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Portals to Reading

Portals guides use good literature to teach and build reading skills. This is a skills-oriented teaching guide with reproducible work sheets in skill areas such as word attack, finding the main idea, synonyms and antonyms, syllables, remembering details, determining fact or opinion, and alphabetizing. Also includes open-ended writing activities and vocabulary lists. From 24-67 pages per book.

Portals to Reading Titles

Abel's Island     

Across Five Aprils

Adam of the Road

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday

Amelia Bedelia   

American Tall Tales

Among the Hidden

Anne of Green Gables 

Annie and the Old One


Be a Perfect Person

Beast in Ms.Rooney’s Room

Because of Winn-Dixie

Belle Prater's Boy

Ben and Me        

Best Christmas Pageant

Big Wave          

Black Stallion    


Boxcar Children   

Brian's Winter  

Bridge to Terabithia 

Bronze Bow      

Bud, Not Buddy  


Cabin Faced West  

Caddie Woodlawn   

Call It Courage   

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Dinosaur Bones 

Candy Corn Contest


Castle in the Attic

Catherine, Called Birdy


Chalk Box Kid  

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlotte's Web 

Chocolate Fever    

Chocolate Touch 

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


Courage of Sarah Noble

Cricket in Times Square

Crispin: Cross of Lead

Criss Cross       

Crow Boy         


Dear Mr. Henshaw

Devil's Arithmetic

Dicey's Song      

Doctor De Soto   

Door in the Wall  

Drinking Gourd   

Egypt Game      

Encyclopedia Brown

Enormous Egg      

Everything on a Waffle


Family Under the Bridge

Fantastic Mr. Fox 

Fever, 1793     

Fighting Ground   

Freckle Juice  

Freedom Train     

Frog and Toad All Year

Frog and Toad Together

Frog and Toad Are Friends

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Girl Who Loved Wild Horses


Going Home        

Golden Goblet     

Great Brain       

Great Gilly Hopkins

Gregory the Terrible Eater

Harriet the Spy   

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


Hill of Fire     



Homer Price       


House of Dies Drear

How Many Days to America?

How to Eat Fried Worms

Hundred Dresses

Hundred Penny Box

If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

Incident at Hawk's Hill

Incredible Journey

Indian in the Cupboard

Ira Sleeps Over  

Island of the Blue Dolphin

Jacob Have I Loved

James and Giant Peach

Johnny Tremain  

Josefina Story Quilt

Julie of the Wolves

Kid in the Red Jacket


Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

Letters from Rifka

Light in the Forest

Lily's Crossing   

Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Little House on the Prairie

Little House     

Little House in the Big Woods

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy  

Long Way to a New Land

Long Winter     


Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

M.C. Higgins, the Great

Magic School Bus inside the Human Body

Magic School Bus on the Ocean Floor

Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

Magic School Bus at the Waterworks

Make Way for Ducklings

Maniac Magee      


Mick Harte Was Here

Midwife's Apprentice 

Miss Nelson is Missing

Miss Rumphius    

Missing May       

Molly's Pilgrim

Morning Girl      

Mouse and the Motorcycle  

Mr. Popper's Penguin 

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

Muggie Maggie   

My Brother Sam Is Dead

My Side of Mountain

Nate the Great   

Night of the Twisters

Number the Stars

Old Yeller      

Olive's Ocean     

On My Honor       

One in the Middle Is a Green Kangaroo 

One-Eyed Cat      

Out of the Dust 

Owls in the Family

Pain and the Great One

Phantom Tollbooth 


Pippi Longstocking

Ralph S. Mouse    

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 

Ramona the Pest   

Red Pony           

Roll of Thunder 

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Secret Garden   

Shades of Gray by Reeder


Shoeshine Girl    

Sign of the Beaver

Sing Down the Moon

Single Shard      


Slave Dancer      

Snow Treasure     



Stone Fox         

Stone Soup       

Stories Julian Tells

Story of Ferdinand

Strega Nona      

Stuart Little   

Summer of the Swans


Sylvester/Magic Pebble

Tale of Despereaux

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Talking Earth     

Taste of Blackberries

There's Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom 

Treasure Island   

Trouble River     

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Trumpet of the Swan

Tuck Everlasting

Ugly Duckling

Velveteen Rabbit 

View from Saturday

Wagon Wheels     

Walk Two Moons  

War with Grandpa  

Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963

Where the Red Fern Grows

Whipping Boy    

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears

Wind in the Willows


Witch of Blackbird Pond


Wrinkle in Time

Year Down Yonder

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