Study Some of the Best Loved Books with These FREE Unit Studies and Printables

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One of my favorite parts of homeschooling, is being able to incorporate classic literature and well loved books into our homeschool lessons.


I love introducing my children to some of my favorite books from when I was a little girl, and even enjoying some classics that I never read before. There are so many amazing books available with free educational printables that can turn a favorite book into a nice, detailed unit study. I decided to take some of the classics and search for printables and lesson plans to turn them into their own literature study.

Here are TEN of our favorite best loved books with links to the books and FREE Unit Studies and Printables to accompany each one:

Alice in Wonderland – by Lewis Carroll:

My first experience with Alice in Wonderland was from the Disney Cartoon movie as a child. I don’t remember reading the Lewis Carroll version until I read it aloud to my own children in our homeschool.

Here are his two famous works:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Dover Thrift Editions)Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Dover Thrift Editions)
Through the Looking-Glass (Dover Thrift Editions)Through the Looking-Glass (Dover Thrift Editions)


Alice in Wonderland Printable PackMeet Penny
Alice in Wonderland Mega Pack  – Year Round Homeschooling
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland FREE Grammar Printables – Book Units Teacher
Mac Millan Readers has an entire page of printable lesson plans, board games and card games for Alice’s Adeventures in Wonderland.
Alice in Wonderland Study Guide – Novel Guide
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Online Literature Study Guide – Spark Notes 
Alice in Wonderland Preschool Packet – 123Homeschool4Me
Alice in Wonderland Printable Finger Puppets – Wild Olive

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater:

Mr. Popper’s Penguins is one of my favorite read alouds. It is just the cutest story!

Mr. Popper's Penguins


FREE Unit Study and Lapbook Printables 
Mr. Popper’s Penguins Literature Study  
Mr. Popper’s Penguins Worksheets from Super Teacher Worksheets– Worksheets include reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, literature circle role sheets, a word search puzzle, and vocabulary activities.
Word Search Activity
Vocabulary Word List
Vocabulary Worksheet
Reading Comprehension Quiz 1
Reading Comprehension Quiz 2

Scholastic also has some great resources for Mr. Popper’s Penguins:
Writing Prompt
Extension Activities for Teachers
Mr. Popper’s Penguins Discussion Guide
Mr. Popper’s Penguins Vocabulary Guide

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White:

Charlotte’s Web is one of my personal favorites and one of the first chapter books that I read on my own without any help!

Charlotte's Web


Literature Unit Study based on Charlotte’s Web – Homeschool Helper Online
35 Page Charlotte Web’s Unit Study – Third Grade Love
Charlotte’s Web Vocabulary Worksheets
Charlotte’s Web Vocabulary Words Worksheet
Charlotte’s Web Word Search
Charlotte’s Web Character Analysis Worksheet
FREE Charlotte’s Web Lapbook
FREE Charlotte’s Web Teaching Guide

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell:

Black Beauty is a favorite classic book. It is a children’s story written in 1877 as an appeal for the humane treatment of horses. Black Beauty ranks among the most famous and popular of horse stories written directly from the horse’s perspective. My daughter has read this book 5 times already, and she cried every time, but it is still one of her favorites.

Black Beauty (Dover Children's Thrift Classics)


Black Beauty Literature Unit
Black Beauty Analogies Printable
Black Beauty Word Wall Printable
Black Beauty Mixed Review Printable
Black Beauty Reading Comprehension
Black Beauty Punctuation Worksheet
Black Beauty Crossword Puzzle
Black Beauty Coloring Page

The Black Beauty Story from Horses and History Throughout the Ages talks about the history of the Victorian Industrial age and how Anna Sewell spoke up about the mistreatment of work horses.

Anna Sewell has some beautiful quotes that would be perfect to use in a copywork or commonplace book after reading Black Beauty. Here are some favorites from Brainy Quote.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett:

The Secret Garden is a timeless classic that has left generations of readers with warm, lifelong memories of its magical charms.

