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 ELEVEN: Back to School


Welcome to week ELEVEN of the Read, Discuss, Do Summer Challenge! This is the final week of the challenge. Summer is coming to an end. School is starting, or has started, or will start soon! We hope that you will use this week's challenge as inspiration to read some fun school-related books and get out and have some end-of-summer fun with your family. Whatever you do, have a good time. And remember, reading together doesn't have to end just because the summer does!

Suggested titles:

My Teacher is a Monster! (No I am Not.) by Peter Brown - a funny book that will help your little one realized that teachers are real people too.

Two Tough Trucks by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez, illustrated by Hilary Leung - An action packed rhyming story about two very different trucks learning to get along on the first day of school. 

Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts - Laugh out loud as Iggy Peck proves to his teacher that his dream of erecting towering structures is worth pursuing. 

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Come back next week (August 20th) for an END OF SUMMER BASH, which will include a round-up of all the Summer Challenge books and fun, a guest post on easy ways to use art to extend the benefits of story time, a giveaway, and more!