The beloved author of the Magic Tree House series celebrates her birthday on May 23. What better way to help her celebrate than to read her books and books similar to the time-traveling, fantasy-filled Magic Tree House books? Don’t forget to sign up for our Summer Reading Club (“Every Hero Has A Story”) and log the books you’re reading to earn prizes!
See You Later, Gladiator by Jon Scieszka
You probably know that Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa. Did you know that he also invented an early version of a helicopter and a tank, and that he planned to execute the Time Warp Trio for spying on his inventions? Sam’s bright idea to look for the inventor of the Book takes the guys to 15th century Italy to meet up with Leonardo. But it’s going to take at least three more bright ideas, two magic tricks, and one great invention to get them out of trouble and safely back home. If not, it could be a lifetime of Italian army toilet-cleaning detail for Joe, Sam, and Fred.
Earthquake in the Early Morning by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series–the Magic Tree House! An adventure that will shake you up! That’s what Jack and Annie get when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to California in 1906. As soon as they arrive, the famous San Francisco earthquake hits the city. Can Jack and Annie find the final writing that they need to help Morgan save Camelot? Or will San Francisco be destroyed first?
Adventures in the Middle Ages by Linda Bailey
Join the Binkertons — twins Josh and Emma and their pesky little sister Libby — as they visit the Good Times Travel Agency for a trip unlike any other — to medieval times. The trio quickly discover that medieval life isn’t all knights in shining armor and stately pageants. Things go from bad to worse when the castle they’re in is attacked and flaming arrows and flying cows shower down on them. Kids will love the book’s contemporary comic-book look with its zany illustrations, speech balloons and guidebook. Parents and teachers will love the well-researched story lines and solid factual information.
Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series–the Magic Tree House! Jack and Annie don’t need another mummy. But that’s what they get when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to ancient Egypt. There they meet a long-dead queen who needs their help. Will Jack and Annie be able to solve the puzzle, or will they end up as mummies themselves?
Moonlight on the Magic Flute by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and Annie head to 18th-century Austria, where they must find and help a musician by the name of Mozart. Decked out in the craziest outfits they’ve ever worn–including a wig for Jack and a giant hoopskirt for Annie!–the two siblings search an entire palace to no avail. Their hunt is further hampered by the appearance of a mischievous little boy who is determined to follow them everywhere. But when the boy lets the animals out of the palace zoo, Jack and Annie have to use the only magic at their disposal to save themselves and the naughty little fellow.
See who can make the most creative tree house for Jack and Annie!
Courtesy of A Mom With A Lesson Plan.