- Ballad of Mulan by Song Nan Zhang.
- Case of the Detective in Disguise by James Preller.
- Fa Mulan: The Story of a Woman Warrior by Robert D. San Souci.
- Meet Addy: An American Girl by Connie Porter.
- The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1) by Lemony Snicket
- China's Bravest Girl: Legend of Hua Mu Lan by Charlie Chin.
- Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion.
- Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson by Ann McGovern.
- Toliver's Secret by Esther Brady.
Tell "Burglar's Hideout" from Stories To Play With by Hiroko Fujita.
The Hidden One: A Native American Legend told by Aaron Shepard at www.aaronshep.com/rt/RTE12.html.
"The Magic Fan" in Multicultural Folktales: Readers Theater for Elementary Students by Suzanne I. Barchers.
(Adapted from Kids Around the World Create! by Arlette N. Braman.)
- Mask pattern
- Poster board
- Masking tape
- Plastic straw
- Decorations (sequins, glitter, paper confetti, beads, feathers)
Precut the mask and nose patterns on 9" x 7" piece of poster board. Each child will use the patterns to trace a mask and nose onto poster board. They then cut them out, reshaping the eyehole if needed. To make a nose, they cut a triangle using the pattern, fold it in half, unfold it, and make another fold along the bottom edge for a flap. They then cut the center of the flap on the fold and tape the flaps to inside of the mask. Finally, they tape a straw to the back right or left side of mask and decorate their masks with marker, sequins, glitter, and feathers to decorate the mask.
Super Hero Alias Word Search
Distribute photocopies of the "Super Hero Alias Word Search".
Hire or invite a local face painter. Or, supply face paint, brushes, and sponges for the children to paint their own or each other's faces.
Invite a drama club or theater group to perform a scene from a play and discuss make-up, costumes, and acting.
Aaron Shepard's Reader's Theater Page
A Series of Unfortunate Events
- Harry the Dirty Dog. (19 minutes)
- Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. (11 minutes)
- Kids Around the World Create! by Arlette N. Braman.
- Multicultural Folktales: Readers Theater for Elementary Students by Suzanne I. Barchers.
- Starting Face Painting by Fiona Watt.
- Stories To Play With by Hiroko Fujita.