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

Snack and Story: Books and Treats to Share with Your Dog

by Tina Cho

Most children naturally love dogs, and so reading books with dog characters is a great way to foster a love of reading. Children can also read to their dogs or other pets.  If they don't have one, they could read to a stuffed animal. My students like doing that in our classroom. 

Some kids read to dogs with a purpose. I came across this Instagram story about a boy who reads to shelter dogs who are waiting to be adopted. He doesn't like to see them lonely.

And just as kids and adults like to snack and read, dogs can too. Here's an easy homemade dog treat recipe that my sisters uses: Peanut Butter Dog Treats from The Cookie Rookie.

Why not share a snack and a story with a pet (real or stuffed) in your life? Here are some books about dogs to get you started:

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems

Cool Dog, School Dog by Deborah Heiligman, illustrated by Tim Bowers

How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

Charlie Goes to School by Ree Drumond, illustrated by Diane deGroat

If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham

Can I Be Your Dog by Troy Cummings

Rescue and Jessica by Jessica Kensky, illustrated by Patrick Downes

Gobi, a Little Dog with a Big Heart by Dion Leonard, illustrated by Lisa Manuzak

Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Patrice Barton

Tina's sister's dogs enjoying