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Booklists by Theme

Page history last edited by Terry Doherty 11 years, 8 months ago

One of the easiest ways to engage kids in reading is to share activities and stories on subjects they are already interested in.  When you're asked to find a book about subject X, a booklist can be a helpful tool. They can make it easy to find some tried-and-true books on a given subject. Collectively, the links below offer you ideas for just about every subject imaginable.

 

Caveat: While we do have books about summer, we do not include summer reading lists in this collection.

 

A Treasure Trove: http://wildrosereader.blogspot.com/search/label/Book%20Lists [Yet to be parsed for this list]

 

 

WEBSITES WITH A THEMED BOOKLIST PAGE

 

5 Great Books - Every week, Anastasia Suen publishes a list of five books (picture, chapter, easy reader) built around a theme.

A List of 40 Themed Booklists for Preschool and Kindergarten Bookworm's Booklist (May 2009)

Little Willow's Booklists Bildungsroman, updated continually 

Through the Magic Door Book Lists Archive - sorted by theme, Updated monthly

 

For the themes below .... The lists are updated regularly to include new titles. You can find them at:

http://missrumphiuseffect.blogspot.com/search/label/thematic%20book%20list

 

ADOPTION

see also Family Matters

Adoption and Fatherhood by Brian @ Book Dads (November 2009)

 

ANIMALS

Animal Adaptations Miss Rumphius Effect (August 2007)

Animal Dads Miss Rumphius Effect (June 2007)

Animal Habitats Miss Rumphius Effect (November 2008)

Animal Homes Miss Rumphius Effect (November 2008)

Arctic Life Open Wide, Look Inside (January 2009) 

Camouflage Miss Rumphius Effect (September 2007)

Dinosaurs Miss Rumphius Effect (August 2008)

Frogs (and Toads) Miss Rumphius Effect (February 2008)

Hibernation Miss Rumphius Effect (September 2007)

Migration Miss Rumphius Effect (September 2007) 

 

BIOGRAPHY & PEOPLE

100 Cool Girls of Children's Lit Jen Robinson's Book Page

100 Cool Teachers in Children's Literature A Year of Reading 

African American Scientists and Inventors Miss Rumphius Effect (February 2007)

Books that Feature Kids with Color Elizabeth Bluemle @ Shelftalker

Exploring Diversity: Themes and Communities Cynthia Leitich Smith

Fire Safety, Firefighters and Fire! by Cathy Puett Miller (September 2010)

Susan's Unofficial List of YA By or About Women of Color Color Online (July 2009)

 

BOYISH DELIGHTS

see also Animals, History, Pirates, Sports, Transportation, 

10 CCs of Books for Boys by Keith Schoch @ Teach With Picture Books (March 2010)

50 Best Books for Boys and Young Men @ The Art of Manliness (December 2009)

Books that Guys Read GuysRead.com

Books with Boy Heroes by Jennifer Duddy Gill @ The Mixed Up Files ... of Middle Grade Authors (April 2011)

Fire Safety, Firefighters and Fire! by Cathy Puett Miller (September 2010)

Great Books for Boys KidsRead.com

A  List of Dragons Kate  Coombs @  Book Aunt (October 2009) - This post also has a giveaway which is probably done by now. 

 

BULLYING

A List of YA Novels that Battle Bullying by MItali Perkins @Mitali's Fire Escape (April 2010)

 

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

10 Children's Books Every Busines Student Should Read Accredited Online Colleges.org (March 2010)

 

COMMUNITY HELPERS

Community Service / Making a Difference Franki Sibberson at Choice Literacy (April 2011)

Fire Safety, Firefighters and Fire! by Cathy Puett Miller (September 2010)

 

CONCEPTS

see also Peace, Science,Social Studies

Calendar (Days, Months, Years)  Miss Rumphius Effect (April 2007) 

Community Service / Making a Difference Franki Sibberson at Choice Literacy (April 2011)

Emotions American Psychological Association

Measurement Miss Rumphius Effect (March 2007)

Change Over Time Miss Rumphius Effect (February 2007)

Picture Books for Peace Moms Inspire Learning (April 2009)

Shapes Miss Rumphius Effect (March 2007)

Similes, Metaphors, Homophones and Synonyms by Franki Sibberson @ Choice Literacy (September 2010)

Size Comparisons (Large) Miss Rumphius Effect (January 2009)

Time Miss Rumphius Effect (March 2007)

 

CULTURE

see also Biography & People, Holidays & Events, Social Studies (Geography)

10 Books about Children around the World by Amy @ Delightful Children's Books (February 2011)

18 Children's Books about Asia by Amy @ Delightful Children's Books (April 2011)

50 Multi-Cultural Books Every Child Should Read  National Education Association

100 Favorite African American Books of the 20th Century

Anansi Collection: Great Picture Books on Africa Africa Access

Books and Resources for Native American Heritage Month Elaine Magliaro at Wild Rose Reader (November 2009)

Favorite Young Adult Latino/a Titles Color Online (September 2009)

Meso-American Books for Kids The Reading Zone (July 2009) 

Sankofa Collection: Great Chapter Books on Africa Africa Access 

 

FABLES, FAIRY TALES, FOLKLORE  &  LEGENDS

Aesop's Fables Miss Rumphius Effect (August 2008)

Hans Christian Anderson online

 

FAMILY MATTERS

see also Health and Wellness

Adoption and Foster Care American Psychological Association

Books for Children with Autism - blog of a Spectrum Mom

Death and Dying American Psychological Association

Divorce American Psychological Association

Family Matters American Psychological Association

Natural Disasters American Psychological Association

Preparing Your Child for a New Baby by Vanessa @ Silly Eagle Books (September 2010)

 

FAVORITES: 10 to 100

100 Cool Girls of Children's Lit Jen Robinson's Book Page

100 Cool Teachers in Children's Literature A Year of Reading 

100 Favorite African American Books of the 20th Century

Books I Could read a Million Times Franki Sibberson at a Year of Reading

Top 100 101 Picture Books Poll Results by Elizabeth Bird at A Fuse #8 Production 

 

FOOD

Apples and Pumpkins Miss Rumphius Effect (September 2008)

 

FUN & GAMES

Help for Letter Writing and Silly Word Games by M Bromberg @ BookBag (December 2009)

 

GIRLS - from GIRLS to HEROES

see also Fables, Fairy Tales and Folklore

5 Great Books for Strong, Adventurous, Smart Young Girls by Leah Smith @ Flashlight Worthy (April 2010)

100 Cool Girls of Children's Lit Jen Robinson's Book Page

Top Ten Girl Power Books: MIddle Grade by Kellee Moye @ Nerdy Book Club (July 2012)

 

GLBQT

Gay (GLBQT) Books for Teens Lee Wind (March 2009)

ALA Rainbow Project: Rainbow Books 2010 American Library Association (January 2010)

 

 

HEALTH AND PERSONAL WELL-BEING

see also Family Matters, School

Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning Disabilities  American Psychological Association

Depression American Psychological Association

Disability American Psychological Association

Fears and Anxieties American Psychological Association

Medical Problems American Psychological Association

Psychotherapy American Psychological Association

Self-Esteem American Psychological Association 

 

HISTORY

Black History Month by Elaine Magliaro @ A Wild Rose Reader (Janary 2010)

Civil War Historical Fiction for Teens by Evanston Public Library

US History and Children's Literature by Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site

Women's History Month by Elaine Magliaro @ A Wild Rose Reader (February 2010)

World War II and Holocaust (fiction and nonfiction) by @ Flashlight Worthy Books (March 2010)

 

HOLIDAYS, FESTIVALS & EVENTS

See also Culture, History, Social Studies

20 of the Best Christmas Books by Bianca Schulze @ The Children's Book Review (November 2009)

Chinese New Year by Elaine Magliaro @ Wild Rose Reader (February 2010)

Constitution Day Miss Rumphius Effect (date)

Dia de los Muertos by Bibliovore @ Kid Tested, Librarian Approved (November 2010)

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by Andromeda Jazmon @ A Wrung Sponge (November 2010)

Hanukkah Books @ The Horn Book (December 2010)

Picture Books and Poetry Books for Halloween Elaine Magliaro @ A Wild Rose Reader (October 2009)

St. Patrick's Day Mayra Gruber @ Through the Looking Glass Reviews

Thanksgiving by The Education Center @ The Mailbox blog (November 2009)

 

LITERATURE

see also Poetry 

 

MATH

see also Concepts

Counting Books for Ages 2 to 7 Moms Inspire Learning (July 2009)

Math Poetry Miss Rumphius Effect (March 2007)

When Coins and Picture Books Collide, Part 6 Moms Inspire Learning (September 2009)

 

Morals, Religion, Life Lessons

Forwords Jewish Books for Children

 

NATURE

see also Science, Weather

Exploring the Natural World, Part 1 Miss Rumphius Effect (April 2007)

Exploring the Natural World, Part 2 Miss Rumphius Effect (April 2007)

Exploring the Natural World, Part 3 Miss Rumphius Effect (April 2007)

Growing Good Kids: Ecology and Gardening-themed Books for Kids Junior Master Gardener (2009)

7 Children's Books about Rainforests by Amy @ Delightful Childrens Books (March 2011)

 

OUR BODIES

Five Senses Miss Rumphius Effect (March 2007)

Poop and Other Related Topics Miss Rumphius Effect (February 2009)

 

PEACE

see also Concepts, Social Studies

Picture Books for Peace by Dawn Morris @ Moms Inspire Learning (April 2009)

Top Ten Books for Early Readers that Promote Peace by Catherine Ensley @ Words World and Wings (November 2009)

Top Ten Middle Grade Books that Promote Peace by Catherine Ensley @ Words World and Wings (November 2009)

Top Ten Picture Books that Promote Peace by Catherine Ensley @ Words World and Wings (November 2009)

