Downloadable Literature Guides

You can purchase 7 Kids Wings award-winning picture book guides for Jon Klassen's This Is Not My Hat, 2013 Caldecott Medalist, PLUS the 5 Caldecott Honor Books including One Cool Friend, Extra Yarn, Green, Creepy Carrots, and Sleep Like a Tiger. Also included is I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. Immediate downloads! Only $19.95! Sharable within your school! Click Here to Download from Kids Wings at Teachers Pay Teachers.


You can purchase 4 Kids Wings award-winning literature guides with MATH and BUSINESS connections including Lemonade in Winter, Extra Yarn, On the Go with Mr. and Mrs Green (easy chapter book), and Three Hens and a Peacock. Immediate download! Only $12.95! Sharable within your school! Click Here to Purchase and Download

Extra Yarn
by Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Caldecott Honor Book 2013

Cold, snowy winter,
Frosty little town,
White icy coldness
All the town around.
Look! She still has extra yarn
And now she sees her friend.
A sweater for Nate and one for his dog,
Will the extra yarn ever end?
Annabelle and Mars,
Digging in the snow,
Find a box of yarn
With magic that will grow.
She makes sweaters for students,
For her teacher too.
She knits sweaters for others.
But she's still not through.
She knits herself a sweater
And when she is all done,
There is still some extra yarn
So she makes her doggie one.

Is there a bottom in this magic box?
Can an evil one steal it away?
Read Extra Yarn in our library,
And maybe some magic
Will come your way!

Research Links for
Extra Yarn
by Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett's Homepage

Illustrator Jon Klassen
Jon Klassen tells about how he made the sweater-look!

Book Trailer

Interview with Jon Klassen

Video of the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award ceremony

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 129:
A Conversation with ‘Extra Yarn’ Author Mac Barnett and Illustrator Jon Klassen


A special thank you to the superbly talented Jalal Ali of Syria for allowing us to use his original composition, "Winter Song" as our background music.


An 13-page literature guide, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your electronic board for Extra Yarn is part of the 2013 Literature Collection, Brain Boosting Books!

The Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
Readers Theater Poetry
2-page Play Script
Measuring with Yarn
Do I Understand? Multiple Choice, Drawing, and Short Answer Comprehension
Describing and Doing
Things Made of Yarn
Warming Up Winter, A Crossword Puzzle
Yarn Alphabet Activities
Answer Page


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