Parents & Teachers



Purple Carrot offers parents and teachers tools and resources to guide their kids and students toward deeper learning opportunities through the books they read. We offer reading strategies curriculum aligned with Common Core Standards and Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Please share your classroom experiences with us using the strategies. Send us your favorite pictures and stories and we’ll post them to our blog page. Happy learning!

Click the desired Reading Strategies below to display the curriculum pdf and download/save it to your computer.

Prisoner of Carrot Castle Reading Strategies


Ethan Blecher Braves a Bully Reading Strategies



Word Challenge: GLEAMING

The following is a Word Challenge sample from the print edition of The Prisoner of Carrot Castle.

Can you and your child learn this word together and use it in a story? If you do, send your picture and story to, and we’ll share it with our readers in our blog!

Challenge word: gleaming

Challenge word: gleaming

Fun Facts with Purple Carrot Books

Fun Facts with Purple Carrot Books


Food Party

Host a broccoli and carrot fun food party as a home or classroom activity where broccoli can become a forest and carrots might make great material for building a castle. The only rule is to eat the healthy food you play with and include a curriculum activity.



colorful carrots

Purple carrot among orange cousins 

Carrot facts:

  • Source of vitamin A, vitamin K, fiber, vitamin C, potassium, manganese, vitamin B6, molybdenum, vitamin B3, folate, and vitamin B1.
  • One cup of chopped carrots contains about 5-6 grams of sugar.
  • Good source of anti-oxidants (Vitamin C, Beta Carotenes and Falcarinol).
  • Carrots can be as small as 2 inches and long as 3 feet!
  • Carrots come in white, yellow, red, purple and the familiar orange.
  • Purple, yellow and red were the first cultivated carrots.
  • A ten-year study from the Netherlands found that carrots significantly lower your risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD).
An edible broccoli forrest from Edible Books Festival 2006.

An edible broccoli forrest from Edible Books Festival 2006

Broccoli facts:

  • Source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, vitamin A, manganese, fiber, tryptophan, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin B2, molybdenum, phosphorus, vitamin B5 and protein.
  • Steam broccoli for maximum nutrition and flavor. Cut florets into quarters for quick and even cooking. Be sure to enjoy the stems and leaves of broccoli, which are highly nutritious.
  • Studies found phyto-nutrients in broccoli support the detoxifying process of the body.
  • The combination of vitamin K and vitamin A in broccoli are helpful to rebuild and balance vitamin D when large supplemental doses of vitamin D are needed to offset deficiency.
  • Recent studies indicate an average of 1/2 cup of broccoli per day—only 22 calories’ worth—is enough to provide some measurable benefits to prevent cancer.
  • Broccoli supports a healthy digestive system by adding fiber, which aids the speed and consistency of food being processed as well as helps beneficial bacteria populations. Sulforaphanes in broccoli help prevent damage to the stomach lining from the overgrowth of Helicobacter pylori.