound bytes” in support of their mark. Provide opportunity for each group to wage its campaign by displaying materials and broadcasting morning messages on the school intercom. Vote on Punctuation Day.
Perform the “Punctuation Rap” from the weblink above.
Most students have likely seen “air quotes.” As a class, decide on hand signs for other punctuation marks, such as question mark, exclamation mark, period, comma, colon, etc. Read sentences aloud and use the hand signs for the punctuation marks.
Students can make punctuation mini-posters to hand in the classroom as reminders for the proper use of each mark. Use 12 X 18-inch drawing paper. They need to draw the designated mark large enough to be seen from a distance, leaving room for its name and a caption containing a brief description of its use. They can dress the punctuation mark character and give it a name.
Tell older students about interrobang. Brainstorm sentences in which this punctuation mark would be appropriate. Invite them to create a new punctuation mark and define how it is used.


1930 – birthdate of playwright, song writer, columnist and poet Shel Silverstein
Books (a selection):
(These are original copyright dates, though several titles have been reissued with later dates.)
Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back.  HarperCollins, 1963.  Gr. K-3
Don’t Bump the Glump!: And Other Fantasies.  HarperCollins, 1964.  Gr. All ages
The Giving Tree.  HarperCollins, 1964.  Gr. All ages
Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?  Simon & Schuster, 1964.  Gr. K-3
A Giraffe and A Half.  HarperCollins, 1964.  Gr. Pre-2
Where the Sidewalk Ends.  HarperCollins, 1974.  Gr. All ages
The Missing Piece.  HarperCollins, 1976.  Gr. All ages
The Missing Piece Meets the Big O.  HarperCollins, 1981.  Gr. All ages
A Light in the Attic.  HarperCollins, 1981.  Gr. All ages
Falling Up.  HarperCollins, 1986.  Gr. All ages
Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook.  HarperCollins, 2005.  Gr. All ages
Every Thing On It.  HarperCollins, 2011.  Gr. All ages
Check school and public library shelves for biographies of Shel Silverstein from series published in library editions.

Shel, The Official Site for Kids
Entertaining site containing online games and activities, downloadables, ideas for educators (including a downloadable poetry kit), summaries of his books (with animation), and a biography

Shel Silverstein’s poems are great fun to read aloud. Display his books of poetry and invite students to choose a favorite, practice reading it until they are fluent, and then read it to the class and possibly to other classes.
Discuss with students why they think Silverstein’s poetry has been popular for so many years. Why do they enjoy reading his poems?
Divide the class into small groups and have each group choose one of Silverstein’s poems to dramatize.


Banned Books Week is September 25-October 1, reminding us that we need to celebrate our freedom to read
Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read
Comprehensive discussion of the week with links to resources and lists of frequently challenged books
Banned and Challenged Books
List of 100 most frequently challenged books by decade

Consider age-appropriate activities to heighten awareness of intellectual freedom. Older students can discuss the First Amendment, what it means to them and implications for our daily lives.
Display works by familiar authors whose books have been challenged, such as Judy Blume, Lois Lowry, Katherine Paterson, and Chris Crutcher, and specific books and series, such as the Harry Potter books, Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series, the Goosebumps series, the Captain Underpants books, and Newbery Award-winning The Higher Power of Lucky. Discuss books the students have read among those displayed and why they might have been targets of challenges.


