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 Printable Calendar

 The Summer Challenge begins in just over a week! If you haven't signed up and entered the giveaway yet, head over to this post to jump in. You can win a copy of Federico and the Wolf by Rebecca J. Gomez!

The Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Challenge is all about pairing books with summer fun! Every Friday, beginning June 3rd, we will share a weekly theme along with book recommendations, discussion starters, and ideas for summer activities to extend the fun of story time. What better way to connect with your kids and prevent the summer slide? 

Would you like a heads up about the weekly themes? Download our printable Summer Challenge calendar! It includes all ten challenge themes and ideas for activities you can do each week. Plus it's a colorful and fun remind to hang on the fridge! Click here to download the PDF.

You can also download and print these Summer Challenge bookmarks for your kiddos to color and use this summer. And don't forget to share the graphic below on social media to help us spread the word. Be sure to use #RDDSummerChallenge!