Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Google Custom Search

Coy, John.
New York : Carolrhoda Books, 2013
IL K-3, RL 3.8

(2 booktalks)
Click on the book to read Amazon reviews
Booktalk #1

Springfield College was in big trouble. They needed yet another gym teacher for a rowdy group of students. Two teachers had already quit that school year due to the behavior of the students in that class. The college officials convinced young teacher James Naismith to take the job. Once he walked into the gym, Mr. Naismith knew he was in trouble. There was no way he was going to keep the attention of this group without coming up with something different, something fast paced, and fun. Mr. Naismith tried football and soccer, but someone always got hurt. He knew he needed an activity that would prevent anyone from getting tackled. Then one morning shortly before Christmas, the young teacher had a brainstorm! With a soccer ball and a peach basket, he came up with a game that the students loved! Read this book to find out how the game of basketball was invented. (Prepared by: Deborah Wolfe, Bryson Elementary School,
South Carolina Picture Books Award Nominee, 2016)

Booktalk #2

James Naismith’s gym class is full of energetic boys. In fact, they are so rambunctious that two previous gym teachers have already given up trying to teach them. Naismith’s desperate attempt to constructively occupy the boys leads to the birth of a new sport, basketball, a game that can be played indoors.  (Booktalk by Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Committee, 2016)

SUBJECTS:     Basketball -- History.
                        Naismith, James, 1861-1939.
                        Picture books for children.

Main Page ** Author List ** Title List ** New This Month ** Interest Level ** Subject List ** FAQ's ** Contributors ** Booktalking Tips **Book Review Sources ** Reading lists ** Reading lists ** Awards **Nancy Keane's Children's Website **
Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is
licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License