1774 – birthdate of John Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, legendary figure who is credited with introducing apple trees in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
Aliki.  The Story of Johnny Appleseed.  Simon & Schuster, 1987.  Gr. K-3
Benet, Rosemary & Benet, Stephen Vincent.  Johnny Appleseed.  Illus. by S.D. Schindler.  McElderry, 2001.  Gr. K-3
Codell, Esmé Raji.  Seed By Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman.  Illus. by Lynne Rae
Perkins.  Greenwillow, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Demuth, Patricia.  Johnny Appleseed (All Aboard Reading, 1).  Illus. by Michael Montgomery.  Grosset & Dunlap,
1996.  Gr, K-2
Durrant, Lynda.  The Sun, The Rain, and the Apple Seed: A Novel of Johnny Appleseed’s Life.  Clarion, 2003.
Gr. 5-7
Glass, Andrew.  Folks Call Me Appleseed John.  Doubleday, 1995.  Gr. 2-5
Harrison, David L.  Johnny Appleseed: My Story (Step into Reading, 3).  Illus. by Mike Wohnoutka.  Random House,
2001.  Gr. 1-3
Hodges, Margaret.  The True Tale of Johnny Appleseed.  Illus. by Kimberly Bulcken Root.  Holiday House, 1997.
Gr. 1-4
Holub, Joan.  Who Was Johnny Appleseed?  Illus. by Anna DiVito.  Grosset & Dunlap, 2005.  Gr. 3-5
Kellogg, Steven.  Johnny Appleseed.  HarperCollins, 1988.  Gr. 1-4
Kurtz, Jane.  Johnny Appleseed (Ready-to-Read, Level 1).  Illus. by Mary Haverfield.  Aladdin, 2004.  Gr. K-2
Lawlor, Laurie.  The Real Johnny Appleseed.  Illus. by Mary Thompson.  Albert Whitman, 1995.  Gr. 3-5
Lindbergh, Reeve.  Johnny Appleseed.  Illus. by Kathy Jakobsen.  Little, Brown, 1990.  Gr. 1-4
Moses, Will.  Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend.  Philomel, 2001.  Gr. 3-5
Shepherd, Jodie.  Johnny Appleseed.  Illus. by Masumi Furukawa.  Scholastic, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Swain, Gwenyth.  Johnny Appleseed.  Illus. by Janice Lee Porter.  Carolrhoda, 2001.  Gr. 2-4
Yolen, Jane.  Johnny Appleseed: The Legend and the Truth.  Illus. by Jim Burke.  HarperCollins, 2008.  Gr. 2-4
Check school and public library shelves for biographies of John Chapman published in library editions.

Johnny Appleseed, from Leominster, Massachusetts (his birthplace)
Readable account of Johnny Appleseed’s life, illustrated with artists’ renderings and photos of his gravesite and a monument to his birth in Leominster
“Johnny Appleseed, A Pioneer Hero”
This fascinating primary source document is a photocopy of an article in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine published in 1871 that discusses Chapman’s travels, his interactions with people he met along the way, and his planting of seeds.

See the An Apple a Day… annotated bibliography of books about apples in ON THE SHELVES. Visit National Apple Week (August 11) in the Activities Calendars for additional titles, weblinks, and activities.
In a study of Johnny Appleseed, it is important for students to realize that fact is intermingled with fiction, much of it exaggerated to the point of being a tall tale. As students read/hear books about Johnny Appleseed, it might be useful for them to record items on a three-column chart: Probably True, May Be True (needs proof), and Probably Fiction. They can make a list of the books they read and assign each book a number, and then record the number on the chart next to the items they gather from the books.
Older students might research events that were occurring in the United States during the time of John Chapman’s travels and create a timeline.
Students can track places John Chapman visited on a map of the United States. They will need to locate a map of the U.S. as it was in that time before they begin. They can compare states and territories as they are shown on both maps.
Based on descriptions in books, students can create drawings of Johnny Appleseed.
Compare stories about Johnny Appleseed with those of other tall tale figures who were real people, such as Davy Crockett, Mike Fink, and Casey Jones (encourage students to locate others). How did their larger-than-life stories get started? What do their stories have in common?


1924 – birthdate of author/illustrator Bernard Waber
Books (a selection):
(all published by Houghton Mifflin with original copyright dates noted)
The House on East 88th Street. 1962
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile. 1965. Also: Lyle and the Birthday Party (1966); Lovable Lyle (1969); Lyle Finds His
Mother (1974); Funny, Funny Lyle (1987); Lyle at the Office (1994); Lyle at Christmas (1998)
You Look Ridiculous, Said the Rhinoceros to the Hippopotamus. 1966
A Firefly Named Torchy. 1970
Nobody Is Perfick. 1971
Ira Sleeps Over. 1972. Also: Ira Says Goodbye (1988)
I Was All Thumbs. 1975
But Names Will Never Hurt Me. 1976
You’re a Little Kid with a Big Heart. 1980
Bernard. 1982
Gina. 1995
Do You See a Mouse? 1995
A Lion Named Shirley Williamson. 1996
Bearsie Bear and the Surprise Sleepover Party. 1997
The Mouse That Snored. 2000
Fast Food! Gulp! Gulp! 2001
Courage. 2002
Evie and Margie. 2003
Lyle Walks the Dogs.  Illus. by Paulis Waber.  2010
Ask Me.  Illus. by Suzy Lee.  2015

Bernard Waber, Children's Book Author & Illustrator
Biographical sketch, essays, quotes, information about how Waber did his art, and more
Bernard Waber (1924- ) Biography
Biography focusing on highlights of Waber’s career and a complete list of his books
Bernard Waber: A Wealth of Books
Article in Teaching PreK-8 by Becky Rodia, in which Waber discusses his work

Display a selection of books by Bernard Waber for students to read independently. Choose some for reading aloud.
Waber’s best known character is Lyle. As a class, write another story about Lyle. Take dictation of the student’s ideas on a chart and revise. Type the words so that each student has a page to illustrate (including title page, cover, last page). Discuss the appearance of Lyle ahead of time so he is somewhat uniform throughout. Bind the pages into a book for the classroom library.
Use Bernard Waber’s books to study the literary element of theme. Within most of his stories are definite themes, such as friendship, fear, accepting oneself, tolerance, and others.


National Dog Week (last full week in September)
Books (add this list to your favorite books about dogs):
Appelt, Kathi.  Mogie: The Heart of the House.  Illus. by Marc Rosenthal.  Atheneum, 2014.  Gr. K-3
Appelt, Kathi.  The Underneath.  Atheneum, 2008.  Gr. 5-7
Auch, Mary Jane.  A Dog on His Own.  Holiday House, 2008.  Gr. 3-5
Avi.  The Good Dog.  Atheneum, 2001.  Gr. 4-6
Barracca, Debra & Barracca, Sol.  The Adventures of Taxi Dog.  Illus. by Mark Buehner.  Dial, 1990.  Gr. K-3.
Also: Maxi, the Hero (1991); Maxi, the Star (1993), and A Taxi Dog Christmas (1994)
Bartoletti, Susan Campbell.  Nobody's Diggier Than a Dog.  Illus. by Beppe Giacobbe.  Hyperion, 2005.  Gr. Pre-2
Bauer, Marion Dane.  Little Dog, Lost.  Illus. by Jennifer A. Bell.  Atheneum, 2012.  Gr. 3-5
Boelts, Maribeth.  Before You Were Mine.  Illus. by David Walker.  Putnam, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Bowen, Anne.  Scooter in the Outside.  Illus. by Abby Carter.  Holiday House, 2012.  Gr. Pre-2
Brown, Marc.  Arthur's New Puppy.  Little, Brown, 1993.  Gr. K-3
Byars, Betsy.  Tornado.  HarperCollins, 1996.  Gr. 2-4
Byars, Betsy; Duffey, Betsy, & Myers, Laurie.  My Dog, My Hero.  Illus. by Lauren Long.  Henry Holt, 2000.  Gr. 3-6
Byars, Betsy; Duffey, Betsy, & Myers, Laurie.  Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society.  Illus. by Erik
Brooks.  Henry Holt, 2007.  Gr. 3-5
Casanova, Mary.  Some Dog!  Illus. by Ard Hoyt.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2007.  Gr. K-2
Chall, Marsha Wilson.  Pick a Pup.  Illus. by Jed Henry.  McElderry, 2011.  Gr. K-2
Cochran, Bill.  The Forever Dog.  Illus. by Dan Andreasen.  HarperCollins, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Coffelt, Nancy.  Fred Stays with Me!  Little, Brown, 2007.  Gr. K-2
Creech, Sharon.  Love That Dog.  HarperCollins, Gr. 3-5
Crummel, Susan Stevens.  My Big Dog.  Illus. by Janet Stevens.  Golden, 2005.  Gr. Pre-2
Demas, Corinne.  Always in Trouble.  Illus. by Noah Z. Jones.  Scholastic, 2009.  Gr. K-2
DiCamillo, Kate.  Because of Winn Dixie.  Candlewick, 2000.  Gr. 3-6
DiPucchio, Kelly.  Gaston.  Illus. by Christian Robinson.  Atheneum, 2014.  Gr. K-2
Drummond, Ree.  Charlie the Ranch Dog.  Illus. by Diane deGroat.  HarperCollins, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Engle, Margarita.  Mountain Dog.  Illus. by Olga & Aleksey Ivanov.  Henry Holt, 2013.  Gr. 5-8
Engle, Margarita.  When You Wander: A Search-and-Rescue Dog Story.  Illus. by Mary Morgan.  Henry Holt, 2013.
Gr. K-2
Feiffer, Jules.  Bark, George.  HarperCollins, 1999.  Gr. Pre-2
Frasier, Debra.  Spike: Ugliest Dog in the Universe.  Beach Lane, 2013.  Gr. K-2
Frost, Helen.  Diamond Willow.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008.  Gr. 5-8
Gianferrari, Maria.  Hello Goodbye Dog.  Illus. by Patrice Barton.  Roaring Brook, 2017.  Gr. K-3
Graham, Bob.  "Let's Get a Pup!" Said Kate.  Candlewick, 2001.  Gr. K-2. Also: "The Trouble with Dogs...," said Dad
Gravett, Emily.  Dogs.  Simon & Schuster, 2012.  Gr. K-2
Hest, Amy.  The Dog Who Belonged to No One.  Illus. by Amy Bates.  Abrams, 2008.  Gr. 1-3
Hest, Amy.  Charlie's First Night.  Illus. by Helen Oxenbury.  Candlewick, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Hest, Amy.  My Old Pal, Oscar.  Illus. by Amy Bates.  Abrams, 2016.  Gr. K-2
Himmelman, John.  Katie and the Puppy Next Door.  Henry Holt, 2013.  Gr. K-2
Hubbell, Patricia.  Shaggy Dogs, Waggy Dogs.  Illus. by Donald Wu.  Marshall Cavendish, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Ibbotson, Eva.  One Dog and His Boy.  Scholastic, 2012.  Gr. 3-6
