1. All reptiles, including birds, come from dinosaurs. 2. Some snakes can glide through the air from tree to tree. 3. The Mozambique spitting cobra can spit venom at its victim’s eyes from eight feet away. 4. The largest lizard …read more

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Fun Facts: Pilgrims

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

  Did you know? 1.  Pilgrims came from England to worship as they pleased or to find work. 2.  The name of their ship was the Mayflower. 3.  The Mayflower carried 102 passengers. 4.  At the end of the first …read more

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JetBlue’s Soar With Reading Program

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

  I couldn’t have been happier when the company of JetBlue elected to partner with Magic Tree House for JetBlue’s Soar With Reading Program this summer.  JetBlue’s program not only strives to inspire children to read, but also helps get …read more

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Fun Facts!! Leonardo da Vinci

Friday, March 29th, 2013

  1. Leonardo had a special way of writing called “mirror writing.” He wrote from right to left and backwards. 2. You could read Leonardo’s writing only if you held it up to a mirror. 3. Leonardo was a great …read more

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Where Will Jack & Annie Go Next?

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

  One of the questions I’m most often asked is: Where do my ideas for Magic Tree House books come from? When I first started writing the series, I talked to countless kids and teachers about where they’d most like …read more

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Junior Theater Festival

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

  I’m about to travel to one of my favorite events of the year: the annual Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. Over the holiday weekend, more than 3000 kids will act, dance, and sing at a show space in …read more

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Polar Bears and the Arctic

Friday, December 28th, 2012

  More Fun Facts !!  This time, it’s “Polar Bears and the Arctic” 1.  When they stand up, many polar bears are as tall as a one-story building. 2.  Polar bears can smell a seal under several feet of ice …read more

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Jazz Music

Monday, October 29th, 2012

  For decades I’ve loved the early jazz music of New Orleans. The songs from Louis Armstrong’s first records are not only joyful, funny, and mysterious, they are also uniquely American. I really hope that today’s children will become more familiar with …read more

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More Fun Facts: Ghosts

Friday, October 19th, 2012

  1. New Orleans is said to be the most haunted city in America. 2. Abraham Lincoln’s ghost is said to haunt the White House. There is a story that the Queen of Holland was visited by it when she …read more

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Baby Pandas

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

  As you might know, my latest Magic Tree House, #48, A Perfect Day with Pandas came out this summer, along with my sister Natalie Pope Boyce’s newest Fact Tracker, Pandas and Other Endangered Species. Natalie always has an expert …read more

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Fun Facts: Knights and Castles

Monday, September 17th, 2012

  Every now and then we share some Fun and/or Amazing facts compiled by Natalie Pope Boyce, author of the Magic Tree House Fact Tracker books. This time, it’s Knights and Castles Knights lived during a time called the Middle …read more

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Mary Pope Osborne's Classroom Adventures Program

Classroom Adventures!

Friday, August 31st, 2012

  As a new school year begins, I am excited to introduce you to my new Classroom Adventures Program. I regard this program as my 20th anniversary gift to teachers who have inspired me with their dedication to their students …read more

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  Did you know? 1.  Wars were called off in Greece during the Olympics. 2.  As many as 70,000 people from all over Greece went to the Olympics. 3.  Messengers wearing cloaks and carrying wands went all over Greece to …read more

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A Magical Day at Old Mill Pond School

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

  Last Wednesday, my husband Will and I spent a magical day at Old Mill Pond School in Palmer, Massachusetts. Since spring, 2011, the school has been helping us develop our Magic Tree House Classroom Adventures Program. By using the …read more

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Two Weeks in Japan

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

  The highlight of my autumn was a two-week trip to Japan with my husband Will. We did many fun things, including walking down the “Green Carpet,” of the Tokyo International Film Festival for the premier of a Japanese “anime” …read more

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