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How to Get More From Our Books

Our books give children a lot to think about. Those who re-read and think about them often discover something new. That’s why we prefer to give our books to organizations that:

  • Give children the books to keep.
  • Read them to the children before sending the books home with the children.
  • Include the books in their programs and provide engaging, accessible support materials for use at home.

Many organizations send home our Tips for Reading and a Fun Projects page with each book they donate. They often use these and the other resources in the sidebar in their programs. We invite you to review them to determine their usefulness for your organization.

Teacher Resources

Learning That Lasts Introductory Booklet (learningthatlasts.pdf)
Teaching-Resources (PreK-Grade9+)

Teacher & Family Resources

Parent-School Connection (includes "Magic of Reading" Video)
Tips for Reading (reading_tips.pdf)
Fun Projects to download and use along with each story
Read Together Manuals


Here are two great videos from Susan Ramsay at Kingston Literacy & Skills based on THE SILLY CHICKEN by Idries Shah, illustrated by Jeff Jackson. The first shows two young children enjoying a reading of this beautifully illustrated book we give away free to disadvantaged kids. . The second shows Tips and Tricks for using The Silly Chicken to help your child develop stronger skills in listening, speaking, thinking and problem solving, as well as understanding themselves and others better.


THE SILLY CHICKEN: Tips and Tricks