Book and Gift Pairings for the Holidays

Books make great gifts any time of year. But what's even better? Books paired with a items meant to extend the enjoyment of the story! This Read, Discuss, Do! Gift Guide pairs some of our favorite books with other gifts meant to help extend the fun of the story beyond the last page and maybe even encourage some new experiences. We hope you find some good ideas for readers and doers in your life on this list. For Babies and Toddlers Hey, Bruce! by Ryan T. Higgins. Pair this super fun (and funny) interactive picture book with a black bear plush, such as this First and Main 10-inch Bear .  Stomp, Wiggle, Clap, and Tap: My First Book of Dance  by Rachel Burk and illustrated by Alyssa De Asis, a book that encourages imaginative play. Pair this book with a musical gift such as a music box or instrument. Or maybe a dance costume! More books for active babies and toddlers For Little Makers The Thingity-Jig by Kathleen Doherty and illustrated by Kristyna Litten will be a sure hit with lit

Summer Challenge Week Two: PLAY IN THE DIRT!

It's week two of the Summer Challenge, and hopefully you're having as much fun as we are. If you missed week one, don't worry. You can catch up any time.

This week's challenge is to PLAY IN THE DIRT! Everyone knows that reading is good for kids. Playing in the dirt (or mud or sand) is good for them too. So this week, we hope you will do both, and that you'll share about it on social media. Be sure to use #RDDSummerChallenge in your posts!

Recommended titles:

Roy Digs Dirt, written and illustrated by David Shannon

Hogwash! by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jim McMullan

Dig In! by Cindy Jenson-Elliott, illustrated by Mary Peterson

Have fun!