6-1 Literary Texts—I Won’t Grow Up

  • "Eleven" (Sandra Cisneros) (E)
  • Peter Pan(J.M. Barrie) (L941)
  • Peter and the Starcatchers (Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, and Greg Call) (L710)
  • Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, and Greg Call) (L780)
  • When I Was Your Age, Volume Two: Original Stories about Growing up (Amy Ehrlich, ed.) (L930)
  • The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups (David Wisniewski) (L810)
  • James and the Giant Peach (Roald Dahl) (L870)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl) (L810)

  • Peter Pan (BBC Radio Presents) (Random House Audio) (L941)
  • Peter and the Starcatchers (Audiobook CD) (Brilliance Audio)(L710)
  • James and the Giant Peach (Audiobook CD) (Puffin Books)(L870)


Informational Texts

  • J.M. Barrie: The Magic Behind Peter Pan (Susan Bivin Aller) (L1020)

  • Boy: Tales of Childhood (Roald Dahl) (EA) (L1090)


Additional Resources

Art, Music, and Media

Note: This song is from Peter Pan the musical, and the version in which Cathy Rigby sings the part of Peter is recommended.

  • Peter Pan (Cathy Rigby version) (2000)
  • James and the Giant Peach (1996)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

6-2 Literary Texts—Folklore: A Blast From the Past

Greece/Ancient World
  • Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the ‘Iliad’ (Rosemary Sutcliff) (E) (L1300)
  • Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths (Bernard Evslin) (L800)
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book 1 (Rick Riordan) (L740)
  • Women Warriors: Myths and Legends of Heroic Women (Marianna Mayer and Heller Julek) (L1000)
  • Roman Myths (Geraldine McCaughrean and Emma Chichester Clark)
  • D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths (Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire)
  • Tikta’Liktak: An Inuit-Eskimo Legend (James A. Houston) (L1120)
Latin America
  • Golden Tales: Myths, Legends, and Folktales from Latin America (Lulu Delacre) (Note: This title also includes informational text.) (L940)
  • Favorite Folktales from Around the World (Jane Yolen) (L980)
  • /The Firebird and Other Russian Fairy Tales (Arthur Ransome)
  • Just So Stories (Rudyard Kipling) (EA) (L1060)
  • Cut from the Same Cloth: American Women of Myth, Legend, and Tall Tale (Robert D. San Souci, Brian Pinkney, and Jane Yolen) (L1050)
  • American Tall Tales (Mary Pope Osborne and Michael McCurdy) (EA) (L970)


  • Just So Stories (Rudyard Kipling) (Harper Collins)
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book 1 (Rick Riordan and Jesse Bernstein) (Listening Library)

Informational Texts

Informational Text
Ancient World
  • The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History (Jane Bingham)
  • The Hero Schliemann: The Dreamer Who Dug For Troy (Laura Amy Schlitz and Robert Byrd) (L910)
  • Greeks Internet Linked (Illustrated World History) (Susan Peach, Anne Millard, and Ian Jackson) (L930)
  • You Wouldn’t Want to be a Slave in Ancient Greece!: A Life You’d Rather Not Have (You Wouldn’t Want To…Series)(Fiona MacDonald, David Salariya, and David Antram) (L830)
  • Romans: Internet Linked (Illustrated World History) (Anthony Marks) (L920)
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Live in Pompeii! A Volcanic Eruption You’d Rather Avoid (You Wouldn’t Want To…Series) (John Malam, David Salariya, and David Antram) (L810)
  • You Wouldn’t Want to be a Roman Soldier!: Barbarians You’d Rather Not Meet (You Wouldn’t Want To…Series) (David Stewart and David Antram) (L950)
  • First Facts about the Vikings (Jacqueline Morley) (L830)
  • Vicious Vikings (Horrible Histories TV Tie-in) (Terry Deary and Martin Brown) (L870)
  • You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Viking Explorer!: Voyages You’d Rather Not Make (You Wouldn’t Want To…Series) (Andrew Langley, David Salariya, and David Antram) (L870)
  • The Inuit (Watts Library) (Suzanne M. Williams) (L800)
  • Building an Igloo (Ulli Steltzer) (L720)
Latin America
  • Golden Tales: Myths, Legends, and Folktales from Latin America (Lulu Delacre) (Note: This title also includes folktales.) (L940)
  • Aztec, Inca, and Maya (DK Eyewitness Books) (Elizabeth Baquedano and Barry Clarke) (L1050)
  • Beneath the Stone: A Mexican Zapotec Tale (Bernard Wolf) (L770)
  • The History Atlas of South America (MacMillan Continental History Atlases) (Edwin Early, ed.
  • First Americans: Story of Where They Came From and Who They Became (Anthony F. Aveni and S.D. Nelson) (L1080)