The Secret Garden: 100th Anniversary EditionThe Secret Garden: 100th Anniversary Edition


Secret Garden Worksheets:
Reading Comprehension Character Sheet
Diagramming Sentences from the Story
Secret Garden Setting
Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension
Mixed Review Literature Unit

The Secret Garden Study Guide – Lesson Planet
The Secret Garden Teacher Lesson plans – Teacher Link
FREE Online Spark Notes for the Secret Garden

The Secret Garden Make Your Own Terrarium Hands – On Activity with free printable – World of Learning

Peter Pan by James Matthew Barrie:

Peter Pan is one of the greatest fantasy tales ever written. Everyone has seen the classic Disney movie, but have you read the original book?

Peter PanPeter Pan


Literature Study from Enotes:
In Depth Analysis
Multiple Choice Quizzes

Peter Pan Lesson Plans and Teacher Resources from Lesson Planet:
Fairy Dictionary
Finding Captain Hook’s Treasure
The Adventures of Peter Pan Study Guide
World Fairy Day Worksheet

Peter Pan Reading Comprehension Worksheet
Who is Peter Pan? Character Worksheet
Peter Pan Analysis Worksheet
Can You Draw Peter Pan?
Visualizing and Drawing Neverland Worksheet
FREE Peter Pan Printable Quotes – Okie Home
Hands on Activities for Peter Pan – make shadow puppets and learn about shadows and silhouettes.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis:

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe holds a special place in my heart reading that book as a young child. It is a great allegory and classic fantasy book loved by many!

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Lapbook
Chronicles of Narnia Language Arts Worksheets
Narnia Wordsearch and Word Puzzles
Chronicles of Narnia Coloring Pages
FREE Narnia Map
The Chronicles of Narnia Classroom Activity Guide
The Chronicles of Narnia Unit Study
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe FREE Sparknotes
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Discussion Guide
Into the Wardrobe Lesson Plans 

The Adventures of Pinnochio by Carl Collodi:

The Adventures of Pinocchio was written in 1881 and went on to become a children’s classic around the world. This book was the basis for the favorite animated film by Disney. We read this in our homeschool last year and my children were surprised at how different it was from the movie. It is fun to read and compare to the movie.

The Adventures of PinocchioThe Adventures of Pinocchio


Pinnochio Writing Prompt Printable Lesson Plan 
Pinnochio’s World Printable Song
The Story about Pinnochio Printable
Pinnochio Main Character Worksheet
Online biography of Carl Collodi
The Origin of Pinnochio Interesting Fact and Fun Activities
Penguin Young Reader Pinnochio Fact Sheet
Pinnochio Lesson Plans
FREE Pinnochio Lesson Plans and Activities

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Road Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a classic story that is loved by all ages. It also has a couple of pretty amazing films that were inspired by the book.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Quote Bookmarks
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Vocabulary Word Cards
Ten Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Lesson Plans from Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Activity Pages

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Quote Bookmarks
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Vocabulary Word Cards
Ten Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Lesson Plans from Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Activity Pages
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Notebooking Pages 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Writing Prompts
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Storybook Decorations
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Unit at Look We’re Learning

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahamme

Begun as a series of letters from Kenneth Grahame to his son, The Wind in the Willows is a timeless tale of animal cunning and human camaraderie. Serving as home to the most lovable creatures in all literature―Rat, Mole, Badger, and the irrepressible Toad of Toad Hall; with his goggles, overcoat and love of very fast cars. 

The Wind in the Willows


Wind in the Willows Printable Unit Study – Learn 4 Your Life
Wind in the Willows Extension Activities
Wind in the Willows Reading Comprehension Worksheet
Wind in the Willows Grammar Worksheet
Literature Unit Page with Quizzes and activities for every chapter
How to draw and make an old map from Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows Vocabulary List – there are 59 different words and sentences taken directly from the text!
The Wind in the Willows Online Quiz of 15 questions.
Printable Wind in the Willows Role Play Masks
Wind in the Willows Notebooking Pages 


Written by Sarah


Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate!) She is a an eclectic,Charlotte Mason style homeschooler and has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!

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