Little Read 2016

Curricular Activity Ideas

A Good Night for Ghosts by Mary Pope Osborne

The Little Read with Will Osborne & Mary Pope Osborne

April 23, 2016 at noon
PE Monroe Auditorium

Internationally produced and published playwright, book author, and respected director, teacher, and actor, Will Osborne traces his interest in theater back to the very first time he saw a play performed live onstage nearly fifty years ago. The play? Look Homeward, Angel at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Will’s play Smoke & Mirrors, a comic murder mystery co-authored with Anthony Herrera, has been produced internationally. In 2007, collaborating with Randy Courts, he provided lyrics for Magic Tree House: The Musical, a full-scale, Broadway-style family musical that traveled to fifty-four U.S. cities and later throughout Germany. Will’s writing for musical theater also includes Saddle Jazz, a Western swing musical; The Wonderful O, an adaptation of the James Thurber novella; Manifest Destiny, a National Endowment for the Arts-funded extravaganza set in 1840s America; and four musical adaptations of Magic Tree House books licensed by Music Theatre International for performance by school-aged children. Will has authored more than a dozen books for children and young adults, many co-written with his wife, Mary Pope Osborne, including the Magic Tree House Fact Tracker series; two retellings of Greek mythology; A Time to Dance for the My America series; and a picture book, Sleeping Bobby, with award-winning illustrator Giselle Potter. He has also created several highly acclaimed multi-media shows for the Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill, two of which featured William Shatner and the late Walter Cronkite. Will is a member of the Dramatists Guild; a founder of The Writers Group in New York; a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC Chapel Hill; and lead vocalist and guitarist for the blues/R&B group WillPower.

Mary Pope Osborne is known for the highly imaginative and successful Magic Tree House series, which won a Lifetime Achievement Award. She has published nearly 50 books in the series, which has been translated into over 30 languages and has sold over 100 million copies worldwide. She has also authored numerous young adult books, including Haunted Waters; Adaline Falling Star; and Run, Run as Fast as You Can.

Collaboration Ideas

Jazz Band - Invite the Jazz Band from your local middle or high school

Art - Create grid drawings/paintings of musical instruments or musicians

Music - Have students learn When The Saints Go Marching In and What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

Dr. Cheri Hudson


Jessica Esposito