Day of the Dead

From the Series On My Own Holidays

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

The Day of the Dead is a special holiday celebrated in many places like Mexico and parts of the United States to honor people who have died. It’s celebrated between October 31 and November 2 and there are costumes, but no one says, “trick-or-treat.” There is candy, but this candy is shaped like coffins and skeletons. People picnic in cemeteries, go to parades, set off fireworks, and bake special breads and meals to remember friends and family members who have died.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-57505-581-7
$7.99 $7.99
978-0-8225-8935-8
$38.65 $28.99
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Holidays, Social Studies
Copyright 2004
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2003-08-01
BISACS JNF018030, JNF053030, JNF026000
Dewey 394.266
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 3.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 77058
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Maps, Note to adults, Recipes, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource

Reviews

Book Links

“Knutson’s festive color illustrations effectively convey the spirit of this enduring holiday.” —Book Links

School Library Journal

“Non-Latino youngsters will enjoy the links between Halloween and the Day of the Dead traditions and will shiver with pleasure at the decorations and treats that may seem slightly ghoulish to those unfamiliar with the holiday. Knutson’s lively illustrations reflect Mexican art, harvest celebrations, and the warm colors of autumn.” —School Library Journal

Illustrator: Barbara Knutson

Barbara Knutson was the award-winning author and illustrator of many children’s books, including How the Guinea Fowl Got Her Spots and Love and Roast Chicken. A resident of St. Paul and a cherished member of Twin Cities literary community, Ms. Knutson grew up in South Africa and traveled extensively throughout the world. She drew on her firsthand experiences abroad to create the rich, multicultural stories and folktales for which she became so well known. She passed away in 2005.

Author: Linda Lowery

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

On My Own Holidays

Encourage understanding of diverse cultures. Featuring full-page illustrations, these beautiful editions look at the history and customs associated with various holidays and present early readers with high-interest offerings. View available downloads →