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  1. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 11
    Author E.B. White was born on this day in 1899.
    Author E.B. White, most well-known for his famous children's book, Charlotte's Web, received high acclaim and awards for many of his works of fiction.
  2. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 5  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 14
    Author Laura Joffe Numeroff was born in 1953.
    Using one of Numeroff's books as a model, students use the circle plot structure as a culminating project for a unit of study completed in the classroom.
  3. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  June 7
    Celebrate Louise Erdrich's birthday today.
    Students watch a short video about Erdrich's love of books and write their own memory piece.
  4. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  March 11
    Ezra Jack Keats was born on this day in 1916.
    In celebration of Keats' birthday, students write stories that include some characters from Keats' books and practice using collage techniques with the Collage Machine.
  5. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 12
    Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817.
    Students make mental "snapshots" of a natural setting, then capture the details of their setting by writing and then creating a class booklet of the nature walk.
  6. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 5
    In 1952, Paul Fleischman was born on this day.
    Some of Fleishman's memories in his essay "My House of Voices" are shared with the class. Students then write a descriptive essay that gives a tour of the voices in their homes, school, etc.
  7. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 2  |  Calendar Activity  |  July 26
    Jan Berenstain, co-author of the popular Berenstain Bears series of books, was born in 1923.
    Teachers create "Book Kits" for students to help promote family literacy. Berenstain Bears books are included in these "book kits" which also include nonfiction books on the same subject, home activities, reproducibles, and parent information.
  8. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  September 8
    Jon Scieszka was born in 1954.
    Students review Scieszka's tips for encouraging young people to read and then create their own, sharing ideas with adults in their community through a letter.
  9. Classroom Resources | Grades   K – 3  |  Calendar Activity  |  May 5
    Today is Leo Lionni's birthday.
    As a child growing up in Holland, Leo Lionni taught himself how to draw and later became an author and illustrator of children's books. Leo Lionni is the winner of four Caldecott awards.
  10. Classroom Resources | Grades   1 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  November 20
    Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein was published in 1974.
    Students are introduced to a Silverstein verse and asked for their impressions. They then draw that they imagine when they read one of his lines and then write a line or two to continue the passage.