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 Time: LOVE IS KIND

by Rebecca J. Gomez

Love is Kind by Laura Sassi, illustrated by Lison Chaperon, is a book that illustrates what real love looks like in a story about Little Owl and his quest to buy his Grammy a gift for her birthday. Little Owl wants to buy her a heart-shaped box of chocolates, but a series of events ruins his plans. How will he show her how much he loves her if he doesn't have a gift in hand? Love is Kind is the perfect book to pair with a sweet treat, especially if you plan to share that treat with someone you love. Just remember, love is about much more than treats!

Read: Love is Kind


  • In what was does Little Owl show love to others throughout the story?
  • What is one way you have shown love today?
  • Talk about a time when it was hard to be loving.
  • Who are some people you love a lot?
  • How can you be loving to people around you, even if you don't know them well?
  • What is your favorite kind of chocolate treat?

Do: Enjoy a chocolate treat with someone you love. Here are a few ideas that are perfect for summer time:

  • Chocolate dipped ice cream! You can go out for this special treat or do it at home. Here is a simple recipe for an instant chocolate shell to pour over ice cream. 
  • Make chocolate dipped strawberries. Yummy! Here's how. 
  • Make chocolate dipped pretzels with family and friends. Stick on in a bowl of ice cream for a bit of crunch!
  • Make ice cream sundaes with your favorite chocolate toppings. Some options: crushed m&ms, peanut butter cups, and chocolate cookies.
Tip: If you don't like chocolate or can't eat it, try white chocolate instead. Or come up with another tasty treat share with someone you love.