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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 an eight page Author Study printable available in our Resource Library.
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.
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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!
How Do Dinosaurs
The Emperor and
Not All Princesses
Dress in Pink
Tales from the
Not One Damsel
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.
Meet Jane Yolen on YouTube
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.
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.
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Start with two free books from Audible.
Activities and Projects
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.
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.
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!
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