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Thematic and curriculum connections for picture books, beginning readers, and middle grade books. Prepared by educators, these guides are designed to excite students about literature while saving you valuable lesson preparation time. Browse below by title, author, grade, or theme—or use the search box on the right for a general guide search.

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Junie B. Jones

By: Barbara Park
illustrated by: Denise Brunkus

Meet the World's Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones!

Remember when it was scary to go to school? With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park's New York Times bestselling chapter...

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Woods Runner

By: Gary Paulsen

Samuel, 13, spends his days in the forest, hunting for food for his family. He has grown up on the frontier of a British colony, America. Far from any town, or news of the war against the King that American...

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Tucket’s Gold

By: Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen's popular Western saga continues in the fourth novel about Francis Tucket.

Things look grim for Francis and his adopted family, Lottie and Billy. Without horses, water, or food,...


Gary Paulsen Author Study

The breadth of Gary Paulsen’s books alone—adventure, true stories, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, humor—make him the perfect candidate for a classroom author study because there is truly...

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Alida’s Song and The Cookcamp

By: Gary Paulsen

ABOUT THIS BOOK
Life with a boy’s loving grandmother gives him strength and faith in himself, drawing him away from the edge and into the center of life, in these two remarkable novels based on...

The Brian Books – Gary Paulsen

By: Gary Paulsen

NOTE TO TEACHERS
Message from the Author
The River was a direct response to readers who sent letters telling me that Brian's story wasn't done at the end of Hatchet. So many wanted to know what...


Nightjohn

By: Gary Paulsen

NOTE TO TEACHERS
A message from the Author
The way I came into writing Nightjohn, I came in the back door. I worked for several years on research on a book on Sally Hemings, who was a slave girl...

The River

By: Gary Paulsen

NOTE TO TEACHERS
The River was a direct response to readers who sent letters telling me that Brian's story wasn't done at the end of Hatchet. So many wanted to know what happened to Brian after the...

Jump into the Sky

By: Shelley Pearsall

It's May 5, 1945. Carrying nothing but a suitcase and a bag of his aunt's good fried chicken, 13-year-old Levi Battle heads south to a U.S. Army post in search of his father—a lieutenant in an elite...

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A Day No Pigs Would Die

By: Robert Newton Peck
Guide Prepared by: Pat Scales, Director of Library Services, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, South Carolina

TEACHERS GUIDE
ABOUT THIS BOOK
In this classic autobiographical novel set in the 1920s in rural Vermont, 12-year-old Robert Peck comes of age when his father dies and leaves him to manage the...

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Picture Book Biography Brochure

In 1934, Ruth Harkness had never seen a panda bear.  Not many people in the world had.

But soon the young Mrs. Harkness would inherit an expedition from her explorer husband: the hunt for...

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Mrs. Harkness and the Panda

By: Alicia Potter
illustrated by: Melissa Sweet

Mrs. Harkness and the Panda
by Alicia Potter
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
About the book:
In 1934, Ruth Harkness had never seen a panda bear. Not many people in the world had. But soon...


The Swamps of Sleethe

By: Jack Prelutsky
illustrated by: Jimmy Pickering

Jack Prelutsky’s exploration of outer space is not for the faint of heart. No friendly little E.T.–type aliens await your arrival. There are many imaginative ways to perish in these darkly...

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Poetry Month

By: Jack Prelutsky
illustrated by: Chris Raschka

Exhilarating, all-new, kid-friendly rhymes capture the range of emotions, from winning to losing to the sheer joy of participating, that children experience as they discover the games of their choice....

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How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A

By: Marjorie Priceman
illustrated by: the author

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His Dark Materials Trilogy

By: Philip Pullman

Lyra and Will, the two ordinary children whose extraordinary adventures began in The Golden Compass and continued in The Subtle Knife, are in unspeakable danger. With help from the armored bear Iorek Byrnison...

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The Golden Compass: Read the Book, See the Movie

By: Philip Pullman

Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jodan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible...

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