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Magic Tree House Resources for Parents and Teachers

Articles, Book Lists, Interviews, Crafts

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Kids 6 to 10 love the Magic Tree House (MTH) series by Mary Pope Osborne. Below are 7 resources to help you learn more about, and make use of, the MTH books. Number 1 and 2 are articles and book lists that cover all of the books in the series. Number 3 is an article about the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers and a book list of these nonfiction research guides. Number 4 is an interview about the books with series author Mary Pope Osborne. Both Number 5, a second author interview, and number 6, an article about a special edition, focus on the 2012-2013 20th anniversary celebration for the Magic Tree House series. Number 7 is a not-to-be-missed directory of craft activities related to each of the books, prepared by the About Family Crafts Guide, Sherri Osborn. Be sure to scroll down to see all of these resources.

1. Magic Tree House Series: Books #1-28

Cover of Hour of the Olympics, a Magic Tree House book
Random House
Time travel, an intrepid brother / sister duo, topics that kids are interested in, all combined in books for younger independent readers - No wonder the Magic Tree House series is so popular with kids in grades 2-4. Some of the topics include: dinosaurs, Read my article about the Magic Tree House Series: Books #1-28. It also includes a book list of the first 28 books by number and title.

2. Magic Tree House Series: Books #29 and Up - Merlin Missions

Cover art for Magic Tree House Book #48 by Mary Pope Osborne
Random House
Learn why Books #29 and up in the Magic Tree House series are known as Merlin Missions and what the differences are between the first 28 books in the series and the later books. Read my article about the Magic Tree House Series: Books #29 and Up. It also contains a book list of all the later books by number and title.

3. Magic Tree House Fact Trackers

Cover art for Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #1: Dinosaurs
Random House
Often, kids are so intrigued by the subject of one of the books in the Magic Tree House series that they want to know more about it. Happily, for a great many of the fictional books, there are nonfiction Fact Trackers, research guides containing just the kind of information kids want to know. Read my article about the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers. It includes a book list of all of the books in the series that have companion Fact Trackers.

4. An Interview with Author Mary Pope Osborne

Color photo of author Mary Pope Osborne
Photograph by Elena Siebert, 2012
When I read about the millions of copies of Magic Tree House children's books published in the last 20 years and the number of languages in which the books have been translated, i wanted to know more about the series and the author. I was delighted to have the opportunity to get my questions answered. To learn what I found out, read my interview with the Magic Tree House Series author, Mary Pope Osborne.

5. Author Interview About the 20th Anniversary of the Magic Tree House Series

Photograph of author Mary Pope Osborne and Newark Third Graders
Amanda Brown for New Jersey Performing Arts Center
How do you celebrate a series of children's books that has been popular for 20 years? In the case of Mary Pope Osborne and the Magic Tree House series, with special events, philanthropic initiatives and more. To find out what I learned about the festivities, read my interview with Mary Pope Osborne about the 20th Anniversary of the Magic Tree House Series.

6. 20th Anniversary Edition: Magic Tree House Dinosaurs Before Dark, Book #1

Cover art for 20th anniversary edition of Dinosaurs Before Dark
Random House
Kids who love dinosaur books and Magic Tree House fans, especially those who have loved their Magic Tree House Dinosaurs Before Dark paperback to bits, will be delighted with this special commemorative hardbound edition of the first book in the enormously popular series. Random House released the special full-color edition of the book in honor of the 20th anniversary of publication of Book One in the series by Mary Pope Osborne. See cover art and read all about the 20th Anniversary Edition of Magic Tree House, Book #1.

7. Magic Tree House Related Crafts for Kids

A lion's face craft to do in conjunction with Magic Tree House Book #11
Sherri Osborn
About.com Family Crafts Guide Sherri Osborn has put together a wonderful directory of crafts related to the Magic Tree House series. For each of the MTH books listed, you will find a craft you and your child can make. The crafts are listed by the book, so you can easily locate the one you want. The paper plate lion pictured is one of several crafts suggested to go along with Magic Tree House Lions at Lunchtime, Book #11. Get directions for Magic Tree House Related Crafts.

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