2019-2020 LYRC 3-5 Additional Resources

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Below is a collection of resources for each of the 2019-2020 3-5th grade nominated titles, including two sites that teachers and librarians can use to promote student participation: 

Book Taco is a free online resource designed to support the administration, assessment, and motivation of student participation in the LYRC program while providing educators a dynamic, interactive platform where they can monitor student reading progress (quiz results, book reviews, surveys), assign activities, and reward effort. Click the logo to access the site and create your free account, https://booktaco.com.


Teaching Books has partnered with us to give access to their collection for the 3-5 grade LYRC nominated resources at https://www.teachingbooks.net/qlsfswm



1. Army Brats by Daphne Benedis-Grab
o Author website: http://daphnebg.com/
o Educator Guide Forthcoming
2. Balderdash: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children’s Books by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
o Illustrator website: http://www.nancycarpenter.website/
o Animated presentation of color layers from illustrator: https://vimeo.com/209109455
3. A Boy Called Bat (#1) by Elana K. Arnold, illustrated by Charles Santoso
o Author website: http://elanakarnold.com/
o Illustrator website: http://www.charlessantoso.com/wp/
o Book trailer (unofficial): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJAevNdF9rI
4. Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James
o Author website: https://derrickdbarnes.com/
o Illustrator website: https://www.gordoncjames.com/
o Study Guides:
5. Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton
o Author/Illustrator website: http://www.bethanybarton.com/
o Discussion Guide created by LSU SLIS Graduate Student
6. Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code by Laurie Wallmark, illustrated by Katy Wu
o Illustrator website: http://katycwwu.tumblr.com/
o Study Guides:
2. Discussion questions from Unleashing Readers: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=13476
7. Imagine That!: How Dr. Seuss Wrote the Cat in the Hat by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
o Author website: https://www.judysierra.net/
o Illustrator website: https://www.kevinhawkes.com/
o Discussion Guide created by LSU SLIS Graduate Student
8. Jake the Fake Keeps it Real by Craig Robinson and Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Keith Knight
o Author website: http://www.adammansbach.com/
o Illustrator website: https://www.kchronicles.com/bio.html
o Interview with author/actor Craig Robinson and “Jake”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urodLJ9LOq4
o Discussion Guide created by LSU SLIS Graduate Student
9. Lemons by Melissa Savage. This title was first released under the name Bigfoot, Tobin & Me in 2017 in the UK. There may be some additional resources for this title under its UK name.  
o Author website: https://melissadsavage.com/
o Publisher Study Guide: Please note the guide in the UK version of title of the book.
10. Malala – Activist for Girl’s Education by Raphaelle Frier, illustrated by Aurelia Fronty
o Author website: N/A
o Illustrator website: http://www.aureliafronty.com/
o Discussion Guide created by LSU SLIS Graduate Student
11. Sled Dog School by Terry Lynn Johnson
o Study Guides: Curriculum guide from author’s personal website: http://www.terrylynnjohnson.com/pdfs/sled-dog-school-curriculum-guide.pdf
Discussion Guide created by LSU SLIS Graduate Student
12. The Explorers: The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress
o Study Guides:
1. Teaching ideas from Unleashing Readers: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=13561
13. The Princess and the Peas by Rachel Himes
o Author website: http://www.rachelhimes.com/
o Discussion Guide created by LSU SLIS Graduate Student
14. Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors, illustrated by Barbara Fisinger
o Study Guides:
1. Activity Guide from Texas Bluebonnet Award 2019: https://texasbluebonnetaward2019.wordpress.com/wedgie-and-gizmo/
15. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Charles Santoso
o Study Guides & resources:
4. Teaching Ideas from Classroom Bookshelf: http://www.theclassroombookshelf.com/2018/01/wishtree/
5. Discussion Guide from Book's Website: http://wishtreebook.com/static/pdf/brochure-site.pdf
7. Pledge to Welcome All Poster from Book's Website: http://wishtreebook.com/static/pdf/wishtree-poster-site.pdf