Joosse, Barbara.  Dog Parade.  Illus. by Eugene Yelchin.  Harcourt, 2011.  Gr. K-3
Kadohata, Cynthia.  Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam.  Atheneum, 2007.  Gr. 5-8
Kearney, Meg.  Trouper.  Illus. by E.B. Lewis.  Scholastic, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Keats, Ezra Jack.  Whistle for Willie.  Viking, 1964.  Gr. K-2
Klise, Kate.  Stay: A Girl, A Dog, A Bucket List.  Illus. by M. Sarah Klise.  Feiwel & Friends, 2017.  Gr. K-3
Kulling, Monica.  Lumpito and the Painter from Spain.  Illus. by Dean Griffiths.  Pajama Press, 2013.  Gr. K-3
LaMarche, Jim.  Lost and Found: Three Dog Stories.  Chronicle, 2009.  Gr. K-4
Martin, Ann M. (Ed.).  Because of Shoe and Other Dog Stories.  Henry Holt, 2012.  Gr. 3-7
Martin, Ann M.  A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray.  Scholastic, 2005.  Gr. 4-6
Martin, Ann M.  Everything for a Dog.  Feiwel & Friends, 2009.  Gr. 4-6
McDonald, Megan.  Shoe Dog.  Illus. by Katherine Tillotson.  Atheneum, 2014.  Gr. K-3
McFarland, Lyn Rossiter.  Widget.  Illus. by Jim McFarland.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001.  Gr. K-3
MacLachlan, Patricia.  White Fur Flying.  McElderry, 2013.  Gr. 3-5
McAnulty, Stacy.  Excellent Ed.  Illus. by Julie Sarcone-Roach.  Knopf, 2016.  Gr. K-3
McCardie, Amanda.  Our Very Own Dog.  Illus. by Salvatore Rubbino.  Candlewick, 2017.  Gr. K-3
Meddaugh, Susan.  Martha Speaks.  Houghton Mifflin, 1992.  Gr. K-3. Also: Martha Calling (1996); Martha Blah Blah
(1998); Martha Walks the Dog (2003); Perfectly Martha (2004); Martha and Skits (2005); and numerous titles from the PBS program.
Meshon, Aaron.  The Best Days Are Dog Days.  Dial, 2016.  Gr. Pre-2
Mitchell, Hazel.  Toby.  Candlewick, 2016.  Gr. K-2
Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.  Shiloh.  Atheneum, 1991.  Gr. 4-6. Sequels: Shiloh Season (1996) and Saving Shiloh
Orr, Wendy.  DISCOVERED! A Beagle Called Bella.  Illus. by Patricia Castelao.  Henry Holt, 2013.  Gr. 2-5
Perkins, Lynne Rae.  Frank and Lucky Get Schooled.  Greenwillow, 2016.  Gr. 1-3
Pilkey, Dav.  Dog Breath.  Blue Sky/Scholastic, 1994.  Gr. K-3
Provensen, Alice.  Murphy in the City.  Simon & Schuster, 2015.  Gr. K-2
Raschka, Chris.  Hip Hop Dog.  Illus. by Vladimir Radunsky.  HarperCollins, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Rathmann, Peggy.  Officer Buckle and Gloria.  Putnam, 1995.  Gr. K-3
Rosen, Michael J.  The Tale of Rescue.  Illus. by Stan Fellows.  Candlewick, 2015.  Gr. 4-6
Rossiter, Nan Parson.  Rugby & Rosie.  Dutton, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Rudge, Leila.  A Perfect Place for Ted.  Candlewick, 2014.  Gr. K-3
Rylant, Cynthia.  The Bookshop Dog.  Scholastic, 1996.  Gr. K-2
Rylant, Cynthia.  The Great Gracie Chase: Stop That Dog!  Illus. Mark Teague.  Blue Sky/Scholastic, 2001.  Gr. K-3
Rylant, Cynthia.  the "Henry and Mudge" series.Illus. by Sucie Stevenson.  Simon.  Gr. K-2
Samuels, Barbara.  Fred's Beds.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2014.  Gr. K-3
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro.  Dog and Bear.  Roaring Brook, 2007.  Gr. Pre-2. Also: Dog and Bear: Two's Company
(2008) and Dog and Bear: Three to Get Ready (2009)
Shannon, David.  Good Boy, Fergus!  Blue Sky/Scholastic, 2006.  Gr. K-2
Slonim, David.  Patch.  Roaring Brook, 2013.  Gr. K-2
Stein, David Ezra.  I'm My Own Dog.  Candlewick, 2014.  Gr. K-3
Stevens, Janet & Crummel, Susan Steven.  Help Me, Mr. Mutt!: Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems.
Illus. by Janet Stevens.  Harcourt, 2008.  Gr. 2-4
Taylor, Sean.  Don't Call Me Choochie Pooh!  Illus. by Kate Hindley.  Candlewick, 2016.  Gr. K-2
Teague, Mark.  Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School.  Scholastic, 2002.  Gr. K-4.
Also: Detective LaRue: Letters from the Investigation (2004); Letters from the Campaign Trail: LaRue for Mayor (2008); LaRue Across America: Postcards from the Vacation (2011)
Thompson, Laurie Ann.  My Dog Is the Best.  Illus. by Paul Schmid.  Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2015.  Gr. Pre-1
Weingarten, Gene.  Me & Dog.  Illus. by Eric Shansby.  Simon & Schuster, 2014.  Gr. K-3
Wells, Rosemary.  McDuff Moves In.  Illus. by Susan Jeffers.  Hyperion, 1997.  Gr. Pre-2. Also: McDuff Comes Home
