Book Studies

Reading, and all the deeper exploration that comes with it, is one of the best parts of homeschooling. No Desk Required is curating a list of lessons and activities to go along with a wide variety of books, for preschoolers through middle school. Have a request? Send me a message!

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Title: The Shakespeare Stealer

Summary: Widge is an orphan with a gift for shorthand. When his master tasks him with copying down a Shakespeare play, Widge learns the idea of right vs. wrong as he has to decide between old loyalties and new.

The Shakespeare Stealer book study
The Shakespeare Stealer

Title: How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

Summary: Travel around the world with our protaganist as she locates and gathers the best ingredients for apple pie - from their countries of origin!

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World unit study
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

Title: Blueberries for Sal

Summary: Little ones will love the refrain of "Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk!" as you read them this classic Robert McCloskey tale. Little Sal and her mother get all mixed up with Little Bear and his mother while berry picking. Will they get straightened out before it's time to go home?

Blueberries for Sal activities
Blueberries for Sal

Title: Katy No-Pocket

Summary: Katy the Kangaroo is sad because she has no pocket to carry Freddy, her joey. She asks other animals how they carry their babies, but nothing seems to work. Finally she goes to the owl to ask for advice and he sends her to the city for help. Will Katy be able to find a way to hold her son?

katy no pocket book study
Katy No-Pocket