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

Coming Soon: April Poetry Challenge!

April is National Poetry Month, and we're once again inviting you to participate in a celebration of poetry! This year we are hosing a Parent and Child Poetry Challenge, inviting you and your children to learn about and write poetry together. Each week, beginning on Monday, April 3, we will feature a different form of poetry. The posts will include sample poems, reading suggestions, and tips for writing the featured form of poem.

We would love for you to participate and share your poems with us! You can share the poems in the comments on the blog each week, in replies to our social media posts, or on your own social media feeds using the hashtag #RDDPoetryChallenge. Alternatively, you can email your poems to At the end of the month there will be a post featuring all of your wonderful poems. How cool will it be for your children to see the poems you are writing together featured here on Read, Discuss, Do?

If you don't have kids or your kids are grown, you are still welcome to join the fun. Feel free to borrow a grandchild, niece or nephew, or the child of the friend. Maybe even your own parent or grandparent! We're pretty chill about the "rules" around here. 

In addition to our weekly challenge posts, we'll be sharing plenty of other poetry content here on the blog and on Instagram and Twitter. I hope you stick around for the fun!

In case you're new here, check out some of last year's Poetry Month posts: