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Titles are listed in alphabetical order. If a book begins with an "A" or "The,"
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The Absolutely Essential Eloise
by Kay Thompson
1. Eloise does what she wants to do. How does she have time to do this?
2. Most grownups do not do what Eloise
does. Most children do not do what Eloise does. How can Eloise do what she does?
3. Eloise has a lot of fun each
day. How does she have so much fun by herself?
4. If you could spend one full day with Eloise at The Plaza, what
would you do?
by Peggy Parish
1. Amelia Bedelia went
to her first day of work. Why didn't anyone show her what needed to be done?
2. What were two things on Amelia
Bedelia's list? What did she do to cross them off the list?
3. Why didn't Mrs. Rogers fire Amelia Bedelia?
4. Amelia Bedelia's misunderstandings could have been easily solved if Mrs. Rogers had been at home with Amelia
on her first day. Think about a recent mistake that you have made. What was it, and what would have helped you not make it?
Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping
by Peggy Parish
1. Amelia Bedelia did some odd things. What were some of the odd things she did?
2. Mr. Rogers said it was the best camping trip ever. Why did he say that?
3. Amelia Bedelia made many mistakes,
but she never stopped trying. What did you learn from her?
4. Think about the things you say every day—slang
or homonyms—that might confuse Amelia Bedelia. Write down three phrases or words. Then tell a story about what Amelia
Bedelia might do if she heard you say these things.
Aunt Eater Loves a Mystery
by Doug Cushman
Eater Rides the Train
1. What kind of books did Aunt Eater like to read?
2. What went wrong on
3. How did they find the missing bag?
Aunt Eater Sees a Shadow
What did Aunt Eater see on the wall?
2. What did Aunt Eater do? What did the others at the party do?
3. Whose shadow was it? Who figured it out?
Aunt Eater Collects Her Mail
1. Aunt Eater
found a note in her mailbox. What did it say?
2. Who did she suspect sent the note?
3. Who left the
note for Aunt Eater? Why did he leave it?
Aunt Eater Solves a Mystery
1. Why was Sam at
Aunt Eater's house?
2. What did Aunt Eater do to find Sam?
3. How did Aunt Eater know which cat
4. Aunt Eater was curious about many things in her world. She loved mysteries, and she saw them all around
her. Her mysteries began with a question, such as "Where is my bag," "Who does that shadow belong to,"
"Who is this note for," or "Where is Sam"? Look at your world. Write five questions that could be mysteries.
A Bargain for Frances
by Russell Hoban
1. How did Thelma trick Frances?
2. How did Frances trick Thelma?
3. Frances and Thelma made a
choice. What did they choose? (Hint: It had to do with their friendship.)
4. Advertisers often make people think
they need something when they don't. That is the same trick that Thelma used on Frances. Write a letter to a company of
a product (e.g., a toy, breakfast cereal, clothing line, show, etc.) that you've seen or heard advertised on TV, on the
radio, or in an ad. Tell the company how it should not trick people. Then describe the product without exaggerating what it
is or what it does.
The Battle for St. Michaels
by Emily Arnold McCully
Chapters 1 and 2
1. What did Caroline like to do? What was she good at doing?
2. Caroline wanted to keep her town safe. What did she do to help?
3. Why did the British want to attack this
Chapters 3 and 4
1. Caroline and her mother did not leave. Why did they stay in the
town with the men?
2. How did this town plan to trick the British?
3. What did Captain Kemp ask Caroline
Chapters 5, 6, and 7
1. Caroline and Robert were at Parrott's Point. Why were
2. It was night. What happened at Parrott's Point?
3. What happened to the town?
4. The battle at St. Michaels really took place. It was a historical event. Captain Kemp, Captain Dodson, and John
Stevens were real men during this battle. The author of this book made up Caroline and her family. Through them, though, the
author showed the importance of the American flag. Why was the flag important? What did it mean to the people of St. Michaels?
What did it mean to Caroline? What does it mean to you?
by Marion Dane Bauer
1. The day
was hot. Otter did not play. Frog did not croak. Turtle buried herself in the mud at the bottom of the pond. What did Bear
2. It was a hot day. Bear liked the pond. Other animals liked the pond, too. What did Bear tell the animals
at the pond?
3. Why did Bear say such a thing? Why did Bear think the other animals would obey him?
4. Bear had hiccups. How did the animals try to cure Bear of his hiccups?
5. How did Turtle help Frog?
The Boston Coffee Party
by Doreen Rappaport
1. Merchant Thomas
owned a store and sold things. He made the women of Boston angry. What did he do?
2. The women asked Merchant
Thomas for two things. What did they ask him to give them?
3. Merchant Thomas made the women of Boston angry.
They stole his coffee. Stealing is not right. What else could the women have done?
Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express
by Eleanor Coerr
completed his ride. Then Bill rode 75 more miles. Why did he ride 75 more miles?
2. Bill faced many problems.
One time he had a problem with wolves. How did he solve that problem?
3. Terrible Tod was a problem. Terrible
Tod wanted to rob Bill. Bill did not want to be robbed. What did Bill do?
4. Pretend that you are a Pony Express
rider like Bill. Unlike Bill, you tell your parents everything that happened on your rides. Write a letter home to your mother
and/or father and tell them about an adventure you had—and how you safely delivered the mail.
Can You See What I See? Toys
by Walter Wick
1. Which word
in this book was easiest to read?
2. Which item was easiest to find?
3. Which word in this book was
the most difficult to read?
4. Which item was the most difficult to find?
5. Choose three difficult
words that are not found in this book. The words must be things, not thoughts or feelings. Draw a picture. Then hide those
items in the picture. Write a paragraph that gives clues as to where you have hidden each item.
Chang's Paper Pony
by Eleanor Coerr
1. Chang wanted
to buy a pony. He asked Big Pete for help. Big Pete agreed to show him how to look for gold. Chang said he would sweep and
scrub Big Pete's cabin in return. Big Pete and Chang looked for gold. Chang did not find enough gold to buy a pony. Why
should or shouldn't Chang sweep and scrub Big Pete's cabin?
2. Chang found gold flakes in Big Pete’s
cabin. Why did he give them to Big Pete?
3. Chang did get a pony. How did he get it?
4. Chang wanted
a pony. He wanted a pony so bad he dreamed about it. What is something you dream about owning? Write a paragraph about why
you want it and what you would do if you had it.
by Stephen Krensky
1. Christopher was
a captain. What was the name of his ship? What were the names of the other two ships?
2. What land did the sailors
find? What land did the sailors think they found?
3. What did the sailors take from the new land?
The sailors were scared on their voyage to the new land. Why were they scared? Before assigning this paragraph, discuss how
everyone thought the world was flat and ask students to consider what might happen if the world was flat and a sailor sailed
to the end of it. Also discuss how people fear things that are not familiar. The ocean and the voyage were new. The sailors
did not have computers or science classes that taught them what we know today.
Clara and the Bookwagon
by Nancy Smiler Levinson
Holzer owned a store. His store was also a library. Clara had an opportunity. She could borrow a book. What does the word
2. Clara's father would not let her borrow a book. Why wouldn't he let her borrow a book?
3. Clara's father said she could borrow a book. Why did he change his mind?
4.Clara loved books. She
wanted to learn to read. Of all the books you've read or that someone has read to you, which is your favorite? Pretend
you are writing a letter to Clara. Tell her all about the story in your favorite book.
Clifford the Big Red Dog
by Norman Bridwell
1. What games
did Emily Elizabeth and her big red dog play together?
2. What things did Clifford do for Emily Elizabeth?
3. What things did Emily Elizabeth do for Clifford?
4.Imagine that you have a pet that is the size of a house.
What pet would you have? What would you do with your pet? How would you take care of it?
by H.A. Rey
1. At first, George did not live
in a city. He lived in the wild. Where did George live?
2. A man picked up George. The man had a large, yellow
hat. What did this man plan to do with George?
3. George tried to figure out things. What did he do?
George was curious about many things. What is one thing that you are curious about? Write about the things that you would
like to know, or make up an adventure that tells how your curiosity got you into trouble and how you found a way to get out
of your dilemma.
by Clyde Robert Bulla
1. Daniel worked
hard to carve a duck for the spring fair. How did he feel when people laughed at it?
2. Someone felt compassion.
Who felt compassion for Daniel, and what does the word mean?
3. Mr. Pettigrew wanted Daniel to feel better. What
did he do?
4. Daniel had to choose what he would carve for the spring fair. He spent a lot of time on the decision.
If you were going to carve one thing to sell at the spring fair, what would you carve? Why would people want to buy it?
Danny and the Dinosaur
by Syd Hoff
1. Danny found a dinosaur.
Where did he find it?
2. Danny and his new friend walked around town. What was the dinosaur good at doing?
3. The zookeeper asked Danny to leave. Why did he ask Danny to leave?
4. Danny found a dinosaur at the
museum. Write a paragraph about something you may have seen at the museum, how it came to life, and what you did with it.
Danny and the Dinosaur Go to Camp
by Syd Hoff
1. Kids bring
many things to camp. What did Danny bring?
2. The children rowed boats. How did Danny do this, but not in the
3. How did the hike change at camp?
4. Danny brought a dinosaur to camp. Write about
one crazy thing that you would like to bring to camp. It can be real or imaginary. Tell how this thing would change the whole
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
by David A. Adler
1 and 2
1. White people had rules. Black people had more rules. What were two things that black people were
not allowed to do?
2. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. set his mind to do things. Then he did them. What did he do
at age 15, and what did he do at 25?
3. What did Martin learn from his parents?
4, and 5
1. How did Dr. King fight things that were not just?
2. Dr. King won a big award. What
3. Two acts were passed. What acts passed in 1964 and 1965?
4. What happened to Dr. King in
Write a paragraph: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., learned a lot from his parents. He
learned to peacefully fight against racial prejudice with words and actions. What are three lessons you have learned from
your parents, and what do you hope to do with those lessons when you are an adult?
The Drinking Gourd
by F.N. Monjo
Chapters 1 and
1. What did Tommy do at church?
2. Tommy fed the horses. He heard a sound. Who was in the barn?
3. What had his father done?
Chapters 3 and 4
1. What was the Underground Railroad?
2. Tommy and his father drove the hay wagon. Why did his father leave it?
3. Tommy saved Big Jeff. He saved
Big Jeff's family. How did he do it?
Chapters 5 and 6
1. What did Mr. Fuller do? What
did Tommy do?
2. What did Tommy do when he arrived home?
3. Why didn't Mr. Fuller keep the
Write a paragraph: People are important, no matter their race, culture, or nationality. Mr.
