Upper Elementary to Middle School Books

Theme: Transportation and Travel

Bicycle Man - (ISBN: 978-0395506523)

by Alan Say

Military men in occupied Japan turn out to be great bicycle tricksters, performing to the delight of the neighboring children. Their best performance comes on a traditional sports day. As you read, think about how your school and theirs are alike/different. Do you have similar sports days?

Canoe Days - (ISBN: 978-0440414414)

by Gary Paulsen

As a man paddles his canoe serenely, his senses awaken to many sights around him. Creatures both on shore and on the water surface add to his sense of peace as he continues his slow ride. What do you do that slows you down and makes you more aware of your surroundings?

Henry and Beezus - (ISBN: 978-0380709144)

by Beverly Cleary

Although Henry tries very hard to save money to buy a bicycle, it is not until his friend Beezus comes up with a clever idea that the possibility becomes a reality. Have you ever saved for a long, long time to get something? Does this book give you ideas on how to make a little money?

Scooter - (ISBN: 978-0064409681)

by Vera Williams

Elana does not mind her new home in the city since she delights in exploring on her scooter. She makes friends and saves what she sees in a visual diary as she travels from place to place. If you enjoyed reading this kind of journal, try making one of your own.

Summer Wheels - (ISBN: 978-0152009885)

by Eve Bunting

When a newcomer to their community checks out a bike from the friendly Bicycle Man and does not return it, Lawrence and Brady find more than just the bike. The new kid’s toughness turns out to be a plea for help, and the Bicycle Man turns ends up offering far more than just transportation.

Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator - (ISBN: 978-0810970953)

by Shelley Tanaka

Nowhere to Call Home - (ISBN: 978-0380733064)

by Cynthia DeFelice

Sophie and the Albino Camel - (ISBN: 978-1842705513)

by Stephen Davies

The Canoe Trip Mystery - (ISBN: 978-0807510599)

by Gertrude Chandler Warner

The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship - (ISBN: 978-0374324421)

by Arthur Ransom

The Mouse and the Motorcycle - (ISBN: B0032Y18SO)

by Beverly Cleary

Activities for this Theme

Try making a “hot air” balloon.


See an amazing vegetable market in the middle of a train track.


Make a canoe similar to those Native Americans made out of birch bark. This one uses construction paper and yard.