2019 LYRC 3-5 Discussion Guides and Additional Resources


Below is a collection of resources for each of the 3-5th grade nominated titles.

Additionally, Teaching Books has partnered with us to give access to their collection for 3-5th grade LYRC nominated resources as well, https://www.teachingbooks.net/qldobm5.


1.      Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport

·        Common core curriculum guide (with activities): http://www.susanhoodbooks.com/sites/default/files/Adas_Violin_CG.pdf

·        Book trailer: https://vimeo.com/194621162 (2.03 minutes long)

·        Author website: http://susanhoodbooks.com/node/181

·        Illustrator website: http://sallycomport.com/

·        Book Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Adas-Violin/Susan-Hood/9781481430951


2.      Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, with Tuan Ho, illustrated by Brian Deines

·        Discussion guide coming soon

·        Book trailer: None as of 10/27/17

·        Author website: http://www.calla.com/wordpress/

·        Illustrator website: http://briandeines.com/

·        Book Website: http://pajamapress.ca/book/adrift_at_sea/


3.      The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

·        Discussion guide: http://resource.scholastic.com.au/resourcefiles/8375915_31376.pdf

·        Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peZA-aFxMQU

·        Author website: http://www.aaronblabeybooks.com

·        Book website:  https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/bad-guys-the-by-aaron-blabey/


4.      FRAMED! A T.O.A.S.T. Mystery by James Ponti

·        Book guide: http://d28hgpri8am2if.cloudfront.net/tagged_assets/2326961/framed_cg.pdf

·        Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUI0duNPWzs

·        Author website: https://www.jamesponti.com/

·        Book website: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Framed!/James-Ponti/Framed!/9781481436311


5.      The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation by Gilbert Ford

·        Common core curriculum guide with activities: http://d28hgpri8am2if.cloudfront.net/tagged_assets/2691862/9781481450652_cg_marvelous%20thing%20that%20came%20from%20a%20spring.pdf

·        Process video with author: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4vbdky (3:49 minutes long)

·        Author website: http://gilbertford.com/news/

·        Book website: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Marvelous-Thing-That-Came-from-a-Spring/Gilbert-Ford/9781481450652


6.      My Life in Pictures by Deborah Zemke

·        Discussion guide coming soon

·        Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCQRRg1wW18

·        Author website: http://www.deborahzemke.com/

·        Book website: http://www.beagarciabooks.com/  and http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/316428/my-life-in-pictures-by-deborah-zemke/9780147513120/


7.      Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez

·        Discussion and activity guide: https://www.teachingbooks.net/media/pdf/Peachtree/SevenandaHalfTonsofSteelTG.pdf

·        Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqK5QdQhDs0

·        Author website: http://www.janetnolan.com/

·        Illustrator website: http://www.tomprints.com/index.html

·        Book website: http://peachtree-online.com/product/seven-and-a-half-tons-of-steel/


8.      Soar by Joan Bauer

·        Educator guide, discussion ideas, questions and activities:  https://texasbluebonnetaward2018.wordpress.com/soar/

·        Book trailer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzHWxWXT65d-SEo5N0dMRlc4WVk/view

·        Author website: http://joanbauer.com/

·        Book website: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/316432/soar-by-joan-bauer/9780147513151/


9.      Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness by Donna Janell Bowman, illustrated by Daniel Minter

·        Author website: http://www.donnajanellbowman.com/

·        Illustrator website: http://danielminter.net/

·        Book website: https://www.leeandlow.com/books/step-right-up

·        Study guide: http://www.donnajanellbowman.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Step-Right-Up-Teachers-Guide-2016.pdf

·        Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM3VUWqSRCY

·        Illustrator process video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=af-uifTYSeg#action=share


10.   Tiny Stitches: The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas by Gwendolyn Hooks, illustrated by Colin Bootman

·        Educator guide: https://www.leeandlow.com/uploads/loaded_document/380/Tiny_Stitches_Teacher_s_Guide_PDF_2017.pdf

·        No book trailer as of 10/27/17

·        Author website: http://gwendolynhooks.com/

·        Book website: https://www.leeandlow.com/books/tiny-stitches


11.   Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

·        Educator guide:  http://jewellparkerrhodes.com/children/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Towers-Falling-Educator-Guide.pdf

·        Educator guide, discussion ideas, questions and activities:  https://texasbluebonnetaward2018.wordpress.com/towers-falling/

·        Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH1qCd1ZJ1I

·        Author website: http://jewellparkerrhodes.com/children/

·        Book website: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/jewell-parker-rhodes/towers-falling/9780316262224/


12.   The Voyage to Magical North (The Accidental Pirates #1) by Claire Fayers

·        Discussion guide coming soon

·        No book trailer as of 10/27/17

·        Author website: http://clairefayers.com/

·        Book website: https://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/claire-fayers/voyage-to-magical-north


13.   The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Jez Tuya

·        Study guide: file:///C:/Users/ldsw/Downloads/William-Hoy-Teachers-Guide.pdf

·        Video of the author reading the entire book (with ASL): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT9nh-jBv2s (16:20 minutes long)

·        Author website: http://www.nancychurnin.com/

·        Illustrator website: http://jez-tuya.blogspot.com/

·        Book website: https://www.albertwhitman.com/book/the-william-hoy-story/


14.   Wish by Barbara O’Connor

·        Common core curriculum guide: http://www.barbaraoconnor.com/docs/BOC_common-core-guide.pdf

·        Reader and discussion guide: http://www.barbaraoconnor.com/docs/wish-discussion-guide.pdf

·        Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-MgvFwVpvc

·        Author website: http://www.barbaraoconnor.com/index.html

·        Book website: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374302757


15.   Word of Mouse by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein, illustrated by Joe Sutphin

·        Educator guide coming soon

·        Book trailer: No trailer as of 10/27/17

·        Author website (Patterson): http://www.jamespatterson.com/

·        Author website (Grabenstein): http://www.chrisgrabenstein.com/

·        Illustrator website: https://www.joesutphin.com/

·        Book website: https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/james-patterson/word-of-mouse/9780316349567/