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The Loud Book!

Last updated Friday, March 2, 2018

Author: Deborah Underwood
Date of Publication:
ISBN: 0547390084
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Mar. 2018

Synopsis: BANG! CRACKLE! BOO! Just like there are lots of quiets, there are also lots of louds: good louds (HOORAY!) and bad louds (CRASH!), and louds that make you feel like you are the center of attention (BURP!). The Loud Book compiles all these kid-friendly noises from morning to night, in a way that is sure to make readers CHEER! This is a sampling of conditions and situations, resulting, in this case, in loud noises, each portrayed by the cast of stuffed-animal characters. There is a broad range of noises depicted, from ringing alarm clocks, burping, cheering, applauding, and whistling to sounds created by dropping various items (lunch trays, marbles in the library, etc.).

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What is a "good" loud? What is a "bad" loud? (see inside front cover)
•  What kind of loud sounds do you like?
•  Where do you hear these types of loud sounds?
•  Does everyone like the same kind of loud sounds?


•  deafening - extremely loud
•  deafening silence - curiously quiet, when you would expect to hear sound or noise
•  avalanche - A fall or slide of a large mass of material.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What is your favorite type of loud sound or noise in the book?
•  What loud sounds do you not like to hear?
•  When and where should you not make loud noises? Why not?

Craft ideas:
•  Make musical instruments. Maraca with paper bag, tambourine shaker using a folder paper plate, accordion.
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

Special activities:
•  Make some loud sounds like clapping, then make quiet sounds like whispering.
•  Make sounds like Aunt Tillie's Banjo Band, while using your crafted instruments.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!