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Free Copywork Pages for Hans Christian Andersen’s Stories

FREE Copywork Pages for Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales from Walking by the Way

Happy Birthday to Hans Christian Andersen who was born in Denmark on April 2, 1805. He was zany and lanky and an amazing writer who is best known and loved for his timeless fairy tale classics. If your students are interested in learning about Andersen's life, read The Perfect Wizard: Hans Christian Andersen by Jane Yolen.

The Perfect Wizard: Hans Christian Andersen by Jane Yolen

Andersen's fairy tales are great for read-alouds, but you may want to preview them first as some are rather melancholoy. You will find a grand collection of Andersen's tales at Project Gutenberg for free.

Our favorite compilation is Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger.

Hans Christian Andersen Copywork Pages from Walking by the Way

The book is beautifully illustrated and includes the following stories:

  • "The Sandman"
  • "The Jumpers"
  • "Thumbeline"
  • "The Tinderbox"
  • "The Rose Tree Regiment"
  • "The Naughty Boy"
  • "The Swineherd"
  • "The Emperor's New Clothes"
  • "The Princess and the Pea"
  • "The Nightingale"
  • "The Little Match Girl"

A few other books we have owned and enjoyed are

Andersen writes poetically and descriptively, making his stories a good choice for copywork. I have compiled sixteen quotes from various translations of Anderson's stories.

Please save these copywork pages for a child who has heard Andersen's stories before so the child will understand the context of the quotes.


Free Hans Christian Andersen Copywork Pages from Walking by the Way

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If you'd like to celebrate other birthdays this month, check out iHN's Birthday Lessons in April Page.

Birthday Lessons in April - fun for homeschoolers!

Living Books for Middle School Chemistry

Elijah and I decided we should ramp up the science in 7th and 8th grades in order to prepare him for high school science. For 8th grade Elijah chose to focus his science study on chemistry.

This was not exactly what I would consider a delight-directed study, but he was definitely interested in chemistry as his friend's dad is a professor of this subject at a local university. He watched the Chemistry 101 DVDs and read through Exploring the World of Chemistry by John Tiner. These two resources were a great starting point for him, but I wanted to add some living books and some reference books to his study. Reading is Elijah's strength, and he retains more information when it is presented through a living book. Living books make the learning real and relevant.

Living Books for Middle School Chemistry from Walking by the Way

We added one reference books and four living books to his study:

The Elements by Theodore Gray
This reference book is perfect for visual learners as it includes "an eye-opening, original collection of gorgeous, never-before-seen photographic representations of the 118 elements in the periodic table."

The Mystery of the Periodic Table by Benjamin D. Wiker
"Leads the reader on a delightful and absorbing journey through the ages, on the trail of the elements of the Periodic Table as we know them today. He introduces the young reader to people like Von Helmont, Boyle, Stahl, Priestly, Cavendish, Lavoisier, and many others, all incredibly diverse in personality and approach, who have laid the groundwork for a search that is still unfolding to this day."

Robert Boyle: Trailblazer of Science by John Tiner
Robert Boyle is known as the "Father of Modern Chemistry." This book chronicles his life and faith as the most important scientist of his day.

Who Was Marie Curie? by Megan Stine
"Born in Warsaw, Poland, on November 7, 1867, Marie Curie was forbidden to attend the male-only University of Warsaw, so she enrolled at the Sorbonne in Paris to study physics and mathematics. There she met a professor named Pierre Curie, and the two soon married, forming one of the most famous scientific partnerships in history. Together they discovered two elements and won a Nobel Prize in 1903."

The Wonder Book of Chemistry by Jean Henri Fabre
"Starting with a mixture of iron filings and sulphur, Uncle Paul awakens in his young nephews an eagerness to learn more about the properties of the elements. Through a series of carefully-devised experiments and conversations about the experiments, he leads the boys to an understanding of some of the basic principles of chemistry." 

(All quotes are taken from reviews from Amazon.)

45 Books for an 8th Grader Who Loves to Read

Elijah is currently finishing up his 8th grade year, so I am going to go ahead and share his reading list. As always we both chose books for this list. I give him a list at the beginning of the year, and he adds to it based on his interests and authors he enjoys.

Keep your voracious reader satisfied with this list: 45 Books for an 8th Grader who loves to read! from Walking by the Way

Please use PluggedIn and Common Sense Media to find reviews that include specific details about sex, profanity, violence, spiritual beliefs presented, etc. The 7th and 8th grade reading lists include more mature content than the elementary lists.


Earthquake at Dawn by Kristina Gregory

Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Wartime Sarajevo by Zlata Filipovic

The Great Little Madison by Jean Fritz

Journey to Topaz: A Story of the Japanese-American Evacuation by Yoshiko Uchida

Jonathan Goforth: An Open Door in China by Janet & Geoff Benge

C. S. Lewis: Master Storyteller by Janet & Geoff Benge


Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin*

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy*

The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman*

Washington at Valley Forge by Russell Freedman

Historical Fiction

Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt*

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare*

Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes*

Dragon's Gate by Laurence Yep

Stowaway by Karen Hesse

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse*

The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope

A Murder for Her Majesty by Beth Hilgartner 

The Prospering by Elizabeth George Speare

The King’s Fifth by Scott O’Dell*

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus*

Nory Ryan’s Song by Patriica Reilly Giff

The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia by Esther Hautzig

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley*

War Horse and Farm Boy by Michael Morpurgo (two books, same story, different points of view)

Realistic Fiction

A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt*

The Garbage King by Elizabeth Laird


Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman*

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Eldest by Christopher Paolini

Brisingr by Christopher Paolini

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead*

The White Mountains by Christopher John

Savvy by Ingrid Law*

Scumble by Ingrid Law

Switch by Ingrid Law

Classic Literature

Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Extraordinary Cases of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White

*Newbery Award or Honor Book

What books has your 8th grader enjoyed?

If you are looking for more lists for kids who love to read, please check out my Reading Lists for Voracious Readers page

Reading Lists for Voracious Readers from Walking by the Way