Fuller and Tommy risked their lives to treat Big Jeff, Vinnie, and their kids in the same way the Fullers would want to be
treated by others. Think about the people you know. What can you do to treat one person you know better and show him or her
that he or she is important to you and valuable as a human being? Write about the difficulties you may have doing this and
what you hope will happen as a result of your actions.
Duck & Company
by Kathy Caple
2, and 3
1. How did Cat scare Rat?
2. Cat changed his mind. He bought a book about carrots.
How did Duck change Cat's mind?
3. Why did Mother Hen want a scary book?
4. Badger wanted to laugh.
Duck helped Badger. Badger left the store, but he did not leave with a book. Why?
Chapters 4 and 5
1. Duck's bookstore had a story hour. What did Duck do during that time?
2. Duck and Rat read a
new book all night. What did Duck and Rat do the next day at work?
3. What did customers do for Duck and Rat?
4. Duck and Rat liked working at the Duck & Company bookstore. They helped customers, held story hour for small
animals, and read many books. Think about a job you would like to do. Write a paragraph about some of the things you would
do for others and for yourself at your new job.
Fancy Nancy and the Boy From Paris
by Jane O'Connor
Nancy made a mistake. What was her big mistake?
2. What helped Nancy think that Robert was from France?
3. Nancy was late to school. She did not hear that Robert was from Texas. What would have helped Nancy realize her mistake
4. Fancy Nancy thinks that France is a beautiful city, although she has never seen it in person. Write
a paragraph. Describe a place that you have never seen in person but can imagine. This can be a real or pretend place.
by Wade Cooper
1. What do farm animals do?
2. Farm animals work. They each have a job to do. Which animal is the most important on the farm?
is one fact you learned in this book?
4. Pretend you are a farmer. What animals would you want on your farm, and
how would you take care of them?
Finding Providence: The Roger Williams Story
Roger believed three things. The court in his town did not. What were those three things?
2. Roger had to run
away. He left his family. What did he tell them?
3. Roger was on the run. He was alone. He was cold, and he was
hungry. Did he want to be on the run? Did he want to be alone and cold? Did he want to be hungry? Explain.
people helped Roger. Who were they, and what did they do?
5. Roger named the new settlement. What name did he give
6. Roger Williams’ child, Mary, watched what her father said in the courtroom. Describe something important
that you've seen your parents do or say. How did their words or actions make you feel?
The Fire Cat
by Esther Averill
1. Pickles was a bully. What
did he do? Do people like bullies? Discuss how bullies pick on those who are smaller or weaker.
2. Because Pickles
chased small cats, he had to prove he could be a fire cat. What three things did he do to prove he could be a fire cat?
3. Pickles was a hero. Could he have been a hero if he still chased small cats? Discuss how heroes have certain qualities.
4. Mrs. Goodkind believed in Pickles. She knew that someday he would do something big. What is something big that
you would like to do someday? How will you accomplish this?
First Flight: The Story of Tom Tate and the Wright Brothers
Chapters 1 and 2
1. Why did Orv and Will go to Kitty Hawk?
2. How did Will
and Orv fly their machine?
3. How long was Will able to stay in the air? How far did he go?
Chapters 3 and 4
1. How did Will get a black eye?
2. How was their third "plane"
not the same as their second "plane"?
3. Their third "plane" worked. What did Will and Orv
want to do to it?
Chapters 5 and 6
1. Why did Tom's pa tell him to go home?
2. What did Orv do on December 17, 1903?
3. How long did the first flight last? How far did it go?
Write a paragraph: The Wright brothers met Tom Tate in Kitty Hawk in 1888. After Wilbur, Tom was the next person
to go up in a flying machine. Pretend you are Tom. Describe how you may have felt and what you might have seen in the flying
machine when you rode on it.
Five Brilliant Scientists
by Lynda Jones
1. What was Susan's name at birth?
2. What was Susan the first to become?
3. Who did Susan serve?
George Washington Carver
1. Where did George go to school?
2. Where did George teach?
3. What did George do as a teacher?
Ernest Everett Just
1. Where did Ernest go to school?
2. What did Ernest do in the winter, and what did he do in the summer?
3. What award did Ernest receive?
Percy Lavon Julian
1. Where did Percy go to school?
2. What did Percy do?
3. What did Percy figure out?
Shirley Ann Jackson
1. Where did Shirley go to school?
2. What was Shirley one of the first black women to do?
has Shirley worked?
Write a paragraph: Each scientist in this book used his or her God-given gifts
and talents to help others. What are some of your gifts and talents? What are you good at? Write a paragraph about a few of
the things that you are good at doing. Then explain how you will use these gifts and talents to help others.
Fly High, Fly Guy
by Tedd Arnold
1. Buzz has an unusual
pet. What is the pet, and what is its name?
2. What did Fly Guy do on the family vacation that the family did not
3. How did Fly Guy help the family get home?
4. Pretend you are Fly Guy. If you were to fly high
over your school, grandparents' house or church (choose one), how would you direct someone from that location to your
The Fly on the Ceiling: A Math Myth
by Dr. Julie Glass
What did Rene see when he was sick in bed?
2. What did Rene wonder when he was sick in bed?
did Rene make when he saw a fly on his ceiling?
4. Rene Descartes was a real man who watched a fly on his ceiling.
From watching it, he came up with the Cartesian Coordinate System. The rest of this story about him—his making messes
and falling in the river— was pretend. Now it's time for you to use your imagination. Write a story about something
else that could have happened to Rene so that he caught a cold and had to stay in bed and watch a fly on his ceiling.
