The Christopher Columbus Book is a half-sheet sized book that creates a pathway to literacy through the use of high-frequency sight words in the experience of a historical character. Association with the Christopher Columbus story creates a bridge to familiarity, cementing the concepts into memory. The dots provide scaffolding through 1-to-1 correspondence and keep the children on task, maximizing participation. The books can be colored, making the book a personal project. When shared with family, these books can help build positive school/family connections. A full-sheet, full-color Teacher's Edition is included.