Children's Literature
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Natalie Babbitt
Lesson plans and activities for teaching Tuck Everlasting, designed for grades 4-9.

Gus is a Tree by Claire Babin
Summary, analysis, and 3 sets of discussion questions based on themes in the story.

Miss Hickory by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Four activities to develop literacy skills.

Benjamin's Dreadful Dream by Alan Baker
Summary and 5 sets of discussion questions based on different aspects of the story.

Who's the Beast? by Keith Baker
Summary and 5 sets of discussion questions based on different aspects of the story.

Blue Balliett
Lesson plans and activities for Chasing Vermeer, more.

Molly Bang Lesson Plans
Learning activities for Living Sunlight, Ten, Nine, Eight, and other books.

Kumak's Fish by Michael Banio
Summary, analysis, pre-reading questions and activity, and 3 sets of discussion questions based on themes of the story.

Saturday at the New You by Barbara E. Barber
Summary, prereading and comprehension questions, vocabulary, suggestions for use in literature circles, reader responde and writing topics, ESL and interdisciplinary strategies. Access to this 6-page teacher guide requires Adobe Reader or compatible application.

Tiki Barber
The author's presentation at the 2008 National Book Festival.

Little Nino's Pizzeria by Karen Barbour
Questions with emphasis on economic concepts of entrepreneur, producers, consumers, and profit.

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Summary and 3 sets of discussion questions based on themes in the story.

No Mirrors in my Nana's House by Ysaye M. Barnwell
Teaching resources include a captioned video of the story being read aloud (6:25) by Tia and Tamera Mowry and additional activities (downloadable). The video includes Sweet Honey in the Rock singing the song. The video resides at YouTube; the additional activities require Adobe Reader for access.

The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra and Sal Barracca
In this lesson students learn to identify text evidence that shows the author’s purpose is to entertain. Includes direct teaching chart, student handouts. This lesson is designed for second grade. Free registration required.

Judi Barrett
Lesson plans and activities for teaching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

Dear Deer by Gene Barretta
This handout is designed for use before and after viewing a video, but it would also serve before and after a teacher reading the book aloud to the class.

History Fix: Now and Then
This lesson focuses on Now and Ben by Gene Barretta and emphasizes critical thinking (compare/contrast) and writing skills.

J. M. Barrie
Lesson plans and teaching resources for Peter Pan.

T. A. Barron
Lesson plans for The Hero's Trail.

Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon by Jules Bass and Debbie Harter
Summary, analysis, and 4 sets of discussion questions based on themes in the story.

Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Lesson plans for Peter and the Starcatchers.

L. Frank Baum
Lesson plans, vocabulary words, and activities for teaching The Wizard of Oz stories.

Joan Bauer
Lesson plans for Backwater, Hope was Here, Squashed, others.

Marion Dane Bauer
Lesson plans and teaching ideas for On My Honor, more.

The Witch's Daughter by Nina Bawden
Activities to accompany reading. A link at the top leads to printable study guide questions organized by chapter.

Byrd Baylor
Lesson plans and teaching ideas for The Desert is Theirs and other books.

The Copy Crocs by David Bedford and Emily Bolam
Summary and 5 sets of discussion questions based on various themes of the story.

Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett
Pre-reading and discussion questions, ideas for post-reading activities.

The Berenstain Bears
Lesson plans and activities to accompany several books from the Berenstain Bears series.

An interview with Holly Black
A series of 4 short videos in which the author discusses both the Spiderwick series and The Good Neighbors series.

Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
Three activities: students write a field guide based on imaginary creatures; they determine the difference between real and imaginary creatures; and they decode anagrams. Includes printable handouts. Adobe Reader required; 10 pages.

A Character Life Box
Through research and study of Shakespearean England, student pairs get to know about the life of a character in the book Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood. Students collect props and clues to create a “life box” and a poem about their character. Using props adds a visual and physical dimension to their learning while using words engages mental facilities, making this a whole brain activity. Students must communicate their clues and interpret others clues to reveal character’s identities.

The Littlest Matryoshka by Corinne Bliss
Summary, analysis, and 3 sets of discussion questions based on themes in the story.

The Shortest Kid in the World by Corinne Bliss
Summary, analysis, and 4 sets of discussion questions based on themes in the story.

A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom
The author reads her book in a 3-minute video. Scroll down for background information and discussion questions.

Judy Blume
Ideas for teaching Freckle Juice and other works by Judy Blume.

The A+ Custodian by Louise Borden
This reading group guide includes discussion questions and ideas for postreading activities.

Young Samurai: The Way of the Warrior by Chris Bradford
Summary, prereading question, discussion questions, and ideas for postreading activities.

Jan Brett
Lesson ideas for The Mitten and other books.

Norman Bridwell
Lesson plans for Clifford, the Big Red Dog.

Carol Ryrie Brink
Lesson plans for Caddie Woodlawn.

Benny's Pennies by Pat Brisson
Students will listen to the book Benny's Pennies and demonstrate their ability to count pennies, understand proper sequence and rewrite a story.

Benny's Pennies by Pat Brisson
Comprehension questions with emphasis on economic concepts of goods and services, trade and money, and consumers.

Bruce Brooks
Lesson plans and teaching ideas for The Moves Make the Man and other books.

Jeff Brown
Lesson plans for Flat Stanley.

Marc Brown
Lesson plans for the Arthur books.

Margaret Wise Brown
Lesson plans to accompany Goodnight, Moon, The Important Book, more.

The World that Jack Built by Ruth Brown
Summary, talking points, activities, and related titles.

Priscilla and the Hollyhocks by Anne Broyles
This Google Lit Trip requires Google Earth for access.

Joseph Bruchac
Lesson plans for The Journal of Jesse Smoke, Crazy Horses's Vision, more.

The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau
Summary, analysis, and 4 sets of discussion questions based on themes in the story.

Visualized Writing
Student writers will listen to three vivid scenes from The Unusual Suspects by Michael Buckley, sketching the imagery the scenes create for them. Students will then create their own sketch-inspiring piece of writing, and they will share it with a classmate, so they can see how it gets sketched by a listener.

Eve Bunting
Lesson plans for Dandelion, Fly Away Home, more.

Ida Early Comes Over the Mountain by Robert Burch
Summary, discussion points, activities, and related titles.

Frances Hodgson Burnett
Ideas for teaching The Secret Garden and Little Lord Fauntleroy.

Sheila Burnford
Lesson plans for The Incredible Journey.

John Burningham
Several ideas for an author study.

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Summary, analysis, and 4 sets of discussion questions based on themes in the story.

Activities for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Seven printable extension activities involving writing and art.

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
Questions with emphasis on economic concepts of goods and services, capital resources, and productivity.

One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo
Four printable activity pages. This guide requires Adobe Reader for access.

Betsy Byars
Ideas for teaching Summer of the Swan, The Pinballs, Keeper of the Swan and other works.