The Fox on the Box
by Barbara Gregorich
1. Fox does four
things on the box. What are those four things?
2. Fox jumps. He is near the box. What are two ways that fox jumps?
3. Fox jumps. The box moves. Where does the box end up?
4. Fox found a box. He did many things with the
box. Pretend that you found a large box. Write a paragraph about all the things you would do with an enormous box.
Franklin and the Duckling
by Sharon Jennings
1. The duckling
went with Franklin. It went to his home. What did Franklin do? What should he have done?
2. The duckling was in
Franklin's room. What did it do?
3. Franklin hid the duckling. He hid it from his parents. How did he hide
4. Franklin did not want a pet. Why didn't he want a pet?
5. Choose a pet you have at home or
one that you would like to have. List all the things you have to do or would have to do to take care of your pet or a pet
you would like to own.
Frog and Toad Are Friends
by Arnold Lobel
1. In "Spring,"
Frog played a trick on Toad. What trick did he play? Why did he do it?
2. In "The Story," Toad could
not think of a story. How did Frog think of a story?
3. In "A Lost Button," did Toad find his button?
Where was it? What did he do with all the buttons he found?
4. In "A Swim," what did Toad ask others
not to do? Did they obey him?
5. In "The Letter," what did Frog do? Was Toad surprised?
Frog wrote Toad a letter. Frog's letter to Toad was the first letter Toad received. Help make Toad even happier by writing
him a letter. Tell him about your day and let him know that you've written a letter so he will no longer feel sad at mail
Frog and Toad Together
by Arnold Lobel
1. Why did Toad make a list?
2. What made Toad unsure of what he had to do?
3. How was Toad able
to go to sleep?
1. What did Frog tell Toad to do to make his own garden?
2. What did Toad do for his flower seeds?
3. Toad thought his seeds were no longer afraid. Why did he think this?
1. Toad made cookies. What was good and what was bad about them?
did Frog say will power was?
3. Frog and Toad did not eat all the cookies. What did Frog do with them?
Dragons and Giants
1. What did Frog and Toad wonder?
2. What did Frog and Toad think would prove
they were brave?
3. What hardships did they face on their climb?
4. Do you think Frog and Toad were
1. Toad had a dream. Who was the main person in his dream?
What was Frog's role in Toad's dream?
3. What did Toad's dream teach him?
a paragraph: Frog and Toad spend many days together. They help each other, eat with each other, go on adventures
together, and treat each other well. Pretend you have a good friend like Frog is to Toad. Write a story about something you
did together and how the day turned out.
George the Drummer Boy
by Nathaniel Benchley
1. The people
of Boston were mean. They were mean to the soldiers. Why were the people mean to them?
2. The people of Boston
were upset. They were upset at the king. What did the king do to them?
3. George's troops hurried away. They
did not feel safe in Concord. They didn’t feel safe until they reached Charlestown. What did George think as he fled?Did
he know what was really happening?
4. George was afraid. He didn't know what to do. Tell about a time when
you were afraid because you didn't know what to do.
5. Pretend that you are a soldier in an imaginary land.
In this land, large pieces of candy have just started a war. Your leader has told you to flee, which means that you need to
leave where you are, any way you can. The large pieces of candy that live there are going to attack. Explain how you escaped
them and returned home.
George Washington and the General's Dog
by Frank Murphy
1. George's enemy had a large army. George's army was small. The men were cold. The men were hungry. Why didn't
they give up?
2. George Washington returned a dog to his enemy. Who saw him do it?
3. Who might be watching
you? How might your choices affect others?
4. Who do you watch? What have you learned from them?
Many people sent George Washington gifts to show their respect for him as a man and a leader. The king of Spain gave George
a mule as a gift. Someone from France gave him seven dogs. What would you have sent him to show your respect, and why would
you have sent that particular gift?
The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein
1. How did the boy have
fun with the tree?
2. How did the boy use the tree when he was a young man?
3. How did the boy use the
tree when he was a man?
4. What made the tree happy?
5. People can be like the giving tree. Write about
the things that you could do for your family or friends to make them happy. Then explain how doing these things also will
make you happy.
Go, Speed Racer, Go!
adapted by Sophia Kelly
1. How were
Rex and Speed not the same?
2. How could you tell that Rex and Speed loved each other?
3. Should you
close your eyes while driving? Why? No.
4. Describes the car you would want to drive around a race track. Explain
what would make this car capable of winning races.
The Great Snake Escape
by Molly Coxe
1. What did the king
cobra look like? What did it eat?
2. Mirabel and Maxie were scared. A snake was missing from the zoo. They wanted
to know what it ate. How did they learn what the snake ate?
3. Why did Mirabel hurry? What did she want to get
from her nest? How would it help Maxie?
4. The king cobra helped. Could the snake be trusted?
was the king cobra's home?
6. Mirabel and Maxie found a newspaper to learn more about king cobras. They wanted
to know if the escaped snake would eat them. Write a newspaper article about something else that happened—real or imaginary—
that Mirabel and Maxie could read in the newspaper.
Happy Birthday, Danny and the Dinosaur!
by Syd Hoff
Who came to Danny's party?
2. How did the dinosaur help?
3. Who blew out the candles? What was the
4. Danny invited a dinosaur to his birthday party. What would you do if you had a friendly dinosaur at your
next birthday party? Write about the things you would do and the things that would happen because the dinosaur was there.
Happy Birthday, Eeyore!
by Isabel Gaines
1. Eeyore said
it was his birthday. What did Pooh intend to do? What did Pooh do?
