Cal is not the readin' type. Living way high up in the Appalachian Mountains, he'd rather help Pap plow or go out after wandering sheep than try some book learning. Nope. Cal does not want to sit stoney-still reading some chicken scratch. But that Book Woman keeps coming just the same. She comes in the rain. She comes in the snow. She comes right up the side of the mountain, and Cal knows that's not easy riding. And all just to lend his sister some books. Why, that woman must be plain foolish -- or is she braver than he ever thought?
That Book Woman is a rare and moving tale that honors a special part of American history -- the Pack Horse Librarians, who helped untold numbers of children see the stories amid the chicken scratch, and thus made them into lifetime readers.
I have created 22 book extension activities for this title.
Cover Story Pre-Reading Activity
Making Connections Before Reading
Let’s Take a Picture Walk (2 Activities)
I Wonder… Formulating Questions
Comprehension Questions and Answer Key
Compare and Contrast: Lark and Cal
Main Character Portrait
All About Cal
Making Connections: Text to Self
Making Connections: Text to Text
Making Connections: Text to World
What Do You Think? Writing Activity
Cover Art (Design a New Cover)
3-2-1 Summarizing Activity
Book Review (2 Options)