For Kids

For Kids


Mark Twain wrote a lot of books for adults, but the books read most around the world are the ones he wrote for you!

You may have heard of the books The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but have you ever heard of Tom Sawyer Abroad, The Prince and the Pauper and Tom Sawyer Detective?

These are all books written by Mark Twain for kids. Why not discover some of these books for yourself? Check your local library or bookstore. If you can't find the books you're looking for, you can ask your parents to order them from the museum by clicking here or by calling 573-221-9010 and asking for the gift shop.


Are you coming to the Museum?

Click here for a Mark Twain Mysteries hunt you can complete during your visit to the museum! 

We also have a Scavenger Hunt that is fun to do with a partner or two (and the answers and pt. 2 of the answers).*

*To keep costs low, we cannot hand out printed copies of the scavenger hunt. Please print both the questions and answers before you arrive! 

You can also view a Virtual Tour of the museum created by students like yourself. We also have virtual tours of Hannibal landmarks described in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn on our Community Projects page. This way, even if you can't visit Hannibal, you can still see how Mark Twain used real settings in his books.

Below you'll find some fun Twain activities. We will continue adding to the site, so check back often for more fun things to do!

Check out our Mark Twain Word Search.


Do you need help with homework?

Listed below are some resources to help you with some common homework questions:

Mark Twain's Life and Works

Mark Twain's Family Genealogy

List of Mark Twain's Books

Frequently Asked Questions

You might find the websites below helpful as well:

Mark Twain House in Hartford, CT
This is the home where Sam and Livy Clemens raised their children.

Mark Twain Quotes
Thousands of quotes by Mark Twain are organized alphabetically by topic.

Mark Twain Papers & Project at the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley

Mark Twain's Writings Searchable E-Text and Memory Builder Game

PBS Mark Twain Interactive Scrapbook and Classroom Activities

If you can't visit the museum right now, you can always take our Virtual Tour. This was created by twelve kids like yourself as an assignment for the Mark Twain Young Authors Workshop. If you'd like to learn more about winning a scholarship to the workshop, click here.


Are you an aspiring writer?

Young Sam Clemens worked as a typesetter as a young boy and often submitted his own stories for publication in local papers. These experiences were certainly valuable to him as he developed his writing skills. If you enjoy writing, check out these excellent opportunities for young authors:

Mark Twain Young Authors Workshop
This program is co-sponsored by the HATS (High Achieving Talented Students) Program at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida.  The HATS Program provided funding in 2007 and 2008 to offer the workshop in partnership with the Mark Twain Museum.  The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and The Riedel Foundation provided funding for the workshop in 2010.

Students in grades 5-8 are invited to submit their writing sample and a teacher recommendation. Twelve students are awarded full scholarships (including airfare) to spend a week in Hannibal, Missouri learning how Mark Twain used real settings, real people, and real experiences to create his enduring work. The workshop is co-directed by Dr. Cindy Lovell, museum director, and Henry Sweets, museum curator. Full details are available online at: http://www.stetson.edu/hats/MarkTwainYoungAuthors.php. (Note: Due to lack of funding, there will be no workshop in Summer 2011. Please check back for information about a program in 2012.)  Will you please consider making a donation to support this program?

National Novel Writing Month
Did you know that Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835? And what does that have to do with writing a novel? Perhaps it's just a coincidence, but November is considered "National Novel Writing Month" and you can participate! Can you accept the challenge of writing a novel in one month? This site has a special young writers program. Full details are available online at: http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/.

Stone Soup
This magazine is made up entirely of work sent in by children ages 8 to 13. For details on how to submit your writing visit their website at: http://www.stonesoup.com/.

Creative Kids
If you are 8 to 14 years old, you can submit your games, stories, and artwork to this magazine, the largest publication created solely by children. Details are available online at: http://www.creativekidsart.org/.

Kids Are Authors
This program is sponsored by Scholastic Books, Inc. Students in grades K-8 must collaborate (at least 3 students must contribute) on writing and illustrating a book. At least one educator must oversee the project and submit it to Scholastic by March 15 each year. Winning books will be published by Scholastic. Details are available online at http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/kaa/index.htm.

Teen Ink
This magazine is published completely by teens and features writing, art, and photos. View complete details at: http://www.teenink.com/index.php.

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