2. Pooh said it was Eeyore's birthday. What
did Piglet want to do? What did Piglet do?
3. Did Eeyore like Pooh's present? Did he like Piglet's
4. How did Christopher Robin save the day?
5. Christopher Robin's party pleased Eeyore.
Pooh's and Piglet's presents did not. Why is that?
6. What present would you give Eeyore to make him happy
on his birthday? Remember that the best presents are those you get or make with that person in mind. Describe why your present
would be the perfect gift for Eeyore.
by Elizabeth MacLeod
1. Helen was not always
deaf and blind. When did she become deaf and blind?
2. Who taught Helen to spell, read, and go to school?
3. What was Helen the first deaf and blind person to do?
4. Helen went to school. What did she do after she went
5. Helen had many obstacles. She could not hear. She could not see. What are the obstacles that you
face? Write about one thing that makes your life difficult. Think about ways that you may be able to overcome that obstacle.
Henry and Mudge: The First Book
by Cynthia Rylant
did Henry want a dog?
2. How did Mudge change Henry's walk to school?
3. Henry could not
find his dog. Did his dog run away from home?
4. How did Henry find Mudge?
5. Henry found Mudge.
What did this boy and his dog do from that point on?
6. When Mudge was lost, he whined and missed Henry. Without
Mudge, Henry cried. Have you ever lost someone or something? Write about how you lost someone or something that was important
to you. Then explain how you found or did not find that person or thing.
The Horse in Harry's Room
by Syd Hoff
1. Harry said
he had a horse in his room. His parents did not think he had a horse in his room. His classmates did not think he had a horse
in his room. How did Harry feel when people did not believe him?
2. Harry did not change his mind. What did Harry
do when people did not agree with him?
3. Did Harry have a real horse in his room?
4. Harry thought
he had a real horse in his room. What if you are like Harry? What if you think something is true and it is not? Discuss how
beliefs should be searched and proven.
5. Harry had an imaginary horse, which means that only he could see it.
If you had an imaginary animal in your room, what would it be, what could you do with it, and what would it look like?
Hurray for the Lord's Army (Gideon)
by Mary Manz Simon
1. Gideon changed. He was different by the end of the book. How did he change?
2. Too many men joined Gideon's
army. Some had to go home. Which men were sent home?
3. Gideon's enemy did not know what to do. They hurt
each other. They did not hurt Gideon's army. How did God do this?
4. God asked Gideon to do some odd things.
If Gideon had done these things on his own, they wouldn't have worked. God knew the perfect thing to do at just the right
time, and Gideon obeyed Him. What is one thing that God wants you to do today, and how will you obey Him?
Jake's Brave Night
by Crystal Bowman
1. Jake was afraid
of the dark. He was scared to be alone in his bedroom. How were these problems fixed?
2. Read Isaiah 41:10 in the
Bible together. What did God tell Jacob?
3. Does God want to help you?
4. Jake's mom and dad helped
him. God was with him. Because of these things, what was Jake able to do?
5. Jake tried to fix a big problem on
his own. He turned on the light so he wouldn’t be afraid of the dark. Then he turned off the light so he wouldn't
be afraid of shadows, and he hid under his bed to get away from scary things. What’s one big problem in your life? How
have you fixed or tried to fix it? (Note: If you don’t have a problem, you can make up a silly problem, such as bees
have built a hive inside your favorite toy. Then come up with silly ways to solve the problem.)
Jesus and His Friends
from The Beginner's Bible
1. What did Jesus, God's Son, do on earth?
2. Who was Jesus' cousin? What did his cousin do?
3. Jesus chose 12 men. What were their names? (Children can read their names out of the book.)
4. Who did Jesus
5. What is one miracle Jesus did?
6. Jesus cared about people in Bible times, and He cares about
you. Write down five ways that Jesus cares about you and what happens in your life.
Jonah and the Big Fish
from The Beginner's Bible
1. God had a mission for Jonah. What did Jonah do when God told him to go to Nineveh?
2. Jonah was in a boat
during a bad storm. He knew God sent the storm to stop him. Why didn't Jonah jump out of the boat?
did not want to do what God wanted him to do. What changed Jonah's mind?
4. Jonah went where God wanted him
to go. He told people to stop doing bad things. What did the people do?
5. Jonah was inside a big fish for three
days and nights. Pretend you're Jonah and describe what the inside of a big fish looks, smells, sounds, and feels like.
Then explain what you ate and drank in there.
The Josefina Story Quilt
by Eleanor Coerr
1. What did Faith
do for her pet hen?
2. Why did Pa want to leave the hen behind?
3. What problems did the hen cause?
4. What took place in the desert?
5. What did Faith sew on a patch to remember her pet hen?
Faith sewed patches for a quilt to help her remember things. She made a wagon wheel on her first quilt patch to help her remember
the start of their trip to California. If you were to sew a patch to remember what happened today, what would you stitch,
and why would you sew this design?
The Long Way to a New Land
by Joan Sandin
1. Mamma mixed
pine bark with flour. She made bread with it. How do you think tree bark tastes? Do you think Carl Erik's family wanted
to eat it?
2. Carl Erik, Jonas, and their family came to a new land. They did not speak a lot to people in the
new land. The people did not speak a lot to them. Why?
3. Think about a time when you went to a new place—new
store, new home, or new school. How did being the new person make you feel?
