25 Days of Magic Printable Calendar

Bring a little sparkle to your holiday by flipping one card daily starting December 1st to reveal a new festive read aloud and an engaging activity that goes along with the book. Keep an eye out for giveaways you can enter all month long on our social media channels!

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Free Learning Resources

Elevate your classroom experiences with these free resources, including educator-developed lesson plans to bridge content areas and add to the Novel Effect experience for your students


Promote whole classroom participation for read alouds. Link literacy learning to arts appreciation and listening/comprehension activities. 


For early math students: Focus on categorizing, numeracy, and math language learning during listening/comprehension activities. 


Dive into the musical and artistic elements of Novel Effect soundscapes. Participate in soundscape scavenger hunts and develop an understanding about the intersection of art and literacy.


Explore character motivation and development through audio representations in the story. Build SEL comprehension with discussion prompts and questions.


Use technology to focus on elements of stories where the themes are creation and science learning. Link STEAM elements to literacy learning through the use of tech and classroom read alouds. 


Integrate sequencing, cooking, and daily routine activities as an extension to literacy learning. Create a connection to the home and community.

Lesson Plans

China’s Child:
Interactive Maze

Guide Mei Ling, Teddies & Co. through the rooms of the toy factory maze.


A Marvelous Mexican Misunderstanding: Word Jumble

Decode the words on the prayer flags that highlight instruments you hear while reading the book aloud.


Giraffes Can’t Dance: Music Exploration

Challenge students to recall events in the story and build on their knowledge of musical categories and genres.


Giraffes Can’t Dance: Celebrating Differences

Discuss our differences and celebrate our potential.


The Kissing Hand: Habitat Activity

Explore setting and animal behavior through the use of auditory and visual information.


The Kissing Hand: Personal Connections

Create personal connections to story themes and characters.


The Wonkey Donkey: Sequencing Sounds

Grab your listening ears and join in on our Soundscape Scavenger Hunt to sequence sounds and key events in the story.


The Wonkey Donkey: Discussion Prompts

Discuss the Wonkey Donkey’s unique characteristics.


Llama Llama Red Pajama: Emotion Exploration

Explore this story through the soundscape and Llama’s big emotions.


Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin: Orchestra Exploration

Introduce students to the arts and numeracy in this journey into an orchestra. Hear the music come to life via our instructional soundscape and teach students instrument families and sounds.


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Music Making

Encourage students to use instruments and create their own Novel Effect “soundscape” to this timeless alphabet favorite.


Bear Snores On: Recipe

Join Bear and friends for a collaborative recipe activity


The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story

Students will understand the emotional life of the story’s character.


The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story Scavenger Hunt

Students will attend to the story and listen for specific sounds.


Owl Moon: Imagery and Sounds

Students will explore imagery and sounds in this classic winter favorite.


The Cat in the Hat: Sound and Music Craft

After reading the story, students will write out sound and music vocabulary words to create a Cat in the Hat craft.


Green Eggs and Ham: Discussion

Students will listen for musical and sound elements of the story and discuss character and setting.


Yertle the Turtle: Discussion

Students will discuss story themes and characters.


How to Catch a Leprechaun Activity

Students will listen for Leprechaun mischief during the story and build a trap to catch him.


The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Students will discuss character motivation and expand vocabulary.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Reflect on the life and work of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a pioneer whose work has improved the lives of many in our country.


The Cows Go Moo: Where in the World Are the Cows?

Students will explore the Cows World Tour locations in this activity, a collaboration with the book’s author, Jim Petipas.


The Cows Go Moo: Instrument Exploration

Students will listen for and identify instruments from the soundscape and book in this activity, a collaboration with the book’s author, Jim Petipas.


Food is Love: Story Exploration

Students will reflect on story themes in this colorful scrapbook activity with questions and puzzles.


The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

Students will use sensory concepts to categorize text from the story.


Ghosts in the White House

Incorporate research and context when you learn about the presidents who occupied the spooktacular White House.


Ruby Bridges and the Desegregation of American Schools

Research and reflect on the sights and sounds of the Civil Rights movement while learning about the zeitgeist of this American hero.


Courageous First Ladies Who Changed the World

Perfect for election season, learn about the life and work of the First Ladies who helped shape our nation’s history.


Frog Log (Works with all Read & Rhyme titles)

Use this activity to support your reading practice as you explore rhyming sounds and word families.


Florence and Her Fantastic Family Tree

Reflect on what makes a family tree and even make one of your own when you pair this activity with the read aloud.


My Two Homes

Help children recognize and appreciate different family structures and navigate family conflict with this activity.


Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen

Help children identify feelings and practice coping mechanisms for dealing with difficult times.


Additional Resources

Easily ID the Novel Effect-compatible books in your library with these printable stickers and bookplate