Eight Tips for Helping Young Readers Bloom

Spring is here, so many people are planning and prepping to work in their gardens. In many places, spring flowers are already blooming or daffodils and other spring bulbs are poking up out of the warming soil. Given the right conditions and care, gardens can be thriving, vibrant places full of life. And the same is true for young readers! So, to celebrate spring and gardens and reading, here are ten tips to help your young readers bloom and thrive, along with some garden photos for some garden inspiration. 1. Just like flowers, budding readers blossom in their own time. Encourage them, but let them grow at their own pace. 2. Gardens need the right nutrients to grow, and this can vary depending on the plant. The same is true for young readers. Fertilize young readers minds with consistent, nutrient-rich mind food. In other words, offer a variety of books! But remember, not all growing readers will respond to the same books the same way.  Cone flowers and black-eyed Susans in Rebecca'

Summer Challenge Sign-up and GIVEAWAY!

 The Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Challenge is just over two weeks away, and we are celebrating with a GIVEAWAY for those who sign up to join the fun!

The Summer Challenge is perfect for parents, grandparents, caregivers, day care providers, and educators who will be spending time with kids this summer. It's not much different than what we do throughout the rest of the year: encourage you and the kids in your life to read a book, discuss the book, and do an activity related to the book! But with the Summer Challenge, we hope to inspire a little extra summery reading and fun!

How do you participate? Easy! 

To participate "officially" and be eligible for the giveaway, you must:

  1. Comment on this post (scroll to the bottom and click "post a comment") indicating your intention to take on the Summer Challenge (be sure to fill out the Rafflecopter so we can contact you if you win). That's it!
Bonus stuff to do if you want to get all the fun you can out of this challenge:
  1. Download the square Summer Challenge graphic (at the top of this post) and share it on your blog or social media to help us spread the word.
  2. Subscribe to the Read, Discuss, Do! newsletter so you won't miss a theme. 
  3. Share the fun on social media with the hashtag #RDDSummerChallenge. 
  4. Download the printable Summer Challenge bookmarks. Kids can color them and even design one of their own. Perfect for marking their spot in all the books they'll be reading this summer!

You do NOT have to sign up in order to join in the fun. But you DO have to sign up in order to be eligible for the GIVEAWAY. What could you win? A copy of Rebecca J. Gomez's book Federico and the Wolf! Comment below (and fill out the Rafflecopter form) to enter! 

We hope you will join the fun, which begins on June 3rd!

Oh, and one more thing. If you miss out on this giveaway, no worries. There will be another one at the end of the summer!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Samantha Worthing said…
We're going to color and use those fun bookmarks! ;)
Rebecca Gomez said…
Glad to hear that, Samantha!
Julia said…
So fun!! I love the bookmarks :)
Kylee Jones said…
This looks so fun! We're in!
Michelle said…
The Summer Reading Challenge bookmarks are so adorable! I love the smiling sun :D
MrsKohl said…
I would like to read books aloud that are part of this summer challenge!
Jessica said…
Looks fun! We're in :)
Anne and Kira said…
Count us in too. Sounds like fun.
wendy browne said…
My 1st grader would like to join.
Mindy Baker said…
So excited to see all of these fabulous participants!
Rebecca Gomez said…
A big THANK YOU to everyone who signed up and entered the giveaway. Michelle is the winner, and will be contacted by email to claim her prize.