Reading Road Trip: Construction Zone

Welcome to stop two on the Reading Road Trip! If you’re just joining us, be sure to download the roadmap so you can follow along. Also, sign up here for a chance to win a prize pack at the end of the summer! The reading road trip continues this week with a drive through a construction zone! Unlike construction zones in real life, which can slow us down or bring us to a full stop and add a lot of frustration to a journey, this construction zone is all about bringing a little construction-themed fun to the summer! So we hope you take some time this week to spend a little “building” time with your kids, reading books with a construction theme—whether that be books about building with blocks or bricks, toys or giant cranes. Continue reading for story time ideas and a construction themed reading list. Read : Books that fit the theme of “construction zone,” however you want to interpret it! FEATURED BOOK: Billions of Bricks by Kurt Cyrus Billions of Bricks by Kurt Cyrus is a book about b

Summer Challenge Week SEVEN: Go Wild with Zoo Books!

Welcome to week SEVEN of the Read, Discuss, Do Summer Challenge! You'll go wild for this week's theme: the zoo! Pair this week's read (or reads) with a trip to the zoo. If you can't go in person, why not do a virtual tour online? Some other ideas: set up a zoo with stuffed animals, make zoo animal art, or play a game of "guess that animal sound." Be creative and have fun! Don't forget about the social media hashtag, #RDDSummerChallenge.

Suggested titles:

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell, a classic lift the flap book that will delight little ones as they guess what animal is hiding behind the flap!

Peek-a-boo Zoo! by Jane Cabrera is a great book for babies and toddlers with simple, repetitive text and bright illustrations.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead, is great for the older picture book audience. It's a sweet story about how the zoo animals take care of their friend the zookeeper when he's home sick. 

There are many other great zoo themed picture books out there. Do you have any favorites?