4. Carl Erik took only one toy when
his family moved to America. Think about your toys. If you were moving and could keep only one toy, which toy would you keep
The Long Way Westward
by Joan Sandin
1. Carl Erik rode
a train. His train car was not the same as the first-class train car. Were people equal in this new land?
Erik and his family did what they were told. Some people were nice, and some were not. Were the nice people good guides?
3. Big Carlson was nice. He helped Jonas' family. They found the right train. Who have you helped? How did helping
people make you feel?
4. Carl Erik and Pappa studied the Handbook for the Emigrant on the steamship ride to America.
They wanted to become Americans. What would you tell people who were new to your country to make them feel welcome?
Love Between Brothers and Sisters (poem)
by Isaac Watts
1. Do all people think the same way? How do some act differently? What are some things people
might fight over?
2. In the poem, what does “on the street” mean? What does “dwell”
mean? How are “on the street” and “dwell” different places?
3. Is it okay for brothers
to not be the same? Is it okay for sisters to not be the same? Is it okay for brothers and sisters to not be the same? Should
they fight about not being the same?
4. Have you seen a sister or brother fight? What isn’t good about
this kind of fighting? Why is it so ugly?
Magic Matt and the Dinosaur
by Grace Maccarone
Matt use his magic wand well? How was he able to make a turtle?
2. A mean dinosaur was in Matt's house. What
did Matt do?
3. Did Matt's plan work?
4. Should Matt do his magic inside the house? Why or why not?
5. Matt had to use magic six times in order to get the turtle that he originally wanted. He is an example of the phrase,
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again." Write about a time when you made many mistakes before
succeeding? What were your mistakes? How did you finally succeed?
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
by Margaret McNamara
was Martin Luther King, Jr.?
2. What are three of the dreams in Mrs. Connor's class?
3. What was
Mrs. Connor's dream?
4. Each child in Mrs. Connor's class had a dream. What is your big dream, and what
can you do about it today? For example, Eigen didn't want people to fight. His first step might be to not get upset with
others at recess. Or Becky wanted to serve others. Maybe she could talk to a shy classmate or include someone in a game.
Mercy Watson Fights Crime
by Kate DiCamillo
1, 2, 3, and 4
1. What did the Watsons do at night?
2. What woke Mercy, and why did that sound wake
3. Mercy went downstairs to eat. What did she find?
Chapters 5, 6, 7, and 8
Mercy caught a bad guy in the kitchen. What did she do?
2. What did Mercy smell, and where was it?
Mercy liked what she smelled. What did the smell cause her to do?
Chapters 9, 10, 11, and 12
1. Why did Leroy yell, "Yippie-i-oh"?
2. The Lincoln sisters saw Mercy in the yard. What did they do?
3. The Watsons saw Mercy in the yard. What did they do?
Chapters 13, 14, 15, and 16
1. Why didn't Mercy move off of Leroy?
2. What did people have to do to get to the bad guy?
Tell why Mercy was or was not a hero.
Write a paragraph: Mercy Watson will do almost anything
for food, especially things that smelled like butter. It's her favorite. What is your favorite food? Write a paragraph
that describes the food you like most and then tell what you would do to get it.
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride
by Kate DiCamillo
1, 2, 3, and 4
1. Mrs. Watson did the same thing each week. What did she do?
2. Mercy did the same
thing each week. What did she do?
3. The Lincoln sisters did the same thing each week. What did they do?
Chapters 5, 6, and 7
1. One day, things changed. On that day, what stayed the same for Mercy?
On that day, what did Baby do?
3. What happened because of Baby?
Chapters 8, 9, 10, and 11
1. Eugenia looked for her sister. She did not find her. Eugenia blamed Mercy, the pig. Why did she blame the
2. Mrs. Watson listened to her neighbor. Then she went to work. What did she do?
3. What did Baby
Chapters 12, 13, and 14
1. What happened when the car stopped?
2. What laws
3. How did Mrs. Watson make the day better?
Write a paragraph: Mercy
Watson should not have driven the car. Pigs do not drive cars. When she did, bad things happened. What is something you want
to do but are not supposed to do? Write about doing this thing (pretend you did it) and all the bad things that happened because
you did it.
Mercy Watson to the Rescue
by Kate DiCamillo
1, 2, and 3
1. What scared Mercy? How did she solve that problem?
2. What did Mr., Mrs., and Mercy
3. What happened to Mr. and Mrs. Watson's bed? What did Mercy do?
4, 5, and 6
1. Who lived next door to Mercy?
2. How did Mercy help Mrs. Watson?
did Eugenia figure out?
Chapters 7, 8, and 9
1. The firemen arrived. They parked. Why did
they think they were called?
2. Baby talked to the firemen. She told them that Eugenia called them. Why does she
say Eugenia called them?
3. What did the firemen hear? What did they do?
Chapters 10, 11, and
1. Eugenia chased Mercy. Eugenia caught Mercy. What happened to Mercy when Eugenia caught her?
2. Mrs. Watson was happy. She was safe. How did she thank everyone for their help?
3. How was or wasn't Mercy
Write a paragraph: Pretend that you have a pig like Mercy for a pet. Write a paragraph
about how she helped you finish your homework or get ready for school.
Morris Goes to School
by Bernard Wiseman
1. Morris learned
from what he did wrong. How did that help him?
2. Morris learned to count. He used his hoofs and antlers. What
else did he do that the other children did not do?
