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 Five: FIREWORKS!


We are into the second month of celebrating reading and fun with the Read, Discuss, Do Summer Challenge! If you are just joining us, feel free to catch up with previous challenges or dive right in starting with this week's theme: FIREWORKS!

We are continuing a celebration of the USA with today's theme, but even if you're not planning on doing any celebrating this week, you can still play along by reading a book that features fireworks and doing some kind of fireworks activity with your readers. Besides lighting or watching actual fireworks, you could write your own poems about fireworks or create a fireworks themed art project. Be creative and have fun! If you share about this on social media, please use the hashtag #RDDSummerChallenge on Instagram and Twitter. 

Recommended titles: 

Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Mercè López - A collection of haiku which is not specifically about fireworks, but look at that cover. And there is a haiku about fireworks in it. 

The Night Before the Fourth of July by Amy Wing, illustrated by Amy Wummer - A charming story about a family's Fourth of July celebration written in the style of T'was the Night Before Christmas.

You're My Little Firecracker by Nicola Edwards, illustrated by Natalie Marshall - A cute and festive board book celebrating the love between parent and child.

Do you have a favorite fireworks book? Do you like to light your own or watch from a distance?