For the Educators

clickGood preparation is an essential part of Island Readers & Writers programs. This page provides some examples of book related questions and activities that help prepare readers for an author and/or illustrator visit. Some ideas come from teachers and others from our Friends Over Books volunteers, staff and collaborating partners. Additional information such as biographical profiles and booklists may be found on publisher or author websites.

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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
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
Kunu’s Basket by Lee DeCora Francis
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
We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes by Patrick Jennings
We Can’t All Be Rattlesnakes Book Trailer (video link)

Classroom Examples

Retelling to Enhance Oral Fluency (pdf download)

Questions Sheets

Touch Blue, Cynthia Lord
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, Jacqueline Kelly
We Can’t All be Rattlesnakes, Patrick Jennings
Lighthouse Christmas 6 TRAIT WRITING GUIDE
Lighthouse Christmas Lighthouse Investigations
A Lighthouse Christmas Readers Theater Script
Lighthouse Christmas Worksheet

2012 Big Read, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Characters in Tom Sawyer
Christmas Letter from Santa
Countries Visited
Samuel Clemens Time Line
Mark Twain in 60 Minutes (video)
Tom and Beck (video)
Reader’s Guide for the Big Read
Teacher’s Guide for the Big Read
Toys, Games, Activities  mentioned in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer