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Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Their mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 

This is one of several posts I’m writing for this year’s event. This post is about The Barefoot Book of Children. This BEAUTIFUL book is about children of the entire world and is by Tessa Strickland (Author),‎ Kate Depalma  (Author),‎ David Dean (Illustrator). The publisher is Barefoot Books, of course! 

he Barefoot Book of ChildrenKate DePalma was born and raised outside Nashville, TN, USA. Kate also writes picture books under her pseudonym, Sunny Scribens, and is a published poet and scholar. She holds an M.A. in Classics from the University of Texas and has taught courses and workshops in writing and publishing at Emerson College, the Margaret Mitchell House and beyond. She lives with her husband and daughter.

The Barefoot Book of Children is one that will be read again and again, and year after year. There is much to consider, think about, and discuss with children. It is a book of life, really. It begins:

“Every morning, millions of children open their eyes and start another day.”

The first picture of those eyes opening and the day beginning. The first question is, “Where are you?” meaning where in the world do you live? The text includes many questions so this is the kind of book children will be discussing with parents and teachers as it is read. Different kinds of home, food, play, hiding places, and families are so well illustrated. The child will be encouraged to think about all the things they are able to do. All sizes, shapes, and abilities are included in the inclusive illustrations.

The Barefoot Book of Children Free Educational PDF to Accompany the Book

I was inspired to make a “go fish” matching game with some of the ideas in the book such as eyes, play, sounds, and homes.  Please click on the link below for your free instant download. Children could collect matching pairs or sets of four cards with the same word.

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One page states that putting on a hat can make you feel like a different person. So true, for grown-ups, also. This is one of the pages from the printable.

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The twitter party is tomorrow night! Be there using the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to possibly win prizes. Would those be books? Why, yes!

Twitter Party Jan 27, 2018

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

HONORARY: Children’s Book Council, Junior Library Guild

PLATINUM:Scholastic Book Clubs

GOLD:Audrey Press, Candlewick Press, Loving Lion Books, Second Story Press, Star Bright Books, Worldwide Buddies

SILVER:Capstone Publishing, Author Charlotte Riggle, Child’s Play USA, KidLit TV, Pack-n-Go Girls, Plum Street Press

BRONZE: Barefoot Books, Carole P. Roman, Charlesbridge Publishing, Dr. Crystal BoweGokul! World, Green Kids Club, Gwen Jackson, Jacqueline Woodson, Juan J. Guerra, Language Lizard, Lee & Low Books, RhymeTime Storybooks, Sanya Whittaker Gragg, TimTimTom Books, WaterBrook & Multnomah, Wisdom Tales Press

2018 Author Sponsors

Honorary Author Sponsors: Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

Author Janet Balletta, Author Susan Bernardo,  Author Carmen Bernier-Grand, Author Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2Launch, Bollywood Groove Books, Author Anne Broyles,  Author Kathleen Burkinshaw, Author Eugenia Chu, Author Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 Publishing, Desi Babies, Author Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek Press, Author Judy Dodge Cummings, Author D.G. Driver, Author Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl Publishing, Debbi Michiko Florence, Author Josh Funk, Author Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie Glenn, Globe Smart Kids, Author Kimberly Gordon Biddle, Author Quentin Holmes, Author Esther Iverem, Jennifer Joseph: Alphabet Oddities, Author Kizzie Jones, Author Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.com, Author Karen Leggett Abouraya, Author Sylvia Liu, Author Sherri Maret, Author Melissa Martin Ph.D., Author Lesli Mitchell, Pinky Mukhi and We Are One, Author Miranda Paul, Author Carlotta Penn, Real Dads Read, Greg Ransom, Author Sandra L. Richards, RealMVPKids Author Andrea Scott, Alva Sachs and Three Wishes Publishing, Shelly Bean the Sports QueenAuthor Sarah Stevenson, Author Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa Takaoka, Author Christine Taylor-Butler, Nicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. Wang, Author Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.

Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/twitter-party-great-conversations-fun-prizes-chance-readyourworld-1-27-18/

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta

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Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

I am a Multicultural Children's Book Day 2018 Co-Host

*Note: I did receive a free copy of the book for the purpose of writing this blog post. There was no other remuneration. I did purchase one book each (myself) for the special children in my life.
Thank you for reading, Carolyn[inlinkz_linkup id=758893 mode=1]

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Abe Lincoln’s Hat is a story that tells President Lincoln kept his speeches in his hat. The facts in this nonfiction book are presented in a child-centered manner that students will remember. The free printable has a fill-in-the-blank work page, answer key, and word bank. There is also a page for children to examine a large penny closely. Perhaps children could also examine a real penny using a magnifying glass.

 
 
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The freebie for Albert is a cut and paste work page of “good” and “not so good” sounds and noises. Albert is sensitive to sounds. This would be a story and activity page for fall when classroom expectations are being established. A class discussion could help clarify good and not good sounds inside a classroom? Hallway? Lunchroom? Playground?

  
 
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Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story is a book by Carolyn Wilhelm of the Wise Owl Factory. She writes about her grown-up daughter and young grandson who is realizing auntie is adopted (from South Korea). The free printable at this post is near the bottom and has printable cards for adoption day (or gotcha day or airplane day) friends and family who may be adopted.

 
 
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Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story was written by Gary L. Wilhelm, edited by Carolyn Wilhelm, and illustrated by Pieter Els.

In this story, a young child is wondering about the “olden days” when his grandpa was young like him. His mother takes the child to Grandpa’s house so he can ask some questions about life long ago.

Then and Now sorting cards is the freebie at the post.

 
 
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 Aloha for Carol Ann was written by Margo Sorenson and illustrated by Pricilla Burris. It nicely tells the experience of a child who moves to Hawaii and begins to adjust to a new culture. The free instant download PDF has a sequencing page, a read the room page, a graphing page, skip counting number puzzles, Sudoku puzzles, and answer keys.

 
 
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Freebie for Antler, Bear, Canoe: a Northwoods Alphabet for children to apprentice themselves to Bowen’s idea of writing through the year using each letter of the alphabet.

 
 
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Arthur’s First Sleepover work page and key, FREE PDF

The story of Arthur’s First Sleepover seems more typical of older and braver boys rather than a first experience sleeping outside in a tent.  This is a pretty exciting adventure story beginning with a write up of aliens in the local newspaper.

 
 
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Arthur Meets the President Printable provide some familiarity for Washington D.C. and study of Presidents or patriotism. Reading Level L

FREE PDF work page, answer key, and coloring page:

Arthur Meets the President work page PDF, free

 
 
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This post has a free printable for Arthur’s Thanksgiving book by Marc Brown.  It is a 6 page PDF (3 student pages and 3 answer key pages).

 
 
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Arthur’s TV Troubles has a theme common to children as when he watches TV he wants something for sale on a commercial.  The free work pages focus on reading comprehension.

 
 
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The post has some ideas we used to make theme baskets with board books and toys for a baby about 7 months old.

 
 
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Baby Whale’s Journey is a nonfiction story about a baby whale’s life as it learns and grows.  This book is perfect for inferring and also teaching word choice for the traits of writing.  The sentences “show” and do not “tell,” so students must think about what is really being said.

 
 
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The Barefoot Book of Children is one that will be read again and again, and year after year. There is much to consider, think about, and discuss with children. It is a book of life, really. There is a free instant download matching game PDF at the post, as well.

 
 
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Bats by Gail Gibbons is popular especially in the fall in elementary classrooms. Gibbons writes nonfiction books and illustrates them as well. She creates beautiful books. Any nonfiction book about bats would probably work with the bat diagram page to fill-in the labels for parts of a bat. The coloring page would work with other such stories, as well.

 
 
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The post describes two free printables.  One PDF is for Beaver at Long Pond, and the other is a beaver writing printable.

The work page and answer key for students to use inferring to determine facts about beavers.

There is also a  free 25 page PDF with story and simple research writing frames which opens in our free eMember area.

 
 
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Bee-Bim Bop! This blog has a book review and also a free printable short o phonics resource for emergent readers. It was written by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Ho Baek Lee. According to Publishers Weekly, it is “Unabashedly happy.”

 
 
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Found Poetry with the Berenstain Bears Books is a wonderful class activity for helping children notice poetic language in books. We did this when we had parent volunteers during literacy time and the results impressed everyone, children, and adults alike!

 
 
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The Big Wave book companions are a free PowerPoint presentation and PDF. The book was written by Pearl S. Buck, who mostly wrote books for adults, but she also wrote this children’s book,

 
 
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The book Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell could be used along with this printable. And how about these, especially for back to school: respect, cooperate, appropriate, patience, celebrate, and consequence. Parents and teachers will approve!

 
 
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SCAMPER thinking skills with Blucy: the Blue Cat and the free printable found at the blog post. This book was written by Julia Dweck. However, again as in my other three free Blucy printables, there are generic pages that could be used with other stories.

 
 
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Bonny’s Big Day was written by James Herriot and was illustrated by Ruth Brown.

James Herriot was a veterinarian who wrote books for adults and children alike.  You have probably heard of All Creatures Great and Small. The farmer is dressed up for the Darrowby Show (well, his socks do match this day, after all) and the horse is also beautifully dressed in the full regalia of an old-fashioned carthorse.  Who do you think wins in the Family Pet Class?

 
 
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The post has a free printable princess R-blend words PDF.  This could be used with any princess story.  The one that inspired me was Brave: A Mother’s Love, Step into Reading, Level 2, by Melissa Lagonegro, is based on Disney’s Pixar’s movie, Brave.

 
 
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The Breadwinner is book one of four by Deborah Ellis. There is a review and a free book companion available at this post. It was first published in 2000, and by 2013 there were 39 English editions. The book has received several literary awards, including the Peter Pan Prize. Parvana has to live like a boy although with her family due to circumstances in war-torn Afghanistan.

 
 
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Emotional Intelligence Awareness is during October, and this post has a free printable on that topic. Kyle Carlin is a school psychologist and the author of Bug and Boo, a children’s book that helps teach social-emotional skills.

 
 
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BUZZ! A Book About Insects is a level 3 science reader with fairly dense informational text.  I ended up making a free 8 page illustrated worksheet set (divided into four chapters) for this one book.

 
 
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Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Gold Coins by David A. Adler is not one of the most popular books in the series,  and because of that it is considered a good book for teacher selection for leveled oral reading. The resource at the post is a true/false worksheet.

 
 
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The Carnival of the Animals post has a 33 page printable both in English and in Spanish, for music activities and music appreciation. Freebie, of course.

 
 
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The Case of the Missing Museum Archives was written by Steve Brezenoff. At the post, there is a free printable with a few student work pages. When the plans for the prototype of a failed flying machine go missing from the Air and Space Museum’s archives, Amal’s father, the assistant archivist, is blamed.

 
 
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The Case of the Portrait Vandal was written by Steve Brezenoff.  At the post, please find the free teaching supplement. This book one in the Museum Mysteries series published by Stone Arch books.

 
 
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A cat label the diagram worksheet and two coloring pages are found at this post. A book, Cats, by Gail Gibbons is suggested, but other books or sources could be used to gather information for the diagram. An answer key is provided.

 
 
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The story of Charlie Anderson is one many teachers read to students to gently address the situation of joint custody for some children, as this cat has two families. The book says nothing about joint custody.  It is the story of how a cat who has had one longtime family picks another family and begins living with both. 17 page PDF including the answer key

 
 
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The story of Cinderella is different in many countries. This post has a printable activity for children to compare and contrast the usual English version of the story with Korean Cinderella. Korean Cinderella in this case is also in English.

 
 
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Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE: Students Help Save the Earth (Climate Captives) has a Lexile level of 820L

In this futuristic book about how the world has changed due to global warming students create projects to help save the earth. Free novel companion unit at this link. 