(1997); McDuff and the Baby (1997); McDuff's New Friend (1998); McDuff Goes to School (2001); McDuff's Christmas (2001); McDuff Saves the Day (2002); McDuff's Wild Romp (2005)
Wood, Audrey.  A Dog Needs a Bone!  Blue Sky/Scholastic, 2007.  Gr. Pre-2
Wood, Audrey.  It's Duffy Time!  Illus. by Don Wood.  Blue Sky/Scholastic, 2012.  Gr. K-2
Woodruff, Liza.  Emerson Barks.  Henry Holt, 2016.  Gr. K-3
Zion, Gene.  Harry the Dirty Dog.  Illus. by Margaret BloyGraham.  Harper & Row, 1956.  Gr. K-2 (reissued in 2002).
Also: No Roses for Harry! (1958); Harry and the Lady Next Door (1960); and Harry by the Sea (1965)
Selected Nonfiction and True Stories:
Blake, Robert J.  Togo.  Philomel, 2002.  Gr. 1-4
Calmenson, Stephanie.  May I Pet Your Dog?: The How-To Guide for Kids Meeting Dogs (And Dogs Meeting Kids).
Illus. by Jan Ormerod.  Clarion, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Castaldo, Nancy F.  Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World.  HMH, 2014.  Gr. 4-8
George, Jean Craighead.  How to Talk to Your Dog.  Illus. by Sue Truesdell.  HarperCollins, 2000.  Gr. 2-5
Gibbons, Gail.  Dogs.  Holiday House, 1996.  Gr. 1-4
Goodman, Susan E.  It's a Dog's Life: How Man's Best Friend Sees, Hears, and Smells the World.  Illus. by David
Slonim.  FlashPoint, 2012.  Gr. 2-5
Hall, Becky.  Morris and Buddy: The Story of the First Seeing Eye Dog.  Albert Whitman, 2007.  Gr. 2-4
Holub, Joan.  Why Do Dogs Bark?  Illus. by Anna Divito.  Dial, 2001.  Gr. K-3
Katz, Jon.  Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm.  Henry Holt, 2011.  Gr. K-4
Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody.  Balto and the Great Race.  Random House, 1999.  Gr. 3-5
Larson, Kirby.  Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle.  Little, Brown, 2009.  Gr. 2-5
McCully, Emily Arnold.  Strongheart: The World's First Movie Star Dog.  Henry Holt, 2014.  Gr. K-3
Muntean, Michaela.  Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs.  Photos by K.C. Bailey & Steve Kazmierski.  Scholastic,
2012.  Gr. 2-5
Nelson, Marilyn.  Snook Alone.  Illus. by Timothy Basil Ering.  Candlewick, 2010.  Gr. 1-4
Newman, Leslea & Kodaira, Machiyo.  Hachiko Waits.  Henry Holt, 2004.  Gr. 3-5
Paulsen, Gary.  My Life in Dog Years.  Delacorte, 1998.  Gr. 5-10
Rabe, Tish.  If I Ran the Dog Show: All About Dogs.  Illus. by Aristides Ruiz & Joe Mathieu.  Random House, 2012.
Gr. 1-4
Simon, Seymour.  Dogs.  Collins, 2009.  Gr. 2-4
Strother, Ruth.  W Is for Woof: A Dog Alphabet.  Illus. by Gijsbert van Frankenhuysen.  Sleeping Bear Press, 2011.
Gr. 1-5
Turner, Pamela S.  Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog.  Illus. by Yan Nascimbene.  Houghton Mifflin, 2004.
Gr. 1-3
Whitehead, Sarah.  How to Speak Dog!  Scholastic, 2008.  Gr. 4-8
Check school and public library shelves for nonfiction books published in library editions about dog breeds, service and working dogs, dog training, and other dog-related topics of interest to students.
Archer, Peggy.  Name That Dog.  Dial, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Ashman, Linda.  Stella, Unleashed: Notes from the Doghouse.  Illus. by Paul Meisel.  Sterling, 2008.  Gr. K-3
Florian, Doug.  Bow Wow, Meow Meow: It's Rhyming Cats and Dogs.  Harcourt, 2003.  Gr. 1-5
Franco, Betsy.  A Dazzling Display of Dogs: Concrete Poems.  Illus. by Michael Wertz.  Tricycle Press, 2011.  Gr. 1-4
George, Kristine O'Connell.  Little Dog Poems.  Illus. by June Otani.  Clarion, 1999.  Gr. K-3. Also: Little Dog and
Duncan (2002)
Gottfried, Maya.  Good Dog.  Illus. by Robert Rahway Zakanitch.  Knopf, 2005.  Gr. 1-5
Johnston, Tony.  It's About Dogs.  Illus. by Ted Rand.  Harcourt, 2000.  Gr. K-5
MacLachlan, Patricia & Charest, Emily MacLachlan.  Once I Ate a Pie.  Illus. by Katy Schneider.  HarperCollins,
2006.  Gr. K-4. Also: I Didn't Do It (2010)
Prelutsky, Jack.  If Not for the Cat.  Illus. by Ted Rand. Greenwillow, 2004.  Gr. 1-5
Rosen, Michael J.  The Hound Dog's Haiku: And Other Poems for Dog Lovers.  Illus. by Mary Azarian.  Candlewick,
2011.  Gr. 2-5
Singer, Marilyn.  Every Day's a Dog's Day: A Year in Poems.  Illus. by Miki Sakamoto.  Dial, 2012.  Gr. K-3
Sklansky, Amy.  From the Doghouse: Poems to Chew On.  Henry Holt, 2002.  Gr. 1-4

