A Reading Group Guide for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
by William JoyceChoose the questions and activities that work best with the age and interests of the child or class you are sharing this book with. Discussion questions
This is a story about books and hopes and about what you see if you take the time to look up.
1. At the beginning of the story, we learn that Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories and he loved books. What do you love?
2. After the storm, Morris feels lost and wanders around. Then he looks up and sees the flying lady with her squadron of flying books. Talk about how you see the world when you look down. How do you see the world when you look up?
3. The flying lady sees that Morris is sad and needs a new story so she gives him her favorite book. How can a story help someone feel better? Have you ever felt bad and then heard a story that made you feel better? What kinds of stories and books make you feel better?
4. Do you have any stories or special words that you tell yourself to help you feel better?
5. Every story has its upsets. Have you ever had an upset? Did anyone help you? What did you do to turn the upset around?
6. When Morris entered the building with all the books, he could hear faint chatter and it felt as if the books were asking to be opened and read. It has been said that every book needs a