Read, Discuss, and Do with MARI IN THE MARGINS

By Marci Whitehurst The best books make readers feel like they aren’t alone. They’re seen. Understood. Our very own  Rebecca J. Gomez  accomplishes this flawlessly in Mari in the Margins , her new middle grade novel in verse, published by Bandersnatch Books. It releases May 14 th !  Here’s a snippet about the novel, which you’ll surely want to READ:   For Marivel Jiménez, life in her big family is full of chaos. Feeling overlooked by her parents and overshadowed by her siblings is frustrating, and it's even worse to have the constant attention of her annoying, mischievous three-year-old sister, Susana.  Caught between her need to be noticed and her dream of having time to herself, Marivel pours herself into poetry and, eventually, art journaling. When she hears of a school-wide poetry contest, she sees winning as a chance to escape the margins of her family and finally be seen. Doesn’t that sound amazing? That’s because it is. I was honored to read the book ahead of its release—and

Summer Challenge Week SIX: Nighttime!


Welcome to week five of the Read, Discuss, Do Summer Challenge! So far we've had a lot of fun with ice cream, playing in the dirt, setting sail, red, white & blue, and fireworks! If you've missed out on any of those challenges, feel free to catch up any time. And if you're new, we hope you'll jump in!

This week's theme is NIGHTTIME! We hope this challenge leads to some fun books and discussions about night. We suggest having some fun with flashlights, playing hide-and-go-seek in the dark, or trying a night sky art project. Whatever you do, you have fun! Remember to use #RDDSummerChallenge if you share in the fun on Instagram and Twitter.

Recommended titles:

Flashlight Night by Matt Forrest Esenwine, illustrated by Fred Koehler. This is an imaginative book about children using their flashlights to explore the world--and their imaginations--at night.

Noisy Night by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Brian Biggs. A fun book that will have readers trying to solve the mystery of the noises along with the characters.

Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta, illustrated by Ed Young. A cute book about a sneaky little "ninja" creeping through the house at night. It has a fun twist at the end.


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