Janet Wall's How to Love Your Dog: A Kid's Guide to Dog Care
Tons of information on just about everything related to acquiring, training, and living with a dog; also info on selected dog breeds
Bow Wow Meow Pet Names with Personality
Site for finding a name for a dog or cat, meanings of names, most popular names, dog age calculator, and more (some advertisements)
Dog Breeds
Very comprehensive site with lots of photos and information
Dog Poems and Songs
A selection of poems and songs about dogs and puppies (some have actions to accompany the words)
Origami Dog
Easy-to-fold dog face (advertisements on this site)
Dog Crafts for Kids
Numerous ideas for dog-themed craft projects, ranging from very simple to more complicated. Directions are typically easy to follow and illustrated.
Dog-themed Writing Paper (elementary)
Reproducible writing paper with a dog theme
Dog-themed Writing Paper (primary)
Reproducible writing paper with a dog theme

Dogs are popular with children of all ages. Display a collection of books about dogs for students to read independently. Invite them to write about dogs, real and imaginary. Make bulletin board displays featuring pictures of their dogs and their "wish" dogs (pictures from magazines or the internet) for students who do not have pet dogs. Visit some of the weblinks listed above and enjoy crafts activities, songs, and information about various dog breeds.
Students can research service and working dogs. Invite a speaker into the classroom who trains dogs for a variety of service roles.


