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

Summer Challenge Week Four: Books, Books, Books!

Week four of the Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Challenge is all about books! Books about books, that is! There are some fantastic stories about libraries, how books are made, how stories affect people in positive ways, and so much more. We encourage you to read some books about books this week, then talk about the ways books influence our lives. When you're done, have some bookish fun!

Ideas for books to read:

  • Wild About Books by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Marc Brown - Fun and clever rhyming story about a librarian who mistakenly drives into the zoo and ends up teaching the animals to read.
  • Bear's House of Books by Poppy Bishop, illustrated by Alison Edgson - Sweet and engaging story about books and friendship.
  • How this Book Was Made by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex - A funny and educational book about the writing and publishing process.
  • That Book Woman by Heather Henson, illustrated by David Small - Heartwarming story about a young boy who reluctantly learns to enjoy books.
Ideas for things to discuss:
  • Do you enjoy reading? Why or why not?
  • What is your favorite kind of book to read? Do you have a favorite book?
  • Do you prefer to read to yourself or have someone read to you?
  • Have you ever written a story of your own?
  • What kinds of things besides books can you find at a library?
Ideas for things to do:
  • Visit a library and bring home a big stack of books.
  • Organize (or reorganize) your book shelves.
  • Choose a book or two to donate to a Little Free Library or book drive.
  • Write and "publish" your own story as a handmade book.
  • Learn and name the parts of a book.
  • Keep a list of the books you read. Put a star next to the ones you like best.
  • Make a book wish list to share with parents or grandparents.
We hope you enjoy having some bookish fun this week. Comment with your ideas for bookish fun (or your favorite books) in the comments or on social media with the hashtag #RDDSummerChallenge.


Trine Grillo said…
I love these "DO" suggestions!