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 Jiménez, 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

Ten Most Popular Read, Discuss, Do Posts of 2022

Everyone at Read, Discuss, Do! hopes that you have a very happy New Year full of lots of moments in which children's books create connections between you and the young readers in your life. That's why we love to share simple (and sometimes less simple) story time ideas! Here's a look back at some of the most popular posts of 2022. Did you miss any of these?

10. Snack and Story Time: Scarecrow Haystacks - This story time activity pairs a great book with a delicious and easy snack!

9. Taking Stock: Thoughts on Kitchens and Books - Laura Sassi shares her thoughts on "taking stock" of what your kids are reading. 

8. Summer Challenge Week One: Tasty Treats! - Suggestions for books about treats, along with discussion and activity ideas for a tasty and engaging summer story time. 

7. Guest Post: Because Mom Read Aloud - A guest post by Samantha Coté, daughter of Rebecca J. Gomez, reflecting on how reading aloud influenced her own love for books. 

6. North Woods Girl Review and Nature Collage - A review of North Woods Girl by Aimée Bissonette, illustrated by Claudia McGehee, along with a story time idea with discussion topics and a creative nature collage.

5. Thank You, Omu! Review and Activity - A review and story time idea for Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora. Discuss the book and create a thank you note inspired by the book's illustrations.

4. Story Time Idea: Federico and the Wolf - A simple discussion and activity to pair with Federico and the Wolf by Rebecca J. Gomez, illustrated by Elisa Chavarri. 

3. Interview with author Jody Jensen Shaffer - Laura Sassi interviews Jody Jensen Shaffer, author of Emergency Kittens!, A Chip Off the Old Block, and more. 

2. Can I Be Your Dog? Letter Writing Activity - A story time idea for Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings. Discuss the story, then write letters of your own like Arfy does in the book. 

And the most popular post of 2022 is...

Story Time Idea: Kate, Who Tamed the Wind


Mindy Baker said…
Fun to look back at the year!