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 EIGHT: Make a Splash at the Pool!


Welcome to week EIGHT of Read, Discuss, Do's Summer Challenge! This week is all about making a splash. We hope you'll read some books that feature a swimming pool and make a splash in the pool yourself (just not at the same time!). If heading to the pool or a water park doesn't work for you, use the tub instead! Or run outside in the sprinkler. We're flexible! You could also do a project inspired by one of the books you read. Look back at this post about Jabari Jumps for one idea. Have fun, and don't forget about the hashtag, #RDDSummerChallenge. 

Suggested titles:

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall, a story about a young boy facing his fear of jumping off the diving board. This book may inspire your young readers to make the jump themselves!

1, 2, 3, Jump! by Lisl H. Detlefsen, illusrated by Madeline Valentine is another one about overcoming fear, this time about taking swim lessons. 

The Pool by Stanley Francis, illustrated by Angel Swan is a simple and silly story that is sure to amuse. And the simple text is ideal for beginning readers.