School Show: Tomás and the Library Lady

Tomás and the Library Lady

by Childsplay

Grades K-5

A bilingual musical, based on the beloved book and true story of the Mexican-American author and educator Tomás Rivera, who became the first minority Chancellor in the University of California system.

Young Tomás knows all his grandfather’s stories by heart. His thirst for knowledge expands upon meeting an inspiring librarian, and the two find themselves learning more about each other than what’s written in pages. This moving production shows how self-esteem, reading, and education make anything possible.

Common Core Content Standards Easily Applied in Your Classroom

  • 1.3.RI.3: Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
  • 3.RL.3: Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
  • 5.RI.5: Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.

Lesson Plan Idea

In groups or partners, students research the real Tomás Rivera and compare details from his real life to those in the book.


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Event Information

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
9:30 am
50 minutes plus Q&A

LBC performance may vary.

Set the Stage

Prepare your students for their trip to the theater with these free resource materials.

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