Kids’ Classics Book Club

I started a classics book club for myself and my kids. For those who are like me and would like to start one up, but don’t have enough friends who are interested, I joined a few meetup.com groups in my area and posted each book club meeting and started a secret private Facebook group for…

Historical Fiction: The Great Depression

[Part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.] Lower Grades (K-3) Angels in the Dust-Raven (4.2/0.5) The Babe and I-Adler (3.2/0.5) Born and Bred in the Great Depression-Winter (no level) Don’t Forget Winona-Peterson (2.8/0.5) The Dust Bowl-Booth (3.8/0.5) Dust for…

Historical Fiction: War of 1812

[Part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.] Lower Grades (K-2) An American Army of Two-Greeson (2.9/0.5) The Battle for St. Michaels-McCully (3.1/0.5) The Battle of New Orleans: The Drummer’s Story-Evans (3.4/0.5) Chet Chestnut-Sargent (4.2/0.5) Snow (White)-Sargent (4.5/0.5) (Description: A…

Historical Fiction: The Civil War

 [Part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.] Civil War Causes and Events Lower Grades (K-3) Abraham Lincoln-D’Aulaire (5.2/1) A. Lincoln and Me-Borden (3.5/0.5) Abe Lincoln’s Dream-Smith (3.0/0.5) Alec’s Primer-Walter (3.4/0.5) Billy and the Rebel-Hopkinson (3.2/0.5) The Blue and the…

Tot School: Book Focus – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

As I looked for good books and activities for the cave theme I was planning, I came across a lot of fun things to do with the book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. So, I decided that the last week and a half of the cave theme we’d focus on this book….

Historical Fiction: African Folktales

[This is a subtopic of Africa  and also part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers.  For the full list and to see more info, click here.] Lower Grades (K-3) The Adventures of Spider: West African Folk Tales-Arkhurst (4.4/1) The Amazing Tree-Kilaka (3.7/0.5) Anansi and the Box of Stories-Krensky (3.2/0.5) Anansi and…

Historical Fiction: Traveling West

[This is a subtopic of The West and also part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.]  Lower Grades (K-3) The Adventures of Laura and Jack-Wilder (3.5/1) Aurora Means Dawn-Sanders (4.1/0.5) (1800, OH) Black Cowboy, Wild Horses: A True Story-Lester (4.5/0.5) A…

Historical Fiction: Lewis and Clark/Louisiana Territory

[This is a subtopic of The West and also part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.]  Lower Grades (K-3) Bad River Boys: A Meeting of the Lakota Sioux with Lewis and Clark-Sneve (4.6/0.5) The Crossing-Napoli (3.6/0.5) Mack-Sargent (4.4/0.5) My Name Is…

Historical Fiction: Texas Revolution/Mexican-American War

[This is a subtopic of The West and also part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.] Lower Grades (K-3) Grady-Sargent (4.1/.5) Francisca Alvarez: The Angel of Goliad-Egan (5.3/0.5)  Middle Grades (4-8) The Alamo Cat-Kerr (4.4/1) All for Texas: A Story of…

Historical Fiction: California History

[This is a subtopic of The West and also part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.] Lower Grades (K-3) Amelia’s Road-Altman (4.1/0.5) Astro: The Stellar Sea Lion-Harvey (4.5/0.5) Barrio: Jose’s Neighborhood–Ancona(5.6/0.5) Boom Town-Levitin (3.7/0.5) Brothers-Yin (3.1/0.5) Calling the Doves-Herrera (4.5/0.5) Chang’s Paper…

Historical Fiction: Gold Rush

[This is a subtopic of The West and also part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.]  This does not include California’s gold rush, that is under California History. Lower Grades (K-3) Adventure in Gold Town-Hopkinson (3.9/1) Crazy for Gold-Wishinsky (3.5/1) Gold…

Historical Fiction: The West

[Part of an ongoing series of historical fiction book lists for students and teachers. For the full list and to see more info, click here.] The following are subtopics of The West: Traveling West Lewis and Clark/Louisiana Territory Texas Revolution/Mexican-American War California History Gold Rush (Not including California) Transcontinental Railroad Life in The West/Manifest Destiny 1700’s-1930’s  Lower…