Henry and the Chalk Dragon 

Rabbit Room Press, 2017.  Ages 7-11.  Amazon • Barnes & Noble •  The Rabbit Room  • Indiebound

Rabbit Room Press, 2017.  Ages 7-11. 
Amazon • Barnes & Noble •  The Rabbit Room  • Indiebound

You have to be brave to be an artist.


"Altogether, a delicious face-off between forces of conformity and creativity run amok, spiced with offbeat names as well as insights expressed with eloquent simplicity."  —BOOKLIST (starred review)

"A perfect title to hand to young readers looking for laughs along with a wild and crazy adventure."  —SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

"Jennifer Trafton has done it again, crafting a whimsical story that will delight readers young and old. For all who feel that they have art inside of them that needs to come out—this book will give you the courage to be who you are and make something beautiful for the world." —Sarah Mackenzie, READ-ALOUD REVIVAL

"One of the absolute best read-aloud stories we have ever read." —Plumfield and Paideia

"It isn’t too often that you find a novel that is all about keeping your imagination." —Unleashing Readers

"You start reading some books and you know they are going to be a read aloud hit in the classroom. . . Young readers really connect to those characters because there is a little bit of each of them in Henry."  —NC Teacher Stuff

"What happens when creativity is suppressed until it becomes its own sentient being? . . . Trafton has written a marvelous story about not worrying if you fit the mold." —This Kid Reviews Books

"Reading this book, I felt Trafton was talking just as much to me, the adult reader, as she was to her child audience. We adults often forget that we are all artists. " —House full of Bookworms

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Use Henry and the Chalk Dragon in the Classroom 

This curriculum guide is intended to provide a teacher or parent with ideas and tools for using Henry and the Chalk Dragon to enhance writing, vocabulary, and comprehension skills while at the same time encouraging kids to use their imaginations and to be creative. Suitable for a traditional classroom, a homeschool group, or a family reading the book together, the activities and worksheets are aimed at 2nd through 4th grade students but are adaptable to other ages as needed. Where appropriate, relevant Common Core State Standards are noted. 

FREE PDF includes:

  • Discussion Questions
  • Group Activities
  • Student Worksheets
  • Completion Certificate
  • Printable Bookmarks
 
JENNIFER TRAFTON is the author of The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, which was a nominee for Tennessee’s Volunteer State Book Award and the National Homeschool Book award. Henry and the Chalk Dragon arose from her lifelong love of art and her personal quest for the courage to be an artist. When she’s not writing or drawing, she teaches creative writing classes and workshops in a variety of schools, libraries, and homeschool groups, as well as online classes to kids around the world. She lives in a 150-year-old farmhouse in Nashville, Tennessee, along with her husband, an energetic border collie, a miniature rooster, an assortment of chickens and ducks, and a ghost who haunts the staircase.

JENNIFER TRAFTON is the author of The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, which was a nominee for Tennessee’s Volunteer State Book Award and the National Homeschool Book award. Henry and the Chalk Dragon arose from her lifelong love of art and her personal quest for the courage to be an artist. When she’s not writing or drawing, she teaches creative writing classes and workshops in a variety of schools, libraries, and homeschool groups, as well as online classes to kids around the world. She lives in a 150-year-old farmhouse in Nashville, Tennessee, along with her husband, an energetic border collie, a miniature rooster, an assortment of chickens and ducks, and a ghost who haunts the staircase.