6-3 Literary Texts—Embracing Heritage

  • One More River to Cross: The Stories of Twelve Black Americans (Scholastic Biography) (Jim Haskins) (EA) (L1070)
  • As Long as the Rivers Flow: The Stories of Nine Native Americans (Scholastic Biography) (Paula Gunn Allen and Patricia Clark Smith) (L1060)
  • Esperanza Rising (Pam Munoz Ryan) (L750)
  • Project Mulberry (Linda Sue Park) (L690)
  • Weedflower (Cynthia Kadohata) (L750)
  • Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy (Andrea Warren) (L930)
  • “On Discovering America” (Pearl S. Buck) (Survey Graphic Magazine)
  • One Eye Laughing, the Other Eye Weeping: The Diary of Julie Weiss, Vienna, Austria to New York, 1938 (Dear America Series) (Barry Denenberg) (L950)
  • Something About America (Maria Testa) (NP)
  • Journey of the Sparrows( Fran Leeper Buss) (L760)
  • Behind the Mountain (First Person Fiction) (Edwidge Danticat) (L940)
  • An Indian in Cowboy Country: Stories from an Immigrant’s Life (Pradeep Anand)


Informational Texts

Informational Text
Easy Books for Building Background Knowledge
  • Coming To America: The Story of Immigration (Betsy Maestro and Suzannah Ryan) (L890)
  • If Your Name Was Changed at Ellis Island (If You[r]…Series) (Ellen Levine and Wayne Parmenter) (L880)
  • A History of US: Reconstructing America 1865-1890 (Book 7) (Joy Hakim) (EA) (L890)
  • How People Immigrate (Scholastic, A True Book) (Sarah De Capua) (L940)
  • Immigrant Kids (Russell Freedman)(EA) (L1050)
  • New Kids in Town: Oral Histories of Immigrant Teens (Scholastic Biography) (Janet Bode) (L630)
  • First Crossing: Stories about Teen Immigrants (Donald R. Gallo) (L820)
  • Through the Eyes of Your Ancestors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Uncovering Your Family’s History (Maureen Alice Taylor) (L1000)
  • Do People Grow on Family Trees?: Genealogy for Kids and Other Beginners, The official Ellis Island Handbook (Ira Wolfman and Michael Klein) (L900)

Informational Text (Read Aloud)
  • Colors of Freedom: Immigrant Stories (Janet Bode) (L700)

6-4 Literary Texts—Courageous Characters

  • The Power of Light: Eight Stories for Hanukkah (Isaac Bashevis Singer and Irene Lieblich) (EA)
  • Fire from the Rock (Sharon M. Draper) (L830)
  • War Comes to Willy Freeman (James and Christopher Collier) [easier to read but excellent] (L800)
  • Baseball Saved Us (Ken Mochizuki and Dom Lee) [easier to read but excellent] (L500)
Slavery/Overcoming It
  • "The People Could Fly" (Virginia Hamilton and Leo and Diane Dillon) (E) (L660)
  • Free at Last!: Stories and Songs of Emancipation (Doreen Rappaport and Shane W. Evans) (L910)
  • The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks (Katherine Paterson and Leo and Diane Dillon) (E) (L930)
  • Sign of the Chrysanthemum (Katherine Paterson and Peter Landa) (EA) (L870)
  • Kira-Kira (Cynthia Kadohata) (L740)
  • Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution (Ji-Li Jiang) (L780)
  • Under the Blood-Red Sun (Graham Salisbury) (L640)
  • SOS Titanic (Eve Bunting) (L690)
  • Timothy of the Cay (Theodore Taylor) (L860)
  • Shipwreck Season (Donna Hill) (L670)
Child Labor
  • Uprising: Three Young Women Caught in the Fire That Changed America (Margaret Peterson Haddix) (L790)
  • Lyddie (Katherine Paterson) (EA) (L860)
  • Counting on Grace (Elizabeth Winthrop) (L760)
  • The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (Francisco Jiménez) (L880)
  • Iqbal (Francesco D’Adamo) (L730)

  • “If” (Rudyard Kipling) (EA)
  • Lives: Poems about Famous Americans (Lee Bennet Hopkins and Leslie Staub)
  • Casabianca” (Felicia Dorothea Hemans)

