Upper Elementary to Middle School Books

Theme: Houses and Homes

Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children - (ISBN: 978-1594744761)

by Ranson Riggs

Jacob journeys to a strange island in Wales to revisit a legendary house which is now very dilapidated. After his grandfather’s death and his receipt of a weird letter, his interest in photos his grandfather had shown him of “peculiar” children grows when he begins to explore the home where they once resided. Enjoy this book with its many compelling photographs!

On the Banks of Plum Creek - (ISBN: 978-0060581831)

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

While Laura and her family live in a house carved from the sod banks of a Minnesota river, her pa builds a new house that even has real glass windows! Follow their lives in this unusual abode as they winter a severe blizzard, and Laura’s sister Mary becomes blind due to an illness.

Return to Gone Away - (ISBN: 978-0152022563)

by Elizabeth Enright

The children of Gone Away Lake have returned to the area and moved into a new mansion! In their efforts to fix up the old place, they are also trying to solve the mystery of where the legendary hidden safe is located in the house! Create a treasure hunt for your family to try around your house.

The Family Under the Bridge - (ISBN: 978-0064402507)

by Natalie Savage Carlson

The Calcet family has a most unusual home, a makeshift shelter under a bridge along the Seine in Paris. After being routed out of their abode, they go to live in another unconventional place, a gypsy camp. Where does the family make their third home in the story?

The Haunted Igloo - (ISBN: 978-0759683839)

by Bonnie Turner

As part of a coming-of-age test, a young boy must face two hours in a notoriously haunted igloo in far northern Canada. His motivation is very high to succeed in this task, for he really wants to be accepted by his torturous classmates since he suffers from a birth defect. For an adventure book about a remote and dangerous area, try this ominous read. Have you ever had to try a task that you were uncomfortable doing? How did you overcome your fears?

A Family for Old Mill Farm - (ISBN: 0618428461)

by Shutta Crum

Because of Winn Dixie - (ISBN: 978-0763650070)

by Kate DiCamillo

Life in a Cave - (ISBN: 978-0750946414)

by Paul Jordan

Little House in the Big Woods - (ISBN: 978-0064400015)

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Cabin Faced West - (ISBN: 978-0399232237)

by Jean Fritz

The Treasures of Weatherby - (ISBN: 978-1416913993)

by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

This Home We Have Made - (ISBN: 978-0517593394)

by Anna Hammond

Activities for this Theme

Learn about different types of houses found around the world


Check out the video about children in Mongolia living in a yurt, “Cave of the Yellow Dog.” It is available in your local library.


Make a simple igloo with blocks of snow!


Make a Native American tepee: