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 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!