 
 
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Commander Toad and the Big Black Hole was written by Jane Yolen. At the post, please find a free sequencing work page. This is a humorous easy reader for children who like clever thinking!

 
 
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Corduroy was written by Don Freeman. The girl saves money to buy the bear. The story has a good message for children about saving money for things they want to buy. There are two free sequencing pages at the blot post.

 
 
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Countdown to Kindergarten was written by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Harry Bliss. It is clever and humorous. It ends happily when quite a few of the kindergarteners confess they also are unable to tie shoes, the teacher says she will help. A free school fears letter-sized teaching posters PDF at the post could be used for a large group discussion.

 
 
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Cranberries Revealed by Wayne R. Martin is appropriately named: Cranberries Revealed: From the marsh to the table . . . a visual journey. At the post, there are free 3-part cards about cranberries, and also a cranberries research project for older children.

 
 
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Cranberries Revealed by Wayne R. Martin is appropriately named: Cranberries Revealed: From the marsh to the table . . . a visual journey. At the post, there are free 3-part cards about cranberries, and also a cranberries research project for older children.

 
 
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Curious George Plays Baseball and Curious George Takes a Job 

At the post, there are two freebies, my sequencing PDF work page for Curious George Plays Baseball, and also my comprehension question work page for Curious George Takes a Job.

 
 
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Free 14 page PDF for teachers to use with the book A Different Pond by Bao Phi, which is a free instant download, at this link. The students will work on character traits, a settings page, cause and effect, and coloring pages. An answer key is also included.

 
 
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Drummer Hoff by Barbara and Ed Emberley is one teachers and parents can reference when teaching ordinal numbers (first, second, third, and so on).  See the free work page at the post. It is a free instant download.

 
 
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Free printable for double facts which could be used after reading the book Double the Ducks Math Start Book by Stuart J. Murphy. First-grade work pages are found at the blog post.

 
 
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88 Pounds of Tomatoes by Cindy Neuschwander, illustrated by Terry Sirrell, Math Activities at the end of the book by Marilyn Burns. See the free instant download PDF on the blog post.

 
 
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The Elephant’s Child is the story of how elephants used to have short noses and how the curiosity of one little elephant changed that forever. There is a free work page at the blog post.

 
 
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Delight children by reading The Escape of Marvin the Ape aloud.  Children will want to hold this book and look over all the pictures to see how Marvin is hiding in plain sight all over town. See the free sequencing work page to accompany the story at the blog post.

 
 
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The Face the Music Victoria Torres post has free work pages include character matching, hinky pinks, and cause and effect. Answer keys are provided. The book is one in the Victoria Torres Unfortunately Average series.

 
 
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The Frogs Buy a New House is an economics story for children who are moving. The frogs get a mortgage for a new, larger aquarium. There is a sub tub day of plans corresponding to the story, and also free sample pages and a bump game at this link.

 
 
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How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz is a story from World War 2 that resonates with today’s children as it is child-centered and informative. The blog post has a short review of the book and a free printable. The PDF has letter-size teaching posters with questions for a large group discussion about the story. There are also coloring pages, and suggested possible answers for the discussion questions.

 
 
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Good Afternoon Vietnam: A Civilian in the Vietnam War was written by Gary L. Wilhelm. The post has a review of the book and a free curriculum for secondary teachers.

 
 
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The Guinevere At the Dawn of Legend Book Two study guide has a writing frame for an adventure story, writing rubrics, character trait word pages, puzzles, and an illustrated word wall.

 
 
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Guinevere: On the Eve Of Legend —  Cheryl Carpinello has written another book set in the time of King Arthur, and this one is about Guinevere. Find the free unit at the post.

 
 
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Free printable with student pages to accompany the book I Am New Here by Anne Sibley O’Brien. This book is excellent for use when there is a new ESL or ESOL student in class.

 
 
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Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen is the story of an eight-year-old girl who wishes she was older for the fast approaching Japanese New Year’s celebration. If she was only ten! Free unit at this link.

