A Treasure Trove of Book-based Resources

Good preparation is an essential part of Island Readers & Writers programs. This page provides book-related questions and activities that help prepare readers for an author and/or illustrator visit. 

Activity sheets contain numerous clickable links to cross-curricular resources and thoughtful pathways for deep exploration of the subjects and themes in the book.

All activity sheets are PDFs. Clicking on the link will bring you to the PDF; right-click on the PDF to save it to your computer for future access.

Activity sheets contain links and images and may take a minute to fully load.

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Activity Sheets

Calef Brown books
City Fish, Country Fish by Mary Cerullo
The Death of the Hat by Paul Janeczko
Exploration - Charles Darwin, adventures in space, discovery
Extreme Survivors: Animals That Time Forgot, by Kimberly Ridley
Firefly July by Paul Janeczko
Food for Thought program
For You Are a Kenyan Child by Kelly Cunnane
Guardians by Kathy Lasky
Half A Chance by Cynthia Lord
A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord
Ice Harbor Mittens by Robin Orm Hansen
If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen
I'm New Here by Anne Sibley O'Brien
In the Shadow of the Sun, by Anne Sibley O'Brien
The Island of Beyond by Elizabeth Atkinson
Kunu's Basket by Lee DeCora Francis
The Legend of Hong Kil Dong: The Robin Hood of Korea, by Anne Sibley O'Brien
Look Up! Bird-watching in Your Own Backyard, by Annette LeBlanc Cate
A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt
Olivia Kidney by Ellen Potter
Piper Green and the Fairy Tree by Ellen Potter
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Russ Cox books
The Secret Bay by Kimberly Ridley and illustrated by Rebekah Raye
The Secret Pool by Kimberly Ridley and illustrated by Rebekah Raye
Sea Secrets by Mary Cerullo
Shipwrecks by Mary Cerullo
SLOB by Ellen Potter
Some Writer! by Melissa Sweet
Swimming Home by Susan Hand Shetterly and illustrated by Rebekah Raye
Thérèse Makes A Tapestry by Alexandra S.D. Hinrichs
Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord
The Tremendous Tree by Barbara Brenner and May Garelick
Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra by Stephen Costanza
The Water Castle, by Megan Frazer Blakemore
We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes by Patrick Jennings
We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes Book Trailer (video link)
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk