Reading Road Trip: A Visit to a Museum

If you’ve been traveling along with us this summer, we’ve arrived at STOP SIX of our Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Reader Road Trip. It’s a museum adventure! If this is your first week with us, you can still grab our map  and join us for an epic summer reading adventure. You can find other  printable resources here . For this week’s theme, the focus is on books that include a museum as a backdrop or any nonfiction and/or other educational book that catch’s your child’s interest. Art, science, math, history…you name it! What museums are in your area? If possible, take your children to visit a local museum and learn something new. If not, use the library as your museum and look up facts about topics of interest. READ : Any books that features a museum, or any nonfiction or educational book. Featured Book : Dakota Crumb Tiny Treasure Hunter by Jamie Michalak and illustrated by Kelly Murphy. This is a picture book about a tiny mouse that hunts for treasure at night in a huge museum. With the t

Summer Challenge Week Eight: Hit the Road, Jack!

by Marci Whitehurst

Welcome to week EIGHT of the Read, Discuss, Do! Summer Challenge! Let’s hit the road! Do you have anywhere you travel to regularly? If so, why do you like going there? If not, where would you like to go?

Summer breaks may include road trips to visit family or friends. Or perhaps you’re traveling to take a vacation. If you’re not venturing anywhere this summer, that’s okay! Make a list of your top ten choices of places to travel or create a map of your neighborhood to travel around.

Whatever your plans are, when you hit the road, don’t forget to take along some books!

Suggestions for books to READ:
  • THE CARS AND TRUCKS BOOK By: Todd Parr This book shares about the types of cars and trucks you might see on the road—and their jobs! This is a compare and contrast book, with the theme: most of all, trucks love to be on the road. If you have an emerging reader, this is a level 1. Pair this book with naming the types of cars and trucks you see as you travel!
  • GO GO AMERICA By: Dan Yacarino Are you ready for a book of useless facts that you NEED to know? This book is chocked full of geography and fun trivia-type facts about all 50 states. For example, do you know which state’s official cookie is chocolate chip? Open this book to find out!
  • A TRAVEL GUIDE FOR MONSTERS: By: Lori Degman and Illustrated by Dave Szalay If you need a good laugh about traveling told in rollicking rhyme, then this book is for you! If you’ve ever wondered if a monster would make a good travel companion—watch out for their tricks and their souvenirs! Many of America’s tourist attractions are featured in the illustrations.
  • THE AIRPORT BOOK: By: Lisa Brown Traveling by plane? This book is a must! Similar in style to Richard Scarry’s books, but told through the voice of a child, this book outlines all the steps to flying. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the child’s stuffed monkey!
Suggestions for things to DISCUSS:
  • If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • Would you travel by plane, train, car, bus—horses???
  • What do you love about this place?
  • Do you want to go somewhere you’ve never been before? What do you want to see?
  • How long do you think it takes to get to the place you want to go?
Suggestions for things to DO

Try some games in the car! Here are some suggestions:
  • Map fun! Help your driver get to your destination by navigating. If you don’t have a specific trip planned, maybe consider a trip around your city or neighborhood. Pretend you’re a tourist!
  • Eye Spy!
  • Sing-a-long
  • Make up an adventure story where everyone in the car only gets to add one sentence. What will happen next?
  • Try one of these games even if you're not road-tripping anywhere. Just pretend you are!