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

Summer Challenge Sign-Up and Giveaway!

 Adventure awaits! The Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Challenge officially kicks off on June 2, and we are gearing up with a giveaway for all who sign up to participate. Signing up is not necessary for you to join the fun, but if you DO sign up, you’ll be entered to win one of two books to add to your picture book library.

The books: BAA, BAA, TAP SHEEP by Kendra Henthorn, illustrated by Lauren Gallegos and TWO TOUGH TRUCKS GET LOST by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez, illustrated by Hilary Leung (this book will be signed by Rebecca).

How to enter: DEADLINE EXTENDED! Leave a comment on this post! That’s it. Well, also, you have to be at least 18 years old and have a U.S. mailing address to be eligible. Easy, right? The winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. CDT, Friday, June 2 at 10:00 a.m. CDT so get your comments in by Thursday, June 1st at 11:59 p.m. CDT!

Head on over and sign up! And be sure to grab the printable bookmarks too. Click the image to download the PDF.

Would you like to help us spread the word? Download the yellow image at the top 👆 of this page to share on social media. You could also download and print the black and white one 👇 and have your kids color it. Your choice!

One more thing! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter (now on Substack) so that you don't miss any updates. The weekly themes will go out every Friday beginning June 2. If you subscribed to the newsletter before, you'll need to subscribe again if you want to keep receiving emails. 

Thank you, and happy reading!


Julia said…
Excited to join in the summer fun!!
Yay!! This will be fun!
Samantha Coté said…
Through this legally binding comment I hereby declare my intent to participate in the summer festivities!
Samantha Worthing said…
Looking forward to a summer of reading on the porch with my kiddos 😊
Stephanie Ekstedt said…
Can't wait to see the fun you have planned 😁
Sandy Terry said…
Count us in!
Mindy Baker said…
So excited to have you all joining us this summer!!