Informational Texts

Informational Text
  • Kids with Courage: True Stories About Young People Making a Difference (Barbara A. Lewis) (L820)
Slavery/Overcoming It
  • Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad (Ann Petry) (E) (L1000)
  • //Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself// (Frederick Douglass) (E) (L1080)
  • Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts (Patricia C. and Frederick L. McKissack) (L1130)
  • Leon’s Story (Leon Walter Tillage and Susan L. Roth) (L970)
  • Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom (Companion to The People Could Fly) (Virginia Hamilton and Leo and Diane Dillon) (L990)
  • Samurai: Warlords of Japan (High Interest Books) (Arlan Dean) (L900)
  • Life in Ancient Japan (Peoples of the Ancient World) (Hazel Richardson) (L1010)
  • Text about the Cultural Revolution (forthcoming)
  • A Night to Remember: A Classic Account of the Final Hours of the Titanic (Walter Lord) (E) (L950)
  • You Wouldn't Want to Sail on the Titanic!: One Voyage You'd Rather Not Make (You Wouldn’t Want To…Series) (David Evelyn Stewart, David Salariya, and David Antram) (L940)
  • Exploring the Titanic: How the Greatest Ship Ever Lost—Was Found (Robert D. Ballard) (L980)
  • Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance (Jennifer Armstrong) (L1090)
Child Labor
  • Kids On Strike! (Susan Campbell Bartoletti) (L920)
  • Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade Against Child Labor (Russell Freedman and Lewis Hine) (EA) (L1140)

Informational Text (Read Aloud)
  • Up Before Daybreak: Cotton and People in America (Deborah Hopkinson) (L1060)

Art, Music, and Media


6-5 Literary Texts—Figure It Out

  • The Westing Game (Ellen Raskin) (L750)
  • G is for Googol: A Math Alphabet Book (David M. Schwartz and Marissa Moss) (L760)

  • The Mysterious Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle) (L1090)
  • Three Act Tragedy (Agatha Christie) (L680)
  • 39 Clues series (Rick Riordan) (L690)
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society (Trenton Lee Stewart and Carson Ellis) (L890)
  • The Name of this Book is Secret (Secret Series) (Pseudonymous Bosch) (L810)
  • Chasing Vermeer (Blue Balliet and Brett Helquist) (L770)

  • "Jabberwocky" (Lewis Carroll) (E)
  • Math Talk: Mathematical Ideas in Poems for Two Voices (Theoni Pappas)
  • Poetry for Young People: Edward Lear (Edward Lear, Edward Mendelson, ed., and Laura Huliska-Beith)
  • Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe (Edgar Allen Poe, Brod Bagert, ed., and Carolynn Cobleigh)

  • The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle) (Anthony Boucher)
  • The Essential Agatha Christie Stories: Agatha Christies Best Short Sleuths Crack Twenty-Two Famous Cases (Agatha Christie) (BBC Audiobooks America)
  • 39 Clues Book 1: The Maze of Bones (Rick Riordan) (Scholastic Audio Books)

Informational Texts

Informational Text
  • The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure (Hans Magnus Enzensberger and Rotraut Susanne Berner, and Michael Henry Heim, trans.) (E) (L580)
  • Go Figure!: A Totally Cool Book About Numbers (Johnny Ball) (L970)
  • The $1.00 Word Riddle Book (Marilyn Burns and Martha Weston) (L800)

Picture Books
Problem Solving in Math
  • Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem Solving (Greg Tang and Greg Paprocki) (NP)
  • Grapes of Math: Mind-Stretching Math Riddles (Greg Tang and Harry Briggs) (NP)

Art, Music, and Media


6-6 Literary Texts—Winging It

  • Dragonwings (Lawrence yep) (E) (L870)
  • First to Fly: How Wilbur and Orville Wright Invented the Airplane (Peter Busby) (L990)
  • Flight (Robert Burleigh) (L570)

  • I Am the Phoenix: Poems for Two Voices (Paul Fleischman)

Picture Book (Used as an introduction to this unit)
  • A is for Airplane: An Aviation Alphabet (Mary Ann McCabe Riehle)
  • The Airplane Alphabet Book (Jerry Pallotta) (L660)

Informational Texts

  • Sterling Biographies: The Wright Brothers: First in Flight (Tara Dixon-Engel)
  • Wilbur & Orville Wright: Taking Flight (Stephanie Sammartino McPherson) (L950)
  • The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane (Russell Freedman) (L1160)
  • Charles A. Lindbergh: A Human Hero (James Giblin) (L1140)
  • William Boeing: Builder of Planes (Sharlene Nelson) (L850)
  • Amelia Earhart (DK Biography) (Tanya Stone) (L1000)
  • Up In the Air: The Story of Bessie Coleman (Philip S. Hart) (L950)

General Nonfiction
  • Flying Free: America's First Black Aviators (Phillip S. Hart) (L1130)
  • Fantastic Flights: One Hundred Years of Flying on the Edge (Patrick O'Brien) (L990)
  • Black Eagles: African Americans in Aviation (James Haskins) (L1160)
  • Strange And Wonderful Aircraft (Harvey Weiss) (L980)

  • The Simple Science of Flight: From Insects to Jumbo Jets (Henk Tennekes)
  • Flight: Discover Science Through Facts and Fun (Gerry Bailey) (L750)