Caldecott Book

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

Genre- Picture Book

Suggested Grade- K-2nd

Burton, V. L., & Hammond, L. L. (2012). The little house. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

A personal connection to this book is to not always think there is something better on the other side; the grass is not always greener on the other side. Be grateful for the things you have in life now and not wandering what else you could have. A prompt you can use with this book is to always stand up for yourself even if other may think differently. The little house never tried to change even when everything around her was change; children need to know it is okay to be different.

This book used the pictures very well to match the text. The pictures never outshined or made the reader distracted from the text but kept the reader curious to what was going to happen next. There were many different themes a reader can get out of this book, depending on the readers personal experiences it may have a more in depth theme than others who understand the more common themes.


  1. What is this book about?
  2. What did you learn about the little house?
  3. What did you learn from the little house?

Lesson Activity

Have students draw and color their own little house. Have them make little details that will make each house a little different.



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