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

Adventure Awaits: The Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Challenge!

Summer is fast approaching, and that means it's almost time for the 3rd annual Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Challenge! The Summer Challenge is a summer reading program--but not your typical summer reading program. This challenge isn't about counting pages or books read. It's not about logging how much time your child reads every day. It's about pairing books with fun summer activities!

Heading to the pool this summer? Check out JABARI JUMPS by Gaia Cornwall. Taking a camping trip? How about RAJ AND THE BEST VACATION EVER! by Sebastien Braun? Even if you're planning a quiet summer spent at home, adventure can be found in books. And when you pair the books you're reading with fun activities and conversations, you'll be connecting with your kids, making fond summer memories, and helping prevent the dreaded "summer slide." 

The Summer Challenge kicks off on June 2 and ends on August 11. That's ten weeks of pairing books with summer fun. If that sounds daunting to you, don't worry! We have the summer all planned out with weekly themes, book recommendations, and activity ideas. Plus, there will be giveaways!

Want to know more? Check out some of our past Summer Challenge posts:

You can find more by searching this site or searching #RDDSummerChallenge on social media.

Want to join in the fun? Come back on Friday, May 19 to find out more details, sign up to participate, and enter our kick-off giveaway. In the meantime, feel free to download the free Summer Challenge bookmarks. There are two designs to color and one blank one so kiddos can design their own! Click the image below to download the file:


Mindy Baker said…
So exciting! Love the bookmarks!
Marci said…
I love this kind of summer fun!