September is Fall Hat Month!
Ashburn, Boni.  I Had a Favorite Hat.  Illus. by Robyn Ng.  Abrams, 2015.  Gr. K-3
Beaumont, Karen.  Hats Off to You!  Illus. by Leuyen Pham.  Scholastic, 2017.  Gr. K-3
Blackaby, Susan.  Rembrandt’s Hat.  Illus. by Mary Newell DePalma.  Houghton Mifflin, 2002.  Gr. K-2
Brett, Jan.  The Hat.  Putnam, 1997.  Gr. K-3
Brown, Ken.  The Scarecrow’s Hat.  Peachtree, 2001.  Gr. K-2
Fox, Mem.  The Magic Hat.  Illus. by Tricia Tusa.  Harcourt, 2002.  Gr. Pre-3
Geringer, Laura.  A Three Hat Day.  Illus. by Arnold Lobel.  HarperCollins, 1985.  Gr. K-3
Holme, Sharon Lane.  Zoe’s Hats: A Book of Colors and Patterns.  Boyds Mills, 2003.  Gr. Pre-1
Hoppe, Paul.  Hat.  Bloomsbury, 2009.  Gr. Pre-2
Horowitz, Dave.  Buy My Hats!  Putnam, 2010.  Gr. K-3
Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald.  Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later).  Illus. by James Ransome.  Clarion,
2001.  Gr. K-3
Johnson, D.B.  Magritte's Marvelous Hat.  Houghton Mifflin, 2012.  Gr. 1-3
Judge, Lita.  Red Hat.  Atheneum, 2013.  Gr. Pre-2
Kasza, Keiko.  Finders Keepers.  Putnam, 2015.  Gr. K-2
Katz, Karen.  Twelve Hats for Lena: A Book of Months.  McElderry, 2002.  Gr. K-2
Keats, Ezra Jack.  Jennie’s Hat.  HarperCollins, 1979.  Gr. Pre-2
Kimmel, Eric A.  Stormy’s Hat: Just Right for a Railroad Man.  Illus. by Andrea U’Ren.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux,
2008.  Gr. K-3
Klassen, Jon.  I Want My Hat Back.  Candlewick, 2011.  Gr. K-2
Klassen, Jon.  This Is Not My Hat.  Candlewick, 2012.  Gr. K-2
Klassen, Jon.  We Found a Hat.  Candlewick, 2016.  Gr. K-2
Luthardt, Kevin.  Hats!  Albert Whitman, 2004.  Gr. K-2
Meisel, Paul.  Zara’s Hats.  Dutton, 2003.  Gr. K-3
Miller, Margaret.  Whose Hat?  Greenwillow, 1988.  Gr. Pre-2
Morris, Ann.  Hats Hats Hats.  Photographs by Ken Heyman.  HarperCollins, 1989.  Gr. K-4
Nodset, Joan L.  Who Took the Farmer’s Hat?  Illus. by Fritz Siebel.  HarperCollins, 1963.  Gr. K-2
Prahin, Andrew.  Brimsby's Hats.  Simon & Schuster, 2013.  Gr. K-3
Smith, William J.  Ho for a Hat!  Illus. by Lynn Munsinger.  Little, Brown, 1993.  Gr. K-3
Dr. Seuss.  The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.  Random House, 1989. (reissue)  Gr. 1-3
Spinelli, Eileen.  Do YOU Have a Hat?  Illus. by Geraldo Valerio.  Simon & Schuster, 2004.  Gr. K-3
Stoeke, Janet Morgan.  A Hat for Minerva Louise.  Dutton, 1994.  Gr. Pre-2
Turner-Denstaedt, Melanie.  The Hat That Wore Clara B.  Illus. by Frank Morrison.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux,
2009.  Gr. K-3
Won, Brian.  Hooray for Hat!  HMH, 2014.  Gr. Pre-1

Among other topics, this site contains an interesting history of millinery and an extensive list of types of hats.
Fashion History of Hats
Extensive amount of information about hats as a fashion item throughout history; includes links to different time periods (advertisements)

