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2018-2019 LYRC 3-5 Discussion Guides and Additional Resources

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Below is a collection of resources for each of the 2018-2019 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/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), CBN 6 minute video about ihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzHj6Xqol0U

·        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 made by LSU SLIS Graduate Students 

·        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 made by LSU SLIS Graduate Students

·        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/

·        Discussion Guide made by LSU SLIS Graduate Students

·        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 made by LSU SLIS Graduate Students

·        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

  • The author, Nancy Churnin, is happy to skype with your classes. Her email is “nancychurnin at mac.com”  (that's also her Skype handle). The hearing children love learning sign language — William’s language. That’s something she would be happy to include in any Skype presentations.

    The author would also like to invite you to involve your students in the WILLIAM HOY project, HOY FOR THE HALL. We're writing letters to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, asking for him to be inducted. If inducted, he would be Deaf player honored there. Hoy for the Hall has more information, http://www.nancychurnin.com/hoy-for-the-hall/ has some more information.  He's very deserving and it would mean the world to the Deaf community and his family. The next vote is in 2020 so we're trying to deluge them with letters.

    National Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326

·        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

·        Discussion Guide made by LSU SLIS Graduate Students

·        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/