Noisy Nora Literature Guide

Grade Level: 
K, 1, 2, 3
by Rosemary Wells - A literature guide for parents, teachers, and group leaders to accompany the reading of this picture book. The guide below provides before, during, and after-reading discussion questions. Choose from activities and discussion questions to build children's understanding of generosity, community, and the importance of listening to each other. Spanish Version Attached.

Whether or not you are a middle child, you can probably identify with the feelings of Nora as she watches her parents attend to her older sister and younger brother and feels left out. This story provides beautiful evidence of busy families loving, caring for, and supporting each other. This book is a happy springboard for initiating discussions of patience and taking turns, establishing family time, talking about roles that each member of the family plays, and finding ways to give each member of the family the attention he or she desires. We hope you enjoy introducing Nora to your busy family.

Before Reading

ASK: Do you feel like an important member of the family? Do you feel that your family members listen to you? How do you get the attention of someone who isn’t paying attention to you?

SHOW: Look at the pictures on the cover and title page. Does Nora seem to be knocking things over on purpose? Why would she do that?

CONNECT: Have you ever been called Noisy? How did it make you feel? Let’s read this book and find out why Nora is called Noisy Nora.

During Reading

ASK: After reading a few pages, ask the following questions: “What is the problem in the story? How does Nora try to handle the problem? Is it working?”

SHOW: Look at the picture of Nora’s family when she bursts out of the closet. How do their faces tell you they feel about Nora? Do they care about the noise and mess?

CONNECT: Have you ever tried some of the things that Nora tried to get attention?

After Reading

ASK: How do families support and care for each other? Why is it important to feel supported and cared for in your family? How do your family members know you care about them? How do you know your family members care about you?

SHOW: Look at the pictures again. List all the activities the family does together. List all the ways Nora finds to be noisy.

CONNECT: What are some ways you can let your family know when there is a problem?


  1. Have a family meeting in which you talk about family roles. What unique quality does each person feel he or she adds to the family? Discuss whether anyone in your family feels like Nora. Discuss ways that family members can share, take turns, and respect each others’ needs and space. Establish some family meeting rules, such as be honest, take turns, no putdowns/name calling, everyone shares, etc.
  2. Draw a picture of your family. Each member can draw a different picture. On a separate sheet of lined paper, write a list of things you could do for or with each person. These ideas may include the following: ways to help with a project, help with a weekly chore, share resources, spend time with someone, teach something you are good at, etc.
  3. Listening is an act of generosity. Try this Simple Safe Service project with your family to promote conversations and build relationships.


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