1. Read to the class The Tale of Peter Rabbit and then explain to the students and show them photos of the pets of Beatrix Potter that inspired her writing.
2. The University of Pennsylvania has made available on the web children’s books written by women in the nineteenth century. By clicking on the link below, students will be able to locate a children’s book of interest. Have each child in the class select a different book to read from the University of Pennsylvania website or from the local public library. The primary criteria for selecting a book should be that it was written by a woman.
3. Prior to reading their selected book, have the students first do research on the author of the book. What was the author’s childhood like? Did she attend school? What was life like for women during her era?
4. When the author research is complete, direct students to look for clues to the life of the writer in the book that they read.
5. For the final assignment of this project, have each student provide an oral book report for the class which should include information about the author.
Lipson, Eden Ross. The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children. New York: Crown Publishing Group, 1988.
Odean, Kathleen. Great Books About Things Kids Love: More Than 750 Recommended Books for Children 3 to 14. New York: Ballantine Books, 2001.
Silvey, Anita. 100 Best Books for Children. New york: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004.
Freedman, Russell. Eleanor Roosevelt, a Life of Discovery. New York: Clarkion Books, 1993. (Newberry Award)
Rosenburg, Pam. Eleanor Roosevelt. New York: Compass Point Books, 2003.
Winget, Mary. Eleanor Roosevelt. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company, 2003.
Embridge, David (ed.). My Day: The Best of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Newspaper columns, 1936-1962. New York: first Da Capo Press, 2001.
Feinberg, Barbara Silberdick. Eleanor Roosevelt, a Very Special Lady. Brookfield: The Millbrook Press, 2003.
Mattern, Joanne. Eleanor Roosevelt, More Than a First Lady. New York: The Rosen Publishing Group, 2003.
Roosevelt, Eleanor. The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1961.
Roosevelt, Eleanor. You Learn By Living. Philadelphia: The Westminster Press, 1960.
Children’s Books Written by Female Authors:
The Tale of Peter Rabbit:
This lesson was written by Debra L. Clark, Kent State University.