3. What were some lessons that Morris did not get?
4. How did Morris' day at school help him?
5. Morris mistook a B for a bee, C for a sea, and I for an eye.
He made many mistakes because he could not read. Write about one mistake you have made and what you did to keep from making
the same mistake again.
Morris Has a Cold
by Bernard Wiseman
1. Morris had a cold. He
said it was a walking cold. Why?
2. Morris did not let Boris feel his forehead. Why?
3. How else did
Boris confuse Morris?
4. Boris wanted Morris to do one thing for him. What was it?
5.Morris was funny
because he misunderstood things. Write story about how you had to help Morris understand something in your world. Perhaps
tell about Morris going to the dentist, the grocery store, an amusement park, or a family reunion. Explain what Morris thought
something was and what it really was.
Mrs. Rosey Posey and the Fine China Plate
by Robin Jones Gunn
1. Natalie was not happy with her parents. Why was she upset with them?
2. How should the fine china plate
3. Read 2 Timothy 2:21 in the Bible together. How did Mrs. Rosey Posey compare the fine china plate to
4. Pretend you are a fine, china plate in Mrs. Rosey Posey's kitchen. Describe how you would look
and what kind of goodies you would hold.
Nate the Great and the Big Sniff
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and
Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4
1. Nate the Great went into a store. Then he left
the store. Why?
2. Who did Nate meet outside the store? What did they tell him?
3. Nate went to the
lost and found. A man at the lost and found told Nate about a dog in the store. What did the man tell Nate?
5, 6, 7, and 8
1. The dog everyone saw was not Sludge. Why should Nate have known that?
tried to think through his problem. Then he went to the pet area. Why was that a good place to look?
3. Nate was
a detective. What did he have to realize? How did his thoughts help him find Sludge?
4. Think about a store where
you live. What are three good hiding places in that store, and what makes them great hiding places? If you were hiding from
Nate the Great, would he be able to find you? Why or why not?
Noah and the Ark
from The Beginner's Bible
Noah was a man. He was not like other people. How was he not like other people?
2. God takes care of His children.
How did God take care of Noah and his family?
3. The storm stopped. Did Noah and his family leave the ark as soon
as the storm stopped?
4. The rainbow is a symbol that God gave Noah. It's a promise that God won't destroy
the whole earth by water again. Think about another symbol (such as the American flag or your parents' wedding rings).
What does the symbol stand for and how important is it to you?
Noodles the Puppy: "I Am Brave" and "I Won't Share"
by Hans Wilhelm
I Am Brave
1. Noodles did not like storms. What did he do when
he saw storms?
2. Noodles could not act like he did with other storms. Why couldn't he do what he wanted to
3. What was Noodles forced to do?
4. Noodles was scared. What helped him make it through the storm?
5. What is one thing that scares you? How can you change what you do to stop your fears?
1. Noodles did not share his toy with other dogs. Why didn't he share?
Noodles kept his toy safe. How did he keep it safe?
3. Noodles shared his Squeaky. What did he have to give up?What
did he get in return?
4. What is one toy that you really like? Write about a time when you shared it with a friend.
Tell what happened.
by Syd Hoff
1. The circus man did not take Oliver.
He left Oliver. What did Oliver do?
2. What work did Oliver try to do?
3. What did Oliver do at the
4. What did the circus man say to Oliver?
5. Oliver tried to live in a zoo, be a dog, and
be a horse. Write a paragraph about what else Oliver could have tried to do and then explain how he would have succeeded or
The One Hundredth Day of School!
Ready, Freddy! series
Chapters 1 and 2
1. What was Freddy's problem on Twins Day? How was it fixed?
2. Mrs. Wushy had a plan for the 100th day of school. What did she plan?
3. In two days it would be the
100th day of school. How did Freddy feel?
Chapters 3 and 4
1. What did Freddy's parents
tell him to bring? Why didn't Freddy bring those things?
2. What were the kids in Freddy's class going
3. Freddy wanted to bring the perfect thing. What do you think he'll bring to school? Why will he
Chapters 5 and 6
1. Freddy thought his class would love Suzie's idea. Do you
think they will? Give a reason.
2. What did Freddy's mother and sister do? How did they help him?
3. Why won't Freddy bring what he made to school?
Chapters 7 and 8
1. Why was Freddy
2. His sister told him to bring buttons. The buttons were in a jar. Why did Freddy choose to bring a jar
3. What did Freddy end up doing with the cookies?
Write a paragraph: If
your class celebrated the 100th day of school, what would you bring? Write about your collection of 100 items, and why the
collection would be interesting to your class.
Pinky and Rex and the Double-Dad Weekend
by James Howe
1, 2, and 3
1. Why did Pinky and Rex want to go camping?
2. When it started to rain, they couldn't
put up their tents. What did Pinky, Rex, and their fathers do?
3. Pinky and Rex went to a big cave. They liked
many things in it. What were their favorite things?
4. Rex missed something in the cave. What was it, and what
did his dad do about it?
Chapters 4, 5, and 6
1. Pinky had a good idea. What was it? Who
did he surprise?
2. What did each person want to do?
3. What did the kids and their fathers end up doing?
4. What did the kids like best about the trip?
Write a paragraph: If you could spend
one weekend alone with your dad (or mom), what would you want to do with him (or her)? Describe the whole weekend.
Queen Esther Helps God's People
from The Beginner's Bible
1. Who did the king choose to be his queen?
2. Haman was the king's helper. He was also a
mean man. What did he want the king to do?
3. How did God use one person to save the Jewish people?
The king no longer wanted Haman as his helper. Who became the king's helper instead of Haman?
5. Esther was
a Jewish girl. God used her in a big way. She married a king and saved the Jewish people. God can use you also. Write a letter
to God. Thank Him for adopting you into His family. Then ask Him to use you in a big way.
Sammy the Seal
by Syd Hoff
1. What made Sammy sad? How
did the zookeeper make him happy?
2. Why did Sammy look for a place to swim?
3. Where did Sammy want
to or try to swim?
4. What did Sammy do at school?
5. School was over. What did Sammy want to do?
6. If you were a seal, what is one thing you would want to do before going back to the zoo? Write a paragraph describing
what you would do and how you would do it.
Sam the Minuteman
by Nathaniel Benchley
1. Sam was on the
green in Lexington. He heard shots. What did Sam think happened?
2. The men with Sam were brave. They fought the
British. What part did they play in history?
3. Sam heard shots. The shots changed the world. Did Sam know this?
How do people know when a big change takes place?
4. As the minutemen waited to see if the British were coming,
Sam Brown and John Allen played. Pretend you live in that time period and were with Sam and John. Make up a game that you
could play with Sam and John to help the time go by quicker. Remember, you can't play an electronic game, would need to
be a little quiet, can't move around much, and can't use more than rocks and sticks.
Sheep in a Jeep
by Nancy Shaw
1. What happened when sheep
drove a jeep on a steep hill?
2. What did the sheep that was driving do wrong?
3. Sheep and pigs crashed
into a tree. They were fine. Pretend a real jeep crashed into a tree. Would those in the jeep also be fine? Why or why not?
4. The sheep were having fun with each other, but they were not behaving in a safe way. What kinds of things do
you like doing with friends, and how do you keep safe when you're with them?
by Nathaniel Benchley
1. Where did Small Wolf
live? What did his parents do?
2. Small Wolf explored the Island of Hills. What did he see?
3. The white-faced
man scared Small Wolf. What did Small Wolf think the man was wearing?
4. The white men thought they owned the Island
of Hills. Why did they think that?
5. Small Wolf went to the Island of Hills to hunt. If Small Wolf hunted well,
he would get to wear feathers on his hair and colors on his face. The feathers and colors marked him as a man in his tribe.
What will mark you as a grown up? How will you look or what will you do when you are a grown up?
by Jean Marzollo
1. Marco did not play basketball.
What did he do with the ball?
2. Marco did not play kickball. What did he do with the ball?
taught Sam. He taught the kids in the second grade. What did he teach them?
4. Sam wanted to beat the third grade.
He had a plan. What was his plan?
5. The kids in second and third grade played a game. What happened in the game?
6. Marco gave Sam a nickname. He called Sam, "Soccer Sammee." Write a paragraph about three people you know.
Give each of those people a nickname, and tell why the nickname fits them.
Spring is Here: A Story About Seeds
by Joan Holub
do plants begin to grow?
2. How does the world know to change for the seasons?
3. What season do you
like the most? Why?
4. How can you tell when it is that season?
5. Joe was impatient for the seeds
to become plants. Kate told him that he would have to wait. Perhaps she knew that water, dirt, and time are important to seeds.
What is one thing you wish would happen right now? Why do you have to wait for it to happen?
A Tree for All Seasons
by Robin Bernard
1. In the winter,
maple trees look dead. They are not. How can you tell? How do animals use them?
2. How did the maple tree
change in the spring?
3. In the summer, the maple tree did things for others. What did it do?
did the maple tree change in the fall?
5. A maple tree goes through many changes during the seasons. Invent your
own tree. Give it a name and draw a picture of it. Then write a paragraph about how all four seasons affect your tree. For
example, if you decide to write about the atrefoalse tree, you may tell how it looks like a large icicle in the winter, but
in the spring it shoots jelly beans to help it grow more spaghetti noodle branches.
Trucktown: Zoom! Boom! Bully
by Jon Scieszka
1. Jack Truck,
Gabriella Garbage Truck, Payloader Pete, Cement Mixer Melvin, and Dump Truck Dan were friends. How do friends treat each other?
2. Big Rig treated the other trucks poorly. How did he make them feel?
3. How did Jack, Gabriella, Pete,
Melvin, and Dan help each other?
4. Jack Truck, Gabriella Garbage Truck, Payloader Pete, Cement Mixer Melvin,
and Dump Truck Dan wanted to make a birthday cake for Big Rig. If you could make a cake for someone’s birthday, who
would you make it for and how would you do it?
True or False: Baby Animals
by Melvin and Gilda Berger
How were elephant, whale, and giraffe babies the same? How were they not the same?
2. How were polar bear,
lion, brown bear, and tiger babies the same? How were they not the same?
3. How were dog, wolf, and sea otter
babies the same? How were they not the same?
4. Do you have a pet, or do you know someone who does? Write one
true and one false statement about this pet. Then write a paragraph that tells more about the animal, such as how it looks
or what it does when you go near it.
by Mike and Amy Nappa
1. Zachary took
care of his pets. How did he make his chores more fun?
2. Why would Zachary thank God for making him a zookeeper?
3. How are people and pets not the same? Read 1 Corinthians 15:39 and Genesis 1:27-28 in the Bible together.
4. Zachary gave names to his pets. He called his cat, Tiger; dog, Bear; lizard, Crocodile; fish, Sharky; and bird, Eagle.
Now choose five pets that you would like to own. Give each one a name, and explain why it's the best name for that animal.
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