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Children's book connections


Created by Deborah Lee Rose, last updated 2015-11-13

Activities that include a connection to children's books, or that could be expanded by a connection to children's books


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Hungry as a Caterpillar

Literature connection—The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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Lupine and Butterflies

Literature connection—Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

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Fish Mouths

Literature connection—Fish Faces by Norbert Wu

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Three Little Pigs

Literature connection—The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall

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Habitat Observations

Literature connection—The Empty Lot by Dale Fife and Jim Arnosky

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I Spy, Describing Insects

Literature Connection—I'm Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood

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Give or Take?

Literature Connection—The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

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Measure Yourself

Literature Connection—Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

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Beach Buckets

Literature connection—Out of the Ocean by Debra Frasier

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Human Interface Design: The Chocolate Factory

Literature connection—Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

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Maritime Munchies

Literature connection—Stowaway by Karen Hesse

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Web Weavers

Literature connection—Charlotte's Web by E.B.White and Garth Williams

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From the Internet to Outer Space

Literature connection—Maria's Comet by Deborah Hopkinson

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Witches' Potion Demonstration

This activity includes a poem to be read aloud by learners, and could be combined with other books of Halloween poems like Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich.

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Is it a Fish?

Literature connection—What's it Like to Be a Fish by Wendy Pfeffer and Holly Keller

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Oh Buoy!

Literature Connection—James and the Giant Peach by Raold Dahl

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Cloud Fun

Literature connection—The Cloud Book by Tomie de Paola

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Who Eats What?

Literature connection—Who Eats What by Patricia Lauber and Holly Keller

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Zoo Calendar

Literature connection—Zoo-Looking by Mem Fox

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Start a Rock Collection

Literature connection—A Rock is Lively by Diana Hutts Aston

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Roots and Shoots

Literature connection—Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens

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Planet Oobleck

Literature connection—Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss

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Seashell Journal

Literature connection—A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

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Boats Afloat

Literature connection—Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen

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Building Tall

Literature connection—A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman

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Rearing Monarchs

Literature connection—Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert

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Waterhouse Hawkins and the Nano Dinosphere Museum

Literature connection—The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley and Brian Selznick

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Supersize That Dinosaur

Literature Connection—Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

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Layered Fossil Parfait: Deeper is Older

Literature connection—Dinosaur Bones by Aliki

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X-ray Dinosaurs

Literature connection—Tyrannosaurus Rex by Daniel Cohen

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Fruits and Vegetables: Color Your Plate

Literature connection—Rah, Rah, radishes! A Vegetable Chant by April Pulley Sayre

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Spider Glider

Literature connection—Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott

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Draggin' Boats

Literature connection—Awakening the Dragon: The Dragon Boat Festival by Arlene Chan

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Prepare for a Dock Shop Field Trip

Literature connection—Boats by Christian Broutin

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Classroom Dinosaur Dig

Literature connection—The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen

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The Face of Science

Literature connection—The Snake Scientist by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop

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Biodiversity of Feet

Literature connection—Around the World on 80 Legs: Animal Popems by Amy Gibson and Daniel Salmieri

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Buttons! Buttons!

Literature connection—Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

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Exploring Pennies and Dimes

Literature connection—Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst

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Freckle Face

Literature connection—Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

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The Celebrated Jumping Frog

Literature connection—The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County by Mark Twain

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Horton Senses Something Small

Literature connection—Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss

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Shipwrecked!

Literature connection—Shipwreck by Gordon Korman

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Dress Like a Frog

Literature connection—Red-Eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley and Nic Bishop

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Spiders Have 8 Legs

Literature Connection—Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives by Lola Schaefer

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Bug Hunt

Literature Connection—Bugs Are Insects by Anne Rockwell and Steve Jenkins

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Seeing Is Believing

Literature connection—What Color is My World: The Lost History of African-American Inventors by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

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Get the Porridge Just Right

Literature connection—Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Jan Brett

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Animal Attraction

Literature connection—The Rose in My Garden by Anita Lobel

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Hexagon Hunt

Literature connection—Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Martin

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Homework, Hogwarts Style

Literature connection—Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and Mary GrandPre

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Right Eye/Left Eye

Literature connection—Pirate Pete's Talk Like a Pirate by Kim Kennedy

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Monitoring Amphibians

Literature connection—The Frog Scientist by Pamela Turner

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Digger

Literature connection—Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

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How Much Is a Million?

Literature connection—How Much is a Million by David M. Schwartz and Steven Kellogg

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Lengths of Ladybugs

Literature connection—Ladybug on the Move by Richard Fowler

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Patterns and Relationships: Here, There & Everywhere

Literature connecdtion—Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

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George Washington's Secret Code

Literature connection: George Washington, Spymaster by Thomas Allen

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Mix It Up

Literature connection—Oliver's Fruit Salad by Alison Bartlett and Vivian French

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Fruity Electricity

Literature connection—Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex

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Sled Kite

Literature connection—The Kite that Bridged Two Nations: Homan Walsh and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge by Alexis O'Neill and Terry Widener

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Wear a Chimp on Your Wrist

Literature connection—The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter

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Light Quest

Literature connection—Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein by Don Brown

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Patterns and Relationships: Peddling Petals

Literature connection—Blockhead: The Life of Fibonacci by Joseph D'Agnese and John O'Brien

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Bee Builders

Literature connection—In the Trees, Honey Bees by Lori Mortensen and Chris Arbo

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Colored Shadows

Literature connection—Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter by Susan Rubin

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Sandy Samples

Literature connection—Sand by Ellen Prager

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The Desert Blooms!

Literature connection—Desert Song by Tony Johnston and Ed Young

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