 
 
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Kindergarten Diary was written by Antoinette Portis, and is a story about how feeling scared of school. What is so interesting about this book is the illustrations (by the author) are scaled to show how the kindergartener is feeling, not the actual size of things. Free printable PDF at the post.

 
 
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Cheryl Carpinello regularly conducts Medieval Writing Workshops and has a passion for Medieval Times and the King Arthur Legend.  Her studies of this time period and legend shine through the book, The King’s Ransom. Find the free unit at the post.

 
 
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Martin’s Dream was written by Jane Kurtz and illustrated by Amy June Bates. It is an easy reader book that could also be used as a read-aloud for MLK studies.  It is a Ready-to-Read Level 1 book as it has repetition, familiar words, and simple sentences. There is a free work page at the blog post.

 
 
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Minnie and Moo Save the Earth by Denys Cazet is part of a hilarious series of beginning readers. In this story, Minnie and Moo think they save the earth. Do they really? Free realism/fantasy work page at the blog post.

 
 
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A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? A mother is the same whether children are adopted or biological. In this story, the child has been adopted. It is written from the viewpoint of the child to help explain a mother is the same in any family.

 
 
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An Orange in January is a book by Dianna Hutts Aston, and is illustrated by Julie Maren.  It beautifully tells the story of an orange beginning with the orange grove, to the grocery store, and continuing through to the table. The free book companion has letter-sized teaching posters for figurative language, a work page, a word find, the life cycle of the orange, and a writing frame. There are ISN’s (or foldables) included. 35 pages

 
 
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Our First Pony by Marguerite Henry is an old-fashioned farm story where the children all earn money, do work on the farm, learn about a horse that has twin colts, build a box stall with supplies they purchase themselves and even pray. This is a true story of siblings getting along, looking up to adults (who are addressed Mr. or Mrs. or Dr.), and even get to miss school for the educational opportunity of learning some animal husbandry on the farm. The free drawing and writing work pages focus on story elements.

 
 
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Parvana’s Journey by Deborah Ellis is set in Afghanistan and is the second in the trilogy of three books.  My free work pages include sequencing, character traits not in my Breadwinner pack, and also discussion questions.

 
 
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Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara is a multi-genre novel for teens and young adults. Realistic equine fiction with nonfiction information regarding Ireland’s and Arizona’s farming, ranching, and equestrian competitions form the story. The two protagonists are cousins. There is a book review and free novel unit at this link.

 
 
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Have you seen the Wise Owl Factory story, Super Spoons to the Rescue?  It is available on Amazon as an always free Kindle eBook or as a priced paperback.  Free book companion math work and coloring pages are free.

 
 
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Show Jumping Team was written by a National Show Jumping Champion of Ireland, Clare O’Beara. The book is multi-genre as it is realistic fiction with nonfiction information about horses and horse shows. There is a free novel unit book companion at this link, also.

 
 
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A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park is a book for ages 9 and up, set in medieval Korea. At the post, please find a free printable PDF with student work pages and teacher answer keys.

 
 
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S.M.A.R.T.S. and the 3-D Danger book is by Melinda Metz and is part of the Science Maker and Real Technology Students series by Stone Arch Books. It is also a Capstone Young Reader. Find the free book companion at the post.

 
 
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Tracks in the Wild is beautifully written and illustrated by Betsy Bowen. The book is written in the first-person, as if the author is speaking right to you from the woods. She probably wrote it in the woods. We lived in Grand Marais and visited her shop many times. There are two freebies. One is a worksheet for hunting through the book to find answers to questions. The other is tracking 3-part cards. Both are free instant download PDFs.

 
 
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For Tutankhamen Speaks there are free Google Slides for students. There is a free teacher guide PDF, as well, with answer keys for the work slides. There is also a free student save-my-ink PDF version of the Google Slides for a printing option. Find all the resources at the blog post.

 
 
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Why Don’t You Get a Horse, Sam Adams? This book was written by Jean Fritz and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. Jean Fritz writes historical fiction books for children ages 9-12. The stories help children understand history in a way social studies textbooks cannot. Free multiple-choice questions PDF — with a twist!