Magic Tree House
Junie B. Jones
All students and library patrons expect to celebrate the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Their minds will be filled with American History projects in the weeks leading up to Presidents Day. But there are a host of other birthdays to celebrate during the month of February. There are writers and poets, musicians and dancers, inventors, and sports and television personalities.
• Make a birthday calendar and display in the library or classroom. Include the following people:
• Ask readers to identify as many of these people as they can. Then allow them to work in groups to find out why each individual is noteworthy. Have each group divide the names into career categories. For example, sports, artist, music, dance, theater, television or movie, inventor, writer or poet, fashion, and military.
• Ask readers to select at least 5 personalities and design and write a full-page newspaper or magazine tribute to them on their birthday.
• Introduce fiction and nonfiction works that may connect to each personality in some way. Books from Random House include:
• Ask older readers to write a essay that makes the connection between a book they read and one of the birthday personalities.