Ten Reason Your Kids Should Participate in a Summer Reading Program

by Rebecca J. Gomez When my kids were young, summer reading programs were a sure thing. For the most part, my children were avid readers, especially my girls. A summer reading program wasn't necessary to encourage them to read, but we participated because it was a fun addition to summer. And the free pizza, books, and water park tickets definitely didn't hurt! There are lots of reasons to participate in a summer reading program or challenge, and here are ten of them: 1. Many summer reading programs offer prizes. And while we all know that reading is its own reward, some kids haven't figured that out yet. For those kids, a prize is just the incentive they need to stick their noses in a book now and then over the summer. 2. It's a fun way to reward those kids who will be reading no matter what! 3. For some families, trips to the library may help break up summer monotony.  4. Summer reading programs promote reading together as a family, especially for those with very young

Using Books to Grow Little Hearts of Gratefulness

by Trine Grillo

Our desire at Read, Discuss, Do is to support everyone who reads with children in extending the magic of story time beyond the last page.

The lovely season of autumn arrives rushing us into the holidays at full speed. To my disappointment, Thanksgiving seems to get lost somewhere between Halloween and Christmas. Thanksgiving week is a wonderful time to push pause during the holiday chaos and model a thankful spirit to the young people in our lives.

As I read to children about this holiday, I also take the opportunity to especially appreciate our Native American friends and those of their ancestors who taught so much to the early pilgrims as they settled into this new world.

Read, Discuss, Do is an easy tool for nurturing the little hearts in your care to grow in gratefulness. 

This year I will be sharing these two story gems I discovered at the library where I work my day job.


We Are Grateful by Traci Sorell and illustrator Frané Lessac takes us on a journey through the seasons with the Cherokee people celebrating their many blessings and reflecting on lessons from their past. They say “otsaliheliga” to express gratitude.


What words do you use to express gratitude?

What was your favorite thing about this past year?


Make a poster of thankful words. Add colorful drawings of the things you are most thankful for this past year.


The Thank you Book by Mo Willems is delightful. Piggie comes to the realization that he is “one lucky pig” and sets out to thank every one he knows. His practical friend Elephant is a bit skeptical that he can accomplish this.


Who are you thankful for?

Can you think of something special to do for that person?


Make a list of people you are thankful for (grandparent, neighbor, teacher, pastor, friends, classmates, coach, doctor, grocery checker, shop owner, policeman, fireman…). Like Piggie, set out to thank one or more of them either with a visit, a call, or a handmade card. 

May your hearts grow even fuller in gratefulness and may you have too many blessings to count.


Do you have any favorite books to nurture gratefulness? We'd love to hear about them!


Trine Grillo said…
Thanks, Tina. I am enjoying these two books.
Mindy Baker said…
Thanks for sharing about these wonderful books!
Trine Grillo said…
Thank you , Mindy. I hope you can find them and read this holiday.