Mary Pope Osborne's
Classroom Adventures Program

Mary Pope Osborne's Classroom Adventures Program is designed to use kids' love of Magic Tree House adventures and their identification with Jack and Annie to spark interest in learning across the curriculum and accomplish classroom requirements in creative, meaningful and long-lasting ways.

Books. This is how they work.
Books. This is how they work.
"Reading is the basic springboard for learning and books provide the lift off...opening up new worlds to everyone." - MPO

Mary discovered and was inspired by this artwork online back in 2012. After an in-depth search, our team was able to locate the artist, Anastasia, in Russia. With the help of a Russian translator and the publishing company, Eksmo, we were grateful to receive approval to use the image as a representation of Mary's Classroom Adventures Program.

The image serves as both an inspiration and a reminder that books can create hope, encourage children to use their imaginations, and to follow their dreams. For some, books can be a much needed escape from reality and proof that anything is possible, even in the most difficult situations.

"With books, children can travel, gain knowledge to overcome hardships, discover the best in themselves and use their talents to help others." - MPO

For Educators

Gift of Time

Achieving multiple common core standards with each fiction and nonfiction book in the series.

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For Students

Gift of Books

Getting books into the hands of underserved children across the country.

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Videos

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25th Anniversary of Magic Tree House
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Kids Adventure Club
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Mary Pope Osborne introduces new Magic Tree House programs
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Stages Theatre Company production of MTH "A Night in New Orleans"

Teachers' Tales

"My first grade students got the opportunity to dress up as Egyptian characters and go back to the time of the Egyptians. After a series of lessons to support MUMMIES IN THE MORNING and the Fact Tracker, MUMMIES and PYRAMIDS, our cl Read on

— Ms. Cirillo, Moorpark, CA

"My first grade students got the opportunity to dress up as Egyptian characters and go back to the time of the Egyptians. After a series of lessons to support MUMMIES IN THE MORNING and the Fact Tracker, MUMMIES and PYRAMIDS, our class created a Living Museum of Egyptian characters! I used lesson plans from this site to support the books I received through the Mary Pope Osborne's Gift of Books Grant. I loved picking and choosing lesson plans from this site according to the activities that were appropriate for my grade level."

— Ms. Cirillo, Moorpark, CA

"We would be thrilled to use the Fact Trackers in our classrooms in conjunction with the matching Magic Tree House books to actively engage our students in all kinds of genres of reading... Your [MTH] books lend themselves nicely to cross-curricular co Read on

— Ms. J., Delevan Drive Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA

"We would be thrilled to use the Fact Trackers in our classrooms in conjunction with the matching Magic Tree House books to actively engage our students in all kinds of genres of reading... Your [MTH] books lend themselves nicely to cross-curricular connections in science, social-studies, history lessons, as well as springboards for great classroom discussions about author's purpose, historical fiction, and various other literary components of reading and writing. There are so many valuable lesson plan resources on your website that is hard to choose just one! The teachers at [our school] have been working diligently to transition to the Common Core standards and capitalize on their students’ love of reading. Utilizing your lesson plans is a great springboard for our various grade levels to decide what works best for their individual students in terms of furthering their love of reading, comprehension, and thinking skills."

— Ms. J., Delevan Drive Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA

"My students love reading Magic Tree House books. It is a way for them to travel all around the world with Jack and Annie and learn about important places and dates in history as they read. I love using these books in small guided reading groups with m Read on

— Ms. Palen-Fawcett's Class, Southside Elementary School, Sparta, WI

"My students love reading Magic Tree House books. It is a way for them to travel all around the world with Jack and Annie and learn about important places and dates in history as they read. I love using these books in small guided reading groups with my 2nd grade students. Our discussions often require me to grab my laptop so we can google the place where Jack and Annie are because the kids just have to see more! Magic Tree House stories bring the world into our classroom. The Fact Tracker books work hand in hand with the fiction stories. When we finished the fiction story, Dogs in the Dead of Night, my reading group was thrilled to read the nonfiction Fact Tracker, Dog Heroes next!"

— Ms. Palen-Fawcett's Class, Southside Elementary School, Sparta, WI

Latest Blog Entries

Nov 5 2020
An interview with Natalie Pope Boyce, author of many of the Magic Tree House Nonfiction Fact Trackers. Read on...
Oct 28 2020
Are you ready for a new adventure? Read on...
Oct 21 2020
Mary answers questions about the writing and book creation process. Read on...
Feb 14 2020
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Article about UNC alumnae, Mary Pope and Will Osborne Read on...
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