31 Days of Literature Unit Study Ideas

For the month of October, I’m going to be doing a special series here on the blog. It’s no secret that I love reading and all things literature. For this month, I’m choosing thirty-one of my favorite children’s books. I’ll be sharing about the book, topics to discuss, activities to do in conjunction with the book, and links to other pages of fun things that might go well with a unit study of the book.

It’s fairly easy to expand one great book into a short unit study by just taking ideas from the book and running with them. In this month’s series, I want to show you how as well as provide thirty-one to get you started. I’ll be using books for little ones, for younger elementary, for older elementary, and a few for older kids.

On this page, I’m sharing all thirty-one literature unit studies. You can find these 31 studies as well as 15 more, along with a unit study planner, blank notebooking pages, and graphic organizers for reading in my free ebook- The Ultimate Book of Unit Studies for Literature Lovers here.

A list of 31 literature unit ideas with living books
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1Little Bear by Elsa Holmelund Minarik

2-The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh

3-The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli

4-The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

5-Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski

6-Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

7-Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt

8-Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel

9-Indian Captive by Lois Lenski

10-Little House In the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

11-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

12-The Moffats by Eleanor Estes

13-Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin

14-A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett

15-The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

16-It Could Always Be Worse by Margot Zemach

17-Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

18-The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis

19-Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

20-The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

21-A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

22-How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World Marjorie Priceman

23Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

24-Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

25-The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer

26-Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

27-Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola

28-Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater

29-King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian by Marguerite Henry

30-Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter

31-The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

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