Chris Van Allsburg, Author & Illustrator: Guides to His Books

Originally a sculptor, Chris Van Allsburg published his first children's book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, in 1979. His talent as an author and illustrator was quickly recognized with the Horn Book Award and the Caldecott Honor. He has gone on to write and illustrate many children's books including two Caldecott Medal Books, The Polar Express and Jumanji.

Use these literature guides to study his work in your classroom. The resources below will help you plan a unit on his children's books. Guides includes activities and lesson planning ideas to develop students' reading strategies and writing skills, plus questions to direct classroom discussion. You'll also find worksheets and activities about storytelling, creating picture books, and author studies.

Teacher's Guides for Chris Van Allsburg's Books

Lesson Plans & Activities

The Polar Express Printables

Illustrating Stories

Author Study

Children's Book Awards

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