Have a “Hat Day” and invite students to wear a favorite hat to school. Give each student the opportunity to tell why their hat is a favorite.
Provide a variety of art materials so students can design a hat. In addition to different kinds of papers, make available cloth scraps, fabric trims, felt, ribbons, buttons, yarn, sequins, glitter, faux feathers, etc. Have a “Parade of Hats.” If the hat creation is flat, cut a strip of construction paper or thin poster board measured to fit around the student’s head and staple it. Glue the hat to front of the strip. Students can wear their three-dimensional creations.
Brainstorm a list of types of hats with which students are familiar and leave space for some hat vocabulary that may be new to them. Research different types of hats: bonnet, sombrero, fedora, fez, panama hat, derby, beret, cloche, porkpie hat, bowler, deerstalker, coonskin cap, pith helmet, tam-o-shanter, beanie, Stetson, top hat, toque, and more.
Take a digital picture of each student’s face and display the photos on a bulletin board under the title “Whose Hat Is That?” Have students draw a hat that represents them in some way—a talent, a special interest, a future career, etc.—to place on their head.


1962 – birthday of author and poet Janet S. Wong
Books (a selection):
Good Luck Gold and Other Poems.  McElderry, 1994.  Gr. 3-6
A Suitcase of Seaweed and Other Poems.  McElderry, 1996.  Gr. 5-8
Behind the Wheel: Driving Poems.  McElderry, 1999.  Gr. 7-10
The Rainbow Hand: Poems about Mothers and Children.  Illus. by Jennifer Hewitson.  McElderry, 1999.  Gr. 4-8
Buzz.  Illus. by Margaret Chodos-Irvine.  Harcourt, 2000.  Gr. Pre-2
Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams.  Illus. by Julie Paschkis.  McElderry, 2000.  Gr. 3-6
The Trip Back Home.  Illus. by Bo Jia.  Harcourt, 2000.  Gr. K-3
This Next New Year.  Illus. by Yangsook Choi.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2000.  Gr. K-3
Grump.  Illus. by John Wallace.  McElderry, 2001.  Gr. Pre-1
Apple Pie Fourth of July.  Illus. by Margaret Chodos-Irvine.  Harcourt, 2002.  Gr. K-3
You Have to Write.  Illus. by Teresa Flavin.  McElderry, 2002.  Gr. 2-5
Minn and Jake.  Illus. by Genevieve Cote.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003.  Gr. 3-5. Also: Minn and Jake’s Almost
Terrible Summer (2008)
Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club.  Illus. by Stacey Schuett.  McElderry, 2004.  Gr. 1-4
Hide & Seek.  Illus. by Margaret Chodos-Irvine.  Harcourt, 2005.  Gr. Pre-1
The Dumpster Diver.  Illus. by David Roberts.  Candlewick, 2007.  Gr. K-3
Twist: Yoga Poems.  Illus. by Julie Paschkis.  McElderry, 2007.  Gr. 2-5
Homegrown House.  Illus. by E.B. Lewis.  McElderry, 2009.  Gr. 1-4
Me and Rolly Maloo.  Illus. by Elizabeth Buttler.  Charlesbridge, 2010.  Gr. 3-5
Poetry Tag Time. (with Sylvia Vardell).  Kindle e-book, 2011.  Gr. 1-6
Once Upon a Tiger: New Beginnings for Endangered Animals.  Illus. by Sladjana Vasic.  Kindle e-book, 2011.
Gr. 2-6
Gift Tag   (with Sylvia Vardell).  Kindle e-book, 2011.  Gr. 1-6
Declaration of Interdependence: Poems for an Election Year.  CreateSpace, 2012.  Gr. 3-5
Before It Wriggles Away.  Richard C. Owen, 2006.  Gr. 2-5 (autobiography)

Janet S. Wong
The author’s home page that includes a biography, FAQs, a list of her books, a link to articles about her, and the opportunity to listen to her read from some of her work
Janet S. Wong Biography
Biographical sketch and photo
“The Poet’s Process,” an article by Janet Wong
The author discusses her writing process and shows early drafts of some of her poems.
Interview with Poet and Author Janet Wong
Rather lengthy interview in which Wong discusses the inspirations for her work

Janet Wong writes both fiction and poetry. Display her books for independent reading and invite students to find poems they would like to read aloud.
Bookmark her home page on your classroom computer so that students can listen to her read some of her poetry.
In writing instruction, it is often useful to look at an author’s revision process. Show students drafts of Wong’s poems and read her discussion in “The Poet’s Process” article noted above.


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