October Author of the Month: James Marshall

Happy October!  Time to share October’s Author of the Month.  In my opinion, James Marshall (aka Harry Allard) is the perfect author for October.  His book are hilarious as well as a bit spooky and mysterious at times too.  Here is a list of some of his books and related activities.  Happy reading!

James Marshall Books

James Marshall Books

  • Miss Nelson is Missing, Miss Nelson is Back, Miss Nelson Has a Field Day: These popular stories about a sweet teacher with a class full of unruly students and her creepy substitute who whips them into shape are made for October.  Kids might need a reminder of how to behave once the “honeymoon period” of back to school time is over.  These books provide a great opportunity to review those classroom rules.  I always like to have kids write their own stories about their own teacher being missing.  Put their stories together for a cute class book.
  • Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs, Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears:  James Marshall’s versions of familiar fairy tales are so funny and silly, and kids LOVE them.  They lend themselves nicely to comparing and contrasting different versions of fairy tales.  It’s also fun to have kids write their own versions of fairy tales after reading these books.
  • Space Case:  This book is just right for wrapping up October’s author study.  It takes place on Halloween and November 1st.  It is about an alien who comes to Earth on Halloween just in time for costumes and trick or treating.  He is then disappointed when things are back to normal on November 1st.  This book is great for helping kids explore the idea of point of view.

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