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 JimĂ©nez, 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

That's a Wrap for the Summer Challenge!

The 2022 Read, Discuss, Do Summer Challenge is officially over. We hope you've enjoyed following along with the themes, discovered some new favorite books, and enjoyed plenty of bookish fun with your kids over the past ten weeks! 

The challenge may be over, but the fun doesn't have to be. The themes we've shared over the summer can be enjoyed all year long. And, of course, there will be plenty of Read, Discuss, Do! ideas coming your way this fall and all year long. So, stay tuned!

In the mean time, here is a list of all the 2022 Summer Challenge themes. Click on the image to see the full post for that theme. Which one was your favorite?

Tasty Treats

Together Time

Amazing Animals

Books, Books, Books!

Summer Celebrations

Wild Waters!

Nuts About Nature

Night Time

Clever Creativity

Dog Days (of summer)