It’s always tough to say goodbye to lazy summer days, but by the time the end of August rolls around we often find ourselves excited for the start of school. This time of year is full of dreams and promise, new and old friendships, fun classes and activities. What do you want to accomplish this year? Who will you become? What will you learn?
To welcome you back to a fun, rewarding, and educational school year we wanted to share a few fun activities for kids based on our titles—and discussion guides for their dedicated teachers and librarians.
Keep the back to school fun going with fun downloadable activities starring Chloe Zoe, the adorable yellow elephant. There are activities like word searches, mazes, and spot the difference to go along with both preschool- and kindergarten-aged titles.
Take out the new boxes of crayons and markers! Have fun coloring dogs from The Buddy Files series, dinosaurs (plus many other craft projects!) from One More Dino on the Floor, kids from Janine and the My Emotions and Me series, or plants from First Peas to the Table, and In the Garden with Dr. Carver.
For older students learning to read independently, there is no better series than The Boxcar Children series, a classic that is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Read about the adventures of the Alden children—and once you’ve finished a book, you can take a quiz to see which kid you’re most like or even get in touch with them to ask a question!
Our website also has a slew of activities that keeps the fun going from classroom to home to backyard. Try your skill at word puzzles, your hand at crafts, or even bake up a delicious treat inspired by the books!
For Teachers and Librarians
Teachers get to have fun going back to school, too: meeting new students, sharing favorite books, and opening up a world of possibilities.
Did you know all of Albert Whitman’s books are leveled with Accelerated Reader, Guided Reading, Scholastic Reading Counts, and Reading Recovery? We also provide Common Core Curriculum Connections for our most recent titles. All this information can be downloaded on our School and Libraries page.
Plus, continue discussions about the natural world, science, and math with creative classroom activities based on the Wells of Knowledge or These Things Count series or the books Dig Those Dinosaurs, First Peas to the Table, and In the Garden with Dr. Carver.
For harder-to-discuss topics like bullying, abuse, and learning disabilities we’ve created a guide to go along with Nobody Knew What to Do, Not in Room 204, and The Alphabet War, all titles soon to be available paperback for the first time.
Early Readers and Chapter Books:
The Boxcar Children series:
The Boxcar Children have been a teacher-favorite since the very first book, which Gertrude Chandler Warner wrote for her students. She knew the vocabulary and content were appropriate for young readers—and that they would relish the Boxcar Children’s independence and opportunities for adventure. Today, teachers and librarians love the series for the message of teamwork and empathy, because even when the Boxcar Children uncover the villain of the mystery they’re solving, it’s more than just that: they care about the person and situation, and they work hard to set things right again. It’s easy to tie The Boxcar Children into your classroom with a Common Core-aligned guide. Plus, the same Boxcar activities mentioned above for kids are also available in easy-to-download themed packets.
As the months of the year fly by, don’t forget to check our site frequently for more fun activities and helpful guides.
Happy school year from the Albert Whitman & Company team!