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EDU 461: Children's Literature: Lesson Plans

This guide will help students in EDU 461 perform research and create lesson plans based on children's books.


The Alabama Learning Exchange is a great place to search for lesson plans. Here are 2 examples:

  1. Who's Talking?
  2. Alabama Biographies of the 20th Century


Scholastic allows you to search for lesson plans and activities by grade level, book title, etc. Here are 2 examples:

  1. Amazing Snakes!
  2. The Magic School Bus Gets Ants in Its Pants

A to Z Teacher Stuff

A to Z Teacher Stuff organizes literature activities by category (title, author, etc.). Here are 2 examples:

  1. Brown Bear, Brown Bear
  2. The Mitten

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site

Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site lists children's books and related activities. Here are 2 examples:

  1. Bird Watch: A Book of Poetry
  2. Bud, Not Buddy

Read Write Think

On this site, users can search by keyword, grade level, and/or learning objective. Here are 2 examples:

  1. Active Reading Using The Enormous Watermelon
  2. Animal Study: From Fiction to Facts

While the ALA does not publish lesson plans, on this page they list awards given to authors and titles of children's literature and this is a great place to find high-quality books for lesson planning. Some of the most influential and popular awards for children's literature include the following:

  1. The Caldecott Medal
  2. The Coretta Scott King Book Award
  3. The Newbery Medal
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