Ready Readers: Children's Literature, Vol. 1

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Many parents and teachers asked us for a set of example lessons to help them apply the Teaching the Classics model in their classes.

Ready Readers: Children's Literature fills this need with complete discussion notes for 10 classic picture books.  Each lesson includes a full set of Socratic discussion questions with comprehensive answers keyed to the text.  Questions cover Conflict, Plot, Setting, Characters, Theme, Literary Devices, and Context. In addition, a completed Story Chart graphically outlines the major structural and thematic elements of each story.

This exciting resource is appropriate for use with students of all ages, depending on their needs:


Ready Readers helps develop good reading comprehension in the very youngest students.  It encourages them to ponder well-designed questions about structure, style, context, and theme in every story they read.


Though the books discussed here were written for children, they provide excellent examples of the structural elements common to all stories.  They are therefore useful even in discussions with older students, who read at a higher level, but may be new to the techniques of literary analysis.

*Ready Readers can be delivered instantly as a 90-page downloadable PDF file. If you select this option, we will send you a download link upon completion of your order. Call our office at (509) 738-6837 if you have any questions.




  • Brave Irene by William Steig

  • Sam, Bangs and Moonshine by Evaline Ness

  • All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan

  • Apples to Oregon by Deborah Hopkinson

  • Fishing in the Air by Sharon Creech

  • Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox

  • Letting Swift River Go by Jane Yolen

  • The Clown of God by Tomie DiPaola

  • The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

  • Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox


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