Author Websites With Discussion/Activity Guides

Many authors’ websites contain discussion or activity guides for use in the classroom, media center and book clubs.  Listed below are just some of them. Check back again as this list will continue to grow.

Laurie Halse Anderson: Includes discussion questions for her historical novels “Chains” and “Fever 1793” as well as excellent historical links.

New! Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi: “Spiderwick Chronicles” activities and handouts for teachers and librarians.

New! Judy Blume: Her website includes fun activities, trivia, report writing resources, information on what inspired each book, and resources on censorship.

Tami Lewis Brown: Teachers guides, videos and webquests for “The Map of Me” and activities, videos, music links, women’s history  for “Soar Eleanor”.  Go Here.

Sharon Creech: Features “Teach Creech”, a link to downloadlable guides to all her books, including “Walk Two Moons” and “Love That Dog”.

Cinda Williams Chima: Discussion guides for The Heir Trilogy (Warrior Heir, Wizard Heir, Dragon Heir). Good for the classroom or book club.

Christopher Paul Curtis: The site offers activity guides and interdisciplinary connections for “The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963” and “Bud, Not Buddy”.

New! Jack Gantos: Find teacher and librarian guides as well as articles and interviews.

New! Jean Craighead George: Her website has a concise and useful activity to help kids brainstorm and write their own stories.

Patricia Reilly Giff: Find teacher guides and thematic connections to “Lily’s Crossing”,  “Nory Ryan’s Song”, and more.

Danette Haworth: Her site includes a readers’ guide to her popular “Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning”.

Deborah Heiligman: Find a teaching guide as well as great links for her non-fiction award-winner  on the Darwins, “Charles and Emma”.

New! Will Hobbs:  Lots of teaching resources in support of Will’s long list of middle-grade and YA adventures of interest to both boys and girls!

New! Deborah Hopkinson: Offers activities for students and teachers that support her rich array of non-fiction books, including Titanic: Voices from Disaster, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.

Grace Lin: This site features ideas for crafts and activities to complement her many books, including the Newbery Honor winning “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon”.

Kimberly Griffiths Little: Her site includes a downloadable guide to her new book, “The Healing Spell”.

Wendy Mass: Educators guides for several of her books, including “Every Soul a Star”. Also has a link to request even more for “Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life”.

Lauren Myracle: The author of the middle grade series The Winnie Years  (11, 12,13 and 13+1) has a discussion guide.

Erin Moulton: Includes a Teachers Guide and Readers Theatre Scripts for “Flutter”.

Brandon Mull: Educators and Parents page that includes a downloadable teachers guide and video taped discussion starters for his series “Fablehaven”.

Jen Nielsen: Guides and resources for “Eliot and the Goblin War”.

Barbara O’Connor: Find teachers’ guides, as well as reader and discussion guides, for books including “How to Steal a Dog”  and “Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia”.

New! Gary Paulsen: Information for teachers and students, including Gary’s Book Report Corner and resources for the Tucket adventures and the Brian Novels.

Rosanne Perry: Teacher and discussion guides and follow up reading lists for “The Turn of the Tide”, “Written in Stone”, “Second Fiddle”, and “Heart of a Shepard”.

New! Rodman Philbrick: Teaching guides to the “Freak the Mighty” books and “Rem World”.

Rick Riordan: This is a treasure trove with downloadable guides and many links to resources on Greek mythology.

Kurtis Scaletta: Some extra fun for “Mudville”.

New! Gary D. Schmidt: Resource page offers links to an educator’s guide for Okay for Now and a webcast from New York Public Library in which Gary talks about how he incorporated the extraordinary story of John James Audubon’s plates from his famous book, Birds of America.

Wendy Shang: More about Lucy Wu from “The Great Wall of Lucy Wu”.

New! Jerry Spinelli: Games and activities for classroom or for home.

Tricia Springtubb: Discussion questions, project guides and hands on activities for “What Happened On Fox Street” and “Mo Wren Lost and Found

Jacqueline Woodson: Find interviews and notes on “Locomotion” and “Feathers”, as well as downloadable teaching guides to her books for older readers.

New! Jane Yolen: Her website includes teaching materials for her books and a “myth-writing workshop”.

9 responses to “Author Websites With Discussion/Activity Guides

  1. My name is Josh and I am 10. I liked The Crystal Navigator because the kids in it are smart and it had cool things in it like scientific gadgets. It’s a smart story about time travel and art. I would like the author to come talk to m y school. Wilbur the . Magic dog is the best. Lots of kid’s books are dumb but this one isn’t. You will learn a lot if you read it.

  2. Jennifer Spears

    Nancy Kunhardt Lodge’s website is For school visits, there is a contact form. My children are 15 and 17, girl and boy, and I can tell you they loved this book. A good book is for all ages. There are some priceless comments by children on Her Facebook page and on the Kid Literature Author Site which gave The Crystal Navigator a fantastic review.

  3. Matthew Grimshaw, MD

    Please put Nancy Kunhardt Lodge, author of the new middle grade book, The Crystal Navigator, on this list. I gave it to my daughter and she devoured it. She made me write to Professor Lodge to ask her when he next book will be out. The author uses a great fantasy adventure with fascinating information about artists, to address adolescent issues of the fear of making a mistake, being wrong, not fitting in and one little girl’s triumph over them. We could all use a Wise One like Wilbur, who guides Lucy as she navigates the difficult quest to find her self confidence. I have recommended the book to my dayghter’s school librarian. I was delighted to find it is already in our pub,ic library.

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  5. This is a wonderful list, and a good study guide for authors as we put together resources for teachers and our readers. I would love to have my website added to this list–it includes discussion questions for each chapter of “A Girl Called Problem,” educational videos, author photos from Tanzania, and suggestions for further reading and action.

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  7. Claudette Brown

    Thank you! This school year’s not quite over, and I’m already planning my library classes for next year. Awesome!

  8. What a great list! I’ll be following your mixed-up adventures here.

  9. Very helpful information, I will add some of these to my “Kid Links” on my website.