 

PEOPLE AND PLACES

see also Biography, Community Helpers, Culture, and Social Studies (Geography)

 

SCARY STUFF

Halloween: Not for the Faint of Heart by Melissa @ One Librarian's Book Reviews (October 2009)

 

SCIENCE FICTION

Middle Grade Science Fiction and Fantasy (Updated weekly) Charlotte @ Charlotte's Library

 

SELF ESTEEM/SENSE OF SELF

Short List of Books with Introverted Characters Melissa Taylor at Inside Outside Upside Down (January 2009)

 

SUPERNATURAL & PARANORMAL, THE

see Scary Stuff, Magic

 

PIRATES

Pirates and Scallywags Valerie Baartz, the Almost Librarian (August 2009)

 

POETRY

see also Literature

Math Poetry Miss Rumphius Effect (March 2007)

Mother Goose is in the house by Valerie Baatrz @ The Almost LIbrarian (September 2009)

Science Poetry Miss Rumphius Effect (February 2007)

 

PUZZLES

see also Fun & Games

 

SCHOOL

5 Great Books about School Anastasia Suen @ 5 Great Books (August 2009)

100 Cool Teachers in Children's Literature A Year of Reading

100th Day of School Miss Rumphius Effect (February 2007)

Back to School KidsReads.com (undated)

Back to School: Booklists, Book Reviews and Other Resources Wild Rose Reader (August 2009)

Back to School Booklist (sorted by grade) Read/Write/Think (undated)

Back to School Monhly Special (by reader age) The Horn Book (August 2007)

Back-to-School Bonanza: Books for Reading Aloud School Library Journal (August 2009)

Backpack: A Back to School Poem Wild Rose Reader (August 2007)

Book Bunch: School Stories Wild Rose Reader (August 2007)

An Exhaustive List of Books about Getting Ready for that Very First Day of School Reading Rumpus (August 2009)

Countdown to Kindergarten Boston Public Library (undated)

Kids’ Books Set in Schools Carol Hurst’s Children’s Literature Site (undated)

More School Poems: Review of School Supplies Wild Rose Reader (September 2007)

Outdoor Education Miss Rumphius Effect (April 2007)

A Perfect Pair: School Stories Wild Rose Reader (August 2007)

Poetry Friday: Going Back to School with Poetry Wild Rose Reader (August 2007)

School Around the Globe Open Wide, Look Inside (January 2008)

School-Related Matters American Psychological Association 

 

 

SCIENCE

See also Animals, Nature, Weather

 

Early Life (Eggs, Life Cycles) Miss Rumphius Effect (March 2008)

Electricity Miss Rumphius Effect (September 2008)

Food Chains Miss Rumphius Effect (date)

Seeds and Growing Things Miss Rumphius Effect (March 2007)

 

SEASONS

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

see also Culture, Holidays & Events

Geography (Countries, Continents)

          10 Books about South America by Amy @ Delightful Children's Books (March 2011)

          18 Children's Books about Asia by Amy @ Delightful Children's Books (April 2011)

50 States Miss Rumphius Effect (date)

Africa Book Recommendations (organized by Country) by Natasha Maw @ Maw Books Blog (October 2009)

African Studies Children's Africana Book Awards (2006)

Arctic Life Open Wide, Look Inside (January 2009)

China Miss Rumphius Effect (February 2007)

Children's and Young Adult Books set in Haiti by Mitali Perkins @ Mitali's Fire Escape (January 2010)

Map Skills Miss Rumphius Effect (April 2007) 

Russian Books for Kids Susan Thomsen @ Chicken Spaghetti (March 2010)

 

Environmental Issues and Concepts

          3 Children's Books about Maps by Amy @ Delightful Children's Books (February 2011)

Global Awareness, Part 3 by Dawn Morris @ Moms Inspire Learning (September 2009)

 

Societal Concepts

Immigration (Contemporary) Miss Rumphius Effect (February 2007)

Picture Books for Peace Moms Inspire Learning (April 2009) 

 

School Around the Globe Open Wide, Look Inside (January 2008) 

 

SPORTS

Baseball

Extra Innings (boys and baseball)Teaching with Books (May 2009)

A League of Their Own (girl ballplayers) Teaching with Books (May 2009)

Books about Baseball for All Ages School Library Journal Extra Helping (April 2010)

Football

If You Love Football, You'll Love These Books Moms Inspire Learning (September 2009)

SUMMER VACATION 

The Beach: beach bag theme Adlit.org (May 2009)

A Themed Booklist - The Beach,Bookworm's Booklist (May 2009)

 

WEATHER

see also Concepts, Science

Hurricanes Harris County Public Library

Weather Katie D @ Katie's Literature Lounge (September 2009)

 

WAR

see Concepts, Peace

 

WORD GAMES

see Puzzles, Fun & Games

 

 

Comments (1)

Susan Stephenson said

at 2:56 am on May 28, 2009

Terry, I added History but not sure of your format

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