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Shoe Day

Have the students all wear two different shoes to school.  These will be used for a variety of activities throughout the day!  The students should also bring a shoe box for the art lesson.

Old Sturbridge Village - An excerpt from the visitor's guide provides information on 1830's shoemaking.

Cool Quiz - This site answers the question, "How were shoes first made?"

ShoeInfoNet - Gives a brief history on the history of shoes.

Northampton Borough Council - Photographs and information on the history of shoes.

Colonial Williamsburg - Gives detail on the colonial shoemaker and his shop.

Shoes From Around the World - Photographs and brief descriptions of various shoes from around the world.


Benjamin Bigfoot by Mary Serfozo.
A little boy gains confidence when he wears an old pair of his dad's shoes.  However, what will he do on the first day of kindergarten?

Flip-Flops by Nancy Cote.
A young girl spends a fun-filled day at the beach inventing new uses for her one flip-flop.

Hello Shoes! by Joan Blos.
A good book for young children about a boy and his grandfather searching for his lost shoes.

How Are Sneakers Made? by Henry Horenstein.
A nonfiction book following the steps in a shoe making factory.

I Forgot My Shoes by Jessica Harper.
A fun rhyming book about a day full of forgetfulness.

If the Shoe Fits by Alison Jackson.
The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe meets a variety of characters from other nursery rhymes as she tries to find a new home.

If the Shoe Fits by Gary Soto.
A young boy gets a new pair of shoes and learns a lesson in not caring what others think.

Red Dancing Shoes by Denise Lewis Patrick.
A young girl receives a gift of shoes from her grandmother.

Shoe Magic by Nikki Grimes.
A short book of poetry all centered around shoes.

The Shoemaker Extraordinaire by Steve Light.
A special shoemaker befriends a giant.

Shoes by Elizabeth Winthrop.
This is a simple rhyming book about all different kinds of shoes.

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes by Anne Schrether.
Another simple rhyming book about shoes.

Shoeshine Shirley by Leah Komaiko.
This lady who runs the shoe repair shop knows whose shoes belong to whom!

Sneakers: From Start to Finish by Samuel G. Woods.
A nonfiction book on the making of sneakers.

Sneakers Meet Your Feet by Vicki Cobb.
A nonfiction book containing chapters on rubber, cloth, leather, and how sneakers are made.  Good for a reference book.

Tanya and the Red Shoes by Patricia Lee Gauch.
A young girl learns the importance of persistence in learning to dance ballet.

Whose Shoes? by Anna Grossnickle Hines.
A lift-the-flap book.  Good for young children.

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