Downloadable Literature Guides

Animal Picture Books with Units to Guide Literature Circles 

Most of these picture books are in your library! (If can't find them, you can order them by clicking the titles below.) They each follow a story map and feature animal characters! Help your students to find the special treasure inside each book, to develop valuable skills, to problem solve, and to help them work together as a group! Animals are funny, strong in character, and can reach many "unreachable" children! The literature guides are perfect for challenging gifted and talented youngsters!

Literature Connections for Animal Stories
that Follow Story Maps:

A Balloon for Isabel by Deborah Underwood in Discover Magic
by Deborah Hodge in
Brain Boosting Books
The Ant and Grasshopper by Luli Gray in Brain Boosting Books

Bean Thirteen by Matthew McElligott (intoduction to prime numbers, division) in Serendipity
Bear Feels Scared
by Karma Wilson in Discover Magic
Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson in Discover Magic
Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson in Discover Magic
Bear Snores On
by Karma Wilson in Tickles, Tricks, and Treasure
Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan in Bringing Books to Life
Calvin Can't Fly, The Story of a Bookworm Birdie
by Jennifer Berne in Bringing Books to Life
Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj in Bringing Books to Life
Chickens to the Rescue
by John Himmelman in Bringing Books to Life
Children Make Terrible Pets
by Peter Brown in Bringing Books to Life
Cindy Moo by Lori Mortensen in Brain Boosting Books
Clara Caterpillar
by Pamela Duncan Edwards in Tickles, Tricks, and Treasure

Cork & Fuzz: Short and Tall by Dori Chaconas by Amy Hest
in Reading Seeds
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson in Bringing Books to Life
Creepy Carrots by
Aaron Reynolds in Brain Boosting Books

Disappearing Desmond
by Anna Alter in Discover Magic
Dog in Boots
by Greg Gormley
in Bringing Books to Life
Don’t Worry, Douglas!
by David Melling in Brain Boosting Books
Farley Found It by Bruce Van Patter
in Reading Seeds
Frog and Fly by Jeff Mack in Brain Boosting Books
Gorgonzola: a Very Stinkysaurus
by Margie Palatini and Jim Bowers in Serendipity
The Great Pig Chase
by Eileen Christelow
in Book Bridges
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester
in Springboards
Horsefly and Honeybee by Randy Cecil in Brain Boosting Books
Houdini, the Amazing Caterpillar by Janet Pedersen in Serendipity
How Rocket Learned to Read
by Tad Hills in Brain Boosting Books
How To Teach a Slug To Read
by Susan Pearson in Brain Boosting Books
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein in Discover Magic
I Want My Hat Back
by Jon Klassen in Brain Boosting Books
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes in Brain Boosting Books
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney in Serendipity
by Jody Sullivan Rake (nonfiction) in Serendipity
Meerkat Mail
by Emily Gravett in Discover Magic
Memoirs of a Goldfish
by Devin Scillian in Bringing Books to Life
A Mighty Fine Time Machine by Suzanne Bloom in Serendipity
Monkey, A Trickster Tale from India
by Gerald McDermott in Bringing Books to Life
My Chincoteague Pony by Susan Jeffers in Discover Magic
by Ari Berk and Loren Long in Brain Boosting Books
No Sleep for the Sheep! by Karen Beaumont in Bringing Books to Life
Nutmeg and Barley, A Budding Friendship
by Janie Bynum in
Reading Seeds
On the Go with Mr. and Mrs. Green by Keith Baker (easy chapter book) in Serendipity
Otto the Book Bear
by Kate Cleminson in Brain Boosting Books
Owney, The Mail-Pouch Pooch by Mona Kerby in Discover Magic
Pouch by David Ezra Stein
in Serendipity
The Princess and the Pig
by Jonathan Emmet in Discover Magic
Princess Pigtoria a
nd the Pea by Pamela Duncan Edwards in Discover Magic
Rocket Writes a Story
by Tad Hills in Brain Boosting Books
Rubia and the Three Osos by Susan Middleton Elya in Discover Magic
by Mary Jane Auch
in Springboards
Splat the Cat by Rob Cotton in Brain Boosting Books
A Splendid Friend Indeed
by Suzanne Bloom
in Springboards
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon in Serendipity
Substitute Groundhog
by Pat Miller in Reading Seeds
Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester Laminack in Bringing Books to Life
Three Ninja Pigs by Cory Rosen Schwartz in Brain Boosting Books
Too Many Frogs
FREE by Sandy Asher
in Springboards

Turtle’s Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev in Discover Magic
Two Bobbies, A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival by Larson and Nethery in Discover Magic
Ugly Pie
by Lisa Wheeler in Bringing Books to Life
Wiener Wolf by Jeff Crosby in Bringing Books to Life
What's the Time, Grandma Wolf
? by Ken Brown in Tickles, Tricks, and Treasure
Winter's Tail, How One Little Dolphin Learned to Swim Again by Juliana Hatkoff in Discover Magic
The Wolf Who Cried Boy
by Bob Hartman in Book Bridges
Won-Ton: a Cat Tale Told In Haiku by Lee Wardlaw in Brain Boosting Books
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham in Brain Boosting Books


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