Monday, March 26, 2012

Happy 20th Anniversary to the Magic Tree House Series!


Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House #1) has captivated elementary school readers since July 28, 1992. I need to create a tally chart at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year to keep track of the number of students whose first book-related question or statement refers to the Magic Tree House series.

Where are the Magic Tree House books? Did you know I love Jack and Annie? Have you heard of the Magic Tree House? I only read books about Jack and Annie. I read all of the Magic Tree House books over the summer. My mom wants me to check out a Magic Tree House book. I need Magic Tree House number 31
I am not exaggerating. :)

I think my students will enjoy the following video in which Mary Pope Osborne, Will Osborne, and Natalie Pope Boyce reflect on their best-selling and award-winning series.

Thank you, Mary Pope Osborne, for getting beginning readers hooked on a series.



MagicTreeHouse.com is an interactive space for fans to play games, read excerpts, and watch videos.


The Magic Tree House Teachers Club contains a wealth of information.


"My readers are the reason this series exists." -Mary Pope Osborne


"What's happened is over 15 years it's just steadily grown. Every child still thinks he or she is the first to discover it. I like having the kids read and not turn to a DVD. I want them to have to work at reading to get the story. I feel the musical requires that same use of imagination — it's ephemeral." -Mary Pope Osborne


"I think most children's authors would tell you that one of the most rewarding parts of being a children's author is getting letters from children; and the letters are so rich and so funny." -Mary Pope Osborne


Magic Tree House: The Musical is not currently on tour, but you can visit the official website to subscribe to the "Magic Tree House: On Stage" newsletter. While you're there, listen to selections from the show.

A Perfect Time for Pandas (Magic Tree House #48) will be released on July 24, 2012.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this! I teach first and second grades and we read a chapter from a Magic Tree House book every day during snack. Last week we had a few minutes of time before we had to leave for a special, and they said they wanted to hear another chapter! So I second the "thank you" to Mary Pope Osborne. :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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