March is National Reading Month, time to focus on the best in children’s literature. Today’s featured genre is woodland folklore fantasy books. Does your spine tingle at the mention of sprites, pixies, brownies, ogres, hobgoblins, faeries and gryphons? Then “The Spiderwick Chronicles” is just the book series/movie for you! The first book Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide just celebrated its 10th birthday. Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi wrote and illustrated the The Spiderwick Chronicles. There are five more Spiderwick Chronicles stories: The Seeing Stone, Lucinda’s Secret, The Ironwood Tree and The Wrath of Mulgarath. Spiderwick is Lord of the Rings for elementary school. There are three more books from Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles called The Nixie’s Song, A Giant Problem and The Wyrm King.
If you enjoy The Spiderwick Chronicles, book and/or movie, or fantasy books in general, how about some free printable Spiderwick coloring pages? Here are Spiderwick coloring pages depicting Hogsqueal, Mulgarath, Thimbletack, Jared, Simon, Mallory, Spiderwick Estate, sylphs, faeiries, ogres, hobgoblins and a griffin. DL-TK has free printable fantasy books coloring pages. Use these for folklore lesson plans.
Spiderwick is the homepage of the woodland fantasy books series is loaded with fun stuff! Click the Downloads link for printable hobgoblin mask, crafts, coloring pages, Spiderwick gameboard, trading cards, puzzles, game cards and more. You can collect creature trading cards but you have to watch for them; they aren’t easy to spot. Look for brownies, boggarts, unicorns, dwarves, elves, pixies, sprites, the Phooka, Stray Sod and other creatures of the woodland night. Teachers, you can print off free writing strands, vocabulary words, folklore lesson plans, journal exercises, and other free folklore and fantasy books lesson plans. The sound effects and graphics on this sites are enchanting. Hogsqueal that rascally hobgoblin takes you on a tour of the site.
Tony DiTerlizzi has created a pdf booklet of free printable Spiderwick activities. First are several pages of faerie coloring pages and paper doll clothes straight from the beautiful art of Tony DiTerlizzi. There is also a whimsical recipe for yummy faerie porridge, a riddle making game and a creative writing page. Each activity has pieces of Tony DiTerlizzi’s artwork in black and white decorating the pages. These make perfect coloring pages also! Here are free printable Spiderwick Chronicles lesson plans from ESL Printables. Here are more Spiderwick activities and activities on fantasy books.
Both have gone on to do other cool kids books as collaborators and separately. Tony DiTerlizzi created The Search for WondLa trilogy. Holly Black won a 2014 Newbery Honor Medal for Doll Bones, a creepy doll ghost story for kids. But the Spiderwick Chronicles remain the most popular from the duo. The series is reminiscent of ancient fables with intricately drawn images straight off from a Gothic cathedral. Spiderwick Chronicles tells of three children reluctantly drawn into a world of fantasy and mystery at Spiderwick Estate. John Sayles (director of Matewan) has reimagined these wonderful stories in the movie Spiderwick Chronicles. He’s chosen a capable cast with Joan Plowright as Aunt Lucinda, David Straithorn as Uncle Arthur Spiderwick, Nick Nolte is the ogre Mulgarath, Martin Short plays the Brownie Thimbletack and Seth Rogen is the hobgoblin Hogsqueal. Creature character names have a Dickensians onomatopoeia–you can visualize the character from his name.