Mary Pope Osborne Author Study
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
Have some fun studying Mary Pope Osborne, the author of the Magic Tree House books.
Start your author study by reading a short biography of Mary Pope Osborne and reading her books . Then use the activities and lessons below to take students on a magical time-travel adventure with literature. For more information about Osborne and her books, visit Mary Pope Osborne's Web site.
For more lesson ideas, see Teaching with Favorite Magic Tree House Books available from Scholastic Professional Books.
Series books are a staple in most students'reading repertoires. They motivate young readers and help them build positive experiences with books. While this motivation is critical in the development of young readers, it is also important for students to experience literature from a wide variety of authors and genres.
Mary Pope Osborne was interviewed by Scholastic students, parents, and teachers. She answered questions about her fairy tale retellings, and the process of writing.
Jack and Annie find themselves in San Francisco on the morning of the great earthquake, helping get some kids to safety. The many factual details about 1906 disasters make this a great addition to your social studies curriculum.
Students will be introduced to a fascinating slice of American history - the Westward Expansion movement. They will also learn new vocabulary words and terms as well as basic natural disaster safety procedures.
In just a few short months, Adeline Carson has had to deal with her mother's death and her father's departure. When she's told her father won't be back for her as he'd promised, she decides to run away and find him.
In Adaline Falling Star, Mary Pope Osborne imagines the story of Kit Carson's daughter, Adaline Falling Star.
Read a brief excerpt of Mary Pope Osborne's lively retelling of the classic fairy tale.
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the fairy tale genre by reading fractured fairy tale versions of familiar tales like Kate and the Beanstalk by Mary Pope Osborne and The Frog Principal by Stephanie Calmenson.