Please, Louise

Written by: Toni Morrison & Slade Morrison

Illustrated by: Shadra Strickland

Before Reading

Preview and Predict

When Louise ventures out into the world on a rainy day, she discovers the power and joy that can be found within the pages of any book. Begin your read-through by discussing the cover and what you and your child think you will see in these pages. There are plenty of prompts and questions provided in this guide, so don't feel pressured to ask them all during one read-through. Your child benefits from multiple readings of a story, so spread the questions out across several readings. 

What do you notice about the cover?

Where do you think Louise is?

What do you think it's like outside?

Who do you think is saying "Please, Louise"? Why do you think s/he is saying that?

As You Read

Build Language

Encourage your child to stop when s/he gets to a new word in the story. See if s/he can discover its meaning by using the illustrations and words surrounding it. For more difficult words, be sure to give plenty of other examples to ensure that your child understands their meanings. Examples of new words in Please, Louise include:

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Monitor Comprehension

Have an active discussion as you read to ensure comprehension, talking about how parts of the story relate to your child's life, the world around him/her as well as the other events within the story itself. Ask questions like, "What kinds of things can you learn from books in a library? What do you think she is reading? What kind of book would you choose from the library? How do you think Louise is feeling on this page? What joy do you think used to be in that old house? Do you think it is haunted?

Also be sure to point out things in the illustrations that your child may miss. For example, after reading "She can understand what she feels, since books can teach and please Louise.", point out that there is a dog in the book she is reading, just like the one sitting next to her on the porch.

After Reading

Make Connections

Help your child look at the story as a whole once you've completed your read-through by asking/discussing questions like: 

Did you like that story? Do you have a favorite part? If so, what is it?

What do you like to do on a rain day?

What did Louise learn in this story?

"Scary thoughts are your creation when you have no information." What does that mean?

Extending the Story

Rainy Day Activities!


Whether it's venturing outside for some nature-filled fun or spending the day dry indoors, check out some fun activities that will keep your little one entertained when it's rain outside.


STEM Extension

The next time it's going to rain, work together to create a rain catcher to monitor how much rainfall you get! You can also create a chart as shown in the activity and help your child make comparisons about the rainfall that you get on different days.