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Jane Yolen elementary author study - books, activities, and resources for a full unit study based on the classic, beloved books by author, Jane Yolen.

In this post you will find links and resources for a book-based unit study with Author, Jane Yolen. These books and activities are appropriate to share in a classroom or for your homeschool!

This guide provides book recommendations, reading resources, author links, and projects along with free printable notebooking pages to use in your projects. Find out more about creating your own author study.

The delightful stories written by Jane Yolen will inspire young readers and writers as you share the love of reading with your child. Children from preschool through elementary ages will enjoy the memorable characters and story lines in these charming modern classic children’s books.

Related Article: Benefits of an Author Study and How To Create Your Own

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Book List

I would recommend choosing your child’s favorite Jane Yolen books along with at least three or more new titles to explore. Or find many books from one of Yolen’s series. These lovely books are short and engaging for emerging readers. You may want to choose a few books to read over and over, dive into the dinosaur series, or pick out several and go on new adventures every day!

Owl Moon

How Do Dinosaurs
Say Goodnight?

The Emperor and
the Kite

The Scarecrow's

Commander Toad
in Space

Not All Princesses
Dress in Pink

Tales from the
Animal Kingdom

Not One Damsel
in Distress


For a full list of titles see Jane Yolen’s Amazon Page

Meet Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen’s Official Website  features interviews, teaching materials, and a full book list of Yolen’s over 300 titles for children and adults.

Wikipedia is another source for information about Yolen’s life and books.

Jane Yolen answers the most popular questions for children – Frequently Asked Questions and their Answers and shares her biography with pictures from her life.

Meet Jane Yolen on YouTube

Author Activity

Use your printable pack to make a timeline or author biography. Look up facts together or have an older child research on her own. Be sure to check the author bio in your books!

Read in Different Ways

Jane Yolen’s picture books are fantastic bedtime stories and so snuggle up and read on the couch. Since you’ll be enjoying several titles, try a few other ways of reading (or re-reading) and see the characters and settings come to life!

Watch a Read-Aloud on YouTube

Watch Owl Moon narrated by Jane Yolen.

Find more of Jane Yolen’s books read aloud.

Read Along

Find picture book kits at your library or purchase them online:
How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? Book and CD
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight – Multilingual Audio
How Do Dinosaurs Book and CD (Set of 4)

Or purchase Audible books from Jane Yolen’s official Amazon store to read along with your favorite titles.

Love listening to audio books? 
Start with two free books from Audible.

Activities and Projects

A list of ideas about what to write, play, and create to bring your Author Study together. These activities will go well with your printable.


Write a fan letter to the author telling her about your Author Study and your favorite book! Use this contact form to send your message to the author.

Write a new story featuring the characters and themes from 2 or more of the stories you read. What would happen if Piggins visited the Dinosaur’s house? What if the Princesses took a ride with Toad?

Create a venn diagram and talk about the similarities and differences between two stories. Free printable Venn Diagram


Host a dinosaur party! Invite your friends (or stuffed animals) to practice their best dino manners. Pick up some dinosaur masks to share and use the printable invitations and checklist to plan your party.

Put on a play with characters from different books. You can write the story first or practice your improv.

Sing your favorite story. Many of Yolen’s sound like poetry. Sing them out. Use a familiar tune or make up your own. Use a recorder or app to record your voice; then read along with your singing.


Learn to draw a dinosuar and watch an interview with How Do Dinosaurs illustrator, Mark Teague.

Make a your own crossword puzzle with titles or characters from the books. Then, try to stump one of your parents! Crossword Puzzle Maker

Draw a comic strip featuring familiar characters or make new characters of your own!

Don’t forget to pick up your
free 8 page printable pack!

What’s your favorite Jane Yolen book? Leave a comment below.

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