Book and Gift Pairings for the Holidays

Books make great gifts any time of year. But what's even better? Books paired with a items meant to extend the enjoyment of the story! This Read, Discuss, Do! Gift Guide pairs some of our favorite books with other gifts meant to help extend the fun of the story beyond the last page and maybe even encourage some new experiences. We hope you find some good ideas for readers and doers in your life on this list. For Babies and Toddlers Hey, Bruce! by Ryan T. Higgins. Pair this super fun (and funny) interactive picture book with a black bear plush, such as this First and Main 10-inch Bear .  Stomp, Wiggle, Clap, and Tap: My First Book of Dance  by Rachel Burk and illustrated by Alyssa De Asis, a book that encourages imaginative play. Pair this book with a musical gift such as a music box or instrument. Or maybe a dance costume! More books for active babies and toddlers For Little Makers The Thingity-Jig by Kathleen Doherty and illustrated by Kristyna Litten will be a sure hit with lit

More Poems (and drawings!) from our Readers

National Poetry Month is coming to an end, and so has our Poetry Challenge. It has been fun and inspiring to see the creativity of young poets this month. We hope that you and your kiddos will continue to read and write poetry well beyond the end of April. Thank you to everyone who joined in and shared poems with us. You have made this month extra special! 

 Some fantastic shape poems!

This one rhymes!

By Hadley, age 10

By Easton, age 8

The following poems and drawings are by a young girl named Ernestine:

Did you miss any of the challenge? Here are links to all our Poetry Month posts! If you and your kiddos write any more poems inspired by this challenge, we'd love to see them!