BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers

Credit Requirements

Requirements for Participants Registering for 1 Credit Hour, Pass/Fail

Before the conference begins, read 10 books of your choosing by the guest presenters appearing on the program. You must read at least one book from each of the presenting authors and illustrators; the remaining four can be selected from any of the presenters. Write and submit a book record for each book read. The book record should include a bibliographic citation, brief summary, and some sort of evaluation of or response to each book (example provided below).

Attend all required sessions. This includes spending the required amounts of time in the BYU Store annex (in the Provo City Library) and at the BYU Store looking at the children's and young adult books (see schedule below).

While at the conference, keep an attendance log consisting of responses or notes on the presentations given by the guest authors and on any other activities or presentations. Include in your log notes information about the books you discover in the BYU Store annex and during other sessions. The log may be informal and should reflect honest responses to conference events. Complete your log by writing a one- to two-page summary of your experiences during the conference.

Gather your book records and your attendance log, including your summary, for submission. Please make sure your name is clearly legible on the front of the packet. Stapling or loosely binding the packet together is preferred. Please refrain from submitting your packet in folders or bulky binders. You can submit your packet in one of three ways:

  1. Submit your packet at the conclusion of the conference in the box provided. Please use as little packaging as possible to keep your papers together, a staple or paper clip is sufficient. No big binders or bulky folders please. 
  2. Make or save digital versions of your book records and attendance logs (PDF or Word documents only). Attach the packet to an email and send it to
  3. Mail your packet to the address below: (Please use as little packaging as possible to keep your papers together, a staple or paper clip is sufficient. No big binders or bulky folders please)

Books for Young Readers Credit Assignment
c/o Rachael L. Wadham
1222 Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University
Provo, Utah 84602

All packets must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 1, 2019. Packets received after this deadline will not receive credit.

Note: An optional meeting will be held at the Provo City Library at 8:15 a.m. on the first day of the conference to answer questions about these credit requirements.

Sample Book Records

Citation: Hodges, Margaret (reteller). Saint George and the Dragon. Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. Boston: Little, Brown, 1984.

Summary: According to the title page, this picture book is "A Golden Legend Adapted by Margaret Hodges from Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene." George, the Red Cross Knight, is bound to serve the Queen of the Fairies for six years, and he is sent by the Queen to battle the most fearsome of dragons. The lovely Una, daughter of the king whose land is being terrorized by the dragon, comes to lead George to her home. After a long journey, George meets the dragon in battle. At the end of each day's fighting, George is nearly dead. However, he is revived by spring waters and dew from an apple tree, both of which have magical healing properties. Finally, the valiant George slays the dreadful worm, freeing the kingdom. Of course, the king offers him Una's hand in marriage. The two do love each other, so they marry—even though George must continue to serve the Fairy Queen.

Response: The language is wonderfully appropriate for an ancient, traditional tale, giving it the flavor of old England. Yet the writing is still accessible to children. "Once more the Red Cross Knight mounted and attacked the dragon. Once more in vain. Yet the beast had never before felt such a mighty stroke from the hand of any man, and he was furious for revenge" (p. 16). Hyman's award-winning illustrations are done in sparkling acrylics. Each double-page spread is bordered with a window frame that gives the appearance of looking at the book through a beveled glass window. The text is on one side of the double page spread; however, the outer edge of the window around the text is done in "stained glass," which shows additional story scenes and/or is filled with plants that were indigenous to that part of medieval England. Hyman's careful, representational style makes for paintings filled with detail. Her characters are generally beautiful people, and these are no exception. Hyman had a good time doing the dragon—a bright, brassy, tremendously large beast (10 times the size of George's horse). The illustrations in this book are used primarily to reinforce facts from the text. Readers see exactly what Hodges describes. Of course, Hyman extends upon Hodge's descriptions by further developing character and embellishing setting. For instance, Una's purity and innocence are mirrored in her gentle facial expressions.

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