LIBRARY IDEA FOR SEPTEMBER:

HISTORY OF BOOK CENSORSHIP: This presentation is perfect for Banned Books Week or as an introduction to book burning in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The slides give a brief history of nine censorship and book banning incidents in world history.

Currently Reading...

THE MAID: Molly’s orderly life as a hotel maid is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what’s happening, Molly’s unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect.

YOU MIGHT LIKE...

Library Challenge #1 tasks you with an annual review (or maybe your first review) of your library's Selection and Reconsideration Policies.

LIBRARY CHALLENGE #1 Are library book challenges scary? I think so! But they are much less scary when you have a strong plan. When you know exactly what to do

Read More »
This article is 10 essential tips for new school librarians. These are the 10 things you should do FIRST in your new school library.

You’ve landed a brand new school librarian job–congratulations! All summer, you’ve looked forward to standing in the middle of your very own library, taking a deep breath, and reveling in

Read More »
This is a collection of fun ideas for middle school library orientation. Even if you don't use the ideas, the videos are a lot of fun to watch!

Ahh, the first day of school! Call me crazy, but I’ve always loved it! I will see my first middle school library orientation classes this Wednesday. We have a book

Read More »

List of Tall Tales + Recommended Tall Tale Read-Alouds

This list of tall tales is mostly American, but I did find a few from Australia, Europe, and Canada.

Unfortunately, not all of these heroes have their stories available in-print. Check your public library for out of print editions, or browse used book stores.

The Mary Pope Osborne book American Tall Tales is one of my highly- recommended tall tale read-alouds. It includes several of the tall tale heroes on the list below. The stories are short enough to read aloud in about 15 minutes. I especially love the colloquialisms, the familiar storyteller narration, and the exaggerations!

If you are an aspiring children’s book author, we really need some new tall tale picture books! The majority of the picture books – even for well-known tall tale heroes like Paul Bunyan and Johnny Appleseed – are older titles that are either out-of-print or available only in e-book or paperback.

I think we’d all agree that $569.83 is a bit pricey for a library hardcover of a Johnny Appleseed book.

American tall tales are a curriculum requirement for any school in the US that uses Common Core, TEKS, or the Virginia SOLs. That covers the vast majority of US public schools. So let’s get some new tall tales out there, authors and publishers! Maybe my “Watson the Friendly Giant” story from third grade is worth a second look…

(all of the below images are Amazon Affiliate links)

 LIST OF TALL TALES BY HERO NAME (ALL ARE USA)

  • Paul Bunyan
  • Johnny Appleseed
  • Davy Crockett
  • Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett
  • John Henry
  • Annie Oakley
  • Pecos Bill
  • Slue-Foot Sue
  • Daniel Boone
  • Kissimmee Pete
  • Calamity Jane
  • Molly Pitcher
  • Blackbeard
  • Casey Jones
  • Captain Stormalong
  • Big Sam
  • Johnny Kaw
  • Prickly Rose
  • Captain Martin Van Buren Bates
  • Mike Fink

(all of the below images are Amazon Affiliate links)

  
 

I know little of tall tales outside the USA – only Sam McGee and Baron Munchausen are familiar to me. Many tall tales seem to be mixed up with fairytales and folklore, which are not exactly the same thing. If you know some non-USA tall tales that should be on this list, please email me at leigh[at]readerpants[dot]net or send me a message on the MrsReaderPants FaceBook page.

LIST OF TALL TALES BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

Canadian Tall Tale Heroes

  • Big Joe Mufferaw
  • Sam McGee
  • Johnny Chinook

Australian Tall Tale Heroes

  • Rodney Ansell
  • Big Bill
  • Crooked Mick

European Tall Tale Heroes

  • Toell the Great (Estonia)
  • The Irish Rover (Ireland)
  • Baron Munchausen (Germany)

Modern Tall Tale Heroes

MORE ARTICLES IN THIS SERIES:

DON’T REINVENT THE WHEEL!

I’ve got six tall tales lessons already created for you! Each of these includes a two-part library lesson, printable scavenger hunt activity, Recommended Reads list, and a pre-filled, editable lesson plan template aligned with TEKS, CCSS, and AASL standards.

This is a bundle of American tall tales lessons for Grades 2-4. Includes six tall tales: Paul Bunyan, John Henry, Davy Crockett, Annie Oakley, Pecos Bill, and Johnny Appleseed. This is a tall tales lesson about Davy Crockett. It includes a 2-part library lesson, scavenger hunt activity, Recommended Reads list, and editable lesson plan template aligned with TEKS, AASL, and CCSS standards. This is a tall tales lesson about John Henry. It includes a 2-part library lesson, scavenger hunt activity, Recommended Reads list, and editable lesson plan template aligned with TEKS, AASL, and CCSS standards. This is a tall tales lesson about Pecos Bill. It includes a 2-part library lesson, scavenger hunt activity, Recommended Reads list, and editable lesson plan template aligned with TEKS, AASL, and CCSS standards.

This is a tall tales lesson about Paul Bunyan. It includes a 2-part library lesson, scavenger hunt activity, Recommended Reads list, and editable lesson plan template aligned with TEKS, AASL, and CCSS standards. This is a tall tales lesson about Annie Oakley. It includes a 2-part library lesson, scavenger hunt activity, Recommended Reads list, and editable lesson plan template aligned with TEKS, AASL, and CCSS standards. This is a tall tales lesson about Johnny Appleseed. It includes a 2-part library lesson, scavenger hunt activity, Recommended Reads list, and editable lesson plan template aligned with TEKS, AASL, and CCSS standards.

0
    0
    Your Cart
    